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January 2018

Where will the sounds of music take travelers in 2018? The destination may depend on your favorite song, but whether that means jazz, Afropunk, rock or another rhythm entirely, there’s definitely a place to go.

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.

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.

August 2012

Music @ Moab – Sneak Peek
Here’s a glimpse of just one of the beautiful “concert halls” where you can hear great music performed when you’re at the Moab Music Festival.  Arizona Lifestyle. Page 118

July 2012

Moab Music Festival was chosen by Sunset Magazine as one of the “Top Summer Events” of the West: “Chamber, jazz, and folk bands all sound pitch-perfect tucked into the grottoes of Utah’s rust-colored desert.”

July 2012

As the Moab Music Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary, co-founders Michael Barrett  and  Leslie Tompkins talk with Moab Sun News’ Kristin Millis about starting the festival and how they "...had no idea we’d make it through the first year...[But] we launched. People came and were enthusiastic. Every year it gets better."

July 2012

“Summer Stages, Part 2”
"Location, location, location..." On the eve of the Moab Music Festival's 20th anniversary season, Arizona Lifestyle notes that the festival "[celebrates] old and new chamber music, jazz and traditional music from around the globe in breathtaking red rock venues..."

September 2011

As Moab Music Festival looked ahead to its 20th Anniversary “…— a remarkable accomplishment for the festival, which has thrived and even prospered,” David Burger (The Salt Lake Tribune) notes “…this year the festival features 21 separate events and concerts, a far cry from the five events offered during its first year.” He also wrote about the number 19, and its special significance for the festival’s 19th season: “1) Festival co-founder Michael Barrett on his first visit to Moab came from driving from northern Utah on Highway 191…2) As he drove through Moab, Barrett’s car's odometer registered 191,919 miles…3) To top it all off, both Barrett and Johann Sebastian Bach have 19 letters in their full names…”

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