Originally Published: May 27, 2012 8:10 p.m.
You could go to the Chaparral MusicFest to learn about choral or chamber music in classes, workshops and camps from Tuesday through Saturday, June 10, in Prescott. You also could just relax and enjoy the tunes.
"Chaparral MusicFest brings in stellar musicians from Arizona and across the country to mix it up with the great number of dynamite musicians in Prescott," said event organizers, Henry and Maria Flurry. "Add exceptional audience care, and you have a recipe for a unique series of concerts and educational experiences that will delight and benefit the entire community."
The sixth incarnation of the two-week event includes family concerts, master classes, recitals, a community drum circle, Suzuki and choir workshops, adult choral and chamber music workshops.
Maria's forte is percussion; she is first chair in the percussion section of the Flagstaff Symphony. Henry is a pianist and a composer.
In the Flurrys' travels to music festivals, they found they wanted to create a way for out-of-town musicians to work with Prescott-area talent, Maria said. All too often, she said, musicians travel to perform at festivals, but then pack up and leave when the event is over. "They do great concerts, and they're gone with no interaction in the community."
The Chaparral Music Fest brings in musicians from a variety of places. The name of the fest, "Chaparral," was inspired by the eco system around the Prescott area, Maria said - the scrub oak, pines and cactus - which characterizes the blend of musicians who take part in the event.
Visit www.chaparralmusicfest.org/2012/schedule.html for an event calendar and links to signup information. (Alternately, visit www.chaparralmusicfest.org, scroll over the "2012 Season" tab and click "Full Schedule.) Camps and workshops vary in price.
The Community Drum Circle is 3 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the Prescott Public Library, 215 E. Goodwin St. It's free and everyone, regardless of skill level, is invited. Bring a drum or borrow one there.
The fest's Suzuki Academy faculty recital is at 6 p.m. on June 7 at Prescott's Trinity Presbyterian Church, 630 Park Ave., and will feature visiting musicians who collaborate with Henry for this performance.
"It show the students how they could play eventually if they keep working on their instruments," Maria said. "And, it helps the faculty because we usually don't play with each other. We learn from each other, and it helps us keep growing as musicians."
Chaparral MusicFest's finale, "Sizzling Summer Sensation," featuring flamenco artists Chris Burton- Jácome and Lena Jácome and the saloon jazz combo Tumbledown House - is 3 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at Trinity Presbyterian Church.
Burton-Jacome, two-time winner of the John Lennon award, and his guitar will "burn up the stage with flamenco flourishes and Lena sizzles with grace passion and beauty," the Flurrys said.
The music of Tumbledown House has been described as "gritty saloon jazz," "modern speakeasy music" and "Tom Waits in a cocktail dress."
Tickets are $15 in advance at eventbrite.com, www.chaparralmusicfest.org and at the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, 117 W. Goodwin St., or $18 at the door. Children 18 or younger get in for $5
The event's flagship concert, New Music Arizona 2012, normally takes place at the end of the week, but has been rescheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Trinity Presbyterian Church.
Visit the event's website, www.chaparralmusicfest.org, or call 928-777-8663 for more information about Chaparral MusicFest 2012.