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Looking Back at Grand Teton Music Festival’s 60th Season

Celebrating a Successful Season and Welcoming a New Director of Development and Board Members JACKSON, WY, October 12, 2021 – Grand Teton Music Festival’s (GTMF) 60th Season, which boasted 20 sold-out concerts and an audience of 16,000 people both in-person and online, marked a monumental season. Over one thousand people...

Plenty of GTMF archived, online

COVID led to more recorded and videoed performances from Walk Festival Hall. The Grand Teton Music Festival reported that its 60th summer concert series, held July 2 through Aug. 21, met or exceeded its expectations. “I’m a little shocked how well we ended up doing,” said Executive Director Emma Kail,...

Josefowicz, Stravinsky close festival – Jackson Hole News & Guide

“This will be my first real solo violin concerto back in public — not virtual, not chamber.”  ~Leila Josefowicz, violin As the centerpiece of these final concerts of the festival’s 2021 season, Josefowicz will perform Stravinsky’s grossly overlooked Concerto for Violin in D Major, composed in 1931. Also on the...

‘Freedom Songs’ continue to move forward – Julia Bullock will perform Jessie Montgomery’s work at GTMF – Jackson Hole News & Guide

Vocalist Julie Bullock performs Jessie Montgomery’s new song cycle, “Five Freedom Songs,” with the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, Thursday through Saturday at Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village. The word “freedom” has become fraught with politics in the 21st century. Can one exercise one’s freedom without compromising the freedoms of...

Beethoven, Bronfman and the universe – Jackson Hole News & Guide

Beethoven runs in pianist Yefim Bronfman’s blood. It’s only natural, since two of his teachers, Rudolph Serkin and Leon Fleisher, were widely considered among the 20th century’s greatest interpreters of Beethoven’s piano music. “My teacher Leon Fleisher said that when you play Beethoven, you feel like you are part of...

GTMF on the Road offers jazzy journey – Jackson Hole News & Guide

At 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, at the Alta Branch of Teton County Library, kids and adults will get a tour of the world of influences that American jazz has assimilated over the past century or so. Samples played over the 45-minute program will feature Latin beats, Middle Eastern modes,...

Where Ancient Peaks Embrace Old Friends, Music Adds Its Wonder – Classical Voice North America by Thomas May

...It’s a setting that easily nourishes music’s transcendent power. No wonder so many of the musicians who make up the GTMF Orchestra are long-timers, returning, summer after summer, as if compelled by a migratory instinct. Numbering about 200 total, they come from 80 orchestras and more than 50 other institutions...

Einhorn revisits Tetons, Broadway classics – Jackson Hole News & Guide

Andy Einhorn returns to Jackson Hole this week to present a “Broadway Through the Ages” program for the Grand Teton Music Festival, with vocalists Andrea Ross and Ryan Vona. The showcase, the last of this season’s three “Gateway Series” concerts, starts at 8 p.m. Thursday at Walk Festival Hall in...

Denève, Ehnes reunite at Walk Hall – Jackson Hole News & Guide

Traveling the world, meeting new people, working with old friends, all in the name of the profession you love — pianist-conductor Stéphane Denève lives the dream. “I don’t know how I’ve come to be so lucky to make music with all these great musicians,” he said recently from St. Louis,...

A “Guest” Visit from Donald Runnicles at Grand Teton Music Festival – Memeteria by Thomas May

Gemma New was originally scheduled to make her Grand Teton Music Festival debut conducting this week’s full orchestral program. But when she had to cancel at the last minute, GTMF’s music director Sir Donald Runnicles stepped in to save the day, adding two more concerts to those for which he...

Hitting the Sweet Spot: Third Coast Percussion at Grand Teton Music Festival – Memeteria by Thomas May

Week 4 of the Grand Teton Music Festival continued with an enthusiastically received performance by Chicago-based Third Coast Percussion making their Festival debut. Presented without intermission, the concert unfolded with unflagging energy as each member of the quartet — David Skidmore, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin, and Sean Connors — took...

A Homecoming for the Grand Teton Music Festival – Memeteria by Thomas May

With its marriage of valley and dramatic, looming scarps, it’s obvious how the Jackson Hole area beckoned as an ideal spot to make music. The Grand Teton Music Festival opened on 2 July, following the all-too-familiar hiatus, and is now into Week 4 of a seven-week season — which also...

Winners in 4th Runnicles Competition named – Jackson Hole News & Guide

Two pianists, harpist split $50K in scholarships after July 19 finals in fourth annual contest. Three young classical musicians got a major boost to their educations and maybe their careers last Monday when judges named the winners of the fourth annual Donald Runnicles Musical Arts Scholarship Competition. Tanner Jorden, a...

