(The Vision)
for Solo Flute, Orchestra and Chorus (1999) - 30'
by Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate

Solo Fl.(Bfl.); 2(Pic./Bfl.) 0 3(Bcl./Cbcl.) 1(Cbsn.); 2Perc. Stgs; SATB Chorus

(The Vision) is a work inspired by the composer's native Chickasaw culture.The Chickasaw Nation originally lived in the Southeastern United States and was relocated to Indian Territory, which is now the state of Oklahoma. The musical material for Iholba is based on a Chickasaw Garfish Dance song and work is sung in the Chickasaw language. The text is original poetry by the composer, and the translation was provided by Onita Carnes, Catherine Wilmond and Pamela Munro.

The work is in two movements, entitled Halbina' (The Gift) and Iholba' (The Vision).

Iholba' was commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, DC, Leonard Slatkin, Music Director, in honor of the 1996 American Residency Program in Wyoming. It premiered September 21, 2005 with members of the National Symphony Orchestra, Master Chorale of Washington, Thomas Robertello, Assistant Principal Flutist of the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Emil de Cou, Associate Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra.

Iholba is dedicated to my grandmother, Juanita Foshi' Keel Tate.

In 2007, Iholba' was recorded by the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Symphony Chorus, and is available on Thunderbird Records.

Read the Washington Post review by Gail Wein


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