The Festival Orchestra
The Grand Teton Music Festival welcomes top talent from world-renowned symphonies to our Summer Festival each year. Under the baton of Music Director Donald Runnicles these musicians come together to gather inspiration from the mountain setting, renew their artistic vows to music making, and to provide exhilarating music for Festival patrons.
Our Festival Musicians represent 90 orchestras and 57 institutions of higher learning, including the following:
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Kansas City Symphony
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
National Symphony Orchestra
New York Philharmonic
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
St. Louis Symphony
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
San Antonio Symphony
San Diego Symphony
San Francisco Opera Orchestra
San Francisco Symphony
About GTMF Concerts and Events
2019 Fundraising Gala: Carmina Burana
July 5 at 8PM & July 6 at 6PM
GTMF celebrates our Festival Orchestra during the Gala Fundraising weekend—two nights of big performances to kick off the season! The Festival Orchestra takes center stage in selections and scenes from Rossini’s comic masterpiece Barber of Seville and Orff’s epic Carmina Burana. This grand spectacle of a piece features 200 musicians on stage, including a full orchestra, chorus, children’s chorus, and three soloists!
Fridays at 8PM & Saturdays at 6PM
Festival Orchestra concerts are the focal point of the Grand Teton Music Festival. Featuring the Festival Orchestra led by internationally renowned conductor Donald Runnicles, these concerts are the very best of symphonic music. World-class visiting artists and conductors are featured weekly.
July 4 at 6PM
Celebrate July 4th in Walk Festival Hall with patriotic favorites such as The Star-Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful. Maestro Donald Runnicles leads the Festival Orchestra in this popular concert packed with fun for the whole family. For those who prefer to enjoy the holiday outdoors, GTMF and the Teton Village Association collaborate to broadcast the concert audio throughout the Teton Village Commons.
Fridays at 7PM & Saturdays at 5PM
Before each Friday and Saturday Festival Orchestra concert, Festival Musicians and other experts present educational introductions to the evening’s performance. Learn before you listen, with lectures on Fridays at 7PM and Saturdays 5PM in the Barbara Furrer Goodman Memorial Garden near Walk Festival Hall’s north entrance. Free with admission to the evening’s concert.
Weekly at 8PM
Diverse musical genres converge during GTMF Presents recitals! Featuring leading musicians from jazz, classical, and musical theatre, the series celebrates an eclectic mix of musical styles and the unbounded virtuosity of featured artists.
Pictured: GTMF Presents Vocalist Kristin Chenoweth on August 15.
Tuesdays at 6PM & Thursdays at 8PM
Featuring a small ensemble of players, these carefully curated programs showcase core classical repertoire along with a few surprises, expertly performed by members of the Festival Orchestra. Our visiting guest artists make regular appearances in these concerts, giving audiences the rare opportunity to hear these acclaimed musicians performing side-by-side with members of the Festival Orchestra.
Fridays at 10AM
Each Friday, enjoy a behind-the-scenes look as the conductor and orchestra rehearse for the weekend Festival Orchestra concerts. During the break, head to the Hartley Pavilion to enjoy complimentary coffee and baked goods.
Passionate about sharing music education and appreciation with young listeners, GTMF proudly presents weekly Free Family Concerts. In these one-hour informal events, families with children of all ages are invited to enjoy kid-friendly music performed by world-class musicians.
Pictured: The Family Festival Orchestra concert on July 24.
Movies on the Mountain
Mondays at 7PM
GTMF opens its hall on Monday evenings for free Movies on the Mountain! This series presents classic family favorites mixed with films fresh from the silver screen. Showings begin at 7PM, so be sure to arrive early to purchase candy, popcorn, and beverages on the Hartley Pavilion.