Oklahoma City Philharmonic performs Tate’s “Ghost of the White Deer” bassoon concerto on “Oklahoma Stories” program

Posted on: April 25, 2022

Composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate (center) at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s 2020 world premiere of his Ghost of the White Deer, with DSO Principal Bassoon Ted Soluri (right) and conductor Ruth Reinhardt (left). The Oklahoma City Philharmonic performs the work on April 29 and 30, featuring Principal Bassoon Rod Ackmann.

“Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate … typically shares his Chickasaw culture through symphonic music, ballet and opera, as with ‘Ghost of the White Deer,’ his new concerto for bassoon and orchestra,” writes Brandy McDonnell in Sunday’s (4/24) Daily Oklahoman (OK; subscription required). “ ‘I heard Jerod Tate’s ‘Ghost of the White Deer’ and immediately fell in love with it,’ … said Oklahoma City Philharmonic Music Director Alexander Mickelthwate….The OKC Philharmonic will be just the second orchestra to play Tate’s new piece [on April 29 and 30]. ‘The first performance [at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in February 2020] was just south of our tribal borders, and then the second performance is at our tribal headquarters in Ada. And the third is Oklahoma City, where I live,’ Tate said…. Along with the Tate concerto, the OKC Philharmonic’s ‘Oklahoma Stories’ will include ‘Four Ozark Dances’ and ‘Three Cherokee Cosmogenic Legends,’ two recently rediscovered works by the Oklahoma composer Jack Kilpatrick (1915-1967)…. The program will close with … Silvestre Revueltas’ ‘La noche de los mayas.’ … Principal Bassoonist Rod Ackmann … will be [the] soloist…. ‘I like showing the world that we have these legends and then connecting and relating them to people from all walks of life … through my music,’ Tate said.”