World Première Recording of Mark Grey’s Enemy Slayer: A Navajo Oratorio in Phoenix, Arizona
March 5, 2008
On 7 and 9 Feb 2008, the combined forces of The Phoenix Symphony, conducted by Michael Christie, the Phoenix Symphony Chorus, led by choir director and chorusmaster Gregory Gentry, and baritone soloist Scott Hendricks, gave the première of Mark Grey’s important new work, Enemy Slayer: A Navajo Oratorio. The performances were recorded live for Naxos.
Enemy Slayer: A Navajo Oratorio was commissioned by The Phoenix Symphony in celebration of its 60th Anniversary. Composer and sound designer Mark Grey, who is Music Alive Composer-in-Residence with the Phoenix orchestra, collaborated for this unique project with Navajo native poet and professor Laura Tohe, who based the libretto on an ancient monster slayer narrative from the Navajo Creation Story.
The recorded performances of this work took place at Phoenix Symphony Hall in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Thomas Moore was the producer and John Pellowe - Meyer Sound Laboratories was the engineer.
From left to right: Composer Mark Grey, visualizations designer Deborah O'Grady, whose Southwest landscape photography was projected on a 12-by-21-foot screen during the performance, baritone soloist Scott Hendricks , and the librettist Laura Tohe.
Photo courtesy of The Phoenix Symphony