GTMF trombonist to share his ‘Hallucinations’ – Jackson Hole News & Guide

Back in the year 2000, when famed conductor-pianist Daniel Barenboim was still music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, he led the group in a performance of Leopold Mozart’s Concerto for Alto Trombone, with Australia-born trombonist Michael Mulcahy soloing. Barenboim was impressed enough with Mulcahy’s playing to invite him to...

Jackson Hole News&Guide Music, July 28

Gateway percussion It’s difficult to know who is having more fun at a Third Coast Percussion performance: the audience or the performers. The Grand Teton Music Festival welcomes the Grammy-winning quartet to Walk Festival Hall as part of its new “Gateway Series” at 8 p.m. Thursday. Tickets cost $40. Founded...

Harth-Bedoya leads orchestra, audience on tour of the world – Jackson Hole News & Guide

Wrapping up week three of its 2021 60th anniversary season, the Grand Teton Music Festival welcomes back guest conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya to lead the Festival Orchestra in an international program evoking Brazil, Italy and old Hungary, with a characteristically charming work by Mozart, his Concerto for Flute and Harp in...

Classical training meets jam-band bliss – Jackson Hole News & Guide

It’s time to make time for Time For Three. It has been five years, almost to the day, since the classically trained jam trio last performed in Jackson Hole, and a whole lot has happened since then: new music, new members, a soundtrack for a new movies, new teaching opportunities...

The Grand Teton Music Festival Returns For Its 60th Season – Wyoming Public Media

The Grand Teton Music Festival is underway and it's celebrating its 60th season. Over seven weeks each summer, the Grand Teton Music Festival unites more than 200 celebrated orchestral musicians led by music director Donald Runnicles. The Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF) is one of America's leading summer classical music festivals and...

Festival premieres Eötvös’ ‘Deciding Machine’ – Jackson Hole News & Guide

A May 2020 article in The Wall Street Journal heralds the dawn of the age of the “decision machine,” when supercomputers and artificial intelligence are able to sort through the myriad possible consequences of complex, dynamic situations to predict the most likely outcomes. But the idea of such a mechanical...

Walk Hall reopens with Kanneh-Mason, Dvořák – Jackson Hole News & Guide

The music returns to Walk Festival Hall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, when Kanneh-Mason joins the Festival Orchestra with Sir Donald Runnicles conducting. ...Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason loves performing. “When I perform, I feel most comfortable and most confident,” said the 22-year-old member of the sensational seven-sibling Kanneh-Mason clan. “I...

6 musicians vie for $50k in scholarships – Jackson Hole News & Guide

Borah High School graduate Fernando Perez was overcome by joy last July to be named the first-place winner of the 2020 Donald Runnicles Musical Arts Scholarship Competition. “I’m thinking about all the memories I’ve had with music,” the flutist said between gasps, “my joy of playing with other musicians and...

Giving people the music they deserve – Jackson Hole News & Guide

Great music, performed well, is for everyone. “And I believe everyone deserves it,” insisted Meaghan Heinrich, education curator for the Grand Teton Music Festival. “And that everyone has the capacity to understand it.” It takes matching the right piece of music with the right audience — and tailoring the way...

Jackson Hole Connection Podcast, Episode 147 – Celebrating 60 Years of the Grand Teton Music Festival with Emma Kail

In this week’s episode of the Jackson Hole Connection, Stephan visits with Emma Kail. Emma recently joined the Grand Teton Music Festival as Executive Director in September 2020 after serving as General Manager of the Kansas City Symphony for nearly a decade. A lifelong musician, she previously held positions with...

Vocalist Jenkins stars in ‘Patriotic Pops’

Grand Teton Music Festival is ready to mark the birth of the USofA with musical fireworks. Capathia Jenkins knows how to celebrate. “I’ve done quite a few Fourth of July, ‘Patriotic Pops’-type concerts,” the former Brooklynite said from her new home outside of Atlanta. “One of the things I love...

Music Festival plays on Center lawn

Four outdoor concerts will be presented on the lawn outside the Center for the Arts, with many guest artists. One of the best ways to make an occasion special — be it a holiday, a road trip or a dinner party — is with music. Which is why for many...

GTMF Featured in United Airlines’ Hemispheres Magazine

Returning for its 60th season, the Grand Teton Music Festival once again graces Jackson Hole, Wyoming, right next to Grand Teton National Park. This idyllic summer retreat attracts nearly 200 top musicians from around the country, led by internationally renowned music director Sir Donald Runnicles. The first week of concerts...

