Explore Music Inspired by Folk Song at Grand Teton Music Festival

JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING Grand Teton Music Festival’s summer continues with three nights of music inspired by centuries of folk traditions. As the famous quote goes, “If it was never new, and it never gets old, then it’s a folk song.” Tonight’s evening of chamber music features the 2017 Van Cliburn gold medalist, 28-year old Yekwon Sunwoo in Dvořák’s Piano Quintet, a work whose rhythms, melodies and harmonies are deeply rooted in Bohemian folk music. Mr. Sunwoo won the prestigious Van Cliburn competition in June and is currently on his worldwide victory tour. The popular chamber music program also includes one of Beethoven’s lively string quartets and songs by French composer Maurice Ravel. Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor takes center stage for the songs, themselves folk-like in nature. The performance begins at 8PM. Friday and Saturday Festival Orchestra concerts feature the inaugural performances of Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs sung by Kelley O’Connor. Berio explores the world of folk influences with songs from the United States, France, Italy, and Armenia. Maestro Runnicles, heralded as one of the leading Mahler interpreters of his generation, then leads the Festival Orchestra in a performance of the composer’s final symphony. Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 is an eloquent farewell—a work of heartbreaking resignation, renunciation, and at last, a peaceful departure. Throughout Mahler’s symphonic masterpieces and the ninth symphony, the composer invokes the folk traditions of his native Bohemia and the countryside of his adopted home Austria. Performances take place on Friday, July 28 at 8PM and Saturday, July 29 at 6PM. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit gtmf.org or call the GTMF ticket line at 307.733.1128. About the Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF): For seven weeks each summer, the Grand Teton Music Festival reunites 200 celebrated orchestral musicians. These musicians represent 82 different orchestras and 57 institutions of higher learning throughout Europe and North America. In total, the Festival presents 60 events during its summer season. Throughout the winter, GTMF provides various community outreach programs, a Winter Festival in January, as well as broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series. The Grand Teton Music Festival is the single largest presenter of performing arts events in Jackson Hole, presenting nearly 100 events annually. For media and interview requests, please contact Brittany Laughlin, Marketing Manager, Grand Teton Music Festival: brittany@gtmf.org or 307.733.3050.
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