Grand Canyon Music Festival


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Grand Canyon Music Festival

September
Since 1983, the Grand Canyon National Park has hosted a three-week series of nine concerts of chamber music that promotes music education in the rural and underserved communities near the park. The event began when musicians Robert Bonfiglio and Clare Hoffman, who were hiking at the park, were asked to play a concert for a retiring park ranger. With community and business support, the event has grown to its present scope.
The concerts take place in the Shrine of the Ages on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park and at the Heard Museum, Scottsdale Community College, and on area Indian reservations. The festival has attracted such award-winning composers as John Corigliano, William Bolcom, and Paul Moravec, and concerts are broadcast on National Public Radio. In 2007, the musical groups participating included Trio Solisti, the Calder Quartet, and the string quartet ETHEL. Since 2001, the festival has also sponsored the Native American Composer Apprentice Project to train young composers to write for string quartets.
CONTACTS:
Grand Canyon Music Festival
800-997-8285
www.grandcanyonmusicfest.org
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