Date: Friday, October 7, 2016
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Venue: Civic Center Hall, Oklahoma City
American culture encompasses the customs and traditions of the United States, including language, religion, food and the arts. American culture has been shaped by European immigrants, American Indians, Latin Americans, Africans and Asians. America is described as a “melting pot” in which these different cultures have contributed their own distinct flavors and influences, and it is the most culturally diverse country in the world.
It is in this “spirit” that this concert is a celebration of several of these contributions: folksongs and hymns of America, African-American, and more notably, a newly commissioned work for adult chorus, children’s chorus, soloists and orchestra by Chickasaw composer and Oklahoma native, Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate.
Also featured will be “Wings of Fire” written by Oklahoma City University composer-in-residence and award-winning composer, Edward Knight. “Wings of Fire” is a nine-part choral cycle calling on blues and gospel, chant and hymns. This work is inspired by the Book of Psalms (particularly Psalm 51) and the poetry of Langston Hughes. Hughes, an African-American author, was most concerned with the uplift of his people, whose strengths, resiliency, courage and humor he wanted to record as part of the general American experience. And finally, included will be The American Songbook, with a cappella folksong and hymn selections by such composers as Aaron Copland, Alice Parker, and Moses Hogan.
Joining the Canterbury adult chorus for this concert are the Canterbury Youth Voices, Oklahoma City Philharmonic and guest artist soloists. During the current political climate, Spirit of America will showcase and remind us all of the rich culture of America and our history of immigration.
Also featuring “Wings of Fire” written by OCU composer-in-residence and award-winning composer, Edward Knight!
FIRST ORATORIO BY AN INDIAN COMPOSER IN HIS OWN LANGUAGE!
As a part of Canterbury’s mission to add to the greater body of choral literature, we are excited to commission Misha‘ Sipokni‘ (MEE-sha sih-POK-nee)! Join Canterbury Voices for the WORLD PREMIERE!
The oratorio, Misha‘ Sipokni‘ (The Old Ground), is about the Chickasaw and Choctaw Tribes’ ancient migration from the West into present day Mississippi. It is composed for orchestra, adult chorus, children’s chorus, solo soprano, solo tenor and solo baritone. The libretto is by Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate and translated into Chickasaw by Joshua Hinson (Lokosh).
Tradition says that the Chickasaws and Choctaws were once one tribe and lived in the West, where they had powerful enemies who kept them in alarm. They determined to seek a ‘land of life’ (as they called it), and divided into two parties, under the head of Chicaza and Chatah, two brothers. Following the guidance of Aba Bin’li, the Great Spirit, and Pahnti’, a white dog, they commenced their journey together.
Joining Canterbury’s adult chorus are Canterbury Youth Voices, guest solo artists, and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.