Originally Published: September 12, 2018 6:54 p.m.
There I sat — one of nearly 1,100 delighted concert goers witnessing Prescott composer Henry Flurry’s musical inventions. The newly founded Arizona Philharmonic brilliantly conducted by Peter Bay performed the all Flurry program. The one-of-a-kind evening was augmented by a pair of (local) stellar soloists James D’Leon, piano (a Steinway artist) and the composer’s wife Maria Flurry (with the hat), marimba.
A “flurry” is a drizzle, but Flurry with a capital F is a creative cloudburst!
(Like the French Quarter in New Orleans at 2 in the morning, this report is “all aglow.”)
Back at the Performing Arts Center, a man in Row S (last row on the floor) stood and shouted a (fortissimo) “bravissimo” (loud praise) after “Currents,” a richly rewarding piano concerto inspired by the events of Hurricane Katrina, featuring a profound and razor-sharp interpretation by pianist James D’Leon. Congratulations, Mr. Flurry, on bravely running into the chaos and designing musical syntax with grief, anger, and groans like bricks and love like mortar.
Marimbist Maria Flurry’s artistry reminds me of a quote by Walter Hagen, one of the greatest golfers ever, who said “make the hard ones look easy ...” and Maria’s smiling fluency and easy musicality captivated every soul.
And thus we mark the birth of our AZ PHIL — its 56 members, and its proud parents “The Launch Team” — and a bright “adventure-PHIL’d” future.
T’was stirring to hear “the rockets red glare” as AZ PHIL flexed strong muscles lifting high the national anthem.