Grand Canyon inspired piano concert Dec. 19
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Residents and visitors alike are welcome to enjoy the sumptuous sounds and unique storytelling abilities of composer James Romig and his accomplished pianist wife, Ashlee Mack.
The pair from Macomb, Ill. will entertain with a night of music Dec. 19 at the Shrine of the Ages. The concert begins at 7 p.m.
Romig, who writes contemporary classic music for Mack, was composer in residence at the Canyon in June 2012.
Mack accompanied Romig during his residency at the South Rim and they soaked up the experience together.
While the musical couple, who are also both university professors, stayed at the South Rim, Romig conceptualized some piano pieces that are all Grand Canyon inspired.
Tomorrow, the couple will present the work they produced while in residence at a free public concert.
Mack is a well-known concert pianist and has toured many music festivals, taking her to other national parks like the Grand Tetons and Arches.
"She is a very accomplished pianist," Artist in Residence South Rim Coordinator Rene Westbrook said. "And when James did a summer program last time he was here, they were wonderful. They were funny, smart and insightful. He's a true musicologist and a really good storyteller. Because the couple enjoyed being at the South Rim together, they are going to weave the stories of how their collaboration came to be, and also their time at the Canyon in and around the pieces they're presenting," Westbrook said.
At the show, Mack and Romig will take time in between the musical pieces to explain the story behind the compositions.
"There will be quite a bit of talking, introducing the piece, explaining it to the audience, they'll interact a bit," Westbrook said. "It's going to be super informal, it should be lots of fun."
More information about the concert is available from Westbrook by calling the South Rim art hotline (928) 638-7616.