12-1pm: Classical Music By American Indian Composers

 

There are many sources of classical music in the Indian world. Some are musicians, classical singers, modern dancers who use classical music, and of course composers. There was also an "Indianist" movement in classical music that attracted European composers to Indian themes and musical forms. I offer the example of the Virgin of Guadalupe, as performed by Chanticleer in a stunning adaptation and arrangement by Joseph Jennings, conductor.The story of the Virgin is told. She appeared to a "peasant" (a European term) who was said to have been instructed by the Virgin to build a church where he saw her.

In another more realistic theme the Trail of Tears of 1830 marks the forced relocation of free nations from the South to barren land in what is now Oklahoma. They were promised freedom again, only to be invaded by Europeans again in the Oklahoma land rush of 1889. Greedy settlers seemed to have no notion the land was not available because the government told them otherwise. Tribes lost again, both in property and the lives of their starving people. 

On Sunday, Nov. 18, starting at 3 p.m. at Mankato West High School Auditorium–an event featured the acclaimed 80-member Mankato Symphony Orchestra under Kenneth Freed’s musical direction. “To Be Certain of the Dawn” will include two compositions: “Trail of Tears” by Michael Daugherty and “To Be Certain of the Dawn” by Stephen Paulus. “These two pieces of music will pay tribute to the 1862 tragedy while offering a message of optimism for the future of all Minnesotans,” says Freed in a press release from the symphony.
Read more athttp://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/article/trail-tears-and-1862-mankato-massacre-remembered-tribute-performance-mankato-symphony-145768

Playlist Tracks: 
Frank Albinder - Bendicion y Leccion
Album: Matins for the Virgin of Guadalupe; Label: Teldec Classics International
Mankato Orchestra - Where the Wind Blows Free
Album: Private Recording; Label: Not published
Dawn Avery - Meditation Chakras 1-3
Album: Rapidly Approaching Ecstasy; Label: Okenti Records
Dawn Avery - Chakra 7
Album: Rapidly Approaching Ecstasy; Label: Okenti Records
Dawn Avery - Chakra 6
Album: Rapidly Approaching Ecstasy; Label: Okenti Records
Chanticleer - Invitatorio y Salmo 94
Album: Matins for the Virgin of Guadalupe; Label: Teldec Classics International
Frank Albinder - Benedicion
Album: Matins for the Virgin of Guadalupe; Label: Teldec Classics International
Air Date: 
May 23, 2013

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