SaddleBrooke Progress article

Renowned flute player coming to SaddleBrooke

by Karen Schickedanz

Gary Stroutsos, a master flute player, will be the featured musician at Ongtupqa, a special presentation about the Grand Canyon coming to SaddleBrooke in November.

Stroutsos will play a Hopi long flute that is a replica of some ancient flutes unearthed in 1931 from a cave in Arizona. The flutes have been curated by the Arizona State Museum in Tucson since 1957. The Hopi long flute is an end-blown rim flute that is very difficult to play and dates back over 1,400 years.

Read the rest of the article at the SaddleBrooke Progress website.

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