PRLog - April 27, 2012 - FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- "Dark Skies Over Arizona" is the final concert of the season presented by the Master Chorale of Flagstaff and is a unique collaboration between MCF, Arizona Mountain Chorale, the acclaimed violin octet of The Hutchins Consort, a world premiere by NAU professor Judith Cloud and Lowell Observatory, Coconino Astronomical Society, and the Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition.
This exciting evening celebrates Flagstaff's status as the World's First International Dark Sky City and honor Arizona's Centennial. Astronomical images will be projected above the ensembles during the concert by Lowell Observatory and the Coconino Astronomical Society will provide telescopes for viewing the night skies during intermission and after the concert.
Traditional choral works by Samuel Barber, Randall Thompson, and Libby Larson will be performed, as well as familiar popular songs "Fly Me to the Moon" and "Home on the Range." The Hutchins Consort, led by Artistic Director Joe McNalley, will perform Schönberg's "Verklärte Nacht," "Summertime"
MCF Music Director Edith Copley, "We are so excited to perform with this professional ensemble from Los Angeles as well as premiere a new choral work in honor of Arizona's Centennial."
Aspey, Watkins, and Diesel is the season sponsor of the Master Chorale of Flagstaff and the underwriter for The Hutchins Consort collaboration.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $6 for students/children.
Tickets are available in advance from Central Ticketing by calling 928-523-5661 or visiting nau.edu/cto, or at the door the evening of the concert.
MORE ABOUT THE HUTCHINS CONSORT
The Hutchins Consort, founded by Artistic Director Joe McNalley, plays on the eight scaled violins designed and built by famed luthier Dr. Carleen Hutchins. A Violin Octet is a true consort of violins composed of eight violins across the range of a piano—treble, soprano, mezzo, alto, tenor, baritone, bass, and contrabass violins—a tuned set of violins from an 11” treble to a seven-foot contrabass. The Hutchins Consort, based in Southern California, is the only professional ensemble in the world performing on this octet of the New Violin Family instruments.
The Consort brings together a group of extraordinary musicians to play music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance to the music of the modern masters and new works written specifically for these instruments. They display a breadth and depth that few traditional groups match, and a sound that is truly unique.
The Hutchins Consort is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. For more information go to www.hutchinsconsort.org