Delta David Gier has been called a dynamic voice on the American music scene, recognized widely for his penetrating interpretations of the standard symphonic repertoire, passionate commitment to new music, and significant community engagement.

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Orchestras Mr. Gier has conducted include the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra. Last season he conducted the American Composers Orchestra in the inaugural concert of the China-U.S Composers Project; this season will include engagements with several Chinese orchestras and master classes at the Shanghai Conservatory.

In Europe, his engagements include the Bergen Philharmonic (Norway), the Polish National Radio Symphony (with which he has several recordings), and the Bucharest Philharmonic, along with many other orchestras in Italy, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Turkey. In the Americas, he has had a long relationship with the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica and has conducted several orchestras in Mexico, including the Orquesta de Camera de Bellas Artes. In Asia, Mr. Gier’s engagements have included the Singapore Symphony and the Thailand Philharmonic, where he will return three times this season.

Since 2004, Mr. Gier has been music director of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. During that period the orchestra has been lauded for its programming (including seven ASCAP awards). His series based on the Pulitzer Prize was called “an unprecedented programming innovation” by the Wall Street Journal and has included residencies with composers Jennifer Higdon, Steven Stucky, Zhou Long, and Paul Moravec. Under his direction, the SDSO has expanded its offerings with a cycle of Mahler symphonies and an annual semi-staged opera.

The Lakota Music Project was developed under Gier’s direction to address racial tensions between Native Americans and whites in the region the SDSO serves. Now in its sixth year, the LMP is a side-by-side program with the SDSO and Lakota musicians which explores the role music plays in their respective cultures, seeking to engender understanding and healing between estranged peoples. Other engagement projects with the SDSO have included Arab (with Simon Shaheen), Chinese (with composers Chen Yi and Zhou Long) and Sudanese/Somali refugees (with the Bernard Woma Ensemble).

For 15 seasons, Delta David Gier served as an assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic. He studied at the University of Michigan under the renowned conducting teacher Gustav Meier, along with studies at the Tanglewood Music Center and Aspen Music Festival. He was a Fulbright scholar in eastern Europe from 1988-90. Also in demand as an educator, Mr. Gier has served as guest faculty at the Curtis Institute, Yale School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, and SUNY Stony Brook. He has chaired the music jury of the Pulitzer Prize and is a frequent panelist for the League of American Orchestras.

Masterworks Performance


Squint your eyes. Tilt your head. Stare into the familiar and imagine making it brand new. Experience two composers who do just that. Roberto Sierra infuses traditional classical forms with the voices of Puerto Rico while Rachmaninoff shakes off his demons in a classic comeback story, his Second Symphony.

  • Roberto Sierra Sinfonietta for Strings
  • Roberto Sierra Sinfonía No. 4
  • Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2

Delta David Gier, currently the South Dakota Symphony music director, takes the podium for our November Masterwork Series and Music Director search.

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Gier’s program opens with two pieces by Puerto Rican-born composer Roberto Sierra: Sinfonietta for Strings and Sinfonía No. 4. Sierra revises traditional symphonic forms, infusing them with Latin color, rhythm, and imagination. These works pair incredibly with Rachmaninoff’s symphonic comeback, his vast and romantic Second Symphony.

COVID-19 Safety Protocol

Based on the current community spread of COVID-19 and breakthrough cases among vaccinated individuals, masks will be required to be worn by all guests & staff for our November performances, regardless of vaccination status.

We are committed to ensuring that all our guests have a wonderful and safe concert experience. First Presbyterian Church installed a brand-new HVAC system last winter 2021 to assist with air circulation and filtration. Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout, and we will be cleaning all areas before & and after each performance. We recommend all our guests become fully vaccinated before attending a concert. If you are experiencing any of the following, we ask that you stay home:

  • If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If you are waiting for the results of a pending COVID-19 test.
  • If you are under a healthcare provider’s care for a positive COVID-19 test.
  • If you have been exposed to COVID-19 and have not received a negative test result.

We will be monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic daily and are prepared to follow all CDC and State guidelines. We will make decisions about mask requirements and social distancing ahead of each performance on a program-by-program basis.

Concert Dates:
Friday, November 12, 2021
@ 7:30pm

Saturday, November 13, 2021
@ 3:00pm & 8:00pm

First Presbyterian Church
140 E Orange St.
Lancaster, PA 17602

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Experience a new lso

Celebrate our 75th anniversary season with celebrated guest conductors, innovative programs, and a search for a new Music Director.