Press Release

For Immediate Release 


Event Date: August 29th to September 9th, 2013

Red Rocking Out at The Moab Music Festival: Music in Concert with the Landscape – Pure Magic!

 

Grotto Concert:  Disembark onto the river bank and follow a short path to the river-carved, acoustically perfect amphitheater

 

Moab, Utah, May 15, 2013 - Does the breath-taking ad featuring the rock climbing duo--the female of the pair atop a red rock pinnacle in Moab, Utah--make you dizzy?  Don’t worry: You can relax and enjoy the eye-popping scenery from the ground too! And aside from world-famous biking and hiking trails, canoeing and kayaking, horseback riding, spa indulging, and shopping, you can hear world class artists at the Moab Music Festival, where from August 29th to September 9th, though your head may be in the clouds, your feet are on the ground and your seats are on the floor of a concert hall, in the shade of the old cottonwoods of Old City Park, or on the shore of the Colorado River. 

 

According to co-founder, Music Director, and pianist Michael Barrett, “Our 21st season celebrates a new generation of instrumentalists and singer/songwriters, while paying homage to the ancient characteristics of the Moab landscape, the original people of America, and musical masterpieces from many traditions in a fabulous balance of youthful energy and history.  And of course the red-rock landscape always seems to give our concerts an added depth that can be found only here.” 

 

Grotto Concert: Pure splendor!

 

The 21st season includes three of the Festival’s signature event, the Grotto Concerts.  “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 mesas and buttes.  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.  

 

The view and the music at Red Cliffs Lodge: pure beauty!

 

Lovers of the American Western will recognize locations for “Wagon Master,” “Rio Grande,” and “Cheyenne Autumn” at Red Cliffs Lodge where the first of this year’s two sunset programs is The Future of American Song, featuring Gabriel Kahane’s Line Up! with performances by Kahane, whom the New York Times called “a one-man cultural cuisinart,” and Carla Kihlstedt and Mathias Bossi of Rabbit Rabbit Radio, all of whom are at the forefront of a new movement of sophisticated songwriting and instrumental virtuosity, have recently made their marks as singers/songwriters/instrumentalists with original songs that draw from popular and classical music, and American folk idioms.  The next night The Wisdom of the Earth follows, a concert rooted in the legacy of America’s native people whose lives were centered on the earth and their relationship to it, featuring works by Kenji Bunch, Russell Goodluck and a World Premiere by Juantio Becenti. 

 

The grass is green, the rocks are red, and spirits are high at Red Cliffs Lodge

 

About 15 miles down Highway 128, one of the Southwest’s most scenic byways, is the green oasis of Sorrel River Ranch, a red rocks resort with spectacular Castle Valley views of towering red mesas, the perfect setting for Chamber Music on the banks of the Colorado River at Sorrel River Ranch including Astor Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.  One night later return for the Pedrito Martinez Group featuring Ariacne Trujillo, an ensemble with its roots planted firmly in the Afro-Cuban Rumba tradition and the bata rhythms and vocal chants of the music of Yoruba and Santeria.  The New York Times summed it up aptly calling it a “complex, blenderized Africa-to-the-New-World funk.” 

 

Late afternoon at Sorrel River Ranch: pure inspiration!

 

 Only a short drive from Arches National Park, Sorrel River Ranch brings new meaning to music and arches! 

 

Speaking of the art of music on a Musical Hike: pure wonder!

Two extraordinary Musical Hikes commence with a 30 minute ramble to a secret destination, leading to an intimate experience of chamber music au plein aire.  These always sold-out walks are great fun for all and are suitable for most people in general good health with a moderate level of fitness and agility. 

 

 

 The cello at rest, the cellist sotto voce.

 

Free Annual Labor Day Picnic Concert: Pure Joy!

 

American Songs Then and Now, the Free Annual Labor Day Rocky Mountain Power Family Picnic Concert in Old City Park, is a Festival tradition of the highest order, complete with knee-slapping, hand clapping and flag-waving of both the figurative and literal stripe.  There are also a pair of open rehearsals hosted by Director Michael Barrett featuring a Q & A with Barrett and the musicians.  

 

 

Old City Park on a lazy Labor Day, where the heart and the tickets are free!

 

Come and get it, pure moab!

 

The Great American Songbook, this year’s Ranch Benefit Concert, is an up-close-and-personal evening featuring guitarist and singer/songwriter Matt Munisteri, Mazz Swift (violin/vocals) and a crack team of versatile New York-based musicians who celebrate these unique greats and their fantastic tunes.

 

A couple of evening concerts at the historic and recently renovated Star Hall feature works by Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Sergei Prokofiev and a World Premiere by Carla Kihlstedt based on Kenneth Koch’s 1,000 Avant-Garde Plays (opening night); and a forgotten masterpiece by Neils W. Gade, his Octet, Op. 17, thirty minutes of lush, sweeping strings from the most well-known Danish composer of the 19th century, and Max Reger’s rarely-heard Piano Quartet (closing night).

 

But wait!  For those who cannot get enough, there’s the River Raft Trip, a 4 day, 3-night custom Colorado River adventure that beings with the September 9 Grotto Concert and features intimate concerts performed by world class musicians in unforgettable river settings.  A local naturalist also joins the expedition to lead a series of short, scenic hikes, as well as to provide insight into the history and spectacular geology of Canyon Country.

 

Maybe Denver Magazine 5280 said it best when they wrote, “Although I don’t know Tchaikovsky from Brahms, the beauty of this festival is that I don’t have to. It’s about what you feel when the music starts, not about what you know. The combination of music – whether it’s chamber music or jazz ensemble – set against the red-rock background is, in a word, stirring.”  

 

For more information about the Festival or to purchase tickets for the 21st Moab Music Festival, please visitwww.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. 

 

 

 Contact & Media Visits  

 

Moab Music Festival

Moab, Utah 

Web: www.moabmusicfest.org

 

Media Contact: Elizabeth Dworkin, Dworkin & Company

EmailElizabeth@dworkincompany.com

Phone(914) 244-3803

Media Visits: Complimentary media visits for journalists on assignment or with approved credentials. If you are unable to accept a courtesy visit, a press rate can be negotiated.

 

 

 

 Condensed Version  

 

Red Rocking Out at The Moab Music Festival: Music in Concert with the Landscape – Pure Magic! 

 

Moab, Utah, May 15, 2013 - Does the breath-taking ad featuring the rock climbing duo--the female of the pair atop a red rock pinnacle in Moab, Utah--make you dizzy?  Don’t worry: You can relax and enjoy the eye-popping scenery from the ground too! And aside from world-famous biking and hiking trails, canoeing and kayaking, horseback riding, spa indulging, and shopping, you can hear world class artists at the Moab Music Festival, where from August 29th to September 9th, though your head may be in the clouds, your feet are on the ground and your seats are on the floor of a concert hall, in the shade of the old cottonwoods of Old City Park, or on the shore of the Colorado River. According to co-founder, Music Director, and pianist Michael Barrett, “Our 21st season celebrates a new generation of instrumentalists and singer/songwriters, while paying homage to the ancient characteristics of the Moab landscape, the original people of America, and musical masterpieces from many traditions in a fabulous balance of youthful energy and history.  And of course the red-rock landscape always seems to give our concerts an added depth that can be found only here.” The 21st season includes three of the Festival’s signature event, the Grotto Concerts.  “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 mesas and buttes. 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.

 

Grotto Concert:  Disembark onto the river bank and follow a short path to the river-carved, acoustically perfect amphitheater