Grotto II:
J.S. Bach and Sons

Grotto II:
J.S. Bach and Sons


Sep 06 2024


11:00 am



$490 (includes fees)


Colorado River Wilderness Grotto
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J.S. Bach was prodigious as a composer and family man, producing thousands of musical masterpieces and over twenty children. Many of his children continued in the family profession as musicians, as had their father and grandfather. Carl Philip Emmanuel Bach and Wilhelm Friedemann Bach are represented as two of the best of the later Bach generation. The great man himself, Johann Sebastian, is given the place of honor with a performance of his Goldberg Variations in an arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky. Written for the insomniac Count Goldberg to entertain himself on sleepless nights, the Variations remain one of the supreme examples of the form.

Event description: 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.


Artists & Program



  • J.S. Bach: French Suite No. 4 in E-flat major, BWV 815
  • Works by CPE Bach and Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
  • Bach arr. Sitkovetsky: Goldberg Variations for String Trio, BWV 998

Important Details

Check-in and 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: $490 ($465 ticket + $25 third-party processing and credit card fee)

$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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