Originally Published: September 5, 2018 8:05 p.m.
We had an inkling of it from The Daily Courier’s “Kudos” article the previous week, and on Sunday, Aug. 26, it came to pass: That bright afternoon at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, the Arizona Philharmonic’s inaugural concert served up a sizzling, sparkling performance of our own Henry Flurry’s New Orleans-inspired compositions for a packed and grateful house.
The show was dedicated to the memory of Sen. John McCain, and the orchestra, under Peter Bay’s skilled direction, had us from its heartfelt, perfectly executed National Anthem. James D’León’s inspired piano performance of Flurry’s “Currents,” and Maria Flurry’s flawless, happy tripping over the Marimba keys in the “Ragtime Dances for Marimba and Orchestra,” were awe-inspiring and delightful. The smashing finale, Henry Flurry’s “Canyon Reflections,” brought the audience to their feet again.
This is amazing local talent, people, confirming Prescott’s place on the musical map — and AZ Phil has just begun! I’ve already got Oct. 6, Dec. 1, and March 23-24 on my calendar. Our new orchestra is not to be missed.