Date: June 22, 6:30 PM (just before sunset).
Venue: Grand Canyon Visitor’s Center Plaza.
MUSIC PERFORMANCE—In partnership with the annual Grand Canyon Star Party, the Grand Canyon Music Festival kicks-off Grand Canyon National Park Centennial Celebrations with a sunset performance of Brent Michael Davids’s Guardians of the Grand Canyon outside the South Rim Visitor's Center. Due to the rarity of this work and the uniqueness of the performers involved, the music has not been performed in nearly twenty years—Don't Miss it!
The musical work features the Havasupai "Guardians of the Canyon" (dancers & singers), Brent Michael Davids (quartz flute), Clare Hoffman (metal flute), Vince Redhouse (wood flute), a performer on clay flute, plus two percussionists.
Ferde Grofé’s familiar “Grand Canyon Suite” is a score drawing mainly on European compositional traditions. Its descriptive agenda is limited to the physical attributes of the canyon itself. It makes no reference to the living beings who have long inhabited the Grand Canyon environment. Davids offers a musical depiction of the Grand Canyon from an alternative perspective. His view focuses on the indigenous people who have lived there for centuries. “Guardians” is an actual Havasupai Ram Dance composed into a modern piece of chamber music. The title was taken from the name of a group of Havasupai whose art and life are incorporated within the piece.