Grotto Concert I

Grotto Concert I


Sep 01 2022


11:30 am




Colorado River Wilderness Grotto
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  • Event Description
  • Artists & Program
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Take a jet boat ride down the Colorado River through spectacular red rock canyons to “nature’s own concert hall” (The New York Times) – an acoustically perfect wilderness Grotto carved from the surrounding red rock walls. Hear a program of works chosen specifically for the space, performed by the Festival’s world class artists. A light reception with the musicians precedes the glorious boat ride home.

Concert Description: Quartet for the End of Time remains one of the best-regarded musical creations of the 20th century. It is a serious work, written in a World War  II German prison camp, and seems to express Messiaen’s dire situation and suffering together with his Christian belief, beauty, hope, and his own vision of eternity. Messiaen’s spirituality and his faith in the human spirit prevail. Maurice Ravel’s primitivist Songs of Madagascar and Stravinsky’s magical early work for violin and piano, based on his first ballet, “The Fairy’s Kiss,” while no less daring for their time, predate Messiaen’s musical masterpiece.

Artists & Program



  • Theo Hoffman, baritone
  • Demarre McGill, flute
  • Anthony McGill, clarinet
  • Aubree Oliverson, violin
  • Jay Campbell, cello
  • Michael Barrett, piano
  • Eric Zivian, piano
Igor Stravinsky: Divertimento (After the Fairy’s Kiss)  

Maurice Ravel: Chansons madecasses

Olivier Messaien: Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time)

Important Details

Check-In & MMF Free Concert Shuttle Location: Aarchway Inn (1551 N Riverview Dr) – parking is located on the north side of the building.

Free parking at check-in; no parking at the boat ramp

Concert location: Colorado River Wilderness Grotto

Check in time: 11:00 am

Shuttle Departure: 11:30 am

Shuttle returns immediately following the concert

Ages 12 and above.

Concert is outdoors. Venue is shaded.

No pets allowed.

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Comfortable outdoor clothing and footwear suitable for a desert environment is recommended. Concert seating is in camp chairs which are provided.

Patrons may bring a lunch to eat on the shuttle. A light reception with hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer is included. Please arrive with a full water bottle and hydrate throughout the day.
Adult: $400

$200 of your fee is a non-refundable, tax-deductible contribution.

Proceeds benefit in part the MMF Education & Engagement Programs.

Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Program, artists and locations are subject to change without notice.

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