Twenty-five years ago, violinist Leslie Tomkins and her pianist/conductor husband Michael Barrett took a rare vacation to Moab. Like so many before them, they fell in love with the red rock and the magical landscape of southeastern Utah, and decided to pay homage to the breath taking surrounding by adding to it the joys of music-making. And so in 1992, they created the Moab Music Festival.
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Lynn Rogers remembers a night listening to the notes of famous musicians echo off the sandstone walls flanking the Colorado River during the Moab Music Festival. As Béla Fleck and Chick Corea played after a wonderful meal, the Rio Rancho, N.M., music lover reveled in the moment, surrounded by beautiful music and spectacular scenery. The night ended with fireworks. Rogers and her husband, Kirk Benson, will be returning for the 24th season of the Moab festival, which runs Thursday through Sept. 12. It will be the fourth such visit for the couple.
Are you looking to embrace nature’s true beauty, while enjoying incredible concerts performed by world-class classical, latin, world music and jazz musicians? If so, the renowned Moab Music Festival is the place for you.
A land of sculpted sandstone canyons, Eastern Utah is a popular destination for exploring majestic locals such as Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. This area is also the backdrop for the Moab Music Festival, September 1-12, which promises "music in concert with the landscape."
Located at the gateway to Utah’s Arches and Canyonlands national parks, the Moab music festival puts on 17 concerts of chamber music, jazz and Latin sounds on ranches, in private homes and at various outdoor settings...
Attendees take a 45-minute jet boat ride down the Colorado river during this festival...Along with traditional classical fare, the programme includes jazz and Latin sounds on ranches, in private homes and at various outdoor settings, not least a towering red-rock grotto inside Canyonlands.
THE SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL ROAD TRIP:
Each year, hundreds of summer music festivals pull out all the stops, showcasing great works performed by stellar artists in spectacular settings. At 21CM, we want all that and something more...so we decided to put together a set of leisurely summer music festival road trips, chosen for their diversity of musical experience, geography and timeline...The Moab Music Festival is a leader in inviting the natural world to be part of the performance.