Grotto III:
Vienna at the Turn of the Centuries

Grotto III:
Vienna at the Turn of the Centuries


Sep 11 2024


11:00 am



$490 (includes fees)


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

Vienna was the gravitational center of Western music as both the 18th and 19th centuries drew to their close. Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven epitomized the Classical style in Vienna in the year 1800, while Mahler, Strauss, Zemlinsky, and Schoenberg were busy codifying a new musical language in step with the Freudian angst besetting the same city a century later. In this program of Viennese juxtapositions, Joseph Haydn represents the high classicism in vogue around 1800, while Fritz Kreisler’s music for solo violin bids a nostalgic farewell to the 19th century and its opulent excesses and values—including tonality. Schoenberg’s sextet masterpiece, Transfigured Night, sits poised on the threshold of the 20th century, expanding post-Wagnerian harmony into a world of looming social and scientific upheaval.

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



  • Haydn: Piano Trio
  • Kreisler: Works for Violin and Piano 
  • Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4

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

Link to Accessibility Page

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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