November 7, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Arizona Senior Academy
Gary Stroutsos, composer of the haunting music for the PBS program Desert Dreams, will return to the Arizona Senior Academy at 2:30 pm on Wednesday, November 7, to present Hopi Music and Cultural Connections to the Grand Canyon. Gary has shared his fascination for native music with us here at ASA twice before, in 2014 and 2017.
He will be playing with replicas of ancient flutes that were made by master flute builder Michael Allen based on the originals in the Arizona State Museum. These ancient flutes were found by Carl Morris in 1931 inside Broken Flute Cave in the Prayer Rock District in northern Arizona. They were dated to AD 620-670, making them the oldest known wooden flutes in North America. The Hopi Tribe, which still maintains a ceremonial Flute Clan, believes these are ancient Hopi long flutes.
Written by Betty Feinberg, Academy Village Volunteer