Dear Friends and Supporters of Grand Teton Music Festival,
It is with very heavy hearts that we must let you know that we have made the decision to cancel the 2020 Grand Teton Music Festival. We know how much the community of Jackson Hole loves the Festival, and it’s a matter of deep regret to our musicians, staff and board that we are not able to move forward. However disappointing this news, our first responsibility is to ensure the health and safety of our audiences, musicians, guest artists, staff, and the people of Teton County – and canceling the Festival is, sadly, the only way to do that. However, we are anticipating with great emotion the moment when musicians and audiences will come back together again next summer for GTMF’s 60th Season. A major celebration is planned, and we look forward to seeing you there.
Meanwhile, we do have some good news to share, as today we’re announcing Music from the Mountains, an online version of the 2020 Grand Teton Music Festival. In early August, safety permitting, a smaller group of GTMF musicians will come together under the baton of Music Director Donald Runnicles to record and film three concerts of inspiring music in Walk Festival Hall. The GTMF team is working on the planning as we write, and we’re looking forward to a glorious celebration of Beethoven, Mozart, Copland, and Ravel, as well as music from some of the important female composers due to be performed at this year’s Festival. The programs will stream online on August 21, 22 and 23, and will appear on TV in the fall, and GTMF is very pleased to welcome two media partners for this project: BBC Music Magazine and Wyoming PBS. And, what’s more, we’re planning an educational component that will be available to schools across Wyoming.
We are so grateful to the many supporters who continue to stand with us in this difficult time. Jackson Hole is an extraordinary community that cares deeply about its nonprofit organizations and supports them generously. In fact, it has been inspiring to watch the way in which communities all over the country have come together to support the arts organizations they care about during this crisis. Below this message you will see details for ticket refunds and donations, and we thank you deeply for your support, whatever you decide to do.
We hope to see you online on August 21, 22 and 23, and send you our warmest wishes.
We are offering patrons a flexible range of options for handling summer Festival ticket purchases. Please fill out this online form to let us know if you prefer to donate your tickets back to the Festival, receive a credit for future performances, or request a refund. If possible, please submit the form by May 30. If you have questions, you can call us at 307.733.1128 or email email@example.com. Our offices are still closed due to the quarantine, so please leave a message and you’ll receive a return call within one business day.
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One of the best places to hear classical music in the summer.
– The Wall Street Journal
The setting is everything at this event, but with Donald Runnicles in charge, musical quality is assured.
– The New York Times
One of America’s most impressive music festivals.
– BBC Music
Where some of the world’s best musicians congregate and perform.
– The Economist 1843
The Grand Teton Music Festival was founded in 1962 by Jackson Hole Fine Arts Festival to foster classical music experiences for performers and audiences and to improve and enrich the cultural awareness and opportunities for people in Wyoming and the adjacent area. The festival is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Music from the Mountains photo courtesy of VisitJacksonHole