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Oklahoma-based Chickasaw classical composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate premiering new concerto with Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate [Alana Rothstein photo]
Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate [Alana Rothstein photo]

DALLAS, Texas - The Dallas Symphony Orchestra and its principal bassoonist, Ted Soluri, is premiering "Ghost of the White Deer," a new concerto for bassoon and orchestra, by Chickasaw classical composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate this weekend at Morton Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.

A Norman native, Tate’s new concerto was commissioned by Soluri with support from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Principal Chair Endowment Program and will be conducted by Ruth Reinhardt. "Ghost of the White Deer" is featured on a program with Smetana’s "Overture to The Bartered Bride," Martinu's "Symphony No. 4" and Tchaikovsky’s "Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture," according to a news release.

“It is a dream come true to write a new piece, commissioned by and for my dear friend and fellow Cleveland Institute of Music alumni, Ted Soluri. I am honored to have the Dallas Symphony orchestra premiere this work in the same breath as Tchaikovsky," Tate said in a statement. 

Tate’s bassoon concerto, played third on the program, is approximately 30 minutes, with use of the full orchestra. The orchestra is slated to present the program for four performances; the first was Thursday and additional concerts are scheduled tonight, Saturday and Sunday. For more information, go to www.mydso.com/buy/tickets/tchaikovsky-romeo-juliet

The story of Tate's "Ghost of the White Deer" is inspired by the romantic Chickasaw legend of an ancient Chickasaw warrior proving his love by acquiring a sacred white deer for the chief’s daughter’s hand in marriage.

“After our 30 year friendship, it is a thrill to premiere Jerod’s newest repertoire for the classical concert stage. It’s a dramatic and beautiful work and brings out the best in my bassoon playing,” said Soluri in a statement.

Tate is a dedicated American Indian classical composer and pianist who expresses his native culture in symphonic music, ballet and opera. All of his compositions have been commissioned by major North American orchestras, ensembles and organizations and his works are performed throughout the world.

He is a three-time commissioned recipient from American Composers Forum, a Chamber Music America commission recipient, a Cleveland Institute of Music Alumni Achievement Award recipient, a governor-appointed Creativity Ambassador for the State of Oklahoma and a 2011 Emmy Award winner.

His commissioned works have been performed by the National Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Chorus, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, Canterbury Voices, VocalEssence, Dale Warland Singers, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Colorado Ballet and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.

In an interview last year, Tate talked with me about how his orchestral compositions fit right in with works by European composers like Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Ludwig van Beethoven. 

“Historically, all the great composers that we know had very heavy ethnic and national identities. There’s like all the Russian composers like Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev, Bartok is a Hungarian composer, Debussy is French, and Beethoven is unbelievably German; you can’t be more German than Beethoven. So, the thing is their ethnicity spoke very, very strongly through their music, and along with that came all those ethnic sensibilities, including melodies and rhythm and just general ethos of their own culture. So, I’m doing the same thing,” Tate said in an interview you can read here

“So, when Bartok was out recording all this folk music of his own people on wax roll cylinders, he’d bring it back to his studio and transcribe them and then he started to think, ‘OK, what can I do with this? How can I break this down? How can I deconstruct my own folk music and reconstitute it onto the stage with a full orchestra?’ And that’s exactly what he did, and a lot of people do that, all the time, no matter where they come from.

“They’re deconstructing their own identity and the reconstructing it into an art form. … One of the most unifying things that’s ever happened in human history is fine art.”

-BAM 

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Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate [Alana Rothstein photo]

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Brandy McDonnell

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