GTMF rounds out its 60th season

Single tickets on sale for orchestral concerts, chamber recitals and ‘Gateway Series.’ If BBC Young Musician of 2016 Sheku Kanneh-Mason, violin superstar Leila Josefowicz or prodigious young conductor Gemma New weren’t enough to get classical music fans excited about the Grand Teton Music Festival’s 2021 season, the venerable valley arts...

Grand Teton Music Festival Announces New “Gateway Series” and “GTMF on the Road” Program, Further Expanding Community Engagement in 60th Season

Single tickets for all festival events now on sale, Festival dates: July 2–August 21, 2021 Concerts featured in Gateway Series include Time For Three, Grammy®-winning ensemble Third Coast Percussion, and a “Broadway Through the Ages” evening JACKSON, WY, June 1, 2021 – Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF) announces the inaugural launch...

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GTMF Featured in Symphony Magazine, Spring 2021

The Grand Teton Music Festival and Executive Director Emma Kail are featured in the "Festival Overtures" article of the Spring 2021 edition of Symphony Magazine, published by the League of American Orchestras. | Read full article

Grand Teton Music Festival Welcomes Musicians and Audiences Back to Celebrate 60th Season, July 2–August 21, 2021

Music Director Sir Donald Runnicles leads the Festival Orchestra including a world premiere by Melody Eötvös and co-commission by Jessie MontgomeryEsteemed guest artists include violinists James Ehnes and Leila Josefowicz, Broadway star Capathia Jenkins, soprano Julia Bullock, pianist Yefim Bronfman, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and conductors Gemma New, Stéphane Denève, and...

Grand Teton Music Festival Extends Contract of Music Director Donald Runnicles and 2021 Festival Highlights

Grand Teton Music Festival Extends Contract of  Music Director Donald Runnicles to 2026 Five-Year Extension Brings Maestro Runnicles’ Tenure with the Festival to 20 Years GTMF Makes Plans for Summer 2021, the Festival’s 60th Season, including Seven Weeks of Live, In-Person Concerts JACKSON, WY, December 11, 2020 – The Grand Teton...

Grand Teton Music Festival Introduces Season Four Of Live From The Grand Teton Music Festival

JACKSON, WY, February 3, 2021 – Ahead of its milestone 60th summer season this year, Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF) introduces season four of Live from the Grand Teton Music Festival, GTMF’s national radio broadcast series co-hosted by Music Director Donald Runnicles and Jeff Counts, General Manager of the Festival. The programs are available on a...

Grand Teton Music Festival Music Director Donald Runnicles Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II – Festival Announces New GTMF On Location Chamber Music Series and Three New Board Members

JACKSON, WY, October 27, 2020 – Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF) is delighted to congratulate Music Director Donald Runnicles for being knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his service to music. On October 10, the Office of Her Majesty announced the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2020 including Sir Maestro Runnicles, OBE...

Grand Teton Music Festival Announces Guest Artists and Programming for ‘Music from the Mountains’

Online Mini-Festival Will Bring Music to Jackson Hole and Beyond August 17 to 29 Repertoire features a broad range of musical styles from beloved works by Beethoven, Haydn, Schubert, Brahms, and Dvořák to modern works by George Walker, Jennifer Higdon, and Caroline ShawMusic Director Donald Runnicles, Guest Pianist Yefim Bronfman, and...

Grand Teton Music Festival Welcomes New Executive Director Emma Kail

Emma Kail joins Grand Teton Music Festival on September 1, 2020, offering a vision of collaboration and growth Jackson, WY, July 28, 2020 – After a nationwide search, the Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF) Board of Directors announces the appointment of Emma Kail as GTMF’s new Executive Director. Ms. Kail joins...

Grand Teton Music Festival Cancels 2020 Festival, Announces Immersive Filmed Festival “Music from the Mountains”

Jackson, WY, May 13, 2020 – Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF) announced today the cancellation of its summer festival in favor of an immersive filmed experience that will be streamed on August 21, 22, and 23 – what would have been the final days of the 2020 Festival. Grand Teton Music...

Grand Teton Music Festival announces 2020 Season: 20/20 Visionaries

Jackson, WY, March 2, 2020 – 2020 marks two momentous events: Beethoven’s 250th birthday and the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. Known as “The Equality State,” Wyoming granted women the right to vote in 1869, more than 50 years before suffrage and the first in the Union to do so. It was also...