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6:22 PM Sat, Nov. 17th

Henry Flurry presents concert of original classical music for special PFAA concert

The Prescott Fine Arts Association will present two concerts Saturday of works by Prescott area composer Henry Flurry and performed by classical musicians from throughout the community.

Times for the performance at the PFAA Theater at 208 N. Marina St. are 2 and 7:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Prescott Fine Arts Scholarship fund.

Flurry composed all selections between 1996 and the beginning of 2009, including a song cycle written for mezzo-soprano, performed by Linda Sheehan and accompanied by Christina Cuda Robertson, and a composition for baritone sang by Philip Dixon.

Robertson won PFAA's scholarship competition in 1982, the first year it was offered.

The songs are settings of poems written by Deborah Rebeck Ash of Ann Arbor, Mich.

Arlene Hardy of the Prescott Women's Chamber Choir will direct an auditioned choir in one selection.

Others feature a string quartet and marimba performance.

Flurry, who produces the annual Chaparral Music Festival with his wife, Maria, said he has moved through different styles in his writing.

Flurry defines his style as a mix of influences by Romantic, French and American composers.

"It has a lot of the American, open sound, some of the French - jazz influences also in terms of the harmonies," he said.

"I've had a lot of fun working with all these performers. Some of these pieces, to hear how they're interpreted and performed, it just goes well beyond what I had imagined. It's tremendously exciting for me."

Flurry said the recent death of his father, whom he says inspired him as a musician, influenced some of the work.

"Some of the pieces were written earlier last year, and certainly his illness, his passing, weighed heavily upon me. A couple of the pieces dealing with that issue is reflected in the music," he said.

Tickets are $12 or $5 for 12 and under, and are available at Prescott Fine Arts or at the door.