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21st annual Grand Canyon Music Festival opens Friday<br>

The Calder Quartet opens the 21st annual Grand Canyon Music Festival,

At 7:30 p.m. both days, the quartet will perform Beethoven’s String Quartet Opus 130, with the original Grosse Fugue ending; Béla Bartók’s String Quartet No. 4; Haydn’s String Quartet in G Major, Opus 76, No. 1; Mozart’s String Quartet No. 16 in Eb Major, K. 428; Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Opus 110; and Debussy’s String Quartet in G Minor, Opus 10.

Calder Quartet members are Benjamin Jacobson and Andrew Bulbrook on violin; Jonathan Moerschel on viola; and Eric Byers on cello.

In a Los Angeles Times review, the players were described as “suited to each other and admirable in their self-listening.”

Tickets are $18 for adults and $8 for children. For more information call 800-997-8285 or 638-9215.

Local sponsors for the Grand Canyon Music Festival include AirStar Helicopters, Xanterra Parks & Resorts, and Elizabeth Smith through the Ralph Smith Foundation. The Festival also receives the continued generosity of many local and regional business sponsors and individual patrons.

Festival Schedule

Friday, Sept. 10

7 p.m., Shrine of the Ages – Pre-concert recital by student musicians from northern Arizona Navajo and Hopi reservation high schools, following coaching from the Calder Quartet, Grand Canyon Music Festival’s Native American Composer Apprentice Project quartet-in-residence for 2004.7:30 p.m., Shrine of the Ages – Performance by the Calder Quartet, with selections by Beethoven, Bartok, Haydn, Mozart, Shostakvoich and Debussy.

Saturday, Sept. 11,

7 p.m., Shrine of the Ages – Pre-concert recital by student musicians from northern Arizona Navajo and Hopi reservation high schools, following coaching from the Calder Quartet, Grand Canyon Music Festival’s Native American Composer Apprentice Project quartet-in-residence for 2004.

7:30 p.m., Shrine of the Ages – Performance by the Calder Quartet, with selections by Beethoven, Bartok, Haydn, Mozart, Shostakvoich and Debussy.

Wednesday, Sept. 15

7:30 p.m., Shrine of the Ages – The Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo performs Latin-flavored recital, accompanied by flutist Clare Hoffman.

Friday, Sept. 17

7:30 p.m., Shrine of the Ages – The Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo, Calder String Quartet and Pulitzer-prize winning author Frank McCourt perform Laments and Dances, From the Irish, a suite of Celtic laments, jigs and reels, accompanied by McCourt reading from his works “Angela’s Ashes” and “’Tis.” Also, Newman & Oltman perform a selection of other Celtic works.

Saturday, Sept. 18

7:30 p.m., Shrine of the Ages – The Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo present The New Americans, featuring works by young contemporary American composers. This will be followed by a repeat performance of Laments and Dances, From the Irish, with Frank McCourt and the Calder String Quartet.

Monday, Sept. 20

7:30 p.m., Orpheum Theatre, Flagstaff – Harmonica player Robert Bonfiglio and electric violinist Joe Denzion join studio guitarist, composer and vocalist Chris Milletari combining jazz, rock, blues, folk, Latin, world and classical music.

Wednesday, Sept. 22

7:30 p.m., Shrine of the Ages – Harmonica player Robert Bonfiglio and electric violinist Joe Denzion, studio guitarist, composer and vocalist Chris Milletari combining jazz, rock, blues, folk, Latin, world and classical music.

Friday, Sept. 24

7:30 p.m. Shrine of the Ages – Viola and violin player Nokuthula Ngwenyama and pianist Melvin Chen, with Bonfiglio on harmonica, expanding on the “musical chairs” theme in Bach’s Concerto in C. Minor. They also perform sonatas by Faure and Brahms.

Saturday, Sept. 25

7:30 p.m., Shrine of the Ages – Viola and violin player Nokuthula Ngwenyama and pianist Melvin Chen, with Bonfiglio on harmonica, perform works by Debussy, Grieg and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, as well as Three American Sketches for harmonica and strings.

Ticket info

Individual tickets for Grand Canyon concerts are $18 for adults, $8 for children and students.

Season tickets for all eight Grand Canyon concerts are $112 for adults, $64 for children and students.

Organizers ask that children attending be at least six years old.

Tickets for the Tuesday, Sept. 21, performance at the Orpheum in Flagstaff are $15 each.

Complete programming and ticket details can be found on the festival’s Web site, www.grandcanyonmusicfest.org.

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