GC VILLAGE — The 18th season of the Grand Canyon Music Festival will begin Sept. 7 and run through Sept. 22 with seven evenings of chamber music at the Shrine of the Ages.
Composer-in-residence Brent Michael Davids returns to the Grand Canyon Music Festival this year. Davids will again be a part of the festival's Native American Composers' Apprentice Project.
The festival will feature performances by the Miro Quartet, the Miami String Quartet, Clare Hoffman on flute, Maria Bachman on violin, Jon Klibonoff on piano, Robert Bonfiglio on harmonica, pianist Alan Chow and baritone Jubilant Sykes will perform Stephen Sondheim and Aaron Copland compositions.
Composer-in-residence Brent Michael Davids will premiere a new piece for string quartet as part of the Native American Composers' Apprentice Project.
Virtuosity and personality combine for two nights of music Sept. 7-8 with a world premiere of Rodrigo's Rhapsody for Harmonica. There will be performances by Bachman, Klibonoff, Bonfiglio and Hoffman, who will play Debussy's "Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun," Brahams Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in D Minor, songs by George Gershwin and music by Franck, Milhaud, Piazolla and Ravel.
On Sept. 12, Sykes and Chow will perform songs by American composers, including Sondheim and Copland as well as works by Haydn and Schubert.
Sykes, Chow, Hoffmand and the Miami String Quartet will perform Liszt, Smetana and a sampler of Spirtuals and American Songs on Sept. 14.
These same musicians will perform Samuel Barber's "Dover Beach, Opus 3" and works by Debussy and Beethoven on Sept. 15.
On Sept. 21, the Seymour Barab Quintet for Flute and Strings will be featured in celebration of Barab's 80th birthday. In addition, Schubert's String Quintet in C Major will be performed.
The festival's Native American Composers' Apprentice Project will present a new piece for string quartet by Davids. This Arizona premiere is scheduled for Sept. 22 and will be performed by the Miro Quartet.
The Grand Canyon Music Festival is sponsored in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts through appropriations from the state legislature and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Grand Canyon National Park, Amfac Parks and Resorts, AirStar Helicopters and other local sponsors give additional support.
All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $8 for children.
For more information, call 638-9215 or toll-free at 1-800-997-8285, or go online to: www.grandcanyonmusicfest.org.