The festival opens September 1 and lasts three weekends. Opening night celebrates the centennial of Moab's Star Hall and Mozart's 250th birthday. The evening also features works of 2006 composer-in-residence Paul Moravec. The composer's Pulitzer Prize winning Tempest Fantasy will be performed on September 3.
A pre-season benefit concert on August 31 will take patrons 30 miles down the Colorado river in a jet boat to a grotto for a chamber music concert of Brahms and Schumann with performers including D'Rivera and the Trio Solisti.
The grotto will also host a concert of Bach's keyboard and string works on September 7. Russian music will inaugurate a new tent site perched among cliffs bordering the Colorado River on September 9. Christine Brandes will sing Rachmaninoff songs on a program that includes Prokofiev's Violin Sonata No. 2 in D major and Shostakovitch's Piano Quintet in G minor.
Music director Michael Barrett's programming also features Latin jazz and Klezmer music. He said, "The music at this year's festival will be deliciously diverse—as will be our venues."
Visit www.moabmusicfest.org or call 435-259- 7003 for more information.