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34th Raritan River Music Festival


"Serenade for the Grand Canyon"
Martha Mooke, viola/electric viola
Clare Hoffman, flute
Robert Bonfiglio, harmonica

Laura Oltman & Michael Newman, guitars
The festival continues to highlight the music of Arnold Black with his evocative “Serenade for the Grand Canyon,” composed for this instrumentation in 1986. Other music created for the
Grand Canyon Music Festival will be performed by that festival’s founders, flutist Clare Hoffman and harmonic whiz Robert Bonfiglio. Pioneering electric violist/composer powerhouse Martha Mooke transcends musical boundaries, enhancing classical training with extended techniques, technology, and improvisation.
The latest from the Raritan River Music New Music Commission Program – Cuban legend Leo Brouwer’s new guitar work, “Fairy Fantasy,” inspired by his own “The Book of Imaginary Beings,” premiered at RRMF and recorded by Newman & Oltman on the MusicMasters Classics label – will be featured on this concert, along with new music by Navajo-American composer and 2022 Pulitzer Prize winner Raven Chacon. This concert honors the 40th anniversary of the Grand Canyon Music Festival, founded in 1983 by Clare Hoffman and Robert Bonfiglio.

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Event Date
Saturday, May 27, 2023
Event time
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Cost / donation
$25 In-Person Single Ticket $25 Online Stream Recorded Broadcast
Kathy Spinks,, 908-763-3071