BLACK HILLS OLOWAN

 

(14:30) American Indian Singers (Drum Group), Chamber Orchestra (Single Winds). Rental Fee: Full Score, Set of Parts. Copyright 2009, Brent Michael Davids.

 

BLACK HILLS OLOWAN is a concert work that honors the Black Hills of South Dakota and features the Porcupine Singers. In “Black Hills Olowan,” the singers are integrated with the symphonic instruments, almost as if they are another instrumental section of the orchestra. However, the concluding moments of the work feature the singers as a leading voice, driving the symphony along to its rousing conclusion. “Black Hills Olowan” was commissioned by the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra for a Native American tour with support of the American Composers Forum and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

“The Black Hills of western South Dakota and Eastern Wyoming known to the Lakota as Paha Sapa (Black Hills) and He Sapa (Black Mountains) hold a revered place in the history and culture especially of the Lakota and Cheyenne nations, but also for others such as the Mandan, Arikara, and Kiowa. For the Lakota, sacred oral tradition has preserved the significance of the Black Hills as “the heart of everything that is” (R. D. Theisz).