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Guest artist recital April 24 to feature Chickasaw classical composer and pianist

April 17, 2013
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Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department will present a guest artist recital featuring renowned Chickasaw classical composer and pianist Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate at 7:30 p.m. April 24 in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Tate will present a lecture recital of "Spirit Chief Names the Animal People," his work for flute, bass clarinet, bassoon, piano and narrator. The work tells the story of how Coyote was named according to the Okanogan people of the Pacific Northwest. Tate will discuss the compositional process and background of the work, as well as other topics related to Native Americans in classical music.

The recital will feature Dr. Debra Barker, professor of English, as narrator; Dr. Tim Lane, professor of music, on flute; Dr. Owen Lovell, assistant professor of music, on piano; Dr. Jacqueline Wilson, lecturer of music, on bassoon; and student performer Eric Schultz, a senior applied instrumental music major from Green Bay, on bass clarinet.

Also on April 24, Tate will lead a composition master class at 11 a.m. in Room 160 and a question-and-answer session at 5 p.m. in Room 143, both in the Haas Fine Arts Center.

All events are free and open to the public.

Tate, who received a Joyce Award in 2006, has received commissions and his works have been performed by the National Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Colorado Ballet, The New Mexico Symphony, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Dale Warland Singers, the New Jersey Chamber Music Society and the Philadelphia Classical Symphony, among others. Tate has served as composer-in-residence for the Chickasaw Nation, The Joyce Foundation/American Composers Forum and the Grand Canyon Music Festival.

Tate received his bachelor's degree in piano performance from Northwestern University and his master's degree in piano performance and Composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

For more information about UW-Eau Claire music events, visit the music events calendar.

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