Originally Published: December 16, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Henry and Maria Flurry as their musical duo, Sticks and Tones, will take their audience on "A Christmas World tour" in a performance Saturday, Dec. 21, at Trinity Presbyterian Church.
"We love classical music and songs, styles and instruments from around the world," Maria Flurry said of Sticks and Tones repertoire that the audience can expect Saturday, when they bring the music of other cultures to the stage. For instance, they will perform "Silent Night," which comes from Germany, "Carol of the Bells," a Ukrainian melody, and "Oshogatsu," which the Japanese sing for their New Year celebrations.
"We will have something from every country, except Antarctica," Flurry said, and Sticks and Tones won't leave out such Christmas favorites as "Deck the Halls," "Jingle Bells" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." The audience is welcome to bring their jingle bells for the sing-alongs.
Children will get the chance to perform on stage and play a percussion instrument, and the Flurrys will also entertain with the story of the Christmas tree.
"A Christmas World Tour" is for families to "wind down and connect with each other through music," Flurry said of the busy season.
The program begins at 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets will be available at the door, and to buy in advance visit the website www.sticksandtones.com or call 533-3525. The church is located at 630 Park Ave.
Henry Flurry plays piano and guitar and is a certified acoustic guitar teacher. Maria is a percussionist "who plays everything you tap, scrape or shape."
Together, with the help of many volunteers, they started Chaparral Arts, which presents annual events such as the New Music Arizona and a series of concerts and music workshops in the summer called Chaparral MusicFest. Chaparral Arts' executive director is Tom Agostino.
Maria holds an undergraduate degree in music performance and education from Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Md., and a master's degree in percussion performance from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She is principal percussionist in the Flagstaff Symphony and timpanist for Prescott Chamber Strings. She has backed up such artists as Ray Charles, Mel Torme and Jim Nabors. She will perform in a premier of "Impulso," a concerto for marimba, flamenco guitar and dancer in November 2014 in St. Louis, Mo.
Henry holds undergraduate degrees in music theory and composition and electrical engineering from Northwestern University. For several years, he taught at the University of Michigan School of Music and helped author multi-media software for companies such as Disney, Hasbro and Mattel.
He teaches Suzuki Piano and composes music for small ensembles, bands and orchestra. His works have been performed and commissioned by numerous groups, including the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Prescott POPS Symphony, Atlanta Wind Symphony and Yavapai College.
Sticks and Tones performs at schools, libraries and concert programs around Arizona. They are both bilingual in Spanish and English. Langages featured during "A Christmas World Tour," will include Spanish, German, American Sign Language and Japanese.
Of Saturday's performance, the Flurrys say, "Everyone will sing, laugh and play a variety of instruments through the festive multicultural program as we visit many countries and their celebrations of Christmas."
And, the Flurrys said more merriment will have the audience "wearing outrageous hats, using our giant map and silly sound effects."
After the performance, the audience will be treated to an afterglow, with doughnuts and cider and a chance to sing other carols.