Grotto I:
Bach in the Grotto

Grotto I:
Bach in the Grotto


Aug 31 2023


11:00 am




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

An exhilarating jet boat ride down the Colorado River brings listeners to a pristine wilderness grotto carved from the surrounding red rocks for an inspiring “once-in-a-lifetime” experience (Fodors). These MMF signature events weave a rich sonic tapestry of music with one of the most stunning natural environments imaginable, combining the beauty of music with the area’s scenic wonders.

The timeless music of J.S. Bach is a perfect match for the Grotto on the Colorado River. The abstract beauty and order of Bach complement the geological wonder sculpted by the elements through time. Award-winning pianist Claire Huangci performs Toccatas from her recent recording. 

Artists & Program



J.S. Bach:
Lute Suite No. 2 in C minor, BWV 997 
Toccata in C minor, BWV 911
Toccata in D Major, BWV 912
Toccata in G Minor, BWV 915
Weichet nur, betrübte Shatten (Wedding Cantata), BWV 202 

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.
Non-refundable ticket: $425

$200 of your ticket price is tax-deductible

Proceeds benefit our education and community engagement programs

Tickets are non-transferable between concerts

Program, artists and locations are subject to change without notice

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