A Return to the Grand Canyon Music Festival

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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.

Featuring performances by Brendan Speltz, violin; Connie Kupka, violin; Luke Fleming, viola; Jacob Fowler, cello; Clare Hoffman, flute; Brook Speltz, cello; Catalyst Quartet.

Foote - A Night Piece - Brendan Speltz, violin; Connie Kupka, violin; Luke Fleming, viola; Jacob Fowler, cello; Clare Hoffman, flute


Tailleferre - String Quartet - Catalyst Quartet

I. Modere

II. Intermede

III. Final. Vif


Dohnanyi - Serenade - Brendan Speltz, violin; Connie Kupka, violin; Luke Fleming, viola; Jacob Fowler, cello; Brook Speltz, cello

I. Marcia: Allegro

II. Romanza: Adagio non troppo

III. Scherzo: Vivace

IV. Tema con variazioni: Andante con moto

V. Rondo: Allegro vivace


Still - Lyric Quartette - Catalyst Quartet

I. The Sentimental One

II. The Quiet One

III. The Jovial One

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