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Shenandoah Draws On Heritage For Musical Performance

Joanne Shenandoah

TAHLEQUAH – One of the nation’s leading American Indian recording arts, Joanne Shenandoah draws upon her heritage as a Wolf Clan member of the Iroquois Confederacy - Oneida Nation. She has fulfilled the promise of her American Indian name, Tekaliwah-kwa (She Sings), by winning a Grammy Award and 11 Native American Music Awards.

Shenandoah brings her personal experience, cultural knowledge, and rich talents to the stage in an evening performance of “Songs of the Spirit with Joanne Shenandoah” at the Tahlequah High School Performing Arts Center, 591 Pendleton St., on Thursday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. The performance, part of the Sequoyah Institute’s 23rd Annual Galaxy of Stars Series, is being held in conjunction with the 37th Annual Symposium on the American Indian at Northeastern State University.

Since emerging as an artist in 1990, Shenandoah has performed at such high-profile gigs at Carnegie Hall, the White House, Kennedy Center, Earth Day on the Mall, Woodstock ‘94, the Parliament of the Worlds Religions in South Africa, the famous Sagrada Familia, in Barcelona, Spain, and thousands of venues.

Shenandoah has appeared on stage, opened for, performed with and/or recorded with Leah & Diane Shenandoah, Floyd Westerman, Charlie Hill, John Kay, Odetta, Pete Seeger, Wes Studi, Chuck Mangione, Willie Nelson, Robbie Robertson, Richie Havens, Timbuk Three, Litefoot, Buddy Red Bow, Seal, David Amram, Bruce Cockburn, David Lindley, Samite, R. Carlos Nakai, Frank Talarico, Randy Travis, Cremo, Judy Collins, Lenny Milano, Chuck Berry, Jackson Brown, Gulda, Kris Kristopherson, Mickey Hart, Neil Young, Erik Hokkanen, Kevin Locke, Rebone, New Mexico Symphony, Paul Angerosa, Rita Coolidge, Ray Charles, Paul Winter, A. Paul Ortega, Jim Pepper, Mary Younglbood, John Trudell, Jeff Beck, Tom Bee, Wayne Newton, Tom Jackson, Tagag, Bill Miller, Gerhard Rebmann, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Marc McCoin, Tony Hymas, Christopher Grenner, Keith Secola, Tom Wasinger, Jack Gladstone, Buffy St. Marie, Stuart Heizman, Jo Dee Massina, John Denver, Ulali, Crystal Gayle and Michael Bucher.

The Associated Press called her “one of the most acclaimed Native American singers of her time.” Joanne will soothe your spirit and warm your heart through her music.

Before the performance, go beyond the stage by attending a workshop, “Nurturing Your Creator-Given Talents,” by Joanne Shenandoah on Thursday, April 16 from 1 to 2:15 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom B. This pre-performance workshop will give aspiring singers, songwriters, musicians, and fans the opportunity to learn directly from the performer.

Funding for the show is provided by Mid-America Arts Alliance, Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Tickets range from $20 to $5. Call (918) 458-2075 for reservations and details.


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