K.A.R.M.A. Fest

Kayenta Acoustic Roots Music for ALL Festival

K.A.R.M.A. Fest Event Details

Can you imagine a better way to release the buildup of bad karma that’s got you down? Just being outside in one of the most heavenly places on earth while listening to live music, hanging with friends, sipping tasty beverages and chowing down on yummy concessions, it’s everything a body needs to feel all better. In the evenings of September 17–19th, outside on the Plaza Stage in front of the Center for the Arts at Kayenta, two acoustic concerts will take our breath away and give it to the autumn wind. Attendees will be able to relax outdoors in socially distanced seating and the lovely southern Utah fall weather. 

Thursday Night Is 'Heartstrings, Celebrating Beethoven's 250th Birthday'
Only 125 seats Available, Act now, buy both concerts together & save

Ludwig Van Beethoven was known for his music’s fire, and we’re known for our large cello gatherings. Join us for an iconic evening–– Outside! In this 2nd and final installment of Beethoven’s 250th Birthday Celebration, we will be serenaded by the Cello Society of Southern Utah, conducted by Dr. Ka-Wai Yu of Dixie State University. We are thrilled to be making Dr. Yu’s lifelong dream of spreading the music of the cello possible once again. Heartstrings will be a night of education only the instrument itself can give, as we resurrect the passionate, booming string ensemble sound that Beethoven so painstakingly achieved at the turn of the 19th Century. 
His compositions ushered the world from the Classical era of music, bound by many persistent customs, into the Romantic era, in which musicians copied Beethoven’s “liberal” sense of phrasing. Beethoven started a movement that let music sound more like the passions of the heart than the heavens of perfection dreamed by Classical theorists. 
As a multitude of Cellists play with strength and tenderness from their capable hands and hearts we usher in our much awaited 2020 Fall Season!  After a long absence due to the pandemic, we have realized how “our hearts have grown ever fonder” to see our patrons and friends, and to witness the magical experience of live music once again, on-stage and shared, with our arts loving community!

Friday & saturday Nights Enjoy Kurt Bestor: Music In High Places
Only 125 seats available each night, so Act Now

Kurt Bestor’s, Music in High Places, makes a second trip to Kayenta! Outdoors with General Admission and socially distanced seating you can relax and enjoy a concert written specifically for the majestic setting of Kayenta. Sit outside on our plaza against the backdrop of CFAK and the nearby red mountains of Ivins. The atmosphere of this annual concert series is second to none in Southern Utah. Just ask someone who attended last year. Kurt Bestor loves playing in intimate settings like Kayenta, “I get to connect with the audience in ways I can’t in larger concert halls and venues.”
Throughout the concert, Kurt weaves in the stories behind each song and why and how he wrote them in his warm, humorous style. “You can’t help but feel his own journey through his music,” says Elise West, a lifelong friend/ fellow musician/ devoted fan, “and it touches everyone in a different way. It’s the reason people go to his concerts. Everyone comes to their own interpretation of what the music means for them personally.” 

Bestor’s unique style has earned him legions of loyal fans around the world. His performance is powerful and, he hopes, “elevating,” having the capacity to evoke joy, serenity and ecstasy. His composing and performing talents have garnered Emmy awards and Grammy nominations. He’s best known for his Christmas music, but he’s also written over forty film scores for national release, television shows and commercials. And he’s played live concerts to more than half a million people in the past 28 years. Bestor was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, but Utah claims him as their own.

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