The Gold Canyon Arts Council begins Canyon Sounds 2013-2014 with The Hutchins Consort

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The Hutchins Consort

Known for its eclectic musical repertoires ranging from Bach, Gypsy Soul, French Romance, Tango, and Pop, this group utilizes eight uniquely designed violins, dazzling audiences with masterful performances which are uninhibited, improvisational, and always entertaining. Few traditional groups can match the Hutchins Consort’s diversity which has been a key to their success.

The Octet performs on special instruments designed by luthier and scientist Dr. Carleen Hutchins, whose research into the acoustic properties of string instruments resulted in the design of eight “Hutchins Violins” ranging in size from the 18.5-inch treble to the 7.2-foot contrabass.

Like all violins, these instruments capture the emotional element of the music, but also have the additional advantage of being crafted as a harmonically matched set. Having the same harmonic DNA gives the Hutchins Violins powerful resonance and the ability to produce a unique array of sounds that add a new dimension to the works they perform.

The ensemble brings together eight brilliant musicians including two visionary composers, founder Joe McNally (contrabass violin), and Frederick Charlton (bass violin). All the music is transcribed or composed specifically for the Hutchins Octet to accommodate the unique sonic structure of these instruments. All of the Hutchins musicians may be seen on their website

Tickets are available at the door at $25 for adults and $5 for students through high school. Purchase advance adult tickets for all Canyon Sounds concerts at Canyon Rose Storage, 6405 S. Kings Ranch Rd., Gold Canyon, at the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce office on the Apache Trail, or via PayPal on our Canyon Sounds website:, and receive a $5 discount.

The Gold Canyon Arts Council promotes and sponsors the performing and visual arts and other related activities in the Gold Canyon area, such as the Gold Canyon Arts Festival. The Council can be reached by e-mail at, by regular mail at: 5301 S. Superstition Mountain Drive, Suite 104 #183, Gold Canyon, AZ 85118, or by phone at 480-983-2171. More news and information about the Council and the Canyon Sounds series are available on the web at The Council is supported in part by grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Western States Arts Federation, and local corporations and businesses.

Friday, November 22, 2013, 7:30 pm

Venue: Gold Canyon United Methodist Church

6640 S Kings Ranch Road, Gold Canyon, AZ

Cost: $25 adults; $5 students through high school

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