Bruce Browning, inventor, machinist, thinker, music lover, and human extraordinaire was an ardent supporter of the Moab Music Festival. His steadfast counsel and generosity was a cornerstone for the Festival over the past 27 years. He enjoyed the wide array of chamber music performed at the Festival and encouraged exploration into a variety of composers and genres. We will miss him greatly.
All donations in his memory will be recognized in our 2020 program book as such. We will be honoring Bruce at the Festival in 2020 and will update donors in April.
Notes of remembrances from our directors and board members:
Bruce and Barbara Browning appeared early on at our Moab Music Festival concerts. They seemed intrigued at the variety of music we presented, taking special interest in the living composers, and delighting in music they had never heard before. I guessed that they already had their fill of the top 40 in classical music. Bruce took me aside many times after concerts with comments like “That was deeply interesting! I’d never heard anything like that before. I loved it!” Bruce’s enthusiasm for the new currents in music was an inspiration to me. He gave me the courage to present the music of a young living composer instead of something conventional by Mozart or Beethoven. Our European musical ancestors’ masterpieces are a treasure trove of musical beauty, but I always thought that Moab should be a place where we also celebrate living, contemporary music, and Bruce was a big supporter of that. Most folks aren’t as inquisitive or wide-ranging in their interests as Bruce. He loved to read, and he was a wry and keen observer of the human condition. I shall treasure my memories of Bruce Browning, and will miss his quiet wisdom. I’ll draw on his memory in presenting what is beautiful in the years to come. --Michael Barrett, Music Director
Bruce Browning loved music and the Moab Music Festival - which likely would not exist without his support. He and his wife (and our trustee) Barbara hosted several House Concerts - some of the most magical musical evenings in our history. He always encouraged us to be bold and fearless in our programming and we are grateful to have had him as our friend. We mourn his passing and will honor his memory as we make music In concert with landscape in the coming years! --Hank Rutter, President, Board of Trustees
It was an honor and privileged to have know Bruce Browning, a warm, kind and constant presence at the Moab Music Festival. He was the rare concert-goer who was genuinely thrilled by repertoire which others may find too adventuresome to appreciate. The Moab Music Festival is a better, more vibrant organization because of Bruce and Barbara. --Leslie Tomkins, Artistic Director