Grand Teton Music Festival Presents Winter Music

JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING This week, the Grand Teton Music Festival launches its inaugural winter festival, GTMF Presents Winter Music. This annual series takes place March 15–18, with events occurring throughout Jackson Hole. Winter Music features more than 10 events, including a concert by rising star pianist Charlie Albright; chamber music with Festival Orchestra favorites Jennifer Ross, violin, and Gail Williams, horn, along with pianist Andrew Palmer Todd; an interactive lecture detailing the effects of music on the mind by Dr. Petr Janata; a Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD broadcast of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut; numerous in-school educational programs including an intensive String Camp with the Jackson and Star Valley 8th grade orchestral students; and a closing night concert with young, vibrant classical crossover group Sybarite5. Tickets are on sale now by calling 307.732.1128 or visiting gtmf.org. GTMF PRESENTS WINTER MUSIC | MARCH 15–18, 2016 Tuesday, March 15 | 7PM | Center for the Arts | $20 (plus $2 ticketing fee) An Evening with Pianist Charlie Albright: Beethoven and Chopin Piano virtuoso Charlie Albright returns to Jackson Hole for an evening of Beethoven and Chopin. Mr. Albright opened the Grand Teton Music Festival’s 2015 Season with an extraordinary sold-out concert and remains at the forefront of a new generation of piano superstars. Leading an interactive performance, Mr. Albright improvises based on audience request and suggestion. Of his aptitude and artistry, the Washington Post writes, “[Charlie Albright is] among the most gifted musicians of his generation.” Wednesday, March 16 | 12PM | Teton County Library | FREE Lunchtime Learning: Music, Memories, and the Brain with Dr. Petr Janata Dr. Petr Janata is a Professor in the University of California Davis Psychology Department and Center for Mind and Brain. His projects often examine the relationship between imagery, memory, emotion, and rhythm, focusing specifically on musical situations that elicit strong emotional experiences. Within this lecture presented in partnership with St. John’s Medical Center Words on Wellness, Dr. Janata will discuss how music is an effective trigger of nostalgia, the effects of music-evoked memories on the brain, and how personalized music programming may improve quality of life for individuals with Alzheimer’s. General admission seating is limited to the first 100 attendees.  Wednesday, March 16 | 7PM | St. John’s Episcopal Church | FREE Chamber Music: Brahms’ Horn Trio Summer Festival Orchestra favorites Jennifer Ross, Principal Second Violin, and Gail Williams, Principal Horn, join pianist and GTMF Executive Director Andrew Palmer Todd for an intimate evening of chamber music, concluding with Brahms’ Horn Trio. Thursday, March 17 | 7PM | Center for the Arts | $12-20 The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD Broadcast of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut Described by Puccini himself as a story of “desperate passion,” Manon Lescaut is an obsessive and provocative tale of desire. Critically acclaimed soprano and Manon-veteran Kristine Opolais revives the title role as a Parisian temptress conflicted with love and luxury. Tenor Roberto Alagna is des Grieux, the object of Manon’s affection. Friday, March 18 | 4:30PM | Center for the Arts | FREE StringFest Showcase with Barbara Scowcroft and Local Orchestra Students Throughout GTMF Presents Winter Music, visiting artists appear in Jackson-area schools, engaging and inspiring future generations of musicians and music-lovers. The week’s educational activities conclude with Festival Musician and Music Director of the Utah Youth Symphony, Barbara Scowcroft, leading 8th grade orchestra students in a concert to showcase the students’ newly refined skills and talents. Friday, March 18 | 7PM | Center for the Arts | $20 (plus $2 ticketing fee) Elgar to Radiohead with Sybarite5 Sybarite5, a classical crossover string quintet, closes the week-long festival performing repertoire ranging from Mozart to Radiohead and Visconti to Akiho. Sybarite5’s eclectic repertoire and commanding performance style is turning heads throughout the music world. As the Arizona Daily Star writes, “Expect an experience that will satisfy your inner rock star and your secret Mozart.” About the Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF): For seven weeks each summer, the Grand Teton Music Festival reunites a celebrated orchestra of musicians led by Music Director Donald Runnicles. Throughout the winter, GTMF provides various community outreach programs, a week of Winter Music, as well as broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series. 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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