Grotto 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: Kommt her zu mir, spricht Gottes Sohn BWV 86   

Traditional Hymn: I Want Jesus to Walk with Me

Bach: Für Freuden laßt uns springen BWV 313
Traditional Hymn: My Lord, What a Morning

Bach: An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653
Harry T. Burleigh: Deep River

Bach: Es ist genug, BWV 60
Hall Johnson: Witness

Bach: Ein feste Burg BWV 80
Johnson: Oh,Glory!

Bach: O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden BWV 244
Traditional Hymn: Give me Jesus


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.

In the event that the 2020 Festival is cancelled, tickets are refundable or may be donated for tax credit.

If the 2020 festival occurs, tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. Should the trip to the Grotto be canceled due to circumstances beyond our control, the tax-deductible portion of your Grotto ticket is non-refundable, but you will be eligible for a refund of the balance of your payment. The performance will take place at an alternate location.

NEW IN 2020: buses leave at 11:30 am from Swanny City Park.

Ages 12 and up.