Grotto III: Music of Faith & Belief

Grotto III: Music of Faith & Belief


Sep 14 2020


11:30 am - 6:00 pm


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

Jet-boat down the Colorado River through spectacular red rock canyons to “nature’s own concert hall” (The New York Times)—a pristine, acoustically perfect wilderness grotto carved from the surrounding red rocks—to hear performances by the Festival’s world-class artists.

There is nothing more transcendent than  hearing (or playing) the music of J.S. Bach in the Grotto. While most of his compositions were written for the church, those  without any religious text sound as joyful and full of faith as those praising God. Juxtaposed with spirituals from southern slaves, Bach’s music joins the music of hope and deliverance from oppression.

Light hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served at a reception with the artists, followed by a glorious boat ride home.

Artists & Program


Justin Austin, baritone

Francisco Fullana, violin

Kristin Lee, violin

Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, viola

Clancy Newman, cello

Michael Barrett, piano

Eric Zivian, piano



J.S. Bach: Violin Partita No.3 in E major, BWV 1006 

                 Capriccio sopra la lontananza del suo fratello dilettissimo, BWV 992 

Kommt her zu mir, spricht Gottes Sohn BWV 86    

Traditional Hymn: I Want Jesus to Walk with Me 

Bach: Für Freuden laßt uns springen BWV 313

Traditional Hymn: My Lord, What a Morning

Bach: An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653

Harry T. Burleigh: Deep River 

Bach: Es ist genug, BWV 60

Hall Johnson: Witness 

Bach: Ein feste Burg BWV 80

Johnson: Oh,Glory! 

Bach: O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden BWV 244

Traditional Hymn: Give me Jesus 

Bach: Bist du bei mir, BWV 508 

         Jesu, joy of man’s desiring, BWV 147

Important Details

NEW IN 2020: Shuttles depart at 11:30 am, from Swanny City Park. Parking is available at HMK Elementary, 505 N Mivida Dr, Moab.  Anticipated return time approximately 6 pm.

11:00 to 11:20 am check-in. Liability waiver forms will be signed and collected at check-in.

The jet boats are operated by Tex’s Riverways.

Comfortable outdoor clothing & footwear suitable for a desert environment is recommended. A camp chair for concert seating is provided. Patrons may bring a lunch to eat on the shuttle. Please arrive with a full water bottle and hydrate throughout the day.

Ages 12 and above.

Patrons with special needs please contact the box office well in advance to arrange accommodations.

No pets please.

This concert takes place in a sensitive wilderness setting and we must leave it as we found it.

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