There are outdoor concerts and then there are concerts in the outdoors. The Moab Music Festival is an event that has perfectly combined music with the surrounding landscape and invites guests to come along for one-of-a-kind performances.
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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.
Music @ Moab – Sneak Peek
Here’s a glimpse of just one of the beautiful “concert halls” where you can hear great music performed when you’re at the Moab Music Festival. Arizona Lifestyle. Page 118
Moab Music Festival was chosen by Sunset Magazine as one of the “Top Summer Events” of the West: “Chamber, jazz, and folk bands all sound pitch-perfect tucked into the grottoes of Utah’s rust-colored desert.”