ADA — The Chickasaw Chamber Music Festival will showcase performances and workshops from many renowned musicians from across the country Friday through Sunday at the historic McSwain Theatre, 130 W Main.
The festival will include a daily concert from American Indian classical composers and classical music performers and feature workshops taught by the performers. Performances and workshops by SO Percussion, Gabriel Ayala and Dallas-based Voices of Change are planned for the three-day event.
Chickasaw Nation Composer-in-Residence Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate is artistic director of this American Indian chamber music festival, now in its second year.
“The festival will showcase a wide variety of American Indian music,” Tate said in a news release. “With the success last year, we are continuing to grow and expand opportunities for Chickasaws and the whole community to be introduced to classical American Indian composers and performers.”
Tate will present morning lectures providing background on performers and composers participating in the festival. Open to the general public at no charge, these informal lectures will enable participants to become much more familiar with these icons of modern classical music.
With a mission a celebrating American Indian composers and performers, the festival will feature a master class with SO Percussion from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday.
A preconcert lecture by Tate, an award-winning Chickasaw composer, is set for 6 p.m. Friday, followed by a 7 p.m. concert by SO Percussion.