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September 2017

Moab Music Festival celebrates a century of Leonard Bernstein: As the centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth approaches in August 2018, Michael Barrett is doing what he can to keep the great American composer-conductor-pianist’s memory alive.

“It’s bittersweet for me. There’s a whole generation that has grown up in his absence,” said Barrett, who was Bernstein’s assistant and rehearsal pianist for seven years, up until the legendary maestro‘s death in 1990, and has been a musical adviser to the Bernstein family since then. “People kind of forget who he was,” Barrett said. “A kid might know ‘West Side Story,’ but there’s already a remove. It’s nice to be able to share all the music of someone who was like my musical father … with younger people and show them what’s so wonderful about it.” 

June 2017

Top Summer Events of 2017 - Don’t miss our editors’ picks for the season’s best happenings for foodies, art buffs, music lovers, and more.

April 2017

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. 

June 2013

Stunning scenery surrounds the remarkable venues of the Moab Music Festival...[with its] signature concerts in a red rock grotto, free open rehearsals and chamber programs, and Music Hikes to hidden natural concert halls..." 

May 2013

This region is better known for mountain biking than for music. But since 1992, it has hosted an intimate festival that brings classical, jazz, Latin and other types of tunes to the red-rock landscape.

September 2012

In his Sept 9, 2012 blog Reichel Recommends (The Arts in Utah and Beyond), author and composer Edward Reichel wrote that he attended a “vibrant program of American Music…The composers represented at [the] Moab Music Festival concert weren’t the grouping one would normally expect in an exploration of American music. Aside from Aaron Copland, arguably the dean of American music, the concert included music by Scott Joplin (the greatest of rag composers and pianists) and Derek Bermel ([who is] also quite a remarkable clarinetist). It was an interesting combination that worked surprisingly well.

August 2012

 “Music will echo through some of Utah’s most scenic canyons… Moab's stunning, rugged terrain with thousands of sandstone arches and freestanding mesas...also draws world-class musicians each September…The Moab Music Festival aims to merge music with the natural landscape found along the Colorado River....[and] ‘Concerts in the park’ takes on a whole new meaning.”

August 2012

“Last Chance: Sensational Summer Arts Festivals”, Mario R. Mercado
After a long hot summer, Mario R. Mercado of Travel and Leisure observed, "...you find yourself thinking 'but where has the summer gone?'...There's still time and there's lots to see and hear at music festivals across the country." Why did he include Moab Music Festival in his "top picks?"

August 2012

Opening weekend at the 2012 Moab Music Festival featured premiere banjo-player Béla Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio, as they performed live at the Red Cliffs Lodge. Read more about what Celia R. Baker (The Salt Lake Tribune) had to say about these first-class artists of bluegrass and jazz.

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