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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.

Cellist Eugene Friesen composed "Grasslands," the work that will be performed by his Paul Winter Consort, the Kansas City Symphony and its 100-voice choir for Symphony in the Flint Hills on June 10. The 5,000-seat event sold out in a matter of weeks. Friesen is pictured Thursday morning at a natural land reserve between Lawrence and Eudora.

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