WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL DAKOTA MUSIC TOUR BLOG!

The Mankato Symphony Orchestra, Maza Kute Singers (Dakota) and Composer Brent Michael Davids toured together with other world-renown performers for 4 concerts! This is the official Dakota Music Tour blog!

WHAT IS THE DAKOTA MUSIC TOUR?

Maestro Ken Freed conducts Mankato Symphony Orchestra, Maza Kute Singers (Santee Dakota), Trumpeter Manny Laureano (Minnesota Orchestra), M. Cochise Anderson (Chickasaw/Choctaw) and Award-Winning Composer Brent Michael Davids (Stockbridge Mohican) on tour through Dakota country with 4 concerts merging American Indian and Western classical music. The DMT documentary is being filmed by Syd Beane (Flandreau Santee Dakota). The DMT radio broadcasts are being recorded by James E Gullickson. The DMT publicist is Liz Hill (Red Lake Ojibwe) of Liz Hill Public Relations, Ltd. The DMT evaluator is Dr. Patricia Shifferd. DMT is supported by “Arts Tour Minnesota" and the voter-approved “Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment” of the Minnesota State Constitution.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

What is the Dakota Music Tour?

It’s no secret among Dakota communities that Indian history is often obscured in the mainstream. In response, the "Dakota Music Tour" (DMT) was formed to bring an enlightening and collaborative mix of Native American music and Western classical music to Dakota and non-Dakota communities. DMT will perform 4 concerts in Minnesota, two in Dakota reservation communities, and two in cities of Mankato and Winona.

DMT will perform in the Lower Sioux and Upper Sioux communities, facilitate public “community chats” that explore the intersection of Dakota history and music. Mankato is the well known site of the largest mass execution in American history when 38 Dakota men were simultaneously hung. DMT and the Mankato Symphony Orchestra aspire to an alternate response by reaching out to the historical town as a place of connection and understanding.

Hosting the Winona DMT concert, in June, will be the Winona-Dakota Unity Alliance (WDUA), a nonprofit formed in 2004 with Winona mayor Jerry Miller and several residents whose mission is to continue the reconciliation process. The final DMT concert in Winona will host Dakota citizens coming from all over the continent, including the Dakota communities in MN, NE, SD and Canada. Please join us!

Anticipated Program

"HONORING KWA'APOGE" by Brent Michael Davids
- Mankato Symphony Orchestra
- Brent Michael Davids, native wood flute
- SATB chorus

TRADITIONAL SONG
- Maza Kute, singers

"TRUMPETING THE STONE" by Brent Michael Davids
- Mankato Symphony Orchestra
- Manny Laureano, trumpet/flugel horn
- SATB Chorus

"BLACK HILLS OLOWAN" by Brent Michael Davids
- Mankato Symphony Orchestra
- Maza Kute, singers

TRADITIONAL SONG
- Maza Kute, singers

"POWWOW SYMPHONY" by Brent Michael Davids
- Mankato Symphony Orchestra
- Cochise Anderson, powwow emcee
- Brent Michael Davids, quartz crystal flute
- Maza Kute, singers
- SATB Chorus
- Traditional Native Dancers