Music Hike I: New Music in an Ancient Space

Music Hike I: New Music in an Ancient Space


Sep 03 2022


8:00 am




Moab Wilderness
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  • Event Description
  • Artists & Program
  • Important Details

A guided scenic hike leads adventuresome concert-goers to a secluded canyon to enjoy music chosen to fit the setting. Among our most popular events, these scenic hikes offer unparalleled musical intimacy and engagement with the artists.

Concert Description: Bang on a Can All-Stars bassist and new music champion Robert Black curates a program of living composers with world premieres for solo bassby Daniel Sabzghabiae and John Luther Adams, expressly written for the outdoor space where they’ll be  performed. The incomparable JACK Quartet and Festival Artists  join in with music by Julie Zhu, and John Adams’ groundbreaking  20th century classic Shaker Loops.

Artists & Program



  • Jesse Mills, violin
  • Tanya Tomkins, cello
  • Robert Black, curator, bass

JACK Quartet: 

  • Christopher Otto, violin
  • Austin Wulliman, violin
  • John Pickford Richards, viola
  • Jay Campbell, cello
Daniel Sabzghabaei: There’s Time (world premiere)                       

Julie Zhu: The Answers 

John Luther Adams: Three Nocturnes (world premiere)

Ancient Music

John Adams: Shaker Loops

Important Details

Check-In Location: Margaret L. Hopkin Middle School, 439 S 100 E, in Moab

Concert location: Undisclosed location. Scenic, outdoor, wilderness setting.

Check in time: 7:30 am

Shuttle Bus Departure: 8:00 am., from the Margaret L. Hopkin Middle School, 439 S 100 E, in Moab.

Free parking at check-in; no private vehicles allowed at the trailhead.

Expected Return: 1:00 pm. End time may vary.

Ages 12 and above.

This hike requires a moderate level of stamina, agility, and comfort with uneven footing and exposure to sun and other environmental factors.

No pets allowed.

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Comfortable outdoor clothing for a desert environment is recommended. Hiking/trail shoes are required. Hiking poles are welcome. Sunscreen and a hat are recommended.

The hike portion of this event is in partnership with Canyonlands Field Institute.

Please arrive with your water bottles full and hydrate throughout the day.

Pack a trail snack, if desired.

Adults: $70

Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Program, artists and locations are subject to change without notice.

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