Grand Canyon Music Festival 2019 36th Season
Welcome to our 36th Season ~
August 23 and 24th 7:30 pm Newman Oltman Guitar Duo. Shrine of the Ages
Opening weekend of the Grand Canyon Music Festival's 36th Season featuring the Newman Oltman Guitar Duo. Join them, along with our founders, flutist Clare Hoffman and harmonica virtuoso Robert Bonfiglio, for two evenings of music featuring past favorites, like Katherine Hoover’s Canyon Echos, and Cuban legend Leo Brouwer’s New Guitar Duet, El Libro de los Seres Imaginarios (The Book of The Imaginary Beings), a tribute to Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges, composed for the Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo, part of Brouwer’s 80th birthday international celebration for 2019.
Friday, August 30th 4 pm Grand Canyon School of Rock Shrine of the Ages
Rock along with Grand Canyon high school students in this culminating recital as they display what they learned during the week-long School of Rock with Bonfiglio Group members Stephen Benson and Joe Deninzon.
Friday, August 30th 7:30 pm Bonfiglio Group Jazz, Blues and more Shrine of the Ages
The Grand Canyon Music Festival's 36th Season presents The Bonfiglio Group, Robert Bonfiglio ("The Paganini of the harmonica), Joe Deninzon ("The Jimi Hendrix of the violin”), and Steve Benson. Three extraordinary virtuosi bring their unique talents to a refreshing and unpretentious bridge between jazz, classical, rock, and pop. With special guests John Vail on bass and Bryan Stone on drums.
Saturday, August 31st 7:30 pm The Catalyst Quartet Shrine of the Ages
Sunday, September1st 5:00 pm NACAP Shrine of the Ages
Since 1984, the Grand Canyon Music Festival has been dedicated to bringing the world’s finest musicians to Grand Canyon National Park in celebration of the power and beauty of this magnificent World Heritage site. Since 1985, the Festival has extended this gift of music to the students of northern Arizona’s under-served and rural communities, primarily at schools on the Navajo and Hopi Reservations. In 2001, the Festival initiated its Native American Composers Apprentice Project (NACAP) to extend its outreach to training talented Native American students in the art of composition. NACAP develops musical literacy and enhances critical thinking and decision making skills through the study of music composition. It introduces students to European “classical” music techniques, develops their understanding of their own musical heritages and how to use that knowledge to develop their own compositional voices.
September 6th & 7th 7:30 pm The Manhattan Chamber Players
A collective of some of the most exciting young chamber musicians performing today, The Manhattan Chamber Players follow in the storied traditions of great music making established at Marlboro Music Festival, Steans Institute at Ravinia, Music@Menlo,Yellow Barn and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festivals. Joining us at the Grand Canyon this year are violinist Brendan Speltz, violist Luke Fleming, and cellist Andrea Casarrubios, with Clare Hoffman, flute, and Robert Bonfiglio, harmonica, and special guests, long time GCMF artists (and Brendan’s parents!), cellist David Speltz and violinist/violist Connie Kupka.
Thank You –
Robert Bonfiglio, Founding Director
Clare Hoffman, Artistic Director
For more information please visit http://grandcanyonmusicfest.org/