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Grand Canyon Music Festival: : Tonight The Bonfiglio Group

August 31, 2018

Doors Open at 7pm. The concert starts at 7:30 

Tickets are free but donations are encouraged  if possible.

The conceret will be broadcast on KNAU



The Thirty-fifth Season

Who are The Bonfiglio Group?

Come find out on August 31st!


Photo © Terri Attridge Photography


The Bonfiglio Group

Robert Bonfiglio, harmonica

"The Paganini of the harmonica" The Los Angeles Times

Joe Deninzon, violin

"The Jimi Hendrix of the violin"

Stephen Benson, guitar


Three extraordinary virtuosi bring their unique talents to a refreshing and unpretentious bridge between jazz, classical, rock, and pop.


With special guests John Vail on bass

and Bryan Stone on drums


Shrine of the Ages

South Entrance Road

Grand Canyon National Park

Doors open at 7, Music starts at 7:30


Click here for more info and tickets.


Make your plans now

for the rest of the

35th Season of the Grand Canyon Music Festival.


 September 1: "A Flute, a Recorder, Ten Strings, and 64 Reeds" 

Clare Hoffman, flute and recorder, Joe Deninzon, violin (that's 4 strings), Steve Benson, guitar (that's 6 more strings), and Robert Bonfiglio, harmonica (that's 64 reeds!) explore music from the Renaissance to today.


September 7 and 8: The Manhattan Chamber Players,  

a collective of some of the most exciting young chamber musicians,

Performing works by Mozart, Ravel, and

Beethoven's Trio in C Minor, Opus 9, No. 3


September 2: Native American Composer Apprentice Project

August 31: School of Rock.


Our web site includes links to local travel, accommodations,

and accessibility guides as well.

Click here for our "Plan Your Trip" page


And, our 35th Season doesn't end on September 8th -

This year we are going to Cuba in January!

Join us for our first ever international cultural exchange.

"No one can predict what will happen to Cuba in the coming years, which is why you must rush there now As in, right now."

-Reif Larson, The New York Times


Read the New York Times March 12, 2018 article here 

New York Times "Havana's Symphony of Sound"

Then sign up to join us to see Cuba now 

For a once in a lifetime trip to

Havana and Cienfuegos

with remarkable musical explorations with

Cuba's most celebrated musicians in exclusive private performances,

including the extraordinary Cuban pianist

Aldo López-Gavilán.

January 4 to January 11, 2019 



And our own Robert Bonfiglio will perform with the

Havana Chamber Orchestra

Click here to see a short You Tube video about the trip.

You can download the complete brochure here with all the details

Cuba Brochure Part 1

Cuba Brochure Part 2

And you can go to the Rhythm and Blues website

where you can learn more...

And sign up!

(GCMF friends will receive a $300. discount.)

(Deposits are 100% refundable up to 150 days prior to the departure date.)


You can also contact Clare Hoffman and the

Grand Canyon Music Festival directly to learn more.

We hope you will join us, both at the Grand Canyon and in Cuba!




The Grand Canyon Music Festival is supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, and with funds provided by the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), in partnership with Grand Canyon National Park and Grand Canyon Association, with support from: Grand Canyon Plaza Hotel; Transcanyon Shuttle; North Country HealthCare; Vishnu Temple Press; Buck Wild Hummer Tours; Grand Canyon Railway and Hotel; Town of Tusayan; and with in-kind support from Xanterra Resorts Grand Canyon; Red Feather Lodge; Grand Canyon Plaza Hotel; Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn; Classical Arizona PBS; Delaware North Grand Canyon; Bright Angel Bicycles, Printing for Less; KNAU; Plaza Bonita; Big E Steakhouse and Saloon; McDonald's Tusayan; We Cook Pizza; Grand Canyon Camper Village; and many other individual and corporate sponsors.

The Festival administers the Native American Composer Apprentice Project (NACAP) with support from the National Endowment for the Arts; Y.E.S. for Diné Bikeyah and partner schools through funding from the Arizona Commission on the Arts; The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund; the Arizona Woman's Partnership; Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Foundation;  New Music USA (made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from Helen F. Whitaker Fund, Aaron Copland Fund for Music). Expansion of NACAP to Whitehorse High School in Utah is funded in part by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums and the National Endowment for the Arts. Expansion of NACAP to Salt River High School on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in Scottsdale is supported in part through funding from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and the Scottsdale League for the Arts. NACAP receives in-kind support from Recapture Lodge, Courtyard Scottsdale Salt River, Xanterra Resorts Grand Canyon South Rim, and Grand Canyon Camper Village. To follow NACAP as it unfolds, visit our NewMusic

USA Project Page:

The Grand Canyon Music Festival administers the Grand Canyon School of Rock with support from the Grand Canyon Rotary Club, Tusayan Sanitary District, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts,  which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.


We pay special tribute to Ed Mell for 34 years of friendship and generosity. His painting "Sunrise Showers, Grand Canyon," our most recent poster, celebrates the National Park Service Centennial. To Mia Bell, Laura Drabant, and the willing staff at Xanterra South Rim for their continued support of the arts at Grand Canyon National Park. To Amy Weltmer and Delaware North for their continued generous support. Thank you to the Stilo Group for support of our Tusayan banners, and thank you to Mayor Craig Sanderson, Tim Stein and the town of Tusayan.  A special thank you to Clarinda and John Vail, Hannah Rotter and Ann Wren-Serna, and  Laura Chastain and the Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Bureau.


Concerts are recorded by Classical Arizona PBS. Broadcasts can be heard on 89.5 KBACH, KNAU Arizona Public Radio, DTV 8.5 Classical Arizona PBS and via the Classical Arizona PBS Mobile app.


    To KNAU for their continued support of the Grand Canyon Music Festival.

    To our Native American Composer Apprentice Project Partner Schools, Tuba City Boarding

School, Greyhills Academy, Whitehorse High School, Chinle High School, Tuba City High School, Hopi High School, and Salt River High School. NACAP could not happen without their talented and dedicated teachers, administrators and staff.

   To Tom Riggenbach and Navajo Y.E.S. (Youth Empowerment Services) for their immeasurable support of NACAP.

    To Grand Canyon Unified Schools music teacher Bentley Monk, Superintendent Dr. Shonny Bria, Principal Tom Rowland, Assistant Principal Lori Rommel, Judi Beckerleg, Barbara Shields, and Matt Yost, for their support of the Grand Canyon School of Rock.

    We thank our gracious hosts, Ann Wren-Serna, her family and staff of Grand Canyon Plaza Hotel; Clarinda Vail, Julie Aldaz, Trish Samples, and everyone at Red Feather Lodge; Christopher Shirley and everyone at Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn; John Reuter and everyone at Grand Canyon Camper Village.