Grotto Concert III: Mozart and the Classical Style

Grotto Concert III: Mozart and the Classical Style


Sep 12 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. The Festival’s world-class artists play repertoire by three of the great composers of Western music’s defining Classical period, Mozart, Beethoven, and Haydn. Pianist composer Michael Brown offers a contemporary reflection on Haydn, with his own Etude-Fantasy on the Name of Haydn and Ravel’s tribute Minuet sur le nom de Haydn. A light reception with the artists precedes the glorious boat ride home.

Artists & Program



  • Ayano Ninomiya, violin
  • Leslie Tomkins, viola
  • Nicholas Canellakis, cello
  • Michael Barrett, piano
  • Michael Brown, piano

W.A. Mozart:  Sonata for Piano Four-Hands in D major, K.381/123a

Maurice Ravel:  Menuet sur le nom d’Haydn

Michael Brown:  Etude-Fantasy on the Name of Haydn

Joseph Haydn:  Piano Trio No. 44 in E major, Hob. XV:28

Ludwig van Beethoven:  7 Variations on ‘Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen’, WoO 46

W.A. Mozart:  Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat major, K. 493

Important Details

Concert location: Colorado River Wilderness Grotto

CHANGE: new location for check-in & parking: Aarchway Inn, 1551 N. Riverview Dr., in Moab, at the parking lot on the North side of the hotel.

Check-in: 11:00 am

Departure time: 11:30 am. Shuttle busses depart after check-in & announcements.

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

Ages 12 and above.

Concert is outdoors. Venue is shaded.

No pets allowed.

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

CHANGE: new info for check-in & parking: Free shuttle busses bring patrons to the river put-in. Private vehicles will remain at the Aarchway Inn. No parking at Potash boat ramp.

Comfortable outdoor clothing & footwear suitable for a desert environment is recommended. Camp chairs are provided as concert seating.

Jet boat operator: Tex’s Riverways.

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 location are subject to change without notice.

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