Grand Teton Music Festival Announces 2018 “Star-Spangled Season”


Today, the Grand Teton Music Festival announces an American-themed line-up to celebrate legendary American composer Leonard Bernstein’s centenary. The 2018 Summer Festival runs seven weeks from July 3 to August 18 and includes more than 50 musical events.

At the heart of the Grand Teton Music Festival is the Festival Orchestra, performing Friday and Saturday nights with the world’s best soloists. Led by Music Director Donald Runnicles, the Festival opens with piano superstar Daniil Trifonov and closes with a fully cast concert adaptation of Bernstein’s consummate work West Side Story. The Festival welcomes conductors Markus Stenz, Stéphane Denève, and Julian Rachlin. Violinist Leila Josefowicz and pianist Kirill Gerstein make their Jackson Hole debuts.

The annual Fundraising Gala concert returns with Audra McDonald, the most decorated performer in Broadway history, on July 19. Additional festival highlights include legendary bass player Edgar Meyer (July 24), world-renowned quintet Canadian Brass (August 8), pianist Kirill Gerstein performing Rhapsody in Blue (July 18), and a Broadway Revue (August 15).

The Grand Teton Music Festival continues to support innovation with new commissions by Sean Shepherd and its first ever composer-in-residence, Kareem Roustom.

We hope you will join us for an exhilarating musical experience that only the combination of the world’s best musicians and the Teton Mountain Range can provide. To purchase tickets and learn more about each concert, please visit GTMF.ORG or call 307.733.1128.

About the Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF):

The Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF) has been serving the Jackson Hole community for 57 years. Each summer, more than 200 musicians from North America’s top orchestras and institutions of higher learning gather for seven weeks of orchestral and chamber music led by internationally acclaimed Music Director Donald Runnicles. The biggest names in classical music, such as Renée Fleming, Joshua Bell, Yefim Bronfman, and Yo-Yo Ma, appear with the Festival Orchestra weekly. The summer lineup includes an expanding roster of free family concerts, classical crossover and jazz concerts, and a weekly movie series, all presented in traditional and non-traditional venues throughout Jackson Hole. For the past two consecutive years, The New York Times has ranked GTMF as one of the nation’s Top Ten Classical Music Festivals, while The Wall Street Journal has named the Festival as “one of the best places in this country to hear classical music in the summer.”

In addition to its flagship summer festival, GTMF conducts various educational outreach programs in local schools and presents a Winter Festival in February as well as monthly broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series. Through its year-round schedule of diverse programming and passion for classical music, GTMF creates exhilarating and memorable musical experiences.

The Grand Teton Music Festival is the single largest presenter of cultural events in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, reaching a total audience of 17,000 patrons each year.

For media and interview requests, please contact Brittany Laughlin, Marketing Manager, Grand Teton Music Festival: or 307.733.3050.

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