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The Ghosts of Mesa Verde composed by Stephen LiasWritten for Flute duetIncludes 2 SCORES ONLYAnyone who has ever visited the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park knows the eeries emptiness that pervades this unusual location. I recently had the added opportunity to tour the ruins in the dead of winter with deep snow on the ground and not another tourist in the park. Even under such circumstances, I couldn't escape the snesation that these abandoned structures were still alive with the echoes and memories of the Puebloan people that left so long ago. This composition imagines a tentative descent into and ancient kiva where the past comes to life in a vibrant and exuberant dance, then evaporates suddenly as the fire sends smoke up the shimney and out into the night. -Program Notes by Stephen Lias