Originally Published: April 21, 2013 9:56 p.m.
Chaparral Arts, a major supporter of performing arts in Arizona, is gearing up for its seventh season of workshops and concerts in Prescott.
The first phase of Chaparral's premier events, the Chaparral MusicFest, begins May 28 and runs through June 16 and includes workshops, academies, faculty recitals, collaborations and a final celebrations concert. Workshops feature chamber music, adult choral, contemporary music, youth choral, percussion and Suzuki and violin academy. Workshops are designated for age groups from elementary, middle and high school to college students and adults. Scholarships are available.
The grand finale will be at 3 p.m. June 16, with a celebration concert at the Highlands Center for Natural History, 1375 Walker Road. The public is invited. Tickets are $18.
Early-bird registration for the workshops ends April 30. For complete information about the workshops and to buy tickets for the concert, visit www.chaparralmusicfest.org or contact interim director Owen Davis at 379-2554.
Chaparral organizers are planning the group's flagship concert, New Music Arizona, for September. This event features the new music of four Arizona composers selected for their innovative works. They will perform at 3 p.m. on Sept. 8 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 630 Park Ave.
Henry and Maria Flurry founded Chaparral in 2007, with its focus being the Chaparral MusicFest, which is intended to nurture creative artistic growth not only in students but in professionals who participate, as well, Maria Flurry said.
"Most music festivals bring performers into a community and present phenomenal concerts, but the joy stops there," she said. "Chaparral MusicFest intentionally brings artists from beyond northern Arizona to collaborate with artists from the quad-city area to produce big-city quality concerts and educational experiences that resonate through the calendar year and across Arizona."
Maria Flurry is an orchestral percussionist, timpanist and music educator and has performed with many orchestras around the country, namely Baltimore Chamber, Michigan Opera Theater and the Phoenix Symphony. She has backed up such artists as Kenny Loggins, Ray Charles and Mannheim Steamroller.
Henry Flurry is an award-winning composer, pianist and choral conductor who composes for solo instruments and ensembles of all sizes. His works have been commissioned by such groups as the Atlanta Wind Symphony, Kennesaw State University, Yavapai College and Balance Duo. His orchestral work, "Fanfare for My City," was selected by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra to be its official fanfare and has received numerous performances by that group.
He is a certified Suzuki Piano teacher and a roster artist of the Arizona Commission on the Arts.
Other coaches participating in the Chaparral MusicFest are Dr. Leon Burke, Dr. Katie Shields, Owen Davis and Erasable Color.
Burke is currently assistant director of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, music director of the University City Symphony and is one of the cover conductors for the St. Louis Symphony.
Shields is the violist of Quartet Sabaku, a Phoenix-based string quartet and has been on the teaching roster of the Arizona Commission on the Arts since 1998. She is a member of the Arizona Opera Orchestra and a studio teacher of violin and viola.
Erasable Color is a Flagstaff-based quartet that plays the music of established modern composers as well as the music of a younger, emerging generation.
Davis is a composer, percussionist and educator and a founding member of Erasable Color. He has been a member of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra since 2009.