Grand Teton Music Festival 2018 Season

Grand Teton Music Festival Concerts

Recorded live at Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village airing Wednesday nights at 8:00 p.m. on Wyoming Public Radio and Classical Wyoming. Repeats Sunday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. on Classical Wyoming. Find out how you can listen here.  

July 18 – Trifonov Plays Rachmaninoff (recorded July 6)

Leading piano virtuoso Daniil Trifonov kicks off the Festival Orchestra concerts with a performance of Rachmaninoff’s youthful and exuberant first concerto. Former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson narrates Copland’s Lincoln Portrait.

July 25 – Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony (recorded July 13)

Leila Josefowicz makes her Festival Orchestra debut with a violin concerto written specifically for her by Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-winning American composer John Adams. Closing the concert is Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony—a bucolic journey through an idyllic countryside.

August 1 – Gershwin’s Piano Concerto (recorded July 20)

Kirill Gerstein performs a staple of the American repertoire: George Gershwin’s groundbreaking Piano Concerto. Music Director Designate of the St. Louis Symphony Stéphane Denève leads the Festival Orchestra in Berlioz’s orchestral blockbuster Symphonie fantastique.

August 8 – Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony (recorded July 27)

American Sean Shepherd—one of the leading voices of composition—receives a World Premiere of his new piece Melt for orchestra. Tchaikovsky’s much heralded and beloved Fifth Symphony concludes the program.

August 15 – Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto (recorded August 3)

One of the most exciting violinists of our time, Julian Rachlin takes the stage and the podium for this Festival Orchestra This concert features beloved audience favorites—Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Barber’s iconic Adagio for Strings.

August 22 – GTMF Encore Presentation (TBD)

August 29 – GTMF Encore Presentation (TBD)

September 5 – Mahler’s Third Symphony (recorded August 10)

The foremost interpreter of Mahler, Donald Runnicles takes the podium for the composer’s most demanding work. Boasting a large orchestra, two choirs, and mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor, the symphony radiates calm introspection, jubilation, and “heavenly life.”

September  12 – West Side Story (recorded August 17)

The Festival closes its star-spangled celebration with a fully cast concert adaptation of Bernstein’s consummate work, West Side Story. Amidst rivalry between the Sharks and Jets, a love story blossoms, making way for an incredible soundtrack of timeless show tunes.