Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3
Saturday, January 12, 2013 – 7:30pm
Mary W. Sommervold Hall, Washington Pavilion
In January the orchestra brings to life Rachmaninoff’s expressive third symphony and celebrates the Lakota Music Project with Jerod “Impichchaachaaha” Tate’s new song cycle. Inspired by Rachmaninoff, Tate began his work as a pianist and has become one of the most prominent American Indian classical composers alive today. “Tate’s connection to nature and the human experience was quite apparent in this piece…rarer still is his ability to effectively infuse classical music with American Indian nationalism.” – The Washington Post.
Tate: Waktégli Olówaŋ (Victory Songs) for Baritone Solo and Orchestra
II. Red Cloud
V. Crazy Horse
VI. Sitting Bull/Finale
Stephen Bryant, baritone
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44
Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the Washington Pavilion box office in person or by calling 605-367-6000.
Grammy nominee, bass-baritone Stephen Bryant’s distinguished career in concert and opera has taken him around the world, with acclaimed performances in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. He has sung with the New York City Opera, the San Francisco Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, the Indianapolis Opera, and such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic and Japan Philharmonic. He was nominated for a Grammy for “Best Opera Recording” in Tan Dun’s Marco Polo on Opus Arte in December 2009. This season Mr. Bryant sings a world premiere of Jerod Tate’s composition with South Dakota Symphony, Mahler Symphony No. 8 with Canterbury Choral Society at Carnegie Hall, Tan Dun’s Marco Polo with Bergen National Opera (Norway). Engagements in the 2011/12 season promised Tan Dun’s Water Passion with the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, Schubert’s Mass No. 3 in B-flat with Houston Symphony as well as a return to the South Dakota Symphony with Haydn’s Creation. In the summer of 2012, Mr. Bryant appeared in “Defiant Requiem” (Verdi Requiem) with the Berkshire Choral Festival and in Tan Dun’s Water Passion with La Jolla Music Society. Mr. Bryant’s repertoire extends from Bach and Handel to today’s most prominent composers. Stephen holds a Bachelor’s from Oberlin and a Master’s from the University of Michigan. On the voice faculty at William Paterson University, he lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with his wife Caryl, and their two sons, David and Andrew.
Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate was born in 1968 in Norman, Oklahoma, is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and a 2011 Emmy Award winner. In 2006, Mr. Tate was the recipient of the Joyce Award, which supported the commission of Nitoshi’ Imali, Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra, which premiered in 2007 with soloist Jason Vieaux, and the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis, conducted by Cary John Franklin. Mr. Tate received his BM in Piano Performance from Northwestern University where he studied with Dr. Donald J. Isaak. He received his MM in Piano Performance and Composition from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Elizabeth Pastor and Dr. Donald Erb. Shortly after beginning his piano studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, his first composition, Winter Moons ballet score, was commissioned by Dr. Patricia Tate and premiered at the University of Wyoming in 1992. Colorado Ballet subsequently performed it in 1994 and 1996. Mr. Tate is Artistic Director of the Chickasaw Chamber Music Festival. He is Composer-in-Residence for the Chickasaw Nation and the Chickasaw Summer Arts Academy and was Composer-in-Residence for the Grand Canyon Music Festival’s Native American Composer Apprentice Project in 2004 and 2005. In 2007, he was Composer-in-Residence for The Joyce Foundation/American Composers Forum, teaching composition to American Indian high school students in Minneapolis. In 2011, he received an Emmy Award for his work in the documentary The Science of Composing. This documentary covered his residency with the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation where he taught composition to seven world-renowned research scientists. Their compositions culminated in a public performance at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art by members of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Mr. Tate’s middle name, Impichchaachaaha’, means “high corncrib” and is his inherited traditional Chickasaw house name. A corncrib is a small hut used for the storage of corn and other vegetables. In traditional Chickasaw culture, the corncrib was built high off the ground on stilts to keep its contents safe from foraging animals.