Week Five: Roustom and Rachlin

JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING  The Grand Teton Music Festival’s 57th season joins the world in celebrating the anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial birthday with a Star-Spangled Season. Inside the Music: The Blue Highways of American Music Tonight at 8PM, composer Kareem Roustom hosts Inside the Music. Steeped in the musical traditions of the Middle East and Western Classical music, Syrian-American Kareem Roustom is a musically bilingual composer who has collaborated with an array of artists and ensembles such as the Kronos Quartet and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Free, but ticketed. Donald Runnicles in Conversation: Composer-In-Residence Kareem Roustom On Wednesday Maestro Donald Runnicles has an armchair discussion of music and composition with Composer-in-Residence Kareem Roustom. Thought-provoking and informative, the Syrian-American composer will touch on his new work, Shades of Night, to be world-premiered on Thursday’s Chamber Music program. Donald Runnicles in Conversation: Composer-In-Residence Kareem Roustom is Wednesday, August 1 at 3PM. Teton County Library, Jackson. Free, but ticketed. GTMF Presents: Pianist Olga Kern The striking Russian pianist and 2001Van Cliburn Piano Competition Gold Medalist, Olga Kern puts her musicianship and technical wizardry on full display with this recital of Schumann, Gershwin, and Beethoven. The program concludes with Balakirev’s Islamey – one the most fiendishly difficult works in the piano repertoire. Wednesday, August 1 at 8PM. $25. Free Family Concert in Alta: GTMF Percussion Trio Fun abounds over the Pass in this free family concert featuring the percussion section of the Festival Orchestra. They will tap and clap their way into your heart with unique arrangements of well-known melodies—nothing is off limits for this merry band of drummers. Thursday, August 2 at 3PM. Teton County Library, Alta. Free, but ticketed. Chamber Music with Violinist Julian Rachlin This chamber music concert begins with a work by the youthful Beethoven, his Quintet for Winds and Piano and concludes with a String Sextet by Brahms. Violinist Julian Rachlin joins festival musicians for the performance of the Brahms. Composer-in-Residence Kareem Roustom receives a world premiere of his first string quartet, a piece commissioned by the Grand Teton Music Festival. Thursday, August 2 at 8PM. $25. Festival Orchestra: Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto One of the most exciting violinists of our time, Julian Rachlin takes the stage as soloist and conductor this weekend. This Festival Orchestra concert features beloved audience favorites—Mozart’s Overture from Marriage of Figaro, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Barber’s iconic Adagio for Strings. Friday, August 3 at 8PM and Saturday, August 4 at 6PM. $25–$55. Tickets are available now. Please visit GTMF.org or call 307.733.1128 to reserve yours today! About the Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF): For seven weeks each summer, the Grand Teton Music Festival reunites 200 celebrated orchestral musicians. These musicians represent 82 different orchestras and 57 institutions of higher learning throughout Europe and North America. After the summer season, GTMF provides various community outreach programs, a Winter Festival, as well as broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series. The Grand Teton Music Festival is the single largest performing arts presenter in Jackson Hole with nearly 100 events annually. The Festival also launched a 13-part national radio broadcast called “Live from the Grand Teton Music Festival,” co-hosted by Donald Runnicles and Andrew Palmer Todd. Check local radio listings for broadcast times. 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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