At Grand Teton Music Festival, where the orchestra is the star

Posted on: July 2, 2019

“As exciting as it is to have Colin Currie, Gil Shaham or Joshua Bell come visit, the true miracle of the Grand Teton Music Festival is how Jackson Hole becomes home each summer to one of the best symphony orchestras in North America,” writes Rich Anderson in Monday’s (7/1) Jackson Hole News and Guide (WY). “For its 58th season, which will start July 3 and run through Aug. 17, with up to eight events scheduled per week, the festival applauds its perennial star: the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, led by Maestro Donald Runnicles. While more than enough big names will still come to perform … the hometown ensemble will headline the summer, starting with opening weekend’s ‘Carmina Burana.’ … The festival will also present highlights from Rossini’s ‘The Barber of Seville’ … bringing opera to the Tetons.… This summer’s theme, ‘In the Key of Nature,’ … will run through most events, from chamber music—Olivier Messiaen’s ‘Le Merle Noir’ or ‘The Blackbird’ … to symphonic works, including … Lyadov’s ‘The Enchanted Lake’ … and Stravinsky’s … ‘The Rite of Spring.’ … Some new [composer] names …  this year include Marc Mellits, Lera Auerbach, Hermann Beeftink, Michio Miyagi, and Mary Kouyoumdjian.”

Posted July 2, 2019

In photo: Donald Runnicles conducts the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.