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Moab Music Festival: Music in Nature’s Concert Hall

Program Number: 21595RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/29/2014 - 9/5/2014;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Moab, Utah
Price starting at: $1,999.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Music Festivals; National Parks; Music Appreciation
Meals: 17; 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Every year, the award-winning Moab Music Festival brings world-class musicians to stunning red-rock venues around Moab, Utah for a feast of old and new chamber music, jazz with a Latin flavor and traditional music from around the globe. Join us for these unique, outdoor concert experiences in a variety of indoor and outdoor venues ranging from ranches to Moab-area parks. On the last day of your program, attend a concert in a sandstone grotto with wonderful acoustics along the awesome canyon walls of the Colorado River.




Highlights

• Attend seven ticketed concerts featuring a mixture of outstanding musical talent during the weeklong festival.
• Experience the ultimate program finale and the highlight of this year’s festival: the magnificent, limited-attendance Grotto Concert on the banks of the Colorado River, accessible only by jetboat.
• Learn about the history, geology, exploration and settlement of the area on journeys through spectacular Arches and Canyonlands national parks, Dead Horse State Park and more.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles roundtrip and standing up to three hours on uneven, unpaved surfaces at concert venues and national parks; some stairs.



Coordinated by Mountains and Plains Institute.




Moab

Site of a busy Colorado River crossing before the construction of the railroads, the town of Moab grew into an important mining community with the discovery of potash, manganese, oil and gas deposits in the early 1900s. Today Moab is a gateway to Arches and Canyonlands national parks and a popular base for mountain bikers and off-roaders.



Accommodations
Comfortable lodge with swimming pool centrally located in Moab.
Meals and Lodgings
   River Canyon Lodge
  Moab, UT 7 nights
 River Canyon Lodge
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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call for information Reserve directly with hotel.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call for information Reserve directly with hotel.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel Check-in 3-4 pm; required orientation 4 pm followed by dinner and Festival Opening Concert You will be staying at River Canyon Lodge that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast, hotel check-out by 10 am You will be staying at River Canyon Lodge the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Acknowledgement of Risk Form to be mailed to Mountains and Plains Office Please bring National Parks Senior or Annual Pass
  Parking availability:
No charge
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Moab, UT
  Nearest highway: US 191, I 70
  Nearest airport:  Moab, Salt Lake City, UT, Grand Junction, CO
  From End of Program
  Location: Moab, UT
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Moab (CNY)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
See below
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Distance:

 

18 miles

   

Connection flights to and from Moab, Utah (CNY) are via Salt Lake City (SLC) and operated by Delta Airlines. Reservations: (800) 221-1212. We strongly recommend that you arrive a day early due to erratic schedules and possible flight delays at all points. Taxi Services that serve the Moab Airport:Moab Taxi: 435-210-4297, Moab Luxury Coach: 435-940-4212 and Moab Coach: 435-259-8294. Call in advance to reserve. Enterprise Car Rental is also located at the Moab Airport.

 

Moab, UT from Grand Junction, CO airport (GJT)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Moab Luxury Coach
phone: 435-940-4212
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours by shuttle service 

 

Distance:

 

113 miles

   

Moab is in Southeast Utah, 33 miles south of Interstate 70 on Highway US191. Grand Junction Airport (GJT) is 113 miles from Moab. www.moabluxurycoach.com/index.html In addition to the shuttle service above, many persons choose to rent a car and most major rental car companies are available at GJT. If flying, we strongly recommend that you arrive a day early due to erratic schedules and possible flight delays at all points.

 

Moab, UT from Salt Lake City (SLC)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Moab Luxury Coach
phone: 435-940-4212
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

6 hours minimum by shuttle 

 

Distance:

 

234 miles

   

Moab is in Southeast Utah, 33 miles south of Interstate 70 on Highway US191. Salt Lake City Airport (SLC) is 234 miles from Moab. www.moabluxurycoach.com/index.html In addition to the shuttle service above, many persons choose to rent a car and all major rental car companies are available at SLC. If flying, we strongly recommend that you arrive a day early due to erratic schedules and possible flight delays at all points.

