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Friday, August 24, 2012

Moab Music Festival Will Run Aug 29 – Sept 10

MUSIC IN CONCERT WITH THE LANDSCAPE

That's the theme of the Moab Music Festival. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the annual festival, which brings world famous musicians to outdoor venues in scenic spots around Moab, in SE Utah.

The festival website sums it up this way: Every September, the award-winning Moab Music Festival brings world-class musicians to stunning red rock venues around Moab, Utah for a feast of chamber music, jazz, and traditional music concerts. We call it "music in concert with the landscape," celebrating old and new chamber music, jazz with a Latin flavor, and traditional music from around the globe.

The Salt Lake Tribune has this article giving background on the festival, along with highlights of this year's extravaganza. Below are excerpts:

Featured artists include banjoist Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio, the EarRegulars, members of University of Utah Lyric Theatre, folk musician Christopher Layer, stage director Jamie Bernstein and about 30 professional chamber musicians, most based in New York.

Concert venues include Moab’s historic Star Hall and Old City Park, Sorrel River Ranch, Red Cliffs Lodge and a natural stone grotto on the Colorado River.

...That’s a good thing for Jamie Bernstein and others who view their annual trips to Moab Music Festival as a form of sacred renewal.

"I’m not a churchgoing person," she said, "but I’m pretty sure the way I feel about the concert in the grotto is how people feel when they go to their house of worship."

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