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MUSIC: Grofé: Grand Canyon Suite
“The glories and the beauties of form, color, and sound unite in the Grand Canyon—forms unrivaled even by the mountains, colors that vie with sunsets, and sounds that span the diapason from tempest to tinkling raindrop, from cataract to bubbling fountain.” —John Wesley Powell (early Grand Canyon explorer)
Imagine standing at the edge of a massive, mile-deep canyon, watching as clouds gather and one of the most impressive natural light shows on earth begins. Or standing thousands of feet below the edge, gazing up at cathedral-like spires as a mighty river—one that has carved up centuries of legends—rushes by. This is the Grand Canyon, one of the most celebrated natural wonders in the world with nearly 5 million visitors from across the globe each year.
Grand Canyon Country lets your audience experience Grofé's most famous musical work in an entirely new way. They'll see and hear what makes the canyon so legendary as told through hundreds of panoramic photographs of seldom-seen perspectives. Capture your audience’s imagination with stunning vistas, desert waterfalls, ancient cliffside ruins, wind-carved slot canyons, painted deserts, the infinite southwestern night sky and surprising islands of life in this rugged, unforgettable land.
PREMIERE: Tucson and Phoenix Symphonies (commissioning orchestras)