Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming

Grand Teton Music Festival – The Grand Teton Music Festival’s all-wooden performance facility, Walk Festival Hall, is acclaimed by listeners and performers alike for its superb acoustics and intimate atmosphere. Walk Festival Hall offers the ideal combination of clear sightlines, comfortable seating, and a warm acoustic. Amphitheater style seating rises in a fan-shaped arc from a spacious stage, and offers 685 fixed seats. Several hundred people can be accommodated for on-stage banquets and receptions, and a flexible, professional sound system has the capability to play pre-recorded program material and sound reinforcement of the spoken voice. The building’s form, vaulting 65 feet high, and its rustic materials make it blend harmoniously into its beautiful setting on the lower slope of the Teton range.
July 4 — August 17, 2013

WALK FESTIVAL HALL

3330 West Cody Lane
Teton Village, Wyoming 83025

The Grand Teton Music Festival’s all-wooden performance facility, Walk Festival Hall, is acclaimed by listeners and performers alike for its superb acoustics and intimate atmosphere. Walk Festival Hall offers the ideal combination of clear sightlines, comfortable seating, and a warm acoustic. Amphitheater style seating rises in a fan-shaped arc from a spacious stage, and offers 685 fixed seats. Several hundred people can be accommodated for on-stage banquets and receptions, and a flexible, professional sound system has the capability to play pre-recorded program material and sound reinforcement of the spoken voice. The building’s form, vaulting 65 feet high, and its rustic materials make it blend harmoniously into its beautiful setting on the lower slope of the Teton range.

SUMMER 2013 Schedule

Tuesdays
Inside the Music: These casual, chamber music concerts are hosted by longtime Festival Musician, Roger Oyster, who creates a program filled with beautiful music along with interesting, and often funny, stories about our most famous composers.

6:15 Music Machine (7/16/2013): Music lovers of all ages are invited to this 45-minute engaging and educational concert created especially for children and families. Always one of our most popular performances—be sure to get there early to get a seat! Tickets are not required.

Wednesdays
Spotlight Concerts:The Festival’s Spotlight series highlights artists and groups that perform everything from jazz and classical crossover to Broadway hits, Big Band sounds, flamenco and more.

Thursdays
Musicians’ Choice: These concerts feature classical chamber music programs handpicked by Festival Musicians and may include appearances from guest artists.

Fridays
Open Rehearsals (10am): This final dress rehearsal prior to the evening orchestra performances includes works by Ravel, Pintscher and Stravinsky and is open to the public – a unique opportunity to observe the Festival Orchestra in preparation!

Weekend Orchestra Concert (8pm): Donald Runnicles, conductor

Saturdays
Weekend Orchestra Concert (6pm): Donald Runnicles, conductor

ABOUT Grand Teton Music Festival

The Grand Teton Music Festival has been bringing the finest in classical music to the valley of Jackson Hole since 1962. From its humble beginnings in a canvas tent at the base of Rendezvous Mountain, the Festival has grown into one of the nation’s finest music festivals. The Grand Teton Music Festival encompasses a summer season, and a winter concert series that take place in the acoustically-acclaimed, and newly renovated, Walk Festival Hall, as well as comprehensive education programs that reach our entire community.
Grand Teton Music Festival musicians come from across the nation, and their home orchestras include:

Atlanta Symphony
Chicago Chamber Musicians
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Electra Ensemble
Houston Symphony
Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Minnesota Orchestra
National Symphony Orchestra
New York Philharmonic
Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Pittsburgh Symphony
Saint Louis Symphony
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
San Francisco Opera Orchestra
San Francisco Symphony
Seattle Symphony
Utah Symphony
Toronto Symphony
Vancouver Symphony

HISTORY of Grand Teton Music Festival

Celebrating its 52nd season in 2013, Grand Teton Music Festival is the home of classical music in Jackson Hole. Conceived at the kitchen table of Baroness Consuelo von Gontard’s cabin on the Melody Ranch, Grand Teton Music Festival now takes place in its own acoustically inspiring hall and is known for orchestral and chamber music performances befitting the grandeur of its Teton Mountain setting.

Since 2006, Donald Runnicles has been the Music Director. He also is Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony.

Initially called the Jackson Hole Fine Arts Festival, the organization gave orchestral concerts on a gym floor and performed chamber music on the lawn of St. John’s Episcopal Church.

The turning point in the Festival’s artistic development came when Ling Tung became Music Director in 1968. With the Tetons as an irresistible calling card, he envisioned the Festival as a summer retreat for an elite group of professional musicians. They would come for an honorarium and housing. Collectively through their modest compensation, they would make the largest financial contribution to the Festival’s operation.

Musicians from America’s great orchestras and conservatory faculties answered the call to perform challenging orchestral repertoire and chamber music of their choice with like-minded colleagues.

In 1970, Grand Teton Music Festival moved to Teton Village in a concert tent and in 1974 into its own concert hall. Fortunately the hall turned out to be both a home and an acoustical marvel. Its sonorous, clear sound has become an additional calling card for musicians and audience alike.

By remaining true to its core identity as “an orchestral Musicians’ Shangri-La”, Grand Teton Music Festival is known as “one of the best places in the country to hear classical music” (Wall Street Journal)

Festival Events in 2013:

Summer:

33 Orchestral & Chamber music concerts;

Friday & Saturday pre-concert talks; Friday open rehearsal;

Music in the Hole – July 4th concert, broadcast by Wyoming PBS state-wide;

Music in Nature – The prize-winning quintet Windsync gives over 50 chamber performances in Grand Teton National Park, the Center for the Arts and The National Museum of Wildlife Art.

Winter:

12 Broadcasts ofThe MET live in HD;

3 Chamber Music Residencies (Each residency encompasses presentations at all Jackson Hole Schools Tuesday –Thursday for 500 -700 students K-12 and a Friday concert for all ages with free tickets for students.);

Tune-Up, a collaboration with the Teton County Public Schools (Tune-UP! provides instrumental instruction for every student in the public schools studying an instrument every week of the school year);

Stringfest (A 3-day clinic for 8th-grade string players in the Jackson and Star Valley public schools that culminates in a public performance at Walk Festival Hall).
MISSION

To Provide Exhilarating Musical Experiences.
The Grand Teton Music Festival
offers great classical and other fine music
performed by outstanding artists
for the enjoyment, education, and personal enrichment
of all whose lives we touch.

We are unique in that
our exceptional musicians return year after year,
inspired by the magnificent Tetons and Jackson Hole,Wyoming,
for extraordinary performing experiences
in the intimate and acoustically acclaimed Walk Festival Hall.

 

K.C. GAVIN
Marketing Associate
GRAND TETON MUSIC FESTIVAL
4015 N Lake Creek Drive #100
Wilson, WY 83014
P 307.733.3050 | gtmf@gtmf.org

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