PROGRAM

SUNDAY, March 28, 2 pm

Oracle Center for the Arts

Sponsored by Jean E. Wilcox & Canyon Records


Evensongs (Souvenirs d'été)

  • Jeu d'enfant

  • Silence des jours passés

Composed by James DeMars

R. Carlos Nakai, Native American flute

Stephen Cook, piano

Lake That Speaks

Composed by James DeMars. Arranged by Giuli Doyle

R. Carlos Nakai, Native American flute

Alex Duke, cello


Indigenous Indigena

Composed by R. Carlos Nakai

R. Carlos Nakai, Native American flute

Alex Duke, cello


The Colors Fall

Composed by James DeMars

R. Carlos Nakai, Native American flute

Alex Duke, cello


Cholla Dance

Composed by R. Carlos Nakai

R. Carlos Nakai, Native American flute

Alex Duke, cello


Amazing Grace

Arranged by Billy Williams

R. Carlos Nakai, Native American flute

Alex Duke, cello

Stephen Cook, piano

R. Carlos Nakai

Of Navajo-Ute heritage, R. Carlos Nakai is the world’s premier performer of the Native American flute. Originally trained in classical trumpet and music theory, Nakai was given a traditional cedar wood flute as a gift and challenged to see what he could do with it.


Nakai began playing the traditional Native American flute in the early 1980s and released more than 50 albums in his career (with 40 on the Canyon Records label). Nakai has sold more than 4.3 million albums for Canyon Records and earned two Gold Records for Canyon Trilogy and Earth Spirit. In 2014, Canyon Trilogy reached Platinum (over 1 million units sold), the first ever for a Native American artist performing traditional solo flute music. In addition to his solo appearances throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, Nakai has worked with guitarist William Eaton, flutist Paul Horn, composers James DeMars and Phillip Glass and various symphony orchestras.


While well-grounded in the traditional uses of the flute, Nakai has explored new musical settings including new age, world-beat jazz and classical. His cross-cultural collaborations have included an album with the Wind Travelin’ Band, a Japanese folk ensemble and Tibetan flutist and singer Nawang Khechog on several productions including “In A Distant Place.” Nakai has earned two gold records for “Canyon Trilogy” and “Earth Spirit” and has received eleven GRAMMY nominations in four different categories and earned a Governor’s Arts Award. Nakai’s career has been shaped by a desire to communicate a sense of Native American culture and society that transcends the common stereotypes presented in mass media.


Alex Duke

Alex Duke is a cellist from the Phoenix area. He started playing the cello in elementary school and has since pursued cello playing as his career. Alex is an alumnus of Arizona State University, having completed a Bachelor of Music degree under the instruction of Thomas Landschoot.


He enjoys working with numerous ensembles and organizations in the greater Phoenix area to provide performances of all types of music. He has performed with Oh My Ears, Mill Ave Chamber Players, West Valley Symphony, and is thrilled to collaborate with the Oracle Piano Society for an evening of Brahms.


In addition to his work as a performer, Alex maintains a private studio of cello students and teaches with organizations such as Rosie's House and Harmony Project to pass on what he has learned to young musicians.

Stephen Cook

Pianist, Dr. Stephen Cook has dedicated his life to building culture through musical performance, education, and nonprofit leadership.

A student of luminary pianists Ursula Oppens, Robert Hamilton, and Eteri Andjaparidze, Cook trained at DePaul University, Northwestern University, and Arizona State University where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree.

A visionary pianist, Dr. Cook expands the traditional piano recital format with distinctive elements of artistic fusion. His innovative performance projects harmoniously merge music with visual arts, poetry, film, and even cuisine. He is also a founding member of the Oracle Piano Quartet and an annual guest artist of the Bermuda Piano Festival.

As an educator, Dr. Cook fosters appreciation for artistic tradition through the use of modern technology. He leads a large private piano studio and is founder and director of the Oracle Chamber Music Festival and the Oracle Online Conservatory.

Passionate about community outreach and cultural development, Dr. Cook founded Oracle Piano Society in 2012. As the organization’s Artistic Director, he has brought together an impressive Artist Advisory Committee, empowered a passionate Board of Directors, and inspired an outpouring of local support. Now in its ninth year of operation, the Society has established a permanent venue called the Oracle Center for the Arts and is developing a new outdoor amphitheatre as part of its campus development plan. With its annual concert series, community chorale, chamber music festival, and online conservatory, Oracle Piano Society intends to become the next great American Music Festival in the tradition of Aspen, Ravinia, and Tanglewood.


Poised to become the next great American music festival, the Oracle Piano Society delivers piano and other musical programs of exceptional quality and artistry to the beautiful high-desert rural community of Oracle, Arizona.

We create transformative cultural opportunities for students and members of the community through innovative performances and dynamic educational events.