The 34th Raritan River Music Festival, winner of the National Award for Adventurous Programming from ASCAP/Chamber Music America, will present a series of four concerts throughout the month of May. These concerts will be live in-person and streaming online.
The music of Arnold Black will be highlighted with his evocative “Serenade for the Grand Canyon,” composed for this instrumentation in the early 1980s. Other music created for the Grand Canyon Music Festival will be performed by the festival’s founders, flutist Clare Hoffman and harmonic whiz Robert Bonfiglio. Also performing will be Martha Mooke, a pioneering electric violist and composer powerhouse, who transcends musical boundaries, enhancing classical training with extended techniques, technology, and improvisation. The latest from the RRM New Music Commission Program is 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.
This week's concert is happening at Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, 2 Race St.,Pittstown (Grandin), NJ.