Hildegard Center for the Arts commissioned "Standing Bear - A Ponca Indian Cantata" by Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate

Outstanding Event Award

Recognizes a performance, exhibition or project in the previous year that will be notable in the community memory for years to come because of its content or cultural significance.


Inspired by the life and legacy of Ponca Chief Standing Bear, Hildegard Center for the Arts commissioned Emmy Award-winning Chickasaw classical composer, Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, to create the compelling work Standing Bear: A Ponca Indian Cantata. Written in both English and the Ponca language, the cantata used Standing Bear’s own words to take the audience on a journey of this great man who impacted not only American Indians but all Americans. The performance featured Native American operatic baritone, Grant Youngblood, the Rangbrook Ensemble, and pianist Dr. Ken Hoppmann, also serving as the project’s Artistic Director. Guest presenters included Jerod Tate, composer; Judi gaiashkibos, Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs; Chairman Larry Wright Jr., Ponca Tribe of Nebraska; Joe Starita, author of “I Am A Man”; and HCFA’s Anne Woita and Kim Einspahr. With sponsoring partner Southeast Community College Division of Humanities and the support of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, and with utmost respect, the Hildegard Center was honored to have this opportunity to celebrate the timeless story of Chief Standing Bear with a new generation.

Sponsored by Kathy and Marc LeBaron

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