Aaron Jay Kernis: Landscapes and Imagination

Aaron Jay Kernis: Landscapes and Imagination
© photo: Laura Wurzel
Rugged. Open. Primal. The natural landscape of southeastern Utah sets the stage for the Moab Music Festival, and Aaron Jay Kernis — this year’s composer-in-residence. With outdoor concert venues of canyons, valleys and river banks, Moab is the perfect fit for the Grawemeyer and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer. "I have a lot to communicate to audiences, and that passion, that desire to bring beauty back to music is important to me." Music director Michael Barrett notes, "We are honored and frankly thrilled to have Aaron come to Moab. He has a wonderfully fertile musical imagination and has given us works that literally explode with musical color and expression." Kernis kicks off the 2 September opening night concert as he conducts his NOCTURNE. On the 4th, the theme is "Wolfgang and Aaron," and features Kernis’s MOZART EN ROUTE, selections from SONGS OF INNOCENTS and THE FOUR SEASONS OF FUTURIST CUISINE.

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