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Moab Music Festival: Music in Nature’s Concert Hall

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Program #21595RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
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Itinerary for Aug 29 — Sep 5, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Contact info:
70 West 200 North
Moab, UT 84532 USA
phone: 435-259-8838
web: www.rivercanyonlodge.com

Room amenities: mini fridge, microwave in rooms, mini coffee maker

Facility amenities: Swimming pool, hot tub, wireless internet access in lobby, large parking lot for RV's

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for information
Reserve directly with hotel.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Friday, August 29 - Arrival, welcome and Festival Opening Concert It...
Arrival, welcome and Festival Opening Concert It is critical to schedule arrival especially if flying by mid-afternoon, the first day of the program because a ticketed concert will be attended after dinner. Persons arriving later than 4 pm may miss dinner, the concert or both

Note: Required check-in by 4 pm; Daily itinerary subject to change.

Arrive To: Hotel check-in is 3-4 pm. Required orientation at 4 pm followed by dinner and then early evening Festival Opening Concert (not to be missed!!)

Dinner: We dine at a local restaurant

Evening: Moab Music Festival Opening Concert: "Music, Marriage, and Madness". Music Director Michael Barrett leads the audience on an exploration of the music of Robert Schumann, that of his gifted wife Clara, and of the young Johannes Brahms. Schumann’s precarious mental health culminated in a breakdown shortly after meeting Brahms, who remained devoted to both Robert and Clara, moving into their home while Robert was living at an asylum.

Lodging: River Canyon Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
70 West 200 North
Moab, UT 84532 USA
phone: 435-259-8838
web: www.rivercanyonlodge.com

Room amenities: mini fridge, microwave in rooms, mini coffee maker

Facility amenities: Swimming pool, hot tub, wireless internet access in lobby, large parking lot for RV's

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for information
Reserve directly with hotel.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Saturday, August 30 - Festival Programs; evening concert
Breakfast: Each morning we have a full order off the menu breakfast at a Moab local restaurant.

Morning: This morning we discover downtown Moab with a walking tour and visit to the history museum.

Lunch: Lunch today is on your own to explore downtown Moab following this morning's walk and musical session.

Afternoon: We will have a lecture about the natural history of the Moab area by a local expert.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the concert venue

Evening: We attend a ticketed Festival Concert outdoors at the magnificent Red Cliffs Lodge in the Colorado River Canyon. Guest Artists: "Edmar Casteneda Quartet". Virtuoso Colombian jazz harpist Edmar Castaneda returns to Moab for a command performance. Edmar has carved out a unique spot for himself in the burgeoning world of Latin jazz. His original music, taking from the musical traditions of his native Colombia, and the world of improvised jazz, give him an original and fresh voice. Edmar is joined by percussion, saxophone, and vocals by his wife, Andrea Tierra.

Lodging: River Canyon Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
70 West 200 North
Moab, UT 84532 USA
phone: 435-259-8838
web: www.rivercanyonlodge.com

Room amenities: mini fridge, microwave in rooms, mini coffee maker

Facility amenities: Swimming pool, hot tub, wireless internet access in lobby, large parking lot for RV's

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for information
Reserve directly with hotel.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Sunday, August 31 - Festival Programs; Choice of scenic guided walks ...
Festival Programs; Choice of scenic guided walks and hikes; evening concert

Breakfast: Each morning we have a full order off the menu breakfast at a Moab local restaurant.

Morning: Take a hike amongst the Redrock's beauty with a musical interlude thrown in for an unique Moab experience. Not for the average concertgoer! Gather to be transported to a secret wilderness location. From there, a rigorous hike leads you to a natural setting ideal for acoustic music. It's "music in concert with the landscape" for the outdoor enthusiast.

Lunch: Picnic Box Lunch. A local market prepares our fresh box lunches each day so that we can enjoy them in the scenic outdoors. Lunch will include your choice of sandwich, fruit, chips, dessert, and water.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will offer three scenic guided hikes with differing levels of difficulty and distance. We will ask prior to arrival for your preference.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the concert venue

Evening: We attend a ticketed Festival Concert outdoors at the magnificent Red Cliffs Lodge in the Colorado River Canyon. Concert Theme: "Ireland in the New World". When the Scottish and Irish immigrants came to North America they brought a rich treasure of traditional music and dancing. Their songs and tunes influenced many aspects of the budding American culture through the 19th and 20th centuries: Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, Hollywood, Nashville, square dancing, tap dancing, American and Canadian fiddle styles, all retain aspects of these Celtic traditions. This concert explores the roots and pathways of Irish and Scottish music and song through the works of English composer Percy Grainger, 17th century Irish harper Turlough O' Carolan, and the great fiddlers and musicians who recorded their music on old 78’s in the early 20th century. Jigs, reels, tender ballads and humorous broadsides are the fare for this evening of toe-tapping Celtic music, performed by master musicians.

Lodging: River Canyon Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
70 West 200 North
Moab, UT 84532 USA
phone: 435-259-8838
web: www.rivercanyonlodge.com

Room amenities: mini fridge, microwave in rooms, mini coffee maker

Facility amenities: Swimming pool, hot tub, wireless internet access in lobby, large parking lot for RV's

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for information
Reserve directly with hotel.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Monday, September 01 - Dead Horse State Park; Picnic Concert
Breakfast: Each morning we have a full order off the menu breakfast at a Moab local restaurant.

Morning: We board a motorcoach for a scenic drive to and a visit of Deadhorse State Park overlooking the Colorado River.

Lunch: We enjoy a picnic lunch at the concert venue. A local market prepares our fresh box lunches each day so that we can enjoy them in the scenic outdoors. Lunch will include your choice of sandwich, fruit, chips, dessert, and water.

