Traditional Cherokee flutist presents ‘Summer Sounds’ benefit concert

Award-winning traditional Cherokee flutist Randy McGinnis will host “Summer Sounds,” a benefit concert for the Maryville Arts Coalition, at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21, in the Lambert Recital Hall at the Clayton Center for the Arts at Maryville College.

The Maryville Arts Coalition sponsors Last Friday Art Walk, among other arts endeavors.

Tickets are $10 per person. The concert will include both solo music on the Cherokee flute and ensemble pieces with other musicians. Silver Spoons Café at the Clayton Center for the Arts will stay open until 8 p.m. for dinner, with a portion of the proceeds from the evening being donated to MAC.

McGinnis, a Cherokee Indian born into the Deer Clan, plays music based on the old songs he grew up listening to as a small boy. He taught himself to play these songs on the native flute.

McGinnis received a prestigious award from R. Carlos Nakai for the promotion, preservation and education of the Native American flute. He founded the Smoky Mountain Flute Circle in Townsend and is the founder and president/CEO of Echota Technologies in Alcoa.

McGinnis created Deer Star Productions, a Native American record label. He is on the board of directors for the International Native American Flute Players Association (www.inafa.org) and is a member of the Maryville Arts Coalition board. His first recording, “Ancient Voices of the Smoky Mountains,” gives great insight to the heartfelt music that is created.

Tickets are available at Blount Today, Boyd Thomas Clothing, Village Tinker and from MAC board members.

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