WORLD PREMIERE

Oct 27, 2024
3:00 PM
Civic Center Music Hall

Canterbury Voices presents the world premiere of Chickasaw composer Jerod Tate’s LOKSI’ SHAALI’ (Shell Shaker), a groundbreaking choral and orchestral composition narrating the journey of the Chickasaw-Choctaw migration. LOKSI’ SHAALI’ is the story of a Chickasaw girl named Loksi’ (Turtle), transforming from a troubled girl into a confident young woman and the significance of embracing identity, honoring sacred traditions, and how simple acts of kindness can transform the world.

Joining OKC’s nationally recognized Canterbury Voices will be award-winning American Indian opera singers. This semi-staged production of Tate’s new work will captivate the audience, immersing you in the rich cultural heritage of the Woodland tribes of Oklahoma.

GUEST ARTISTS

Tianhui Ng
conductor

Katelyn Morton
Loksi’

Kirsten C. Kunkle
Ippo’si’ Sipokni

Mark Billy
Inki’

Grant Youngblood
Lumbi/Okhina’

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ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate is a classical composer and citizen of the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma, dedicated to the development of American Indian classical composition. He is a 2022 Chickasaw Hall of Fame inductee and a 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient from The Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2021, he was appointed a Cultural Ambassador for the U.S. Department of State.

Tate is a three-time commissioned recipient from the American Composers Forum, a Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program recipient, a Cleveland Institute of Music Alumni Achievement Award recipient, a governor-appointed Creativity Ambassador for the State of Oklahoma and an Emmy Award-winner for his work on the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority documentary The Science of Composing. Tate earned his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Northwestern University and his Master of Music in Piano Performance and Composition from The Cleveland Institute of Music. Read more at jerodtate.com.

SUPPORT PROVIDED BY

This concert is made possible in part, by Devon Energy and the Collaborative Orchestra Services Fund.