Afternoon: We attend a Festival Concert outdoors at the Moab, Swanny Park. This year the Festival honors the milestone of Canyonlands National Park's 50th anniversary with a brand new work by Utah composer Gerald Elias evoking a local historical figure. Lively Celtic tunes and the vibrant music of Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda and vocalist Andrea Tierra round out the celebration

Dinner: Dinner tonight is on own to sample local Moab restaurants

Evening: Evening Lecture on Mining and Environmental Cleanup of local uranium mill tailings.

Lodging: River Canyon Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
70 West 200 North
Moab, UT 84532 USA
phone: 435-259-8838
web: www.rivercanyonlodge.com

Room amenities: mini fridge, microwave in rooms, mini coffee maker

Facility amenities: Swimming pool, hot tub, wireless internet access in lobby, large parking lot for RV's

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for information
Reserve directly with hotel.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Tuesday, September 02 - Day field trips to Goblin State Park or Edge of t...
Day field trips to Goblin State Park or Edge of the Cedars State Park; Special ranch house concert

Breakfast: Each morning we have a full order off the menu breakfast at a Moab local restaurant.

Morning: We will offer two distinct field trips for participants to select in advance. One trip will drive to the very unusual and scenic Goblin State Park, Visit the John Wesley Powell Museum in Green River, then observe the 4 different kinds of prehistoric Rock Art in Sego Canyon. The alternate field trip will head south of Moab to Wilson Arch, and then the town of Blanding to visit the Edge of the Cedars Museum and State Park with amazing prehistoric collections and Anasazi Indian Ruins.

Lunch: Picnic Box Lunch. A local market prepares our fresh box lunches each day so that we can enjoy them in the scenic outdoors. Lunch will include your choice of sandwich, fruit, chips, dessert, and water.

Afternoon: We return mid-afternoon to Moab

Dinner: Dinner this evening at the concert ranch venue.

Evening: We attend a special benefit concert at a private Ranch. The concert theme is "El Camino -The Road to Spanish Celtica" The state of Galicia in the northwest of Spain is considered one of the great Celtic centers for music and dance. This program celebrates the little-known, utterly delicious music of the "Celtic Nations" along with traditional music from the Scottish Hebrides. Both Natalie Haas and Maeve Gilchrist are active on the Galician music scene and are sure to bring some gems from faraway Spain! Piper Christopher Layer and fiddler Paul Woodiel round out this all-star ensemble. A 45-minute ride of breathtaking beauty ends at this historic ranch overlooking the Colorado River, the setting for a festive evening of food and music. Dinner is served al fresco before patrons take a seat in the open sided tent for the concert. The evening ends with a celebratory fireworks display, weather permitting.

Lodging: River Canyon Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
70 West 200 North
Moab, UT 84532 USA
phone: 435-259-8838
web: www.rivercanyonlodge.com

Room amenities: mini fridge, microwave in rooms, mini coffee maker

Facility amenities: Swimming pool, hot tub, wireless internet access in lobby, large parking lot for RV's

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for information
Reserve directly with hotel.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Six: Wednesday, September 03 - Discover Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
Breakfast: Each morning we have a full order off the menu breakfast at a Moab local restaurant.

Morning: We board a motor coach for our all day excursion to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks

Lunch: Picnic Box Lunch. A local market prepares our fresh box lunches each day so that we can enjoy them in the scenic outdoors. Lunch will include your choice of sandwich, fruit, chips, dessert, and water.

Afternoon: Continue our exploration of Arches and Canyonlands National Park

Dinner: Dinner tonight is on own to sample local Moab restaurants

Evening: Free for relaxation.

Lodging: River Canyon Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
70 West 200 North
Moab, UT 84532 USA
phone: 435-259-8838
web: www.rivercanyonlodge.com

Room amenities: mini fridge, microwave in rooms, mini coffee maker

Facility amenities: Swimming pool, hot tub, wireless internet access in lobby, large parking lot for RV's

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for information
Reserve directly with hotel.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Seven: Thursday, September 04 - Special Jet Boat ride on Colorado River for Grott...
Breakfast: Each morning we have a full order off the menu breakfast at a Moab local restaurant.

Morning: This morning we will have a Music Festival themed lecture.

Lunch: Picnic Box Lunch

Afternoon: We depart at noon for our jet boat ride on the Colorado River to the beautiful and amazing Grotto Amphitheater for a magnificent Festival Concert. The Festival’s signature events, the Grotto Concerts celebrate “music in concert with the landscape" by combining the beauty of music with the area’s scenic wonders. A relaxing 45-minute jet boat ride down the Colorado River brings you to “nature’s concert hall”, a pristine, acoustically perfect wilderness grotto carved from the surrounding red rock walls. Concert Program: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for cello and piano in C Major, op. 102, no. 1; Luigi Boccherini: Quintet for guitar and strings in E Minor, G. 451; Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 2 in A Major, op. 26; Light hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served after the concert.

Dinner: Tonight we have a special closing dinner with a "million dollar view" at the Sunset Grill. The Sunset Grill is in the former home of Uranium King Charlie Steen. In the early 1950’s Moab was a small farming community. Arches and Canyonlands were places only a lucky few experienced. In 1952, Charles A. Steen, geologist and prospector, put Moab on the world map.

Evening: Free for packing, reflection and relaxation.

Lodging: River Canyon Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Friday, September 05 - Departures after breakfast
Depart From: Departures after breakfast, hotel check out 10 am.

Breakfast: Each morning we have a full order off the menu breakfast at a Moab local restaurant.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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17 meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
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