The Chickasaw Chamber Music Festival, set June 1-3 at McSwain Theatre

Monday, May 07, 2012

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

The Chickasaw Chamber Music Festival, set June 1-3, will showcase performances and workshops from many top musicians from all over the country.

Set at the historic McSwain Theatre, Ada, Okla., the Festival will include a daily concert from top American Indian composers and classical music performers and feature workshops taught by the performers.

With a mission to celebrate Native American composers and performers, the Festival will feature a Master class with SŌ Percussion from 1-4 p.m. Friday, June 1. A pre-concert lecture by award-winning Chickasaw composer Jerod Tate is set for 6 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. SŌ Percussion.

Gabriel Ayala is scheduled to lead the Master class from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, June 2. A renowned Yaqui guitarist from Arizona, Mr. Ayala will conduct a concert at 7 p.m. at the McSwain Theatre.

Receptions are scheduled at the Chickasaw Nation Arts and Humanities Gallery following both Friday and Saturday night concerts.

A pre-concert lecture by Mr. Tate will be offered at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 3. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a 3 p.m. concert by Voices of Change. Based in Dallas, Voices of Change, is a contemporary music powerhouse ensemble.

A reception is scheduled at 4:45 p.m. at the Chickasaw Nation Arts and Humanities Gallery.

The McSwain Theatre is located at 130 West Main in Ada, Okla.