GTMF’s Summer of Stars Concludes, Sets New Attendance Record


Grand Teton Music Festival’s summer of stars in Jackson Hole closed on Sunday, August 20th.

GTMF presented 61 events over seven weeks and reunited 200 orchestral musicians—representing 82 orchestras and 57 institutions of higher learning throughout Europe and North America.

Highlights from the season included the 2017 Fundraising Gala with Yo-Yo Ma—raising more than $500,000 for GTMF and its music education initiatives—as well as programs celebrating the Total Solar Eclipse, including Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony, Holst’s The Planets, and the new Movies on the Mountain series presenting celestial-themed films each week.

Named one of the Top 10 Classical Music Festivals by The New York Times for two consecutive years, GTMF’s star continues to rise. Total attendance increased from 9,800 in 2014 to 15,700 in 2017 marking a 60% increase. Collaborations with venues around the valley extended the reach of the festival this summer, including chamber music at Diehl Gallery and cellist Ben Sollee at Pink Garter Theatre. GTMF also expanded its popular Free Family Concert series to the Alta branch of Teton County Library.

“I am so impressed and grateful for the support demonstrated by our community year after year. Their attendance is a clear validation that the Jackson Hole Community and its visitors have embraced the expansion of the Festival’s programming,” said Andrew Palmer Todd, GTMF President and CEO stated regarding the record-breaking season.

“The Festival’s footprint continues to expand outside the walls of Festival Hall, continuing the effort to experiment with venues in Jackson, and expanding to Alta with family concerts this summer.”

After three prosperous years of leadership, this summer marks the end of esteemed chairperson Sylvia Neil’s tenure. Todd continues, “The number of events during the summer has nearly doubled, fundraising from individual contributions has doubled, and total attendance has increased 60%. That all of this was accomplished in such a short period of time is testament to Sylvia’s tenacity, vision, philanthropy, and love for this unique Festival.”

At the Festival’s Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors on August 18, 2017, Allan Tessler was elected to succeed Ms. Neil as Chairman. The Festival is honored to announce that Kakie Brooks and Laurentius Marais were also elected to join the board.

Looking ahead to 2018, GTMF is pleased to announce the theme will be Americana. Celebrating the life and career of Leonard Bernstein, born in 1918, the concert version of West Side Story will be the season’s grand finale. Play it cool and we look forward to welcoming you back for the 57th season of Grand Teton Music Festival on July 2, 2018.

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GTMF’s Summer of Stars Concludes, Sets New Attendance Record

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