The Grand Teton Music Festival’s 54th season kicked off Wednesday evening with a spectacular piano recital by Charlie Albright. The seven-week season features more than thirty concerts at Walk Festival Hall, two family concerts, and special events in Jackson. Music Director Donald Runnicles returns for his tenth season to lead the renowned Festival Orchestra in performances on Friday, July 3 at 6pm and Saturday, July 4 at 6pm. Maestro Runnicles holds concurrent appointments at the Deustche Oper Berlin, Atlanta Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony and the Grand Teton Music Festival. Each summer, more than 200 orchestral musicians from North America’s leading orchestras and universities return to the Tetons to “renew their vows to music” according to Maestro Runnicles.
The Festival Orchestra’s opening night is a special, one-night only performance of works of Sibelius, Shostakovich, and Rachmaninoff on Friday, July 3 at 6pm. Maestro Runnicles and the Festival Orchestra open the evening with Sibelius’ inspirational anthem for his native land, Finlandia. The Festival Orchestra then showcases the youthful and exuberant first symphony by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. The concert concludes with the Rachmaninoff Third Piano Concerto, a widely celebrated work that has an established track record in the concert hall and on the big screen, including the 1996 film Shine. Celebrated American pianist Garrick Ohlsson will be performing the work.
Limited tickets for this one night only performance are available. Tickets are $55 and 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 on-line and at the Fritz Box Office.
The opening week concerts featuring vocalist Doug LaBrecque on Thursday, July 2 at 6pm and the annual Patriotic Pops concert on July 4, at 6pm are both SOLD OUT! To be added to the wait list for these concerts, call 307.733.1128.