The Grand Teton Music Festival Closes its 55th Summer Season with Violinist Simone Porter and Maestro Donald Runnicles

JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING The Grand Teton Music Festival’s 55th Summer season comes to a rousing close this week with seven exhilarating concerts. On Friday, August 19 at 8PM and Saturday, August 20 at 6PM, Music Director Donald Runnicles takes the podium to lead the Festival Orchestra in a Rousing Finish, closing the exciting summer season with a pair of Russian masterworks. Violin sensation Simone Porter returns to perform Tchaikovsky’s famous Violin Concerto. Ms. Porter made her GTMF debut in 2014, and has since traversed the globe garnering worldwide attention for her bold and vibrant command of the violin. The concert begins with the US premier of Ramal, a work by renowned Syrian-American composer Kareem Roustom. The concert concludes with Rachmaninoff’s grand, romantic Second Symphony. Saturday night’s audience is invited to join us after the concert for the annual closing night stage party to celebrate the Festival Orchestra and another wonderful season of music. On Wednesday, August 17 at 5:30PM, Heather James Fine Art hosts a concert of one of classical music’s brightest young stars, violinist Simone Porter. In this artful and intimate setting, Ms. Porter performs a Haydn Quartet with Festival musicians as well as other shorter works. Artisan chocolates from Meeteetse Chocolatier Jackson Hole and a glass of wine are included in the ticket price. Only a few tickets remain for this special concert. On Thursday, August 18 at 8PM, special guest Fred Child, host of Performance Today, joins the Festival’s weekly chamber music concert. The public radio program will be recording the Thursday evening program for national broadcast. The evening, hosted and moderated by Mr. Child, will showcase Schumann’s Fairy Tales, Arvo Pärt’s Fratres, Jongen’s Two Piece for Four Cellos, and Martinů’s Nonet. (Yes, a Nonet is for nine instruments!) As the country’s most popular radio program, Performance Today reaches more than three million classical music enthusiasts. On Tuesday, August 16, at 7PM, the popular Inside the Music series continues with Executive Director and pianist Andrew Palmer Todd. Focusing on chamber music of lyrical composers, Mr. Todd provides musical anecdotes and context to pieces by Falla, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, and Schubert. On Thursday, August 18 at 3PM, GTMF presents a Free Family Concert at Teton County Library with Oboist Jaren Atherholt. Entitled A Mighty Wind, Ms. Atherholt highlights the woodwinds, exploring the sounds and interplay between this group of instruments. The one-hour event is free, but a ticket is required. Children of all ages are encouraged to attend. As part of the Festival’s ongoing commitment to community engagement and families, this is the final of GTMF’s six free family concerts offered this summer. Tickets can be purchased at GTMF.ORG or by calling the Fritz Box Office at 307.733.1128. Rush tickets are available the day of the performance for $15 online and at the Fritz Box Office. About the Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF): For seven weeks each summer, the Grand Teton Music Festival reunites a celebrated orchestra of musicians led by Music Director Donald Runnicles. Throughout the winter, GTMF provides various community outreach programs, a Winter Music series in February, as well as broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series. For media and interview requests, please contact Brittany Laughlin, Marketing Manager, Grand Teton Music Festival: brittany@gtmf.org or 307.733.3050.
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