The Western Folklife Center Presents Red Rock Rondo


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Western Folklife Center
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The Western Folklife Center Presents Red Rock Rondo,
a Musical Documentary Film of Zion National Park

WHAT: World Premier of Red Rock Rondo, a musical documentary film of the people, place and history of Zion National Park.

WHEN: Saturday, May 9, 2009, 8:00 pm Concert of Red Rock Rondo Song Cycle; 9:00 pm Film Screening.

WHERE: Dixie State College O.C. Tanner Amphitheater in Springdale, Utah

WHO: Performed by an all-star ensemble on a lively assortment of guitars, violins, oboe, English horn, mandolin, banjo, mandocello, harmonica, button accordion, jaw harp, upright bass, and vocals, the film also features the local residents whose stories inspired Red Rock Rondo's songs. Red Rock Rondo: Zion Canyon Song Cycle is composed by Phillip Bimstein with musicians Charlotte Bell, Flavia Cerviño-Wood, Harold Carr, Hal Cannon, and Kate MacLeod. The film was produced by Hal Cannon and Taki Telonidis for the Western Folklife Center. The premiere is presented by the O.C. Tanner Company in conjunction with KUED, KUER, Zion Natural History Association, and the Southern Utah Folk Life Festival.

WHY: As Utah's Zion National Park turns 100, the Western Folklife Center in cooperation with KUED-TV have produced an hour-long, high-definition television program that has been selected as a signature project of the Park's Centennial celebration. Red Rock Rondo explores this spectacular place and its people through their stories put to music by Phillip Bimstein, former mayor of Springdale, Utah, which borders the Park. Red Rock Rondo weaves together the contemporary and historical, creating a rich portrait of this spectacular place and the people whose lives are so intricately connected to and affected by it. These songs cover the pioneering of Virgin River Valley by Mormon settlers in the mid-19th century, to the founding of Zion National Park in the 20th century, to modern times where retirees, artists, and urban refugees have come to findtheir own piece of paradise.

HOW: Tickets are $15 ($10 for seniors and youth under 18). Available April 1 through the Western Folklife Center's website or by calling 888-880-5885, or at the door. For more information, visit the Western Folklife Center.

Red Rock Rondo is presented by the Western Folklife Center and sponsored by the O.C. Tanner Company in conjunction with KUED channel 7, KUER FM 90.1, the Zion Natural History Association, and the Southern Utah Folk Life Festival.