Words&Music, a Northern Virginia-based vocal chamber ensemble, presents innovative programs of classical and contemporary music. The group’s mission encompasses diverse programming, the commissioning of new music, and educational outreach programs. Now in its fifth season,Words&Music has commissioned award-winning Chickasaw Indian composer Jerod Tate to write an original, multimovement work for vocal quartet, piano, and chorus.
Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, is dedicated to the development of American Indian classical composition. After a performance of his Iholba’ (The Vision) for solo flute, orchestra and chorus, a work commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra and premiered at the Kennedy Center, Mr. Tate was lauded by The Washington Post: “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.” Mr. Tate’s compositions have been performed by leading orchestras throughout the United States.
Found Again, will feature settings of five poems by Joy Harjo. Ms. Harjo, a member of the Mvskoke Creek Nation, has been recognized for her poetry with numerous awards, most recently the academy of american Poets Wallace stevens award. She is a founding board member of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.
The work will be premiered on April 8, 2016, in Loudoun County, Virginia, at a student workshop and performance in partnership with the Park View High School Music Department. Words&Music will present a second public performance of the work on April 9, 2016, at the Creative Cauldron in Falls Church, Virginia.
This project is made possible in part by funding from the Virginia commission for the arts and the National endowment for the arts.
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