Classical Concert Inspired by Native American Culture, at National Cathedral

The music of Native American people inspired a unique style of classical music known as the “Indianist” movement, and on October 16 the National Cathedral will host a concert with PostClassical Ensemble showcasing their groundbreaking adaptations.

U.S. Representative Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), the first Native American woman to preside over the U.S. House of Representatives, is scheduled to make introductory remarks, followed by music and dancing. Included in the program are performances from the Lakota Music Project and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, singing and drumming by Emmanuel Black Bear, and powerful invocations by tribal elder Chris Eagle Hawk.

Organized and performed by the PostClassical Ensemble and conducted by Ángel Gil-Ordonez, performances will include Shakamaxon for string orchestra and Resolution from Standing Bear, both by Jerod Tate, a Chickasaw composer and pianist whose work draws on American Indian history and culture. Curt Cacioppo’s Five North American Indigenous Songs for a cappella chorus will also see its D.C. debut.

Tickets are available here.

The “Native American Inspirations” program takes place Wednesday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Washington National Cathedral. Tickets range from $10 for students to $25-$65.

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