In one form or another, the Kanab based orchestra, now known as Symphony of the Canyons, has existed for 25 years. Performers vary in age from young teenagers to more than 70 and come from as far away as St. George, Utah, and Page, Arizona to share their talents and love for music. They perform about a dozen concerts each year. This will be their first concert at Pipe Spring National Monument.
Symphony director Kortney Stirland has chosen a variety of music – some with western themes such as The Cowboy Overture; some from operas which, over the years, have become associated with the west, such as William Tel Overture and Light Calvary Overture. The folk song Blue Bells of Scotland will feature Jack Allen on trombone and Scotland the Brave will include bagpipes. A jazz version of Stars and Stripes Forever will complement the Armed Forces Salute. And what concert would be complete without Happy Trails?
Pipe Spring National Monument is open daily from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm AZ, with tours of historic Winsor Castle and daily ranger talks and demonstrations. The Visitor Center and Museum, jointly operated by the National Park Service and the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians, features exhibits on the traditional lifeways and history of the Kaibab Band, as well as a 25 minute video, Encounter on the High Desert, on the history of the area and relationships between the pioneers and Indians. Pipe Spring is located 15 miles west of Fredonia, Arizona on AZ 389 or 45 miles east of Hurricane, Utah on UT 59 and AZ 389. For more information visit www.nps.gov/pisp or call 928-643-7105.