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The Moab Music Festival was founded in 1992 by Michael Barrett and Leslie Tomkins, professional musicians based in New York who have a 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 Michael and Leslie’s original dream: to marry world class performances of music with the spectacular landscape of the Utah canyonlands region and to bring musical opportunities to the Moab community, particularly to its children.
The Festival is noted for its distinctive programming, unique among Festivals. While classical chamber music remains the mainstay of the Festival, other types of music ? traditional folk music, jazz, vocal music, and the music of living composers?are also part of the repertoire.
Each season the Festival has a distinguished Composer-in-Residence whose music is highlighted in several concerts and who is present to discuss his/her work.
Over the course of the Festival’s history, close to 150 professional, world-class musicians of outstanding caliber have performed. Many of the principal Festival musicians return year after year, arranging busy touring schedules around their desire to make music in the Moab landscape and to engage with the other musicians and with Festival audiences. Each year also brings new mus