Grotto Concert I: Beethoven in the Arches

Grotto Concert I: Beethoven in the Arches


Sep 02 2021


11:30 am




Colorado River Wilderness Grotto
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  • Event Description
  • Artists & Program
  • Important Details

Take a jet boat 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.  Virtuosos Jason Vieaux, guitar, and Kristin Lee, violin, open the concert with Bach, The Red Violin, and a duo by Vivian Fung. The Junction Trio creates a contrasting sonority with Beethoven’s majestic “Archduke” Trio. The last of his piano trios, the “Archduke,” exhibits the profound nobility, breadth, and depth that define Beethoven’s later works. A light reception with the artists precedes the glorious boat ride home.

Artists & Program



  • Kristin Lee, violin
  • Jason Vieux, guitar
  • Junction Trio – Stefan Jackiw, violin;
    Jay Campbell, cello; Conrad Tao, piano

J. S. Bach:  Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007

John Corigliano:  The Red Violin Caprices

Vivian Fung:  Twist

Ludwig van Beethoven:  Piano Trio in B-flat major, op. 97 (“Archduke”)

Important Details

Colorado River Wilderness Grotto

Check-in and Departure location: Southeast corner of Swanny City Park, on 100 W, next to Turner Lumber.

Check-in time: 11:00 am

Departure time: 11:30 am. Caravan to the boats in your vehicle following a pilot car.

Return time: 5:00 pm. End time may vary.

Ages 12 and above.

Concert is outdoors. Venue is shaded.

MMF pandemic safety protocols are in place, with masks required during portions of the event. Safety protocol updates will be emailed to ticket holders in the week before the event.

Patrons with accessibility concerns please visit our accessibility page for information and a form you may use to alert us, in a timely manner, of any requests you may have.

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

Jet boat operator: Tex’s Riverways.

No pets allowed.

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: $375

$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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