Friday, October 5, 2007

Phoenix Symphony: Navajo enemy slayer

The Phoenix Symphony is preparing for the world premiere of a groundbreaking new work for Orchestra and Chorus. Enemy Slayer: A Navajo Oratorio goes beyond anything else that the Phoenix Symphony has attempted in its 60 year history. The revolutionary project by Mark Grey and Laura Tohe will culminate with the world premiere performance in February 2008. Enemy Slayer embraces the vibrant musical and cultural traditions of the Navajo people and the American Southwest.

After more than a year and a half of work, Enemy Slayer will be paired with Dvorak's " New World" Symphony at the world premiere in February. In July 2006, The Phoenix Symphony commissioned Mark Grey to celebrate the traditions, music, and cultural heritage of Arizona.

Mark Grey has created a performance that incorporates a libretto with Navajo and English-language text by Navajo poet and librettist Laura Tohe, digital artwork by photographer Deborah O'Gratly and the full Phoenix Symphony Chorus.

With the innovative Enemy Slayer, The Phoenix Symphony, under the direction of Michael Christie, is poised to join the top echelon of American performing arts groups. In addition, the Oratorio is bringing the American Southwest community closer together by drawing on its Native roots and pairing with Arizona public schools to create the next generation of arts lovers.
Photo: Laura Tohe, Navajo/Photo Brenda Norrell

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