Announcing the 2017 Visiting Artists
Each summer, the Grand Teton Music Festival hosts the world’s finest musical talent. We are dedicated to presenting the biggest names in classical music while also introducing the brightest rising stars.
As America’s most popular classical radio program, Performance Today reaches more than 3 million listeners weekly. Featuring on-stage conversation and chamber music, each annual performance is recorded for national broadcast.
The Grand Teton Music Festival welcomes top talent from world-renowned symphonies to our Summer Festival each year. Under the baton of Music Director Donald Runnicles these musicians come together to gather inspiration from the mountain setting, renew their artistic vows to music making, and to provide exhilarating music for Festival patrons.
GTMF Musicians journey to Jackson Hole from these orchestras and many more:
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Kansas City Symphony
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
National Symphony Orchestra
New York Philharmonic
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
St. Louis Symphony
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
San Antonio Symphony
San Diego Symphony
San Francisco Opera Orchestra
San Francisco Symphony
Concerts and Events
On August 1, 2017, world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma will take center stage for the annual Fundraising Gala. Experience the transcendent musicianship of Yo-Yo Ma at the intimate, acoustically-acclaimed Walk Festival Hall. Under the baton of our esteemed Music Director Donald Runnicles, Yo-Yo Ma will perform Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra and join Festival musicians for performances of well-known chamber works.
4th of July
Celebrate July 4th in Walk Festival Hall with patriotic favorites such as The Star-Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful. Maestro Donald Runnicles leads the Festival Orchestra in this free concert packed with fun for the whole family. For families who choose to enjoy the holiday outdoors, GTMF and the Teton Village Association collaborate to share the audio throughout the Teton Village Commons.
Fridays at 8PM & Saturdays at 6PM
Festival Orchestra concerts are the crown jewel of the Grand Teton Music Festival. Featuring the Festival Musicians led by internationally renowned Music Director Donald Runnicles, these concerts present the very best of symphonic music. World-class visiting artists and conductors are featured weekly.
Inside the Music
Tuesdays at 8PM
Listen and learn about the background of classical music’s most influential pieces and players. Engaging hosts share intriguing stories that provide context and insight into works performed around a theme. The evenings are moderated and performed by members of the Festival Orchestra. These free one-hour concerts are fun, informal, and perfect for all ages.
The GTMF Presents series features popular musicians who expand the boundaries of classical music. Musicians in this series apply their traditional classical training to create exciting contemporary works, challenging perceptions of what classical music can mean. Often called “crossover,” many musicians are now calling it “indie classical music” after the indie rock movement.
Thursdays at 8PM
Chamber Music is an intimate concert performed by a small ensemble of two or more players, but rarely more than 10. Soloists who appear with the Festival Orchestra often make guest appearances in this series. These curated concerts feature much of the core classical repertoire, with a surprise here and there, performed expertly by members of the Festival Orchestra.
Fridays at 10AM
Each Friday, enjoy a behind-the-scenes performance as the conductor and orchestra rehearse for the weekend Festival Orchestra concerts. During the break, enjoy a complimentary Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and baked goods provided by MorningStar Senior Living of Jackson Hole on the Hartley Pavilion.
Free Family Concerts
Passionate about sharing music education and appreciation, GTMF proudly presents Free Family Concerts weekly. In these one-hour informal events, families with children of all ages are invited to enjoy kid-friendly music performed by world-class musicians.
At the Grand Teton Music Festival we foster a casual and welcoming atmosphere unique to our mountain setting. Our concerts are a bit more relaxed than many symphonies and what people wear to concerts reflects this. Formal wear—such as tuxedos and evening gowns—is not required. Most concertgoers wear casual western attire, but if you take this as an opportunity to dress up, you won’t feel out of place either!
The custom in America’s symphony halls is to wait until the end of a piece of music until you clap. But if you liked what you heard feel free to clap when the music stops! If you would rather blend in with the rest of the audience though, use this example to figure out when you should clap. If you are listening to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, which has four movements, hold your clapping until the end of the fourth movement (the Program Book shows the movements for each piece). There is usually a 15-to-30-second pause between movements, which is where confusion about clapping usually occurs. If you are not quite sure if a piece is entirely over, just follow the rest of the audience’s lead.
This is one thing we are pretty serious about. During concerts we only encourage noise of the musical variety. Please silence cell phones and pagers and unwrap food, candy or cough drops before the music starts, and please wait to discuss how much you like the concert until intermission!
We try to begin all concerts on time. If you arrive late, you can listen and watch the concert on a monitor in one of the entrance lobbies on the upper deck until ushers begin late seating. Please try to wait on the side of the hall where you are sitting so we can seat you as quickly as possible.
Recording concerts is prohibited. Photographing concerts without permission is prohibited.
Children aged four and up are welcome at evening concerts for free with music-loving adults.