Utah Welcomes the Moab Musical Festival Once Again

The festival marries musical performance with the splendor of the region’s natural landscape

By: By Sarah Zarrabi


Moab Music Festival // (c) 2008

(c) Moab Music Festival

The 17th annual Moab Music Festival — a world-class concert series with an eclectic musical program ranging from classical music to Cuban jazz — is set to take place this year from Sept. 3-14 in Moab, Utah. This 11-day event is truly unique, as it marries musical performance with the splendor of the region’s natural landscape. Music and landscape come together in harmony to create an unparalleled concert experience.

Classical music lovers shouldn’t miss the festival’s Grotto Concerts in which the audience takes a 40 minute boat ride down the Colorado River and disembark into a red rock grotto — a natural concert hall for enjoying the music of Dvorak, Schubert, Mozart, Bach, and others.

People who love jazz should try to catch the performances in week one of the festival. Highly anticipated are the Cuban jazz masters Chuchito Valdes and Jorge-Luis Prats. For those with more traditional tastes, week two of the festival presents Paul Woodiel, Steve Gibb, and Christopher Layer in concert.

Ideal for the most adventurous of music lovers, the festival concludes with a musical raft trip through Cataract Canyon. This four-day, three-night trip features intimate concerts played amid the breathtaking river setting. The raft trip sets off on September 14 and includes that afternoon’s Grotto Concert as one of its first stops.