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Eugene Friesen

When penning "Grasslands: Prairie Voices," the Yale-educated cellist Eugene Friesen made solo expeditions throughout the Flint Hills to find his muse. He also took inspiration from prairies in different regions - Africa, Argentina, Mongolia - attempting to interpret the terrain on a global scale.

Eugene Friesen's cello is shown at a natural land reserve between Lawrence and Eudora. A natural setting is the inspiration for Symphony in the Flint Hills, a June 10 event that will feature performances by Friesen's Paul Winter Consort.

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