21595
Moab
Moab Music Festival: Music in Nature’s Concert Hall
Hear world-class music in a world-class setting at the Moab Music Festival, where you’ll attend seven performances, explore two national parks and enjoy one not-to-be-missed finale!
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Program No. 21595RJ
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8 days
7 nights
17 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Moab, UT
D
River Canyon Lodge

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

Dinner: We dine at a local restaurant

Evening: Moab Music Festival Opening Night Concert Program: "25 and Counting" The MMF Celebrates its 25th birthday through the optimistic and joyous works written when the composers themselves were 25 years old, at the start of their adult careers. Artists: Igor Begelman, clarinet; Jennifer Frautschi, violin; Tessa Lark, violin; Tanya Tomkins, cello; Michael Barrett, piano: Eric Zivian, piano; Works to be performed: W.A. Mozart: Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K. 488; Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Trio in C Minor, Op.1, No.3; Leonard Bernstein: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano; Tessa Lark: Appalachian Fantasy

DAY
2
Festival Programs, Evening Concert
Moab, UT
B,L,D
River Canyon Lodge

Activity note: Daily itinerary subject to change from factors including stormy weather, artists/musicians unexpectedly changing.

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

Morning: We are joined this morning by a local expert to learn about the ancient and historic peoples of this area. We travel North from Moab to Thompson Springs. We end up at Sego Canyon, site of Petroglyphs that represent three eras of ancient native petroglyphs. We will be guides through the site and helped with understanding of these interesting drawings.

Lunch: 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 depart mid-afternoon for the concert venue.

Dinner: An early Dinner will be at the concert venue.

Evening: We attend a ticketed Festival Concert by Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn at the magnificent Red Cliffs Lodge in the Colorado River Canyon. Béla Fleck, banjo and Abigail Washburn, banjo, vocals: Béla Fleck returns to MMF, this time with singer-songwriter Abigail Washburn. The husband-and-wife banjo duo have a musical partnership of "seemingly unlimited rhythmic, tonal and melodic capabilities." Béla is an iconic innovator on the banjo and winner of sixteen GRAMMY awards. Abigail has strong ties to China and infuses her work with sounds of the Far East. Their "astounding chemistry as collaborators" is evident on their eponymous recording which won the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Folk Album. We'll hear selections from the album at tonight's concert.

DAY
3
Festival Programs, Hike & Concert, Evening Concert
Moab, UT
B,D
River Canyon Lodge

Activity note: The hike is very rigorous, participants must be able to hike over rough-rocky terrain for two miles round trip.The hike requires a moderate level of stamina, agility and comfort with uneven footing and potentially some exposure on slick rock. Hiking/trail shoes are required.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at a local restaurant

Morning: Take a beautiful hike (2 miles round trip on very uneven surface with hills and descents) 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. Artists: Kristin Lee, violin; Clancy Newman, cello; Pieces: Zoltán Kodály: Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7; Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio for Strings, Op. 9, No. 1; Clancy Newman: Golden Blues

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

Afternoon: We depart mid-afternoon for the concert venue.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the concert venue. We will be joined by a guest speaker following dinner for a Festival Themed Lecture.

Evening: We attend a ticketed Festival Concert outdoors at the magnificent Red Cliffs Lodge in the Colorado River Canyon. The Requinte Trio: Brazilian Music From Rio to the Amazon Artists: Janis Siegel, vocals; Nanny Assis, percussion, vocals; Leo Traversa, bass; John di Martino, piano The Requinte Trio (which means “elegant” in Portuguese) is the latest venture for Manhattan Transfer’s nine-time GRAMMY winner, Janis Siegel. Together with pianist/arranger John di Martino and singer, percussionist, guitarist, songwriter, Nanny Assis, Trio members share a “love of lyrical melodies and delicious grooves”, creating sensual music which fuses American and Brazilian styles. They are joined by bassist, Leo Traversa for a night of Brazilian jazz, soul, and original songs in Portuguese and English. Program to be announced from the stage.

DAY
4
Dead Horse State Park, Picnic Concert
Moab, UT
B,L
River Canyon Lodge

Breakfast: This 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. A local expert on natural history and geography joins us.

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 Labor Day Festival Concert outdoors at the Moab Town Park. Artists: Jesse Blumberg, baritone; Leo Granados, percussion; Marco Granados, flute; Brittany Haas, violin; Natalie Haas, cello; Michael Barrett, piano; Nanny Assis, percussion, vocals; Janis Siegel, vocals; John di Martino, piano; Leo Traversa, bass; The MMF celebrates Labor Day with an outdoor concert. The brothers Granados and the sisters Haas put the “family” into this family concert, sharing their Venezuelan and Celtic music respectively. The Requinte Trio goes south of Venezuela for their Brazilian music. Jesse Blumberg adds his resonant baritone to the American Songbook.

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

Evening: Free to explore the downtown shops and galleries of Moab.

DAY
5
Field trip to Arches National Park, Ranch House Concert
Moab, UT
B,L,D
River Canyon Lodge

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

Morning: This morning we visit Arches National Park. Sites to be visited will include Devils Garden; walks in the Windows Section with several magnificent arches, stops at Balanced Rock and Sand Dunes Arch; and a visit to the Visitor Center with an excellent interpretive film, displays, and a bookstore.

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: Depart Hotel by coach for a 45-minute ride of breathtaking beauty that ends at an 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.

Evening: Concert Program: "Excusez-moi, do you speak fiddle?" Artists: Brittany Haas, violin; Natalie Haas, cello; Jordan Tice, guitar; Yann Falquet, button accordion; Led by Prairie Home Companion regular Brittany Haas, fiddle styles from around the world are on display in this rollicking concert that will make you want to dance. The ensemble featuring Haas sister, Natalie on cello, guitarist Jordan Tice with Yann Falquet on button accordion mixes traditional Quebecois, Appalachian, Celtic and Scandinavian music with their own original tunes. The stunning setting for this entertaining evening of great music, supper, and good company is a private Ranch on the banks of the Colorado River.

DAY
6
Canyonlands National Park
Moab, UT
B,L
River Canyon Lodge

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

Morning: Excursion to Canyonlands National Park-Island in the Sky. We visit Mesa Arch, Upheaval Dome, Green River Overlook, Grand View Overlook, and White Rim Overlook.

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 Canyonlands National Park

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

Evening: Free for relaxation.

DAY
7
Special Jet Boat ride on Colorado River for Grotto Concert
Moab, UT
B,L,D
River Canyon Lodge

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

Morning: Following breakfast 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 event, the Grotto Concert celebrates “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. Johann Sebastian Bach remains the undisputed genius of Western art music. His compositions encompass a huge span of intellectual and emotional territory. Performing and listening to Bach in the serene wilderness of Grotto’s red rocks can be its own kind of religious experience. Artists: Jesse Blumberg, baritone; Marco Granados, flute; Ayano Ninomiya, violin; Harumi Rhodes, violin; Charles Yang, violin; Arnaud Sussmann, violin; Leslie Tomkins, viola; Jay Campbell, cello; Nicholas Canellakis, cello; Tanya Tomkins, cello; Robert Black, double bass; Michael Brown, piano; Eric Zivian, piano; Pieces: J.S. Bach: Arias for baritone and strings; Bach: Sonata in B Minor for flute and keyboard, BWV. 1030; Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048; Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050

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.

DAY
8
Program Concludes
Moab, UT
B

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