Dallas Symphony to premiere Tate’s “Ghost of the White Deer” concerto, featuring orchestra’s principal bassoon

Posted on: February 11, 2020

“The Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s concerts over Valentine’s Day weekend will bring together musical works based on love stories, one of them a world premiere,” writes Brian Reinhart in Thursday’s (2/6) Dallas Morning News. “Ghost of the White Deer is a brand-new bassoon concerto based on Chickasaw legend and written by Chickasaw composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate…. Also on the program, to be led by former DSO assistant conductor Ruth Reinhardt, are the Overture to Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, the Symphony No. 4 of Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu and Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture…. Tate’s … flute concerto, Tracing Mississippi … documents Tate’s visit to Mississippi, where the Chickasaw people lived until they were forced westward by the American government in the 1830s. Ghost of the White Deer asks soloist Ted Soluri, the DSO’s principal bassoonist, to play a strongly lyrical part, one that describes the quest of a lovestruck young man venturing into the forest to hunt for a white deer in order to pay a bride price.… Members of the Chickasaw tribe will join the Tate family in Dallas … to hear the new concerto…. ‘There really is something unique about our stories, and about Indian-country culture in general,’ Tate says.”