Concert series features Native American compositions

Native American Concert

The NAU School of Music’s Horizons Concert Series will present “A Celebration of Concert Music by Native American Composers,” featuring Italian pianist Emanuele Arciuli and Grammy-nominated R. Carlos Nakai on Native flute.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in Ardrey Auditorium.

Arciuli will perform several pieces dedicated to him by Native American composers, including Osage Variations, by Louis W. Ballard (Quapaw-Cherokee), The Release of the Choctaw Fire Bird, by George Quincy (Choctaw), Nilchi’ Shada’ji Nalaghali (Winds that Turn on the Side from the Sun), by Raven Chacon (Navajo-Dineh) and a new composition by Dawn Avery (Mohawk).

Widely heralded Navajo-Ute musician Nakai will give the Arizona premiere of Quintet à bec, by Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate (Chickasaw), a work Nakai premiered at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival in August.

Joining Nakai will be NAU musicians Melissa Latvala (flute), John Masserini (clarinet), J.C. Clermont (bass clarinet) and Kent Moore (bassoon). Nakai and Arciuli also will combine their musical imaginations in an extended improvisation.

Tickets can be purchased through the NAU Central Ticketing Office located in the University Union, online at or by calling (928) 523-5661.

Tickets are $17.50 for adults, $12.50 for seniors (65 and older) and NAU faculty and staff, $5 for children (17 younger) and free for NAU students with ID. For information e-mail Todd Sullivan or call (928) 523-3731.