Coachella. Bonnaroo. Lollapalooza. These music festivals are legendary, but if you’ve already been there and done that—or if you need even more live music in your life—why not add a few less famous festivals to your must-visit list?... It’s hard to find a more spectacular location to take in a concert than the red-rock canyons of Moab.
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Set in the sublime red rock spaces around Moab, Utah - here you can sit in a natural rock amphitheater or hike to a secret wilderness location to hear a concert
Moab Festival news: in his “Deceptive Cadence” blog, Tom Huizenga of NRPMusic.org calls the Moab Music Festival “a can’t-miss classical music festival.”
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..."
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.
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.
“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.”