, Muskogee, OK

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February 17, 2012

Native flutists to perform in Norman on Feb. 22

NORMAN — A Tahlequah man will be one of five Native Oklahoma flutists performing next week in Norman.

Oklahoma Native flutists presenting at this concert are Tommy Wildcat (Cherokee), Terry Tsotigh (Kiowa), Thomas Mauchahty-Ware II (Kiowa-Comanche), Calvert and Timothy Nevaquaya (Comanche). Also on the program are dancers Graham Primeaux (Ponca/Otoe) and Courtney Yarholar (Sac and Fox) accompanied by singer Pat Moore (Pawnee).

Traditional flute melodies and contemporary pieces will be the center of attention at the University of Oklahoma School of Music’s Ruggles Native American Music Series at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Wildcat is an accomplished Cherokee recording artist, using a variety of traditional handmade Indian flutes. He is a self-taught musician and flute maker.

Tsotigh is a member of the Kiowa tribe of Oklahoma and the great grandson of the prominent Kiowa flute player, Belo Cozad.

Ware, born and raised in rural Caddo County outside of Anadarko, said his parents were the main influences in his Kiowa-Comanche traditional and musical background. Presently a recording artist and performer of traditional vocal and flute music of Native cultures, he also plays contemporary rhythm and blues.

Timothy and Calvert Nevaquaya are the sons of the Comanche artist, historian, musician and friend of the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts, Doc Tate Nevaquaya. Doc Tate passed on the flute tradition to his sons Sonny, Edmond, Timothy and Calvert, who are all performing artists and makers in their own right.

“These performers have a long history of Native flutists in their family, most of them are the third generation to play the flute,” Paula Conlon, professor of ethnomusicology, said. “Terry Tsotigh assembled the group, and this will be their first performance together.”

Tickets to the concert at OU’s Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd, are $9 for adults and $5 for students, faculty, staff and senior adults. Tickets and information: (405) 325-4101.

If you go

WHAT: Ruggles Native American Music Series.

WHERE: University of Oklahoma’s Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd St., Norman.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Wednesday.

TICKETS: $9 for adults and $5 for students, faculty, staff and senior adults.

INFORMATION: (405) 325-4101

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