Maria Flurry, percussion, week 2

Joining us for the second week of the Festival is Maria Flurry

Maria Flurry is an award-winning percussionist and juried Roster Member of the Arizona Commission of the Arts.  She has guest-performed in the percussion sections of the Detroit, Baltimore, Spokane, Phoenix, Toledo, and Annapolis Orchestras.  Ms Flurry has been guest timpanist with the Michigan Opera Theater, Mannheim Steamroller, Phoenix Symphony and was timpanist with the Flint Symphony Orchestra.  Now, she serves as timpanist with the Flagstaff Symphony as well as for the inaugural season of the Arizona Philharmonic.

Ms. Flurry recorded with Summit Brass and the Flint Symphony Orchestra, and Harpbeat, a percussion and harp duo. Harpbeat toured the Central States and performed family concerts with orchestras across Michigan. Harpbeat released three recordings. Its third received critical acclaim in Parenting and Family Fun magazines.
In 2002, Mrs. Flurry co-founded Sticks and Tones, with her pianist/composer husband, Henry Flurry. The group, also a Roster Member of the AZ Commission on the Arts, tours and performs across the Southwest.  Maria and her husband, Henry Flurry, co-founded Chaparral Arts, Inc., a non-profit organization supporting fledgling arts organizations in Arizona. They also co-created Chaparral MusicFest in 2007.
The Flint Journal wrote, “captivating, as indicated by the standing ovation” of Ms. Flurry’s Flint Symphony performance of Tan Dun’s “Water Concerto for Water Percussion and Orchestra.”  After her Spokane Symphony performance, the Spokesman Review declared Ms Flurry “a brilliant advocate for Tan’s music.”  Additional performances were with the Tucson Chamber Orchestra and the Flagstaff Symphony.  She is listed among significant performances of this work on Tan Dun’s website.
In October 2006, Ms. Flurry commissioned Kenneth LaFave’s “Canto de Alba,” a concerto for world percussion and chamber orchestra. She performed it with Chaparral MusicFest and Musica Nova.  Ms. Flurry commissioned “Impulso: Symphonic Dances for Marimba, Flamenco Guitar, and Dancer,” a work from co-composers, Chris Burton-Jácome and Maria’s husband, Henry Flurry. It has been performed in St. Louis, Phoenix, and Prescott.
She will perform “Ragtime Dances,” a concertant for marimba and orchestra, with the Arizona Philharmonic in August 2018, conducted by Peter Bay.
She was educated at Interlochen Arts Academy, Peabody Conservatory, University of Michigan, Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, and National Orchestral Institute.
Maria Flurry is an artist endorser for Black Swamp Percussion.