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Moab Music Festival

Posted - Sep. 1, 2010 at 5:00 a.m.



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Moab has become famous worldwide for its beautiful landscape, with stunning rivers flowing through spectacular red rock canyons. But, music lovers appreciate Moab for another reason: the annual Moab Music Festival. This year's festival runs from Sept. 2 through the 13.

Musicians and music aficionados from around the world visit Moab each September to perform and listen to music at this spectacular two-week event, which harmonizes the beauty of the landscape with musical masterpieces. This year, visitors will enjoy "Masterpieces in the Red Rocks," the festival's presentation of composers-in-residence spanning its 18-year history.

New York musicians Michael Barrett and Leslie Tompkins founded the Moab Music Festival in 1992 with a dream to combine world-class musical performances with the beauty of the Moab landscape. Throughout the years, nearly 160 professional musicians from across the country have performed at the festival. Venues range from historic Star Hall in Moab to a wilderness grotto 30 miles down the Colorado River.

Each year, the festival's Education Outreach Program provides two special concert assemblies for children in the Grand County School District. And each summer, the festival highlights world-renowned artists that have not been heard in Utah such as cellist Matt Haimovitz, the post-classical string quartet ETHEL, violinist Ian Swensen and fiddler Mazz Swift-Camlet. This year, Grammy winner and jazz master Paquito D'Rivera returns to the festival for a high-energy jazz program featuring the Western U.S. premiere of the chamber version of his double concerto for clarinet/saxophone and double bass.

For more information about the Moab Music Festival, visit moabmusicfest.org. I think you will see — and hear — that the festival offers an unparalleled experience.

For Zions Bank, I'm Chris Redgrave, speaking on business.

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