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Stunning scenery surrounds the remarkable venues of the Moab Music Festival...[with its] signature concerts in a red rock grotto, free open rehearsals and chamber programs, and Music Hikes to hidden natural concert halls..."
This region is better known for mountain biking than for music. But since 1992, it has hosted an intimate festival that brings classical, jazz, Latin and other types of tunes to the red-rock landscape.
In his Sept 9, 2012 blog Reichel Recommends (The Arts in Utah and Beyond), author and composer Edward Reichel wrote that he attended a “vibrant program of American Music…The composers represented at [the] Moab Music Festival concert weren’t the grouping one would normally expect in an exploration of American music. Aside from Aaron Copland, arguably the dean of American music, the concert included music by Scott Joplin (the greatest of rag composers and pianists) and Derek Bermel ([who is] also quite a remarkable clarinetist). It was an interesting combination that worked surprisingly well.
“Music will echo through some of Utah’s most scenic canyons… Moab's stunning, rugged terrain with thousands of sandstone arches and freestanding mesas...also draws world-class musicians each September…The Moab Music Festival aims to merge music with the natural landscape found along the Colorado River....[and] ‘Concerts in the park’ takes on a whole new meaning.”
“Last Chance: Sensational Summer Arts Festivals”, Mario R. Mercado
After a long hot summer, Mario R. Mercado of Travel and Leisure observed, "...you find yourself thinking 'but where has the summer gone?'...There's still time and there's lots to see and hear at music festivals across the country." Why did he include Moab Music Festival in his "top picks?"
Opening weekend at the 2012 Moab Music Festival featured premiere banjo-player Béla Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio, as they performed live at the Red Cliffs Lodge. Read more about what Celia R. Baker (The Salt Lake Tribune) had to say about these first-class artists of bluegrass and jazz.