Musical workshops, string quartet concert offered during “Snowball” | Go out and go

2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the Moab Music Festival, an annual festival dedicated to bringing talented classical musicians to perform in the landscape of Moab. The locations include a whitewater rafting excursion and secret caves accessible only by jet boat.

The festival itself lasts for two weeks in September, but as an organization MMF is also dedicated to giving back to the community of Moab. Each February, MMF presents an abbreviated winter season, called “Winterlude”, in partnership with local schools and KZMU radio.

This year’s Winterlude begins January 31st. The program includes a workshop for adult string and piano players, extracurricular workshops for students, a KZMU “little station” concert, a showcase workshop and a concert, performed by the Fry Street Quartet.

“The festival has offered educational opportunities and workshops, as well as fun events for community members of all ages, since its inception in 1992,” said Erin Groves, director of community engagement for the Moab Music Festival. “Many longtime Moabites will likely remember attending workshops or concerts by various artists and residents throughout the year.”

This year’s Winterlude will feature Fry Street Quartet, a string quartet currently in residence at Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University. Quartet members — Robert Waters, Rebecca McFaul, Bradley Ottesen and Anne Francis Bayless — will lead the adult workshop alongside violinist Leslie Thompkins, artistic director of the festival, and pianist, musical director of the festival Michael Barrett. The Fry Street Quartet will also host the after-school workshops for students in the Grand County School District.

The Adult Workshop, for non-professional strings and piano players, is a one-week program of 90 minutes per day. Registrants are assigned to a group based on the time they are available during the day and the instrument they play. Groups can range from one person to five people. Registration for the week is $ 50 and includes the option to perform in the Winterlude Showcase at Star Hall alongside the students participating in the workshop, and includes a ticket to the Fry Street Quartet show at Star Hall.

After-school workshops for local ropes students are free and run from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Star Hall (159 E. Center St.). Students are expected to attend daily (January 31 to February 4) and perform in the Winterlude display window at the end of the week.

On Saturday February 5th, Winterlude will end with a concert by the Fry Street Quartet at Star Hall. Tickets cost $ 15 for adults and $ 5 for ages 6-18 and are available at If you can’t attend the concert, don’t worry, you can listen to the Fry Street Quartet’s “Little Station” concert live at KZMU (90.1 and 106.7 FM) on Tuesday February 1 at 2:00 p.m. .

Registration for workshops closes Tuesday January 4. To register for the workshops, email Erin Groves at Partial and full scholarships are available.

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