February 04, 2011

Dakota Music Tour

"Dakota Music Tour" will feature Native composers/musicians and the Mankato Symphony Orchestra"Dakota Music Tour"--a 90-minute musical response to the Dakota-American events of 1862 in Minnesota--will feature four concerts that will reach out to Dakota and non-Dakota communities in southern Minnesota.

The tour will begin in Mankato, Minnesota, which was the site of the largest mass execution in American history when 38 Dakota men were hung on December 26, 1862.

Each concert will feature traditional American Indian music, Western classical music, music that merges the two together, and “community chats.”

Internationally renowned composer, flutist and scholar Brent Michael Davids (Mohican Nation) has composed the orchestra music, which will be performed by the Mankato Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Kenneth Freed.
Comment:  For more on Native symphonies, see Violin Concerto with Lenape Melodies and A Suite for Native American Flute. For more on Mankato, see Pardon the Mankato 38? and Preview of Dakota 38.

Below:  Brent Michael Davids.

1 comment:

Rob said...

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Meld of Native, classical music at Unity Park Saturday

Through the air at Unity Park Saturday, lifted up by the sound of violins and an unusual accompaniment: Native American drums and singers telling the story of indigenous people.

The concert is a stop on the Dakota Music Tour, a one-of-a-kind event that weaves traditional orchestral music together with traditional Indian music.

Performing on the Dakota Music Tour is the Mankato Symphony Orchestra along with Maza Kute, a renowned Dakota drum group from Santee, Nebraska.