Red Rock Rondo

Original Airdate: 
May 2009

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Utah's Zion National Park with Red Rock Rondo, a musical tribute to this treasured place and its people. Produced by the Western Folklife Center in cooperation with KUED TV, Red Rock Rondo explores the antique and contemporary stories of the people whose lives have been shaped by the red rock walls of Zion. The show features 10 new songs written by Phillip Bimstein, the former mayor of Springdale (the community adjacent to the park), and is performed by the Red Rock Rondo ensemble on a lively assortment of classical and folk instruments. This one-hour high-definition music documentary was filmed on location in Zion, and is a signature project of the Park's Century of Sanctuary anniversary celebration.

Zion Canyon Song Cycle is performed by Red Rock Rondo, a 6-member ensemble including the internationally-known recording artist Kate MacLeod, Deseret String Band and Cowboy Poetry Gathering founder Hal Cannon, Phillip Bimstein and fellow blue haiku members Harold Carr, Flavia Cerviño-Wood and Charlotte Bell, who also perform with the Salt Lake Symphony. Their music is a well-crafted synergy of folk and classical styles.

"Red Rock Rondo" is funded in part by: O.C. Tanner Company,
the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, the R. Harold Burton Foundation, The Simmons Family Foundation.