José Luis Gomez, conductor
Nicholas Bardonnay, multimedia artist with Westwater Arts
Copland: El Salon México
Falla: “Ritual Fire Dance” from El amor brujo
Falla: The Three-Cornered Hat Suite No. 2
Copland: “The Promise of Living” from The Tender Land
Grofé: Grand Canyon Suite
- Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Grand Canyon National Park.
- Spectacular film of Arizona’s greatest natural treasure played to Grofé’s brilliant score was co-commissioned with Phoenix Symphony and premiered in Tucson.
- Grand Canyon, a 1958 short Walt Disney film featuring color film footage of the Grand Canyon accompanied by the Grand Canyon Suite, won an Academy Award for Best Short Subject.
- The suite’s “On the Trail” movement is used extensively in the holiday film A Christmas Story, with the celesta solo providing the soundtrack when Ralphie and his younger brother are seen sleeping and dreaming about Christmas morning.