This week on ‘Arizona Encore:’ A Return to the Grand Canyon Music Festival

We begin Arizona Encore‘s 2023-2024 season with music from the Grand Canyon Music Festival. On this episode of Arizona Encore, we’ll celebrate the festival’s 40th anniversary. What started almost as a fluke flute performance during a canyon hike in 1982 has now become a forward-thinking institution with equal commitments to music education and to outstanding performances by professional musicians.

String quintets, quartets and trios recorded at the 2022 festival will show off the diversity and breadth of classical music composed around the turn of the 20th century, but from different positions around the world. The Manhattan Chamber Players and the Catalyst Quartet recorded these performances last year and both ensembles will return to the Shrine of the Ages this weekend for special performances in honor of the festival’s 40th anniversary season.

Enjoy a selection from the Manhattan Chamber Players’ performance at the Grand Canyon Music Festival last year on September 3rd as we count down to the first broadcast of Arizona Encore‘s 2023-2024 season.

Manhattan Chamber Players performed Chris Rogerson’s “Shadows Lengthen” at the Grand Canyon Music Festival last year on September 2nd. Stream a GCMF performance every day as we countdown to the first episode of our new Arizona Encore season on Tuesday, September 5th.

Manhattan Chamber Players with GCMF founder Clare Hoffman performed “A Night Piece” by Arthur Foote at the 2022 Grand Canyon Music Festival on September 3rd. We’re celebrating the 40th season of the Grand Canyon Music Festival this month as we count down the days until Arizona Encore returns.

Catalyst Quartet performs Germaine Tailleferre’s String Quartet movement three: Vif on September 10th at last year’s Grand Canyon Music Festival.

Catalyst Quartet performs movement three of William Grant Still’s “Lyric Quartet” at the Grand Canyon Music Festival on September 10, 2022.

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