Grotto I

Grotto I


Sep 03 2020


11:30 am - 6:00 pm




Colorado River Wilderness Grotto
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Jet-boat down the Colorado River through spectacular red rock canyons to “nature’s own concert hall” (The New York Times)—a pristine, acoustically perfect wilderness grotto carved from the surrounding red rocks—to hear performances by the Festival’s world-class artists.

The MMF joins  the world-wide celebration of Beethoven’s 250th year with this program featuring his infamous Symphony No. 5, paired with some of Mozart’s heavenly music for piano four-hands. As an homage, legendary pianist Franz Liszt brilliantly transcribed all of Beethoven’s immensely popular symphonies for his own instrument. Virtuoso pianist Michael Brown performs this devilishly-difficult version of the celebrated symphony in the splendid surroundings of the Grotto.

Light hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served at a reception with the artists, followed by a glorious boat ride home.

Artists & Program

  • Michael Barrett, piano
  • Michael Brown, piano
  • W.A. Mozart:  Sonata for Piano Four-Hands in C major, K.521
  • Ludwig van Beethoven/Arr. Franz Liszt:  Symphony No. 5 in C minor, op. 67

Important Details

NEW IN 2020: Shuttles depart at 11:30 am, from Swanny City Park. Parking is available at HMK Elementary, 505 N Mivida Dr, Moab.  Anticipated return time approximately 6 pm.

11:00 to 11:20 am check-in. Liability waiver forms will be signed and collected at check-in.

Please consider road construction when planning your arrival.

The jet boats are operated by Tex’s Riverways.

Comfortable outdoor clothing & footwear suitable for a desert environment is recommended. A camp chair for concert seating is provided. Patrons may bring a lunch to eat on the shuttle. Please arrive with a full water bottle and hydrate throughout the day.

Ages 12 and above.

Patrons with special needs please contact the box office well in advance to arrange accommodations.

No pets please.

This concert takes place in a sensitive wilderness setting and we must leave it as we found it.


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