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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)...

July 2018

No mountain-town summer is complete without live music. While concert series abound in Park City, you need to venture just a short distance to partake in Utah’s summer festival scene. Here are a few nearby music festivals to add to your summertime calendar. 

September 2010

Don’t Miss: Grotto Concert I, Sept. 2
"Music in concert with the landscape" is more than an advertising slogan for the Moab Music Festival

August 2010

"A Wonderful Place to Play Music"
In summer 2010, legendary Cuban composer and saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera returned to the Moab Music Festival for the featured Western United States premiere of his work “Conversations with Cachao.” Salt Lake Tribune writer Celia R. Baker noted, “D'Rivera is pleased about returning to the Moab Music Festival, where he has performed several times…‘It's a wonderful place to play music, and I don't complain about the hot weather. I [was] born on a very hot island. The dryness is hard on reeds, but that's all right. Life is work,’ he said with a laugh. You have to do some work.’" 

March 2010

"For people who have never been to southeastern Utah, “once-in-a-lifetime” is a good way to describe it. And for everyone who loves chamber music, the description is even more apropos. There really isn’t a better place where music and nature can come together so congenially. It’s as if this was always meant to be.”

March 2010

"For people who have never been to southeastern Utah, “once-in-a-lifetime” is a good way to describe it. And for everyone who loves chamber music, the description is even more apropos. There really isn’t a better place where music and nature can come together so congenially. It’s as if this was always meant to be.”

August 2009

For the Moab Music Festival's 17th season, USA Today featured it as a program where "Chamber music masterpieces [are] performed outdoors amid the area's spectacular scenery of red cliffs and the Colorado River."

August 2009

"Red Rocks Come Alive"
Robert Coleman of The Evening Sun gives an insightful overview of the Moab Music with comments from co-director Michael Barrett, composer Kenji Bunch, violinist Ayano Ninomiya, and Jamie Bernstein, daughter of composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein and regular festival concertgoer. Bernstein describes the famed "Grotto" concerts - "Getting there is a windy, gorgeous ride, snaking between canyon walls that rear up on either side, their formations morphing endlessly with every bend of the river - and that deep blue Utah desert sky overhead. Thrilling!"

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