Internationally acclaimed musician Kurt Bestor will perform his “Music In High Places” concert in view of the majestic Red Rock mountain range surrounding the outdoor Walton Commons at the Center for the Arts at Kayenta in Ivins. Taking place Sept. 18th and 19th, the renowned musician and his trio will perform a collection of original songs from Bestor’s popular albums “Seasons”, “Sketch’s” “Innovators” and “Outside the Lines.” He will also be debuting some new music from a long-awaited new 2021 release.

Bestor loves playing in intimate settings like Kayenta, but this year’s concert is especially meaningful to him. “This will be the first time, since the pandemic canceled all my summer concerts, that I will be playing for a live audience. In a way, this is a “welcome back” show for me and I can’t think of a better place to play than under the stars with that one-of-a-kind majestic view in the background. “

While Bestor is known for his unique way of combining jazz, classical and world music; it is his affable personality on stage and his banter with the audience that has made him a favorite performer at the

Center for the Arts at Kayenta. Throughout the concert, Bestor weaves in the stories behind each song and explains why and how he wrote them in his warm, humorous style, while encouraging everyone to escape for the evening and get lost in the setting and the music. 

“You can’t help but feel his own journey through his music, and it touches everyone in a different way,” says Elise West, a lifelong friend, fellow musician, and devoted fan. “It’s the reason people go to his concerts. Everyone comes to their own interpretation of what the music means for them personally, and music is a good therapy for our communities right now, especially.”

Bestor’s unique style has earned him legions of loyal fans around the world. His musical voice is uniquely his and, he hopes, “elevating,” having the capacity to evoke joy, serenity, and ecstasy. His composing and performing talents have garnered an Emmy award and Grammy nominations. He’s best known for his popular Christmas concerts and albums, but he’s also written over 40 feature-length scores for film, themes for national television productions and he’s performed live concerts to more than half a million people in the past three decades.

The Center for the Arts at Kayenta thanks the generous presenting sponsors of Music in High Places: Minky Couture, Stephen Wade Auto and St. George Shuttle. Sponsors like these, and generous donors like so many of our gracious patrons, are the reason that we can continue celebrating the High Places of the human spirit!

Tickets can be purchased on Full Covid-19 safety guidelines are posted there as well.

Event Details:

Date – FRI/SAT Sept 18 & 19

Time – 8:00pm-9:30pm

Location – Center for the Arts at Kayenta

Cost – $35 adults $15 students/children

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