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31st Annual Grand Canyon Music Festival

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August 22 through September 7, 2014
Grand Canyon South Rim


Winner: New Music USA's New Music Educators Award

Winner: President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award

Winner: Governor's Arts Award

Two-time Winner: ASCAP-Chamber Music America

Award for Adventurous Programming

Robert Bonfiglio, Founding Director        Clare Hoffman, Artistic Director


The 31st Season

August 22-September 7, 2014

BRIM (Eve Beglarian, Clare Hoffman and Mary Rowell); Guidonian Hand trombone quartet; ETHEL with guest James Bilagody; The Catalyst Quartet


TICKETS: Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children (age 6 and up) and students.

Season tickets to all 7 concerts, $90.. For more information call 928- 638-9215.

Complete schedule information and tickets available on our web site.


WHAT: Grand Canyon Music Festival presents its 31st season, from August 22, 2014 to September 7, 2014, with weekend concerts at the Shrine of the Ages, South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park. The Festival also presents the fourteenth season of its Native American Composer Apprentice Project (NACAP), with music education programs at Navajo and Hopi Nation schools and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, and the seventh season of School of Rock with students at Grand Canyon Unified Schools.


Founded in 1983, the Grand Canyon Music Festival brings world-renowned artists to Arizona for performances, outreach, and education programs in rural and under-served communities, at affordable admission prices. The annual three-week series of concerts held at the Shrine of the Ages, South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park emphasizes the broad diversity of chamber music in celebration of the environment of this majestic

World Heritage Site.

Friday and Saturday, August 22 and 23, 2014, 7:30 p.m. BRIM (composer and vocalist EVE BEGLARIAN, flutist CLARE HOFFMAN and violinist MARY ROWELL) and the GUIDONIAN HAND trombone quartet perform exceprts from Eve Beglarian's "River Project" and "Book of Days" and  works by JS Bach, Claude Debussy and a new piece by Mary Ellen Childs. Eve Beglarian is "One of new music's truly free spirits" - The Village Voice

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 7:30 p.m.. The Bonfiglio Group Jazz and more... Robert Bonfiglio, harmonica; Joe Deninzon, violin; and Steve Benson, guitar. "If the violin has a future in Jazz and Rock, it is with Joe Deninzon"- RELIX Magazine


Friday and Saturday, August 29 and August 30, 2014, 7:30 p.m. 

ETHEL, America's premier post-classical string quartet: RALPH FARRIS, viola; KIP JONES, violin; DOROTHY LAWSON, cello; TEMA WATSTEIN, violin; with guest JAMES BILAGODY

Performing works by John King, Dan Friel, Philip Glass, Marcelo Zarvos and Raven Chacon. "Extraordinarily skilled, passionate musicians." - The New York Times


Friday and Saturday, September  5 and 6, 2014, 7:30 p.m.  THE CATALYST QUARTET: KARLA DONEHEW-PEREZ, violin; JESSIE MONTGOMERY, violin; PAUL LARAIA, viola; KARLOS RODRIQUEZ, cello

"The Bach/Gould Project" and "Folksong" with works by Glenn Gould, Antonín Dvořák, Jessie Montgomery, and JS Bach's Goldberg Variations.

"Invariably energetic and finely burnished"- The New York Times  




Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 4 p.m. Grand Canyon Community Building

Native American Composer Apprentice Project (NACAP)

The GCMF's seminal, award-winning education outreach project, NACAP, culminates in a day long fair for students, families and the community with the new music ensemble ETHEL, the Catalyst Quartet, members of Guidonian Hand and composers-in-residence Raven Chacon, Michael Begay, and Trevor Reed. Concert at 4 p.m. of works by the Grand Canyon Music Festival's NACAP students at Grand Canyon Community Building.


Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 5 p.m. Shrine of the Ages. The Grand Canyon Music

Festival's School of Rock celebrates its 6th season with Bonfiglio Group members Robert Bonfiglio, Stephen Benson and Joe Deninzon, and Grand Canyon School's

own band of talented rockers. This free community pre-concert student recital at Shrine of the Ages begins at 5 p.m.

The Grand Canyon Music Festival , winner of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities National Arts and Humanities Youth Program, the 2013 NewMusic USA's New Music Educators Award, the Governors Arts Award, and two-time winner of the ASCAP-Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming, has been recognized as an innovator in programming and education outreach, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Western State Arts Federation (WESTAF), the Flinn Foundation, Chamber Music America, the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, ASCAP Foundation, APS, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. The Grand Canyon Music Festival attracts artists of international acclaim, including Pulitzer Prize winning composers like John Corigliano, William Bolcom, and Paul Moravec. Festival performances have been heard nationwide on American Public Media's "Performance Today" and statewide on KNAU, Flagstaff , and KBAQ, Phoenix. The Grand Canyon Music Festival has been featured on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" and

"All Things Considered."

Native American Composer Apprentice Project (NACAP). Since 1984, the Festival has served Native American communities within the state, including the Navajo, Hopi, Havasupai, and Pima Indian Reservations, the Heard Museum, and Scottsdale Community College. In 2001 we inaugurated our Native American Composer Apprentice Project (NACAP). Recognized for its outstanding work with youth, NACAP is an intensive tutoring program in the art of composition for string quartet. Our 2014 composers-in-residence, Raven Chacon, Michael Begay, Blair Quamahongnewa, and Trevor Reed, work with students from Navajo and Hopi high schools In Arizona and Utah and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Those student works are then work-shopped, premiered, toured, and recorded by ETHEL, the Catalyst String Quartet, and members of Guidonian Hand, our NACAP 2014 ensembles-in-residence.

School of Rock

 Inspired by the success of NACAP, GCMF incorporated the School of Rock into its educational programming in 2007. Grand Canyon School of Rock is a fast-paced, week-long education program developed with Grand Canyon Music Festival musicians that gives Grand Canyon Unified School students the opportunity to study with outstanding artists and experience all aspects of band life. 

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