Moab Music Festival

Posted - Aug. 15, 2003 at 7:55 a.m.



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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

"Music in concert with the landscape" — that's one way of describing the Moab Music Festival, where the poignant notes of a violin or cello waft through the rocks and rills of the desert landscape like a butterfly. According to Rex Holman, the event's director of operations, the Moab Music Festival happens to be one of the most unique and dramatic outdoor music festivals in the world. Each year, artists and composers from around the world come to participate in this one-of-kind event.

From August 30 until September 13, many of the festival's 13 concerts will be take place at various outdoor locations, with musicians using the spectacular red rocks of Moab as their stage and backdrop.

When I talked with Rex, he told me about a few of the different venues that the festival will be using. For two of the concerts, audiences will first take a soothing, 45-minute boat ride down the quiet waters of the Colorado River to a sandstone grotto, 30 miles south of Moab. Only 100 tickets are sold to these particular concerts.

The Moab Music Festival was founded 11 years ago by Michael Barret and Leslie Tomkins. Michael is a well-known conductor who worked for several years as an assistant to Leonard Bernstein. Each year, Michael works extremely hard organizing the concerts, inviting artists and making arrangements for world-class performances.

Speaking of world class, the closing concert of the festival will feature multi-Grammy Award winning artist Paquito D'Rivera and his friends. This group of acclaimed musicians will treat their audience with a selection of Latin Classicism and Afro-Cuban Jazz.

According the Rex, the easiest way to get tickets to this or any of the festival's other concerts, is to order online from the Moab Music Festival Web site at www.moabmusicfest.org.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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