Travel to Moab if you love music from around the world. The melodies will echo amidst the spectacular red rock canyons of Moab, Utah. Each year musicians and music lovers from across the country and around the world, travel to the Moab Music Festival to perform and to listen to musical masterpieces, old and new, set among some of nature’s most spectacular landscapes.
Schedule of Events:
The Grotto Concerts – September 1, 8, 12
Jet boat down the Colorado ending at the grotto, an acoustically perfect amphitheater, to settle into folding directors’ chairs with your toes in the sand, or roost on one of the rock ledges up the grotto wall. The first program (9/1) includes works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak and Rachmaninoff; the next (9/8), Scarlatti, Bach, Cowell, Debussey and Faure; and finally (9/12) Bach, Vaughan Williams, Ginastera, Brahms and music for Colombian Harp.
Star Hall Concert – September 2, 11
In 1905 members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints built Star Hall as an “amusement hall.” Now on the National Register of Historic Places the Festival’s opening and closing venue; with Mozart, Dvorak, Brahams and Stravinsky (9/2), and closing night amen (9/11), with Handel, Mozart and Elgar.
Red Cliff’s Adventure Lodge – September 3, 4
With tents pitched on the banks of the Colorado where “Wagon Master,” “Rio Grande,” and “Cheyenne Autumn” were filmed; Saturday (9/3) and experience the American Spirit as envisioned by composer David Amram, featuring his “Three Songs for America,” settings of the words of Martin Luther King, J.F. Kennedy, and his “Red River Valley,” along with work by Copland, Bernstein, and more. Then on Sunday (9/4), listen to the Punch Brothers and hear their inventive mash-up of bluegrass, rock, and classical.
Musical Walks – September 4, 11
Shuttle to a hush-hush location, walk a trail where you may find petroglyphs, fossils, and wildflowers, and arrive at a natural concert hall for a program of Bach including his Suite for Cello in G Major (9/4), and a violin Partita and Sonata, or a lively rendering of traditional music by Paul Woodiel on fiddle and Christopher Layer on flutes and bagpipes (9/11).
Old City Park – September 5
Bring the long weekend to a close with the annual Labor Day Rocky Mountain Power Family Picnic concert. Spread your blanket under the old cottonwoods of Spanish Valley, and enjoy Festival favorites Paul Woodiel and Christopher Layer in Celtic traditional music, along with some surprise performances by David Amram and Pedja Muzijevic, and other Festival artists.
Ranch and House Concerts – September 6, 7
The Moab Music Festival brings new meaning to the song title, “Home on the Range,” first on Tuesday (9/6) at an historic ranch overlooking the Colorado where Paul Woodiel curates “Play with Your Food,” an evening of American traditional music centered on food, the fellowship of the table, eating and over-eating, strong spirits, hops and grapes. Then on Wednesday (9/7) enjoy cocktails and a gourmet dinner in one of Moab’s gracious homes, along with a program of Ravel, Mozart and Mendelssohn.
Sorrell River Ranch – September 9, 10
Follow Highway 128, one of the Southwest’s most scenic byways, 17 miles upriver from Moab to the green oasis of this boutique resort. With its spectacular views of towering red mesas, the Pavilion, sheltered from passing storms and open to breathtaking sunsets and the balmy evening air, hosts two concerts: Friday (9/9), Beethoven, Bruch and Dvorak; and Saturday (9/10), a vibrant, high energy program performed by the Latin Jazz All-Stars, featuring Venezuelan-influenced jazz including Edward Simon’s Venezuelan Jazz Suite, and jazz compositions and arrangements by Marco Granados.
For more information about the Festival or to purchase tickets for please visit or call the Box Office at (435) 259-7003.
You may also visit the Festival Office at 58 East 300 South, Moab, UT 84532. Phone: 435-259-7003
Source: Utah office of tourism
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