Music Inspired by Our National Parks
Sunday, July 16th, 7pm
The Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble is returning to the national stage to celebrate the National Park system and the music it inspires. With their fifth funding award from the National Endowment for the Arts, acclaimed composers were commissioned to create music to be performed within the parks during the ensemble’s 20-day, 6,000-mile July tour. They will present outdoor concerts at five national parks— Theodore Roosevelt, Crater Lake, Redwood, Lassen Volcanic, and Yosemite, plus a special event for our friends at the Bristlecone General Store in Baker, Nevada.
This is the ensemble’s sixth tour to perform in the parks, after which they will have premiered forty new compositions in thirty different national parks. The music to be performed this summer reflects the immense diversity of the parks while capturing their breathtaking and inspiring landscapes and wildlife.
In July 2022, the New Music Ensemble performed at Great Basin National Park and spent time in Baker at the Bristlecone General Store. A friendship was formed and the group has kept in touch with Liz Woolsey, owner, who incorporated the Great Basin composition in an art project with the students at Baker Elementary School.
As the group was organizing their 2023 tour, they realized that they could plan their route to return to Baker for an encore performance at the Bristlecone General Store on Sunday, July 16th at 7pm. This concert is open to the public and is appropriate for all ages. Bring a chair and a friend. Donations appreciated.