Press/Radio Reviews”
The Salt Lake Symphony celebrated the season of giving on Saturday with a heartwarming concert dedicated to the proposition that one person can make a difference. The concert's centerpiece was the newly orchestrated version of Phillip Bimstein's song cycle 'A Secret Gift,' based on Ted Gup's book of the same name ... (Red Rock Rondo) fit seamlessly with the orchestra and choir. The colors of Bimstein's, Kate MacLeod's and Hal Cannon's voices blended with the students' in a most charming way; the instrumental accompaniment deftly evoked 1930s America.” - Catherine Reese Newton

Salt Lake Tribune (ClICK HERE for complete review)

Composer Phillip Bimstein celebrates the human and natural landscapes in and around Utah's Zion National Park with music that features the area's stories, voices and natural sounds." Hear the interview with musical excerpts, and see photos of the subjects of his music including Red Rock Rondo songs.” - Howard Berkes

NPR's All Things Considered (LISTEN HERE)

The other five members of Red Rock Rondo smile at each other and silently laugh when Phillip Bimstein sings the individual symphonic parts of his score. Not that he’s off-key—it’s just amusingly impressive to hear the bespectacled conductor mimic cello, then clarinet and so on.” - Austen Diamond

City Weekly (CLICK HERE for complete article)

magnificent ... a sensitivity and clarity rarely achieved by the poets ... exemplary ... a perfect record for Zion Park.” - Tom Petersen

Victory Review (CLICK HERE for complete review)

“It's a very engaging and interesting conceptual album, both musically and substantively.” - John Weingart

— WPRB-FM, Princeton, NJ

“Zion National Park turns 100 years old in 2009 ... Perhaps nothing will celebrate the park and its past quite as uniquely as the band Red Rock Rondo does on its new ‘Zion Canyon Song Cycle‘ album. The 16 songs are the result of research ... oral histories and historic materials that infuse the album's songs with imagery that take the listener back in time, and right to the doorstep of Zion's majestic topography.”” - Dan Nailen


Folk/Americana music with well-spun yarns” - Jamie Gadette

— City Weekly

“The CD is a delight ... You can consider the CD a hit." ” - Robynne Fawx

— KDVS Radio, Davis, CA

The Great Depression was especially cruel in the industrial town of Canton, Ohio, where nearly 50 percent of workers were jobless during the holiday season of 1933. Amid the despair, businessman Sam Stone — who had known hard times of his own — devised a secret way to help suffering townspeople. Stone's gift came to light three years ago, and its influence continues to grow. The book A Secret Gift by Stone's grandson Ted Gup tells a compelling story that has prompted other anonymous gifts. The story inspired Utah composer Phillip Bimstein to write a song cycle on the theme of giving. Bimstein's contemporary folk ensemble, Red Rock Rondo, will perform a newly orchestrated version of "A Secret Gift" with the Salt Lake Symphony and West Jordan High School Choir.” - Celia Baker

Salt Lake Tribune (ClICK HERE for complete feature story)

Composer Phillip Bimstein conjures the ghosts, heroines and tensions of Southwest Utah and, with Red Rock Rondo, makes them sing. ... Zion Canyon Song cycle is unlike any musical composition we’ve ever heard. It’s an ambitious synthesis of art song and folk song, history and myth, boosterism and poetry. ... These songs deserve to reach beyond their birthplace. Would that they will. And would that every town – with its ghosts, big rocks, tensions and tragedies -- could attract and keep an alchemist in residence.” - Julie Ardery

The Daily Yonder (CLICK HERE for complete review)

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