Symposia, Conferences, Workshops, Forums
In addition to performances in concert halls and arts venues, Red Rock Rondo offers a unique customizable package of a keynote, panel, discussion, workshop, and a concert to conferences, universities, conventions, seminars, symposia, forums and other events.
Members of Red Rock Rondo have extensive experience as keynoters, workshop leaders and panelists on topics related to community and place, folklore and oral history, and civility, dialogue and democracy. Phillip Bimstein is the former mayor of Springdale, Utah, and teaches two Honors’ courses (on the relationships between music, dialog and community, and on Alzheimer’s disease and aging) at the University of Utah. Hal Cannon is the founder of the Western Folklife Center and the Cowboy Poetry Gathering, and an award-winning folklorist and interviewer/producer of NPR programs about music and culture. Both have spoken at many universities, conferences, workshops and events. Other members' backgrounds in social work, improvisation, poetry and mindfulness enrich the discussion.
Red Rock Rondo can inform, inspire, engage and enliven your conference or symposium with a customizable package of presentations built around either of two distinct themes:
Giving & Generosity
How do we cultivate and encourage a spirit of generosity in our society today? How was it done in the past? If your conference or event wishes to include or expand upon this theme, and modify it to your mission, Red Rock Rondo can tell the story of an anonymous act of generosity during the Great Depression, the poignant letters it generated, and the songs it inspired. A discussion or panel could be topped off by a performance of Red Rock Rondo’s new Americana song cycle, A Secret Gift. (If his schedule permits, this package could also potentially include the author of the book that this song cycle is based upon)
Community & Place
How are community and culture cultivated and preserved? How are stories of community conveyed in oral history and celebrated in song? This theme can go in several directions, including discussions of civility, dialog, democracy on the one hand, and community-based arts on the other. Red Rock Rondo can follow a keynote, panel or breakout session with a performance of their chamber folk Zion Canyon Song Cycle. Their Emmy Award-winning PBS music documentary on this subject can also be screened.
If you would like to discuss these possibilities for your organization, please send us a note via our contact page.