On November 19 & 20, 2017 the Verde Valley Sinfonietta will present concerts featuring Composer-in-Residence Jerod Tate.
The first performance of the event is on Saturday evening, November 18, at 6 p.m., at the Phillip D. England Center for the Performing Arts on 210 Camp Lincoln Road in Camp Verde.
The second performance is on Sunday, November 19, at 2:30 p.m., at the Sedona Performing Arts Center (SPAC) located at the Sedona Red Rock High School on Upper Red Rock Loop Road.
Award-winning Chickasaw classical composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate will bring two of his works to the second half of the concert. One is a narrative work based on a Native American folk tale — “Spider Brings Fire” — designed for a family audience. Local actress/musician Shondra Jepperson will narrate the work. The other is entitled “The Indian Spirit at Mesa Falls” and clearly exemplifies Tate’s use of Native American musical influences in classical music.
During the week preceding the concerts, composer Tate will be visiting Sedona schools and the Yavapai/Apache Nation in Camp Verde to conduct music workshops. Students from the Hopi Nation will also travel to Camp Verde to work with him.