Grotto Concert III: Music of Faith and Belief

Monday, September 14, 2020 - 11:30am
Colorado River Wilderness Grotto

J.S. Bach: Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006

Bach: Ein feste Burg, BWV 80

Hall Johnson: Oh, Glory!

Bach: Für Freuden laßt uns springen, BWV 313

Burleigh: I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired

Bach: An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653

Burleigh: Oh, Didn’t It Rain

Bach: O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden, BWV 244

Harry Burleigh: My Lord, What a Morning

Bach: Es ist genug, BWV 60 

Burleigh: O Rocks, Don’t Fall on Me

Bist du bei mir, BWV 508         

Jesu, joy of man’s desiring, BWV 147

Event Description: 

Jet-boat down the Colorado River through spectacular red rock canyons to "nature's own concert hall" (The New York Times) - a pristine, acoustically perfect wilderness grotto carved from the surrounding red rocks - to hear performances by the Festival's world-class artists.

There is nothing more transcendent  than  hearing (or playing) the music of J.S. Bach in the Grotto. While most of his compositions were written for the church, those  without any religious text sound as joyful and full of faith as those praising God. Juxtaposed with spirituals from southern slaves, Bach’s music joins the music of hope and deliverance from oppression.

Tickets: $350

$200 of your ticket price is tax-deductible. Proceeds benefit in part the MMF Education & Engagement Programs.

Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.
Should the trip to the Grotto be canceled due to circumstances beyond our control, the performance will take place at an alternate location. The tax-deductible portion of your Grotto ticket is non-refundable, but you are eligible for a refund of the balance of your payment.

NEW IN 2020: No bus to jetboats. Caravan in patron vehicles leaves for the put-in at 11:30 am from Swanny City Park following check-in (southeast corner, next to Turner Lumber).

Ages 12 and up.

Program, artists and concert locations are subject to change without notice.

2020 Festival Program