Red Rock Rondo

Red Rock RondoRed Rock Rondo, a one-hour, high-definition musical documentary was produced by the Western Folklife Center in partnership with KUED-TV in Salt Lake City. Red Rock Rondo has won Best Entertainment Show of the year from NETA, the national organization for public television stations, and also received three Rocky Mountain Emmy Award Nominations and won in two of those categories. The Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards are for the best television in a seven-state region. On October 9, in Phoenix, Red Rock Rondo received: 

  • Best Arts Entertainment Program
    (Hal Cannon & Taki Telonidis producers)
    • Best Musical Composition (Phillip Bimstein, composer)

Red Rock Rondo was filmed on location in and around Zion National Park in southern Utah, and was a signature project of Zion National Park's "A Century of Sanctuary" anniversary 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 find their own piece of paradise.

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, Phillip Bimstein, 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.

Watch songs from Red Rock Rondo on our YouTube channel in the Western Folklife Center Programs playlist. The DVD and a companion CD are available in our Gift Shop. Give us a call at 775-738-7508 or toll free 1-800-888-5885 (ext. 234) to purchase.

Red Rock Rondo on DVD                 Red Rock Rondo Song Cycle CD 
Read more about the DVD- $20.00             Read more about the CD - $18.99 

The Western Folklife Center presented the World Premiere of Red Rock Rondo, a musical documentary film of the people, place and history of Zion National Park, on May 9, 2009 at the Dixie State College O.C. Tanner Amphitheater, in Springdale, Utah. The sold-out program began with a concert of the Red Rock Rondo song cycle, followed by the film screening. In June, the Western Folklife Center presented a free public screening in Elko of its newest production, Red Rock Rondo,  which was followed by a discussion with the film's producers, Hal Cannon and Taki Telonidis.

Major funders for Red Rock Rondo were the O.C. Tanner Company, George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, R. Harold Burton Foundation, and Simmons Family Foundation; with additional support from Zion Natural History Association, American Composers Forum, and others.

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