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Event Date: August 30th through September 9th, 2013

 

Celebration, Sense-ation, Body-and-Soul Stimulation: The Moab Music Festival Reminds Us Just How Alive We Are!

 

The 21st season of the Moab Music Festival, August 30th through September 9th, 2013, is an invitation to indulge all of the senses, to stimulate, refresh and celebrate body and soul, day and night, night and day.

Timeless wonders: see, hear, taste touch and smell the beauty that surrounds you!
 
Moab,
Utah (August 1, 2013) - The 21st season of the Moab Music Festival, August 30th through September 9th, 2013, is an invitation to indulge all of the senses, to stimulate, refresh and celebrate body and soul, day and night, night and day.  Pair your favorite daytime activity - hiking, biking, horseback riding, boating, rafting, spa indulging, shopping, and we’re just getting started with that evening’s concert when world-class musicians play chamber music, Latin fusion, traditional American fare, songs from the American Songbook and singer-songwriters of new music that is as feel-good as it is au courant. 
 
Keeping Time/Letting It All Go:
With Arches and Canyonlands National Parks only a stone’s throw from Moab, the red rock peaks, buttes, mesas, fins, and yes, arches of Southeastern Utah are a feast for the eyes.  Head out early morning on Friday August 30th to one of the trails--and there are countless choices for every level of walker and hiker--and let the jaw-dropping natural beauty and mystery of this land wake you to its wonders.  That evening, take your seats at historic and recently renovated Star Hall for the opening night concert, featuring chamber music by Schumann, Brahms and Prokofiev, intriguing classics alternating with new works by singer-songwriter Carla Khilstedt and Michael Brown. 
 

The Festival tent at Red Cliffs Lodge

 
Present Tense Means NOW:
The next morning, Saturday, bike one of America’s most stunning secondary roads, Utah Rte 128, to Castle Valley, following the mighty Colorado River as it makes its way south.   There’s a free open rehearsal at 11AM--Festival Musical director and pianist Michael Barrett will be on hand to open the room to a lively Q & A.  Follow with lunch at Eklectika in the flowered-filled and well shaded garden with a stroll down Main Street where shops and galleries display some of the southwest’s most stunning arts and crafts.  But come early evening, you’ll want to take your seats in the Festival tent at Red Cliffs Lodge for “The Future of American Song,” with music by Carla Khilstedt--”her songs celebrate a kind of portable artistic self-sufficiency that is both ancient and of the moment." (The New York Times)--and Gabriel Kahane--"Mr. Kahane’s singing... was a revelation here; at times he combined a pop balladeer’s directness with a jazz singer’s fluid phrasing, reaching new heights of expressiveness.”(The Los Angeles Times)
 
In our yesterdays are our tomorrows:
Come Sunday morning, you can marry the music and the landscape at the Musical Hike--a shuttle ride to an undisclosed destination, a thirty minute hike to a “secret” spot, and an intimate concert of chamber music, a gift of art and nature quite unlike any other.  That evening, head back to Red Cliffs For “The Wisdom of the Earth.”  As the sun sets behind the soaring red rocks, the music speaks of the legacy of America’s native people, centered on the earth and their intimate and personal relationship to it.  So much of modern life seems to pit mankind against nature. 
 

Moonrise at Sorrel River Ranch
 
Start a new tradition on Monday, Labor Day--the morning spa treatment that is your respite from labor--to match the Moab Music Festival free Rocky Mountain Power Family Picnic in Old City Park that afternoon.  Maybe you like the sound of the Colorado River Stone Massage at Sorrel River Ranch to go with music from American song traditions of from the last 200 years. 
 

You’re never too young to get your picnic on at the Free Annual Labor Day Rocky Mountain Power Family Picnic Concert in Old City Park.
 
Time and the river (rocks):
Or maybe you want to wait until after your river rafting experience to have that massage!  Or skip the massage and go hot air ballooning--all that air, all that space, the whole of red rock country spread out below might do worlds for your sore muscles and tired feet!  And there’s the Moab Golf Course, one of the most visually appealing in the state with its contrast of smooth, bright greens set amid rough, eroded red cliffs and boulder.  There’s a yarn shop in town that sells local wool, spun or unspun, yoga classes galore, the rushing creek of Negro Bill Canyon where soaking your feet and closing your eyes may be the most restorative experience of your trip.
 

Nature’s perfect concert hall – the grotto
 
And in the evenings, there are a pair of concerts at Sorrel River Ranch, catered concerts at both a private home and a private ranch, and closing night at Star Hall, as well as a second shot at a Musical Hike and an open rehearsal.  And as if all that weren’t enough, there are three Grotto concerts, the Festival’s signature event.  “Poetry in motion” is how one audience member described the 40 minute jet boat ride down the Colorado River--ancient, serpentine, and flanked by spectacular red rock astonishment.  Disembark onto the river bank and follow a short path to the river-carved, acoustically perfect amphitheater where Barrett’s programming makes the very best of music in concert with the landscape--Brahms, Mozart, Faure at their purist though a bird or two have been known to comment.
 
For more information about the Festival or to purchase tickets for the 21st Moab Music Festival, please visit
www.moabmusicfest.org or call the Box Office at (435) 259-7003. You may also visit the Festival Office at 58 East 300 South, Moab, UT 84532.

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 Condensed Version  


Event Date: August 30th through September 9th, 2013

 

Celebration, Sense-ation, Body-and-Soul Stimulation: The Moab Music Festival Reminds Us Just How Alive We Are!

The 21st season of the Moab Music Festival, August 30th through September 9th, 2013, is an invitation to indulge all of the senses, to stimulate, refresh and celebrate body and soul, day and night, night and day.

Timeless wonders: see, hear, taste touch and smell the beauty that surrounds you!

 

Moab, Utah (August 1, 2013) - Genres bend and blend, echoing of off canyon walls in sunset concerts along the Colorado River; intimate Musical Walks of miraculous natural beauty lead to stunning recitals performed by virtuosi; three noon concerts in the sonically perfect and visually breathtaking Colorado River Grotto.  HERE, at the Moab Music Festival, August 29th to September 9th, 2013, is music in concert with the landscape, with a whopper of a topper: a four day raft trip downriver to Lake Powell, featuring concerts and scenic hikes en route.  Young and old, first-timers and old timers will delight in performances by Festival Music Director and Co-Founder Michael Barrett (piano) and Artistic Director and Co-Founder, Leslie Tomkins (viola) and other world-class artists.  A pair of concerts at historic and recently renovated Star Hall highlight the rich and varied world of chamber music, opening and closing the Festival. Some of the unique programs include The Future of American Song, featuring Line Up! by Gabriel Kahane whom the New York Times called “a one-man cultural cuisinart,” and Carla Kihlstedt and Mathias Bossi of internet innovation Rabbit Rabbit Radio.  Concerts at Sorrel River Ranch Resort and Spa include the Pedrito Martinez Group featuring Ariacne Trujillo, “complex, blenderized Africa-to-the-New-World funk” (NY Times); and The Four Season, featuring Argentinean tango master Astor Piazzola’s homage to Vivaldi’s famous work. 
 
For more information about the Festival or to purchase tickets for the 21st Moab Music Festival, please visit www.moabmusicfest.org or telephone the Box Office at (435) 259-7003. You may also visit the Festival Office at 58 East 300 South, Moab, UT 84532.

 

Media Contact: Elizabeth Dworkin, Email: Elizabeth@Dworkincompany.com, Phone: (914) 244-3803