Originally Published: September 3, 2012 9:45 p.m.
"Colors for Fall" marks the changing season in a special concert that will feature two world premier music compositions next Sunday in Prescott.
"New Music Arizona '12" is the Chaparral MusicFest's grand finale that follows its 2012 spring two-week extravaganza filled with workshops and concerts in its mission to "bring outside musicians to mix it up with local musicians," Henry Flurry, fest co-founder, said.
The concert begins at 3 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 630 Park Ave. Tickets are $17 for adults, $5 for youths 18 and under and are available at the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, 117 W. Goodwin St., by phoning 928-445-2000 or 800-266-7534 or at the door.
The name of Sunday's concert was inspired by "Colors Fall," by long-time Arizona State University professor James DeMars, who is "a fabulous composer," Flurry said. The composition is "a lovely, gentle piece inspired by nature and Native American musings." Performers Jeannette Moore on flute and Jonathan Bergeron on saxophone will play "Colors Fall."
The concert will feature more than 20 performers, highlighting 11 pieces, seven of them by Arizona composers.
"This is new music that our audiences will like," Flurry said. "It's fresh and accessible, fascinating and beautiful at the same time. It's important for people to perceive music as a continuously evolving art that still embraces beauty," he said.
Flurry and Chris Burton-Jacome and Lena Burton-Jacome will present world premiers in Sunday's concert.
Flurry will be accompanied by Kate Howell, alto, and both Owen Davis and Maria Flurry on vibraphone in his performance of "Meditation," which he describes as "a gentle and almost haunting treatment of some Beatitudes from the Dead Sea Scrolls."
Burton-Jacome, a flamenco guitarist, will play as his wife, Lena, dances in flamenco style to his melodies, "Conquistador" and "A World Premier." "She gives me chills," Flurry said of Jacome's dancing.
Other composers whose works will be spotlighted in New Music Arizona '12 are Arizonans Daniel Asia of Tucson, Roshanne Etezady of Tempe and Rodney Rogers of the Phoenix area.
Asia, a recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, was once composer/composer in residence for the Phoenix Symphony. Now a professor of composition and head of the Composition Department at the University of Arizona, Asia's composition is "Shiru Ladonai," a "song of glory echoing the lilt of music from ages past," which will be performed by soprano Linda Fine, Janice Chiang on piano, Jeannette Moore on flute and Maria Flurry on marimba.
Etezady's piece is "Glint," a "sparkling, skittering party of notes for saxophone and clarinet." She has a special interest in contemporary classical music, which will reflect in the performance of her work by Jonathan Bergeron on saxophone and John Masserini on clarinet.
Burton-Jacome studied flamenco guitar in Sevilla, Spain, and now performs in more than 200 shows a year throughout the United States and Canada. He is currently musical director of Calo Flamenco, Ballet de Martin Gaxiola, one of the top touring flamenco dance companies in the United States.
Rodgers' compositions include both instrumental and vocal music, ranging from works for solo performances to full orchestra. He teaches at Arizona State University. His composition for the Prescott performance is "Alleluia, Sing the Stars," a musical "journey from the first stars of twilight into a glorious choral shimmer of Alleluia," which will be presented by Dennis Houser as conductor, Fine, Howell and the Chaparral Singers.
Flurry teaches piano and composition in his Prescott studio, and he and his wife, Maria, founded Chaparral MusicFest, and perform as Sticks and Tones in libraries, schools, concerts and recitals. He composes for solo instruments, choirs and ensembles of all sizes, both locally and for groups in other parts of the country. His orchestral work, "Fanfare for New Orleans," was selected by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra to be its official fanfare.