‘New Americans’ on display as festival opens at Star Hall and Red Cliffs
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A 2017 open rehearsal.  Photo by Anthony Militano
A 2017 open rehearsal. Photo by Anthony Militano
The Moab Music Festival’s opening night concert at Star Hall will feature “New Americans,” on Friday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. “It is a program dedicated to composers who have become American citizens during their lifetime and have made U.S. musical culture and legacy all the richer, as a result,” said festival organizers.

The evening will feature Bright Sheng, a distinguished Chinese-American composer and the festival’s composer-in-residence. The concert will also include the music of Puerto Rican-born Americans Dan Román and Roberto Sierra, as well as Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů, who fled the Nazis in order to become an American citizen and whose music is an influence in contemporary classical music. Composer Daniel Sabzghabaei is of Persian heritage and his work is inspired by traditional Persian melodic and rhythmic forms, folk music, art and poetry. Rounding out the cultural mélange will be the Chinese-Canadian virtuoso percussionist and composer, Pius Cheung.

An open rehearsal will be held at Star Hall on Sept. 1 at 2 p.m. Later at Red Cliffs, TAKE 6 will take the festival stage at 6 p.m. Then on Sept. 2 at 6 p.m. the festival will return to Red Cliffs Lodge with Time for Three.

The next day is the annual Rocky Mountain Power Family Concert on Monday, September 3 at 2 p.m., featuring an afternoon of Broadway hits at Old City Park. This annual concert is free in celebration of Labor Day.

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