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29th Annual Grand Canyon Music Festival
through September 8, 2012
Shrine of the Ages
Grand Canyon (Tusayan)
August 24-September 8, 2012
ETHEL, The Catalyst Quartet
Robert Bonfiglio, Joe Deninzon and Stephen Benson
Mezzo-soprano Cabiria Jacobsen, Tenor Kirk Dougherty, Pianist Jon Klibonoff
TICKETS: Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children (age 6 and up) and students.
Sesaon tickets to all 7 concerts, $90.. For more information call 800-997-8285 or 928-
638-9215. For complete schedule information and tickets visit
WHAT: Grand Canyon Music Festival presents its 29th season, from August 24, 2012 to
September 8, 2012, with weekend concerts at the Shrine of the Ages, South Rim, Grand
Canyon National Park. The Festival also presents the twelfth season of its Native
American Composer Apprentice Project (NACAP), with music education programs at
Navajo and Hopi Reservation schools, and the fifth season of School of Rock for 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 underserved
Arizona 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 24 and 25, 2012
ETHEL: America's premier postclassical string quartet
"Extraordinarily skilled, passionate musicians." - The New York Times
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Robert Bonfiglio, harmonica, Joe Deninzon and Stephen Benson
“If the violin has a future in Jazz and Rock, it is with Joe Deninzon" - RELIX Magazine
Friday and Saturday, August 31 and September 1, 2012
Catalyst Quartet , “Invariably energetic and finely burnished”
- The New York Times
with special guests ETHEL and bassist Trevor Reed
This young string quartet, top laureates and alumni of the internationally acclaimed
Sphinx Competition for young Black and Latino string players is on a mission to advance
diversity in classical music and inspire new and young audiences with dynamic
performances of repertoire by a wide range of composers.
Featuring Osvaldo Golijov’s nonet Last Round, an homage to Piazzolla
“His works arouse extraordinary enthusiasm in audiences because they revive music’s
elemental powers. They have rhythms that rock the body into motion and melodies that
linger in the mind.” - The New Yorker
On Saturday, Sept. 1, composer Richard Einhorn’s octet, “The Silence.
Join us for a pre-concert discussion with Richard Einhorn about his experience with
sudden hearing loss at the age of 57, and how he has become an advocate for the hearing
Friday September 7, 2012
“A Night at the Opera”
Cabiria Jacobsen, mezzo-soprano; Kirk Dougherty, tenor:
Jon Klibonoff, piano: Clare Hoffman, flute
Husband and wife singers Kirk Dougherty and Cabiria Jacobsen bring some of opera’s
greatest hits to the Grand Canyon Music Festival stage, including semi-staged scenes
from La Cenerentola and West Side Story.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
“The Art of Song”
Cabiria Jacobsen, mezzo-soprano; Kirk Dougherty, tenor:
Jon Klibonoff, piano
Enjoy the Art of Song from Baroque masters to contemporary classics. Husband and
wife singers Kirk Dougherty and Cabiria Jacobsen perform works of Purcell, Handel,
Britten, Gershwin, and Porter, as well as selections from two new song cycles, Vignettes:
Ellis Island by Alan Louis Smith, and Craigslistlieder by Gabriel Kahane.
FREE COMMUNITY EVENTS
Sunday, September 2, 2012 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 and the Catalyst Quartet, 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.
Friday, August 31, 2012 at 5 p.m., Shrine of the Ages. The Grand Canyon Music
Festival’s School of Rock celebrates its 5th 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 Council on the Arts and
the Humanities Arts and Humanities Youth Program, Governors Arts Award, and twotime
Winner: 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 are heard nationwide on National Public Radio's
"Performance Today" and statewide on KNAU, Flagstaff , and KBAQ, Phoenix. The
Grand Canyon Music Festival has been featured the 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 on the art of composition for string quartet. Our 2012
composers-in-residence, Raven Chacon, Michael Begay, Blair Quamahongnewa, and
Trevor Reed, work with students from 5 Navajo and Hopi high schools In Arizona, New
Mexico and Utah. Those student works are then work-shopped, premiered, toured, and
recorded by ETHEL, NACAP 2012 ensemble-in-residence and the Catalyst Quartet, 2012
NACAP fellowship ensemble-in-residence.
School of Rock. Inspired by the success of NACAP, the 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 of Grand Canyon Unified School students the opportunity to
experience all aspects of band life.
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