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Bruce Reiprich, Vicki Ray

The Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra  presented the world premiere of Bruce Reiprich’s Flowing Waters Caress Fallen Petal. Reiprich is professor of music theory and composition in the NAU School of Music.

Reiprich composed Flowing Waters Caress Fallen Petal for orchestra and piano at the request Elizabeth Schulze, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. The piece is based on a piano solo of the same name composed in 2010 for pianist Vicki Ray, who was the featured soloist with the FSO. Reiprich states that his composition is written “with a 21st-century language that is tonal, and sometimes atonal with lots of color, texture, and experimental sounds.”

“Premiering a new piece of music is the most exciting and vital work an orchestra can be involved with,” said Christopher Barton, FSO Executive Director. “Our audience will be the first to hear Bruce’s music realized and the first people who can carry it with them into the future.” Speaking about his hopes for the concert experience, Reiprich said: “I encourage the audience to listen in a creative way and to find worthwhile adventure in listening and being open to new sounds.”

The opening piece on program was William Grant Still’s Festive Overture, a patriotic and uplifting work composed in 1944. Still is considered the “Dean” of African-American composers, and his library and archives are housed in Flagstaff. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, known as the “Pastoral,” concluded the program.

The Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra concert, titled “Breaking Boundaries,” took place at Ardrey Memorial Auditorium on Friday, January 23, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for FSO concerts in Ardrey Memorial Auditorium are available online at the Central Ticket Office (nau.edu/cto) or by calling 523-5661. This program was the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra’s annual Percival Lowell Concert and was sponsored by Michael and Karen Kitt.