Kurt Bestor announces new concert series: 'Music in High Places'

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Award-winning composer and performer Kurt Bestor is bringing in a new concert series to Utah - but not for the holidays. (Screenshot: Kurt Bestor)

Award-winning composer and performer Kurt Bestor is bringing in a new concert series to Utah - but not for the holidays.

The Emmy- and Grammy-winning musician announced Friday that he'll be kicking off a non-holiday concert series entitled "Music in High Places" on Sept. 7 at the Center for the Arts at Kayenta in Ivins.

Bestor is calling his new concert series "Music in High Places" because he wants the performance venues to as "inspiring as the music" he's featuring, according to the official press release. Instead of traditional venues like music halls and stages, he'll take his performances to natural locations, such as the red-rock cliffs in Kayenta, the top of the mountains of Snowbird and the Natural History Museum in Salt Lake City.

"While I am best-known for my annual Christmas concerts, my musical love is really composing and performing songs that are inspired by uplifting and emotional things. Playing my songs in inspiring and 'elevated' places will invite the audience to tap into that same feeling that inspired the compositions in the first place," stated Bestor.

He added:

I have always loved architecture and find the relationship between creatively architected buildings and music to be very close. I am looking forward to performing inside, in front, and even on TOP of the world’s great edifices.

Bestor will be joined with small groups of various sizes, from him alone on his grand piano to a group comprised of acoustic guitar, a violin soloist, a woodwind player and a string quartet. He'll also play a variety of songs from his 30-plus years of compositions, including "On Pastel Wings," "Expedition," and "Windrunner" on piano, trumpet, harmonica and many more instruments. Bestor is also expected to perform a new song dedicated to each venue where he'll perform.

"There are so many pieces of music that I have composed over the years and yet, which I rarely perform, that I am looking forward to [showing] that side of me," he stated. "The opening concert in Ivins will be my third concert at the beautiful Center for the Arts at Kayenta. I have performed solo Christmas concerts there the last two consecutive years, and this will be my first non-holiday concert outdoors beneath the stunning red rocks that surround this art-loving community."

Tickets for the show in Ivins are on sale now. For tickets, call the box office at 435-674-2787. Showtime starts at 7:30 p.m.