The concert will be held in the Great Room of the Arizona Senior Academy, adjacent to the Community Center, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday’s concert marks a third visit to the Village for the married duo.
Classically trained in the silver (Boehm) flute, Matthews holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Performance from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, her home town. She first picked up a Native American-style wooden flute while traveling in Arizona and became enchanted with its sound.
During travels throughout the Southwest, particularly the Four Corners region, Matthews has composed pieces that “represent or evoke the spirit of a location, be it scenic canyon, lively city, or prehistoric ruin.
At Tuesday’s concert, Matthews will demonstrate a variety of Native American flutes, showing how they are made and what differentiates them from other wind instruments. Rockholt will demonstrate and talk about the ways percussion is used to benefit the ensemble.
Following lunch, the two will hold a workshop, “Getting Started on the Native American Flute,” for those who would like to further explore the instrument. The workshop will be held in the Great Room from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Submitted by Valerie Anderson, Academy Village Volunteer