Every September, the award-winning Moab Music Festival brings world-class musicians to stunning red rock venues around Moab, Utah for a feast of chamber music, jazz, and traditional music concerts. We call it “music in concert with the landscape,” celebrating old and new chamber music, jazz with a Latin flavor, and traditional music from around the globe.
The Moab Music Festival was founded in 1992 by Michael Barrett and Leslie Tomkins, professional musicians based in New York with an abiding love for the red rock country of southeastern Utah. According to Michael, “Creating the Festival allows us to combine two of the major passions of our lives—our love of great music beautifully performed and the tremendous beauty of the Moab area.”
Since its inception, the Festival has remained true to their dream: to marry world class musical performances with the spectacular landscape of the Utah canyonlands region and to bring musical opportunities to the Moab community, particularly to its children. The Festival engages the Moab Community, its children and youth through the Education Outreach and Artist-in-Residence programs.
This year the Music Director Michael Barrett has created Masterpieces in the Red Rocks, a retrospective supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, featuring the Composers-in-Residence which have made the Festival such a vital and exciting destination over the past 18 years. Three of those composers, Paquito D’ Rivera, John Musto and Kenji Bunch will appear at the Festival as performers.