Harmonica player coming to Craig


A classical musician is coming to Craig Saturday, but he won't be toting a violin, cello or French horn, and he won't be sitting at a piano.

This classical musician's instrument fits in his back pocket.

Saturday night in the Moffat County High School auditorium, harmonica virtuoso Robert Bonfiglio, accompanied by Bach Porch, will exhibit his skills in the third performance of the Craig Community Concert Association's season.

"He plays the harmonica like you've never heard before," said William McKune, publicity chairman for Craig Community Concerts.

Craig residents had the opportunity to hear Bonfiglio a few years ago for a community concert, McKune said.

"He was so good that when we found out he was available we asked him to come back," he said. "We had such a good response from the public last time we had to have him back."

In addition to classical music, Bonfiglio mixes pop and blues into his performance.

He has played Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and the Lincoln Center, and has performed with singer Anne Murray at

Symphony Hall.

In September 1996, Bonfiglio gave a special performance at the Grand Canyon for President Bill Clinton, Robert Redford and others involved in a wilderness preservation ceremony dedicated to the Canyon Lands of Utah.

In an article printed in the Los Angeles Times, Bonfiglio explained his choice of music and what he is able to do on his chosen instrument.

"The instrument is really not as limited as people think," he told the Times. "Basically, the work is going to sound different, but not less musically viable, which is the true key to all transcriptions. I refuse to play something that could be played better on some other instrument."

Bonfiglio is the third artist to perform this season for the Craig Community Concert Association.

The pianist duo Simon & Son played in September, and the Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band played in October.

McKune said an effort has been made this year to appeal to a more general audience, and so far it has worked.

He also acknowledged the community's support of the concert association.

"It's been going very, very well," he said of this season's performances. "Without the community support we wouldn't have anything."

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