Sunshine most of the year makes Sedona, Arizona a popular destination for tourists. When you add all of the incredible festivals that they have, you are looking at an unbeatable combination. The inherent beauty of the rock formations inspires everyone that sees them. You will be familiar with many of the magnificent areas because they are regularly featured in major films. The red rocks are also home to a famous music festival. Musicians and admirers descend on Sedona for a week of the most beautiful compositions ever written.
2009’s Red Rocks Music Festival happens at the latter part of August and lasts through Labor Day weekend. Mark your calendars. The first presentation begins on August 30th at 3:00 pm. The pianos will resound with the strains of Gershwin, Piazzolla, Smetana, Brahms and Debussy. Yuki and Tomko Mack will delight us as they perform at the Sedona & Verde Valley Jewish Community Center.
Tuesday September 1st and Wednesday September 2nd entertains us with both Classical and Jazz. The Russell Schmidt Trio joins the Festival musicians to intertwine the two venues into one amazing performance.
No celebration of the masters of music would be complete without the lyrical cadence of Mendelssohn. The Mendelssohn Octet, op 20 will be enthralling us with Shmuel Ashkenasi providing the violin accompaniment. He has graced the stage in past years and is intimately involved in the festival’s success. Mr. Ashkenasi has two performances scheduled. The first is on Thursday, September 3rd at 7:00 pm at Valley Presbyterian Church. You can delight in hearing the selection again or catch it for the first time on Saturday, September 5th at 7:00 pm. This time you will be directed to the Sedona & Verde Valley Jewish Community Center.
The prices vary for the different performances. Children and students pay only ten dollars a performance. Adults can purchase tickets for twenty five dollars or thirty five dollars depending on the concert. Acquiring your tickets for the event can be done online before the festival begins at VisitSedona.com. They have a special savings if you purchase before August 15th.
The featured musicians at this year’s festival have all achieved academic and critical acclaim with their musical abilities. They come from many corners of the world to reviews entertain you with their hauntingly beautiful repertoires. David Ehrlich teaches violin, viola and chamber music at the Renaissance Music Academy of Virginia. He and his wife, musician Teresa Ehrlich, have given the gift of music to their students since 1993.
Russell Schmidt is the jazz pianist that will perform on September 1st and 2nd when classical meets jazz. He is in constant demand as performer all over the world. Thomas Landschoot, Jan Simiz and Nancy Buck will also perform their magic at the Red Rocks Music Festival.
An integral part of the festival is the ongoing love affair that the musicians have with teaching young people. In 2005 they provided a unique experience as they held an educational performance at Copper Ridge and Desert Canyon Elementary and Middle Schools. Not only did the students, staff and parents hear music that spanned centuries, they were introduced to many ancient musical instruments.
If music gives breath to your life you will want to visit the gorgeous city of Sedona and indulge your passion for music. There are many exquisite hotels that will pamper you while you listen to the masters of music. The quintessential southwest cuisine will delight your palette. The wonderful weather will allow you to explore the city during the day and bask in the romance of the sunsets. Come alive at the Red Rocks Music Festival.
Enjoy the cultural, music, and art festivities in Sedona while staying at Enchantment Resort. This 5 star resort, located in gorgeous Boynton Canyon, offers private casitas and breathtaking views. Let Mii Amo, their luxury destination spa, pamper you after a day spent exploring all that Sedona Arizona has to offer.