FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 21, 2008
Contact: Darcy Minter, 775.340.4240
Western Folklife Center Presents Red Rock Rondo:
Songs of Zion National Park
Elko - Zion National Park is one of Utah’s most spectacular places, a deep red rock canyon, rich with history, traditions and thriving contemporary communities where old-timers and newcomers co-exist amidst a busy summer tourist trade. Now the past and present life of the Park and its neighboring communities is being celebrated in a cycle of songs performed by an all-star ensemble on a lively assortment of instruments, including guitars, mandolins, banjo, fiddle, mandocello, harmonica, button accordion, oboe, English horn, upright bass and vocals. Red Rock Rondo will be performed in the Western Folklife Center’s Pioneer Saloon on Saturday, March 8, at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop, 775-738-7508 ext. 234, or at the door. Folklife Center Founding Director Hal Cannon is a member of the group that performs Red Rock Rondo. Composer and former Springdale, Utah mayor Phillip Bimstein wrote Red Rock Rondo on a grant from the nationwide Continental Harmony commissioning program of the American Composers Forum. His alternative classical works have been performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Abravanel Hall, London’s Royal Opera House, and his new wave band's videos appeared on MTV in the 1980s. He also performs with the chamber folk ensemble, Blue Haiku.
In addition to Hal Cannon and Phillip Bimstein, Red Rock Rondo is also performed by the internationally known recording artist Kate MacLeod, Phillip and Bimstein’s fellow Blue Haiku members Harold Carr, Flavia Cerviño-Wood and Charlotte Bell, who also plays oboe and English horn with the Salt Lake Symphony. Their music is a well-crafted synergy of folk, pop and classical styles. To hear a live broadcast of Red Rock Rondo in concert, visit the Western Folklife Center website at www.westernfolklife.org.
Red Rock Rondo is supported by Continental Harmony and Utah partners Mountain West Center for Regional Studies, the Utah Arts Festival, the Towns of Springdale and Rockville, Zion Natural History Association, Zion Canyon Field Institute, Tanner Summer Series, KRCL-FM and Utah Public Radio.
The mission of the Western Folklife Center is to enhance the vitality of American life through the experience, understanding, and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the American West.
Photos available upon request.