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July 2019

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.

May 2019

"Perhaps the most unique concert event in the country, this festival sees esteemed musicians from around the world performing outdoors inside stunning red rock venues. You simply have to see—and hear—it to believe it." 

January 2019

In 2018, the Moab Music Festival was joined by Fred Child and Performance Today. Click the links below to watch Fred's video clips from his visit to the Festival. 

Visiting the Moab Music Festival 

Reflections on the Moab Music Festival 

Moab Music Festival Ranch Concert

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!"

August 2009

“Grotto concert kicks off Moab Music Festival”
The Moab Music Festival launches its 17th season Sept. 3 with one of its iconic grotto concerts along the Colorado River.

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