Well it's exciting news that the 15-minute work Black Hills Olowan is being performed again by the originating orchestra, South Dakota Symphony! If you are in the Sioux Falls SD area—or anywhere nearby—I invite you to go hear this engrossing work! The how-to-attend information is on the SDSO website, HERE.
Here is a description of the work Black Hills Olowan:
Black Hills Olowan is a concert work that honors the Black Hills of South Dakota and features the Porcupine Singers. In Black Hills Olowan, the singers are integrated with the symphonic instruments, almost as if they are another instrumental section of the orchestra. However, the concluding moments of the work feature the singers as a leading voice, driving the symphony along to its rousing conclusion. Black Hills Olowan was commissioned by the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra for a Native American tour with support of the American Composers Forum and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Black Hills of western South Dakota and Eastern Wyoming known to the Lakota as Paha Sapa (Black Hills) and He Sapa (Black Mountains) hold a revered place in the history and culture especially of the Lakota and Cheyenne nations, but also for others such as the Mandan, Arikara, and Kiowa. For the Lakota, sacred oral tradition has preserved the significance of the Black Hills as "the heart of everything that is" (R. D. Theisz).
My deepest thank you to conductor Delta David Gier and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, and to Lakota singer Dr. Ronnie Theisz and the exceptional Creekside Singers.
Go see this stirring CONCERT if you can!