 
Driving Directions
  Moab From All Directions Moab from Denver: Moab is a 6-7 hour drive from Denver. The best route is I-70 West to Utah State Highway 128 South (Exit 202 off of I-70 in Utah), then left onto Utah State Highway 128 into Moab. You can go twenty-two miles further on I-70 to Exit 180 and go south on US 19, 33 miles into Moab. They’re about the same time; however, State Highway 128 is one of the most spectacular drives on the planet. Moab from Salt Lake City: Moab is a 234, 4.5 hour drive from Salt Lake City. Take Interstate 15 56 miles South to Provo, UT and US Highway 6. Take US 6 south 123 miles to the Junction with Interstate 70. Travel East on Interstate 70, 24 miles to Junction with US Highway 191, traveling South on US 191 33 miles to Moab. Moab from Las Vegas: Moab is 7 hours, 461 miles from Las Vegas, NV. Take Interstate 15 North 247 miles to Junction with Interstate 70 East. Travel East I-70 for 182 miles to Junction with US Highway 191 traveling South on US 191 33 miles to Moab. . Meet at the hotel address: 71 West 200 North.
Elevation Note: 4,000-7,000 feet

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: 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
(Friday, August 29)

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.
   
Accommodations: River Canyon Lodge
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Festival Programs; evening concert
(Saturday, August 30)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: River Canyon Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Festival Programs; Choice of scenic guided walks and hikes; evening concert
(Sunday, August 31)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: River Canyon Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Dead Horse State Park; Picnic Concert
(Monday, September 1)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: River Canyon Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Day field trips to Goblin State Park or Edge of the Cedars State Park; Special ranch house concert
(Tuesday, September 2)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: River Canyon Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Discover Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
(Wednesday, September 3)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: River Canyon Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Special Jet Boat ride on Colorado River for Grotto Concert
(Thursday, September 4)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: River Canyon Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Departures after breakfast
(Friday, September 5)
   
 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
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Canyonlands Country: Geology of Canyonlands and Arches National Parks


Author: Donald L. Baars


Description: "An easy-to-read geological history of the amazing red rock landscapes in southeastern Utah. Towering red buttes, plunging canyon walls, domes, pinnacles, spires, ten thousand strangely carved forms—what visitor hasn’t marveled at the land of rock in southeastern Utah that is Canyonlands Country? Canyonlands Country offers a unique geological history of this awesome landscape, in language understandable by the non-geologist. The story is as strange and fascinating as the land itself. Each exposed rock layer has a different geologic history: one is a stream deposit, another is an ancient field of dunes, another was deposited by shallow tropic seas. The Green and Colorado Rivers began carving canyons thirty million years ago, but to understand such relatively recent events Canyonlands Country takes us on a journey of two billion years. Tours include Arches National Park, Island in the Sky, Needles District, The Maze and Elaterite Basin, Labyrinth and Stillwater Canyons, Meander Canyon, and Cataract Canyon."



Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness


Author: Edward Abbey


Description: "A passionately felt, deeply poetic book. It has philosophy. It has humor. It has its share of nerve-tingling adventures...set down in a lean, racing prose, in a close-knit style of power and beauty." Edward Abbey lived for three seasons in the desert at Moab, Utah, and what he discovered about the land before him, the world around him, and the heart that beat within, is a fascinating, sometimes raucous, always personal account of a place that has already disappeared, but is worth remembering and living through again and again. The classic drama of a year alone as a ranger in a national park. "This book may well seem like a ride on a bucking bronco."--New York Times Book Review



The Ute Indians of Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico


Author: Virginia Simmons


Description: Using government documents, archives, and local histories, Simmons has painstakingly separated the often repeated and often incorrect hearsay from more accurate accounts of the Ute Indians.





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