May 31, 2011

First Indian chamber music festival

Tickets available for groundbreaking Chickasaw Chamber Music Festival

By Carrie BuckleyThere is still a chance to be a part of the history-making inaugural Chickasaw Chamber Music Festival, where both serious students of classical music and those with a more casual curiosity will find something of interest.
The festival is scheduled for June 3-5 at the McSwain Theatre in Ada, Okla.

Chickasaw Nation composer-in-residence Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate is serving as artistic director of this world’s first American Indian chamber music festival.

“The intention of the festival is to showcase American and Indian composers and performers,” said Tate.

Many of the top names among American Indian composers and performers of modern classical music will take part in the festival. This includes performances and instruction from Tate, Yaqui classical guitarist Gabriel Ayala, Voices of Change, Cherokee mezzo-soprano Barbara McAlister and New York City’s ETHEL string quartet.
Comment:  For more on Chickasaw music, see Classical Album by Chickasaw Students and Multimedia Chickasaw Cultural Production.


Rob said...

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Chickasaw Chamber Music Festival Bridges Gap Between Two Worlds

The works of the late Louis Ballard, celebrated Cherokee/Quapaw composer, were the highlight of the inaugural 2011 Chickasaw Chamber Music Festival, held in Ada, Oklahoma, June 3-5. Many of Ballard’s compositions have been performed by major symphony orchestras, choral societies, chamber music ensembles, and ballet companies at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Smithsonian Institution, and Lincoln Center.

Chickasaw Nation composer-in-residence Jerod “Impichchaachaaha” Tate, who serves as artistic director of the festival, believes Ballard was the perfect featured composer to launch this first native classical music festival.

Rob said...

Chickasaw Chamber Music Festival brings music to Ada's McSwain Theatre

The Chickasaw Chamber Music Festival will showcase performances and workshops from many renowned musicians from across the country Friday through Sunday at the historic McSwain Theatre, 130 W Main.

The festival will include a daily concert from American Indian classical composers and classical music performers and feature workshops taught by the performers. Performances and workshops by SO Percussion, Gabriel Ayala and Dallas-based Voices of Change are planned for the three-day event.

Chickasaw Nation Composer-in-Residence Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate is artistic director of this American Indian chamber music festival, now in its second year.

“The festival will showcase a wide variety of American Indian music,” Tate said in a news release. “With the success last year, we are continuing to grow and expand opportunities for Chickasaws and the whole community to be introduced to classical American Indian composers and performers.”