Matthews Opera House opens 2022 with jazz concert and art exhibition


RAPID CITY, SD (KEVN) – The Matthews Opera House and Arts Center offers the community of Black Hills and beyond a space for creativity and entertainment.

After a busy holiday season, the start of 2022 also has a lot to offer the community.

“We are resuming our popular Bellman Brown Bag lecture series this month,” said Darren Granaas, executive director of opera. “On Wednesday January 12 at noon in our theater, Professor BHSU Desy Schoenewies will brief our residents on the ongoing programs at the Black Hills State University Art Club. She will also talk about the upcoming opportunities for community members to be part of another city mural that will be erected next to the Old Town Hall. It’s free to the public, and we’ve got amazing hot coffee to warm everyone up, provided by our sponsor Common Grounds. We’ll also feature South Dakota legends Jami Lynn (our very own Spearfish icon) and the JAS Quintet from Sioux Falls. Jami is of course a prolific singer / songwriter who explores and mixes bluegrass, folk, pop and jazz genres in interesting ways. JAS has been the preeminent jazz combo in the upper Midwest for quite some time now, and their partnership with Jami goes back several years. When they play together it’s really something to see. We last hosted them in fall 2019, so we’re delighted to see them back. I was lucky enough to see them perform more recent and reworked material. I hope they play their version of Billie Holiday’s “Trav’lin Light”. All of this will take place on January 14 at 7:30 p.m. Cabaret style tables and top notch wines will be available for this performance. Tickets are $ 30 for table seats and $ 20 for balcony seats.

“The Matthews will be presenting an art exhibit by art teachers and BHSU students,” Granaas continued. “It will present paintings, drawings, 3D works, photographs and digital works based on the theme ‘out of the box’. The show opens next Monday (January 10) and there will be an opening reception on Friday January 14 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Matthews will also be hosting a free mural painting event co-sponsored by the BHSU Art Club. This event will take place in our theater on Saturday, January 29, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. From 5 years old, no painting skills required! the painful sections will be reconstructed as a mural later this spring in downtown Spearfish. “

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