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Spring in Sedona – Music’s in the Air!

Spring is a magical, musical season in Sedona.  Music lovers have a variety of genres and events to choose from, with Sedona’s majestic red rocks serving as a beautiful backdrop for days and nights filled with song; perfect for a Musical Sedona Arizona Vacation!

Classical music lovers will enjoy performances in April by the Verde Valley Sinfonietta, known as Sedona and Verde Valley’s “little symphony”. The weekend of April 28th and 29th will feature Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (Eroica).  The concerts will be held in the stunning Sanctuary of Rock of Ages Lutheran Church in Sedona.  The Sinfonietta’s Annual Fundraising Soiree will be held after the concert on Sunday, April 29th at a private, signature Sedona home.

Chamber Music Sedona also offers special performances throughout April, including the internationally acclaimed violinist and Phoenix Symphony Orchestra concert master Steven Moeckel performing ten Beethoven violin sonatas with Arizona Regents Professor of Piano Paula Fan in unique Sedona settings.  Performances will be held in a private home with cocktails and hors d’ouevres, the Sedona Creative Life Center and St. John Vianney Catholic Church.

One of the biggest music events in Sedona is the Sixth Annual Sedona Bluegrass Festival, held May 20th – June 3rd.  This lively event will feature festival performances by world renowned Bluegrass artists, Evening Chamber Music at the Library, and a Bluegrass Master Class.  Featured performers at the Festival include Grammy Award winning Bluegrass titans Tim O’Brien and Bryan Sutton, an exciting new group The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, the ever popular Muskellunge Bluegrass, and just announced Run Boy Run (Winner of the 2011 Telluride Bluegrass Festival).

Those planning to attend the festival should reserve tickets in advance for one of the event’s most popular evenings of music at the Oak Creek Canyon Ranch home of Steve and Connie Segner, owners of nearby luxury inn, El Portal.  The Segners will host a foot-stomping BBQ benefit on Thursday, May 31st, which features a very personal performance by the Claire Lynch Band, along with delicious food and drink.  This event has sold out the last two years and promises to be one of the highlights of the festival.

The Bluegrass Festival is held at Los Abrigados, which is only steps away from Sedona’s luxury boutique hotel, El Portal.  The twelve room Arizona luxury hotel was designed and built with meticulous attention to detail, featuring turn of the century Southwestern design, 18-inch thick handmade adobe walls, recycled wood trim and natural native stone.  Hosted by music lovers and Sedona insiders Steve and Connie Segner, the goal is for guests to make themselves completely at home in the amenity-filled luxury inn.  The Segners and staff at El Portal offer a wealth of knowledge about all there is to see and do in Sedona and the surrounding area; and are happy to personally plan and arrange itineraries for guests. El Portal is also a pet-friendly bed and breakfast, featuring newly built dog yards and offering pet sitting services.

Plan a stay at El Portal Sedona Hotel this spring, and enjoy all this vibrant artistic community has to offer. El Portal Sedona Hotel is a boutique hotel in Arizona. Exquisite luxury resonates from this meticulously and accurately created “hacienda.”  El Portal is a pet-friendly hotel, with enclosed pet patios. There are twelve amenity-filled guest rooms. Guests at El Portal have access to uniquely personalized concierge services for Sedona and area. The luxury inn has been awarded AAA’s Four Diamond Rating!

For your Musical Sedona Arizona vacation call El Portal 1-800-313-0017.

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