Grotto Concert II: Genius Prodigies

Grotto Concert II: Genius Prodigies


Sep 08 2022


11:30 am




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

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: Mozart and Mendelssohn, just a half-century apart in history, were both considered the most significant musical geniuses of their respective eras. Both were masters of their craft as pianists and composers by a very young age. Mozart’s work is regarded as the culmination of the Classical style, perfect in symmetry, balance, musical architecture, and good taste. Mendelssohn was a pathbreaker in melody, harmony, and musical drama (prodded by Beethoven’s work) of the emerging Romantic era. Both Mozart and Mendelssohn exude infectious positivity and joy in much of their music. Even Mozart’s almost Beethoven-like G minor Piano Quartet first movement resolves all the drama in a wide-grinning, liberated, joyful finale.

Artists & Program



  • Kristin Lee, violin 
  • Leslie Tomkins, viola 
  • Tanya Tomkins, cello
  • Alice Yoo, cello
  • Michael Barrett, piano
  • Eric Zivian, piano 
Johann Sebastian Bach: Capriccio on the Departure of the Beloved Brother, BWV. 992

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478

Felix Mendelssohn: Sonata No. 2 in D major, op. 58

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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