Originally published Monday, December 10, 2018 at 01:04p.m.

The soaring tones of R. Carlos Nakai’s flute join with William Eaton’s shimmering harp guitars and Will Clipman’s pan-global percussion, for a special holiday concert entitled ‘Winter Dreams’ at Old Town Center for the Arts, on Friday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m.

The concerts will feature some of the world’s favorite Christmas melodies in new arrangements heard on Nakai & Eaton’s best selling ‘Winter Dream’s album. Carols including What Child Is This, Angels We Have Heard On High, We Three Kings, God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman and others are infused with the spirit of the Southwest and the sonorous panoramic harmonies of the instruments and voices of Nakai, Eaton and Clipman.

Along with holiday tunes, the trio will play selections from several of their award winning albums recorded on Canyon Records, including ‘Dancing Into Silence’ and the latest contribution, ‘Awakening the Fire,’ a duo album from Nakai and Clipman. The recent Grammy nomination of ‘Awakening the Fire’ adds to past collaborations that have resulted in an additional 16 Grammy nominations and 12 Nammy’s (Native American Music Awards).

The winter solstice is a time for renewal and contemplation, and also a time for celebration. Winter Dreams has become a classic for many, who have found this recording to be a soundtrack for the season.

Does Winter Dream? Yes Winter Dreams, according to our ancestors who believed that all things were animate and participating in the ongoing dance of life.

Following the sun, our indigenous relatives in the Northern hemisphere observed the sun’s emergence in the morning from far off to the east, its arc across the sky, and its submersion into the earth to the far west.

It was a time of storytelling, to one another and to the earth, and all it’s inhabitants, to coax the sun back to its higher arc. In this spirit, the trio will honor our indigenous ancestors with several songs, including Sun Path, Breath of Peace, and Down to Earth.

R. Carlos Nakai, is the world’s premier performer of and composer for the Native American flute. Nakai has released thirty-six albums on Canyon Records, including two Gold Records, and has sold over four million albums worldwide.

William Eaton, a musician, composer, recording artist and instrument maker whose imaginative harp guitars and multi-stringed instruments have been recognized world-wide, is the Director and co-founder of the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, a guitar making school in Phoenix.

Will Clipman has been a drummer since the age of 3, and has since then mastered a pan-global palette of instruments in addition to the traditional drumset. He has recorded over 50 albums, half of those for Canyon Records, where he is regarded as the house percussionist.

Come share in the celebration of the season, and find the timeless beauty within and without, as winter dreams. Recordings will be available and Nakai, Eaton & Clipman will be available to sign CD’s after the concert.

Tickets for the Winter Dreams concert are $20 in advance, $22 at the door, and $25 for priority seating. Tickets are available online at www.showtix4u.com and are also available in Cottonwood at: Desert Dancer and Mt. Hope Foods; and in Sedona at: The Literate Lizard Bookstore. Old Town Center for the Arts is located at 5th Street & Main in Old Town Cottonwood.

For further information please visit www.oldtowncenter.org or call 928-634-0940.

If You Go ...

• What: Winter Dreams with R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton & Will Clipman

• When: Friday, Dec. 14, 7 pm & Saturday, Dec. 15, 7 pm

• Where: Old Town Center for the Arts, 5th Street & Main, Cottonwood

• How Much: $20 advance, $22 door, $25 priority seating

• More Info: (928) 634-0940 www.oldtowncenter.org

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