Moab Music Festival’s Winterlude begins Feb. 4
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The Moab Music Festival Winterlude 2019 will be in full swing from Feb. 4-24 as it welcomes renowned composer, educator and artist Jessica Meyer and the prize-winning classical guitarist Tengyue Zhang. Both making their MMF debuts, Meyer will share her passion for composition and creative performance with local students and audiences at events including educational activities, a solo concert, and a student showcase of new works written by Meyer and Moab strings students. Zhang will give a solo guitar concert in Star Hall, and a musical assembly for the students at Moab Charter School.

“An important component of the festival’s ongoing work in the local community, proceeds support the MMF’s Education Initiative Awards, which support Moab’s public school music programs by funding new instruments and musical scores, performance uniforms, teacher training, and much more,” said a statement from the festival business office.

Meyer will be working with the Moab Advanced String Institute and local BEACON and Grand County schools. She will teach advanced string students the building blocks of composition and improvisation. Winterlude events will continue on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 12:15 p.m., with a radio broadcast interview and live performance by Meyer on KZMU radio station.

Meyer will be in concert on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. at Star Hall. She will invite listeners into her world of sound as she manipulates her loop pedal, voice and viola. “This very personal concert program includes several of Jessica’s own works to be performed alongside other music of many different styles and compositional voices,” said festival organizers.

The Winterlude week will culminate with a Student Showcase on Friday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at Star Hall. The string students, who will have been hard at work all week composing new works for string ensemble, will premiere their compositions in a unique concert experience. Meyer will join the students on stage for one final piece to wrap up their week together.

Winterlude events will come to a close on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at Star Hall with the award-winning guitarist Tengyue Zhang performing an evening of pieces for guitar. “Zhang will explore the many moods of the classical guitar through a myriad of composers and styles in this intimate and colorful solo concert performance,” said organizers.

Meyer was trained on the viola at the Juilliard School, where she also began her journey as a teacher. She travels the world helping teachers access music for their students. “I work with the kids, regardless of how long they have been playing their instruments, and encourage them to create the music that they hear in their own head,” she said.

She found a voice for her own musical inspiration first at the piano and then by working with the pedal looper–a recording device which records a short musical phrase to be played back and recorded over in order to create layers of sound. She now works with a huge “dictionary” of sounds amassed over the years from her work. Singing, speaking and playing to find as many different sounds as possible, “she has become used to a forest of sound to manipulate in order to create her music. Winterlude audiences will get to experience this encyclopedia of sound firsthand as well as hear the voice of the next generation of budding musicians,” said the press release.

Admission to all Jessica Meyer events is free (suggested donation $10).

Tengyue Zhang tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for student (6-18). Tickets are available online and at the door. Show a dinner receipt from a local restaurant and receive $5 off all walk-up adult ticket purchases at the door.

For inquiries call 435-259-7003.

This is the MMF’s 4th annual Winterlude, which annually presents a multi week series of winter concerts and events starting with advanced workshops for string students. All event proceeds benefit the MMF Education and Community Outreach Program, which supports such activities as the Education Initiative Awards, Winterlude, and Library Musical Story Hour. Visit the organization’s OUTREACH page for more information.

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