Moab Music Festival’s final week ranges from classical to ‘New World funk’
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The Pedrito Martinez Group will bring their Afro-Cuban rhythms to the Moab Music Festival’s Saturday, Sept. 7 concert at Sorrel River Ranch. Photo courtesy of Petra Richterova
The Pedrito Martinez Group will bring their Afro-Cuban rhythms to the Moab Music Festival’s Saturday, Sept. 7 concert at Sorrel River Ranch. Photo courtesy of Petra Richterova
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The Moab Music Festival kicks off its second week of concerts with another Colorado River Grotto Concert on Thursday, Sept.5. The event includes the Faure Violin Sonata, Mozart’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in e minor, K.304, and the Brahms Quintet for Strings, Op. 111.

  On Friday, Sept. 6, musicians will perform a program of chamber music on the banks of the Colorado River at Sorrel River Ranch. The program includes The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, Astor Piazzolla’s tribute to 18th-century Venetian master Antonio Vivaldi, and Anton Arensky, Piano Quintet in D Major.

  A second free open rehearsal is set for Saturday, Sept. 7 at Star Hall. Tickets are required although admission is free of charge.

The festival will return Saturday evening to Sorrel River Ranch for the Pedrito Martinez Group featuring Ariacne Trujillo, an ensemble with roots set deep in the Afro-Cuban Rumba tradition, and the vocal chants of Yoruba and Santeria, which The New York Times called “complex, blenderized Africa-to-the-New-World funk.”

  Sunday, Sept. 8’s Music Hike features Rhapsodies and Rhythms: Old World Melodies in the Americas. Matt Munisteri joins Joe Barbato, Chris Layer, and Dennis Lichtman for a program of Brazilian choros and sambas, Caribbean beguines and calypsos, stowaway tarantellas and waltzes.

  Closing night at Star Hall on Sept. 8 features a forgotten masterpiece by Neils W. Gade, his Octet, Op. 17, 30 minutes of lush, sweeping strings from the most well-known Danish composer of the 19th century, and Max Reger’s rarely-heard Piano Quartet. 

  On Monday, Sept. 9, the festival’s final Colorado River Grotto Concert is all Bach, featuring the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, and the Suite for solo viola.  

And for those who want a full immersion experience, the festival’s four-day, three-night begins with the Sept. 9 Grotto Concert and continues through Sept. 12, as participants float down the Colorado to experience intimate concerts performed by world class musicians at various settings along the river. A local naturalist will join the expedition to lead a series of short, scenic hikes, as well as to provide insight into the history and spectacular geology of Canyon Country.

For more information or to purchase tickets to any festival event, visit  www.moabmusicfest.org or call 435- 259-7003.

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