GTMF’s 2019 Summer Season Celebrates Nature

JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING — May 14, 2019 Nestled in the foothills of the majestic Teton Mountain Range in Jackson Hole, the Grand Teton Music Festival’s unparalleled surroundings provide an enclave of inspiration, rejuvenation, and wonderment for all. In its 58th season, GTMF honors this earthly muse as well as those composers and works that draw inspiration from our natural environment. The weekly Festival Orchestra programs all feature a nature-inspired piece. These odes to the outdoors are not to be missed. 2019 Fundraising Gala: Carmina Burana | July 5 & 6 This year, GTMF is excited to celebrate the Festival Orchestra during the Gala Fundraising weekend—two nights of big performances to kick off the season! The Festival Orchestra takes center stage in scenes from Rossini’s comic masterpiece The Barber of Seville and Orff’s epic Carmina Burana. One of the most popular pieces of the classical music repertoire, Carmina Burana explores timeless topics of fortune and wealth, the ephemeral quality of life in all of its pleasures and pains, and the joy of spring’s return—a fitting start to a season celebrating nature! Sibelius’ En saga | July 12 & 13 Sibelius’s Finnish fairytale, En saga, opens the concert. Featuring icy textures juxtaposed with warm brass, the symphonic poem is a brisk journey through a supernatural Baltic landscape. Also on the program, powerhouse pianist Yefim Bronfman returns to the Festival with Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto, a piece lauded for its grand beauty and technical challenge. Smetana’s The Moldau  | July 19 & 20 Jackson Hole’s very own Festival Orchestra performs Smetana’s musical depiction of the Moldau river. With rolling harmonies and swirling flutes, The Moldau carries listeners through a myriad of scenes taking place on the river bank. The program also features Alisa Weilerstein performing Schumann’s lyrical Cello Concerto and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony—one of the most popular works in classical music. Mahler’s Fourth Symphony | July 26 & 27 Music Director and world-renowned Mahlerian, Donald Runnicles conducts the composer’s Fourth Symphony, a bright depiction of nature, birdsongs, and the heavens. Superstar violinist Hilary Hahn opens the concert with Mozart’s Turkish Concerto, known for its rousing finale. Anna Clyne’s This Midnight Hour | August 2 & 3 Anna Clyne’s dynamic This Midnight Hour opens the concert with its nocturnal impressions and dream-like melodies. The program also includes Britten’s beloved Young Person’s Guide; Shostakovich’s spirited Second Piano Concerto, performed by pianist Denis Kozhukhin; and Debussy Preludes, arranged for orchestra. Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring | August 9 & 10 This stellar concert begins with popular selections from Peer Gynt, including audience favorites Morning Mood (the quintessential sound of sunrise) and In the Hall of the Mountain King. Saxophone legend Branford Marsalis makes his GTMF debut with Glazunov’s Saxophone Concerto, and anchoring the evening is Stravinsky’s masterpiece The Rite of Spring—a song of rituals celebrating spring’s return. Lyadov’s The Enchanted Lake | August 16 & 17 GTMF completes the nature-inspired season with Lyadov’s fairytale scene, The Enchanted Lake, a mysterious world fit for water sprites and wood nymphs. Violin sensation Augustin Hadelich returns for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. The season comes to a glorious close with two works by Ravel: Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé and the iconic Spanish-infused Bolero.  Tickets to the 2019 Fundraising Gala are $150 and support the Grand Teton Music Festival’s community and education initiatives. Tickets to all other Festival Orchestra performances are $25–$60. Purchase all summer tickets online at gtmf.org or by calling 307.733.1128. The Fritz Box Office at Walk Festival Hall opens June 18. About the Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF) Over seven weeks each summer, the Grand Teton Music Festival unites 228 celebrated orchestral musicians led by Music Director Donald Runnicles. These musicians represent 64 orchestras and 47 institutions of higher learning throughout Europe and North America. As the single largest performing arts presenter in Jackson Hole with nearly 100 annual events, GTMF presents yearlong programming that includes monthly community concerts, a Winter Festival in February, the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series, and education programs for Teton County Students. The Festival has a 13-part national radio broadcast Live from the Grand Teton Music Festival, co-hosted by Donald Runnicles and Andrew Palmer Todd, now in its second season. GTMF is a 4-star charity as rated by Charity Navigator and has a Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar. For media and interview requests, please contact Brittany Laughlin, Director of Marketing and Communications, Grand Teton Music Festival: brittany@gtmf.org or 307.733.3050.
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