Music Festival plays on Center lawn

Four outdoor concerts will be presented on the lawn outside the Center for the Arts, with many guest artists.

One of the best ways to make an occasion special — be it a holiday, a road trip or a dinner party — is with music. Which is why for many people summer in Jackson Hole doesn’t really start until the opening concerts of the Grand Teton Music Festival.

In 2021 that will be Friday, when the festival launches its 60th year with four outdoor orchestral concerts on the lawn south of the Center for the Arts Performing Arts Pavilion on South Cache Street. Ticketed audience members will enjoy socially distanced seats or picnic plots on the grass, while the music will also reverberate throughout downtown for passersby.

Music Director Sir Donald Runnicles will lead the 100-piece Festival Orchestra in classical and contemporary music from favorite films, the festival’s crowd-pleasing Fourth of July pops program and “A Night at the Opera” featuring highlights from Bizet’s “Carmen” and Verdi’s “La Traviata,” while Associate Conductor Jerry Hou will take the baton for a free family concert.

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