Chokfi’ – Sarcasm for String Orchestra and Percussion will premiere Sunday, May, 2018 at the Putnam City North High School Auditorium. Commissioned by Oklahoma Youth Orchestras, Chokfi’ features the OYO Sinfonieta with two faculty percussionists.
Tate said about the new work, “Chokfi’ (choke-fee) is the Chickasaw word for rabbit, who is an important trickster legend within Southeast American Indian cultures. Inspired by a commission for youth orchestra I decided to create a character sketch that would be both fun and challenging for the kids. Different string and percussion techniques and colors represent the complicated and diabolical personality of this rabbit person. In honor of my Muscogee Creek friends, I have incorporated a popular tribal church hymn as the melodic and musical base.”