Music Hike III:
Unusual Quartets—Sacred and Profane

Music Hike III:
Unusual Quartets—Sacred and Profane


Sep 07 2024


7:45 am



$80 (includes fees)


Moab Wilderness
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Explore the sonic possibilities of non-traditional string quartets played in some of the most remarkable natural acoustics you’ve ever experienced. Hear famed fiddler and composer Mark O’Connor’s imagining of a different kind of string quartet, this one with a double bass replacing the second violin. Cello quartet arrangements of classics like Bach’s Air are juxtaposed with Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody and Paul Wiancko’s Cello Quartet which quotes Ben E. King’s Stand by Me. The towering canyon walls amplify the unusual sonorities of these striking string combinations for an unforgettable experience.

About the venue:  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, this scenic hike offers unparalleled musical intimacy and engagement with the artists. Click the Important Details tab above for more information.

Artists & Program



  • Mark O’Connor: String Quartet No. 1
  • Christopher Cerrone: Shall I Project the World?
  • J.S. Bach arr. Hampton: Air from Orchestra Suite No. 3, BWV 1068
  • Wynton Marsalis: Fiddle Dance Suite
  • Queen arr. Korte: Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Paul Wiancko: Cello Quartet op. 1 “When the Night” 

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 trailhead

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

Check in time: 7:45 am

Shuttle departure promptly at: 8:10 am

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

Ages 12+

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

No pets allowed

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

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

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

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

Pack a trail snack, if desired

Non-refundable tickets: ($75 ticket + $5 third-party processing and credit card fee)

Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable

Program, artists and locations are subject to change without notice


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