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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. 

August 2011

When David Amram served as resident composer at the 2011 Moab Music Festival, Celia R. Baker of The Salt Lake Tribune wrote: “‘Music in concert with the landscape’ is the mantra of the Moab Music Festival, but also describes the life journey of this year's composer-in-residence at the equally diverse Moab Music Festival…the almost indescribable David Amram…Amram is a polyglot of so many styles and influences that he can't be pigeonholed — musically or otherwise…He's a one-man musical melting pot…For those reasons and more, Amram is a good fit for the Moab Music Festival…”

September 2010

Don’t Miss: Grotto Concert I, Sept. 2
"Music in concert with the landscape" is more than an advertising slogan for the Moab Music Festival

August 2010

"A Wonderful Place to Play Music"
In summer 2010, legendary Cuban composer and saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera returned to the Moab Music Festival for the featured Western United States premiere of his work “Conversations with Cachao.” Salt Lake Tribune writer Celia R. Baker noted, “D'Rivera is pleased about returning to the Moab Music Festival, where he has performed several times…‘It's a wonderful place to play music, and I don't complain about the hot weather. I [was] born on a very hot island. The dryness is hard on reeds, but that's all right. Life is work,’ he said with a laugh. You have to do some work.’" 

March 2010

"For people who have never been to southeastern Utah, “once-in-a-lifetime” is a good way to describe it. And for everyone who loves chamber music, the description is even more apropos. There really isn’t a better place where music and nature can come together so congenially. It’s as if this was always meant to be.”

March 2010

"For people who have never been to southeastern Utah, “once-in-a-lifetime” is a good way to describe it. And for everyone who loves chamber music, the description is even more apropos. There really isn’t a better place where music and nature can come together so congenially. It’s as if this was always meant to be.”

August 2009

For the Moab Music Festival's 17th season, USA Today featured it as a program where "Chamber music masterpieces [are] performed outdoors amid the area's spectacular scenery of red cliffs and the Colorado River."

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