POWWOW SYMPHONY

 

(40:00) Full Orchestra (Double Winds), SATB Chorus, Quartz Crystal Flute, Powwow M.C., Dancers. Rental Fee: Orchestra Score, Set of Parts, Chorus Score, Narration Cue Cards. Copyright 1998, Brent Michael Davids.

 

POWWOW SYMPHONY features a joke-telling powwow M.C. and American Indian dancers. The work is a "symphonic powwow" brought into the concert hall, and portrays the typical events of a powwow day. A powerful mix of both the orchestral tradition and Indigenous life, "Powwow Symphony" introduces orchestra music to Indian audiences in a familiar way, and brings an understanding of the powwow to audiences already familiar with orchestra music. The Work was commissioned in part by the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra with the gracious assistance of Ralph Berkowitz, and supported in part by Djerassi Resident Artist Program, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

 

Movements: 1. Welcome, 2. Sunset, 3. Gourd Dance, 4. Grand Entry, 5. Flag Song, 6. Veteran Song (Memorial), 7. Interlude, 8. Intertribal, 9. Tiny Tots, 10. Interlude, 11. Song Cycle, 12. Contest Song, 13. Honor Song, 14. Prayer Song, 15. Grand Exit.