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August 2018

Lenny on the (red) rocks: Bernstein's daughter, friends are coming to Utah to celebrate composer's 100th birthday...

August 2018

Far-Flung Pianos: Distant Steinways Tell Diverse Stories

Piano Care on a Rugged Trail: At the Moab Music Festival, located at the gateway to Utah’s Arches and Canyonlands national parks, three chamber music concerts are held each summer in a red-rock grotto on the banks of the Colorado River. Before each performance, a Steinway Model B is transported to the secret location by jet boat. Operations Director Dave Montgomery says that the move starts before dawn, when a team of six to nine workers load the tightly-wrapped instrument onto the boat from a launch site forty-five minutes upstream. 

August 2018

The Moab Music Festival is a Feast for the Senses

I turn down a dirt road off Highway 128, the serpentine Scenic Byway along the Colorado River that ends in Moab, Utah. Eroded red sandstone cliffs jut out of the landscape; a rock formation known as the Priest and Nuns looms on the right. It’s the kind of road I’ve traveled for years here on my way to mountain-biking trails. Fifteen minutes later, I’m standing on a shaded patio, sipping a glass of rosé and chatting with virtuoso jazz pianist Marcus Roberts, the evening’s performer, and Jamie Bernstein (daughter of Leonard)...

April 2016

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March 2016

Utah is well-known for its rust red rock formations and the Moab Music Festival in Utah, left, takes full advantage of this natural setting — sandstone makes for some impressive acoustics. The festival offers intimate concert experiences with jazz, Latin and world music performances happening among the rocky outcrops and caverns.

June 2015

What to know
You may have been to some fine musical venues in your lifetime, but until you’ve had sandstone walls serve as your acoustics, you haven’t lived.
Making the most of its natural surroundings, the Moab Music Festival proudly sets up shop in various outdoor and indoor venues in Utah’s Colorado Plateau for a multi-day fest of piano concerts, family shows and musical hikes. But while names like Bela Fleck stand out on this year’s calendar, truthfully speaking, it’s the red-rock cliffs surrounding the stages that are the real stars.

May 2015

Nature provides acoustics at Moab Music Festival

September 2014

Moab Music Festival - Event of the Month
The Moab Music Festival, founded in 1992, uses the tag line "music in concert with the landscape". That's no idle boast. Many of the concerts are set amidst the vast wilderness of the nearby Arches and Canyonlands national parks. Using the natural acoustics of rock formations, the festival offers a range of chamber music played by top-notch ensembles.

July 2014

Summer’s heating up, so get ready for the 22nd season of the Moab Music Festival. Cherie Yurco of Making Music Magazine talks about the thoughtful planning that goes into Moab’s concerts which offer a variety of musical genres, as well as Moab’s venues which are “remote scenic spots.” Yurco continues by saying, “The result…is a festival that presents the highest level of performance in a uniquely beautiful and intimate setting.”

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