GRAND TETON MUSIC FESTIVAL OPENS THE 52ND SUMMER SEASON WITH “SUMMER RAPTURE” WITH COMPOSITIONS BY BEETHOVEN, ELGAR AND WAGNER ON FRIDAY, JULY 5 AND SATURDAY, JULY 6

Opening Weekend Features Cellist Alisa Weilerstein, Conductor Donald Runnicles and the Festival Orchestra 
Weilerstein 4 (c) Jamie Jung

JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING – June 25, 2013 – The weekend orchestra series at the Grand Teton Music Festival kicks off with celebrated solo cellist, Alisa Weilerstein on Friday, July 5 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 6 at 6 p.m. in Walk Festival Hall. In what has become a tradition, Music Director and conductor Donald Runnicles will open the 52nd summer season with a Beethoven symphony – this year the sunny and cheerful Symphony No. 4.

“Summer Rapture” will include three works: Wagner’s Overture from Tannhäusser, Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4. Recently featured with the National Symphony Orchestra, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., 31-year-old Weilerstein will be the featured soloist in [Runnicles’ selection of] the beloved Cello Concerto by Elgar. New York Magazine praises Weilerstein,

“Whatever she plays sounds custom composed for her, as if she has a natural affinity for everything.”

Written in the aftermath of the devastating events of World War I, the Elgar Concerto is a highly personal, introspective work of heartfelt lyricism and surpassing beauty.

Celebrating the 200 anniversary of Richard Wagner’s birth, the orchestra will also perform the Overture from Tannhäuser, a tale of redemption through love from Wagner’s 1845 opera.

The 2013 weekend orchestra series on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer includes returning violinist James Ehnes, conductors Matthias Pintscher, Ludovic Morlot and Miguel Harth-Bedoya, trumpeters Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer, the San Francisco Festival Chorale, pianists Jeremy Denk and Yefim Bronfman, and guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas, among others.

Tickets to the July 5 and 6 “Summer Rapture” concert are available at $54 for adults and $10 for students at www.gtmf.org. All weekend orchestra performances are held at Walk Festival Hall located in Teton Village and begin at 8 p.m. on Fridays and at 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Locals’ rush tickets are available 30 minutes before the concert at a price of $15 for anyone with a Wyoming or Idaho I.D.

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 The Grand Teton Music Festival offers exhilarating classical music and other repertoire performed by outstanding artists for entertainment, education and enrichment. Our exceptional orchestra musicians return year after year, inspired by the magnificent Teton Mountains and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for extraordinary performing experiences in acoustically acclaimed Walk Festival Hall. Please mark your calendars for our 52nd Summer Season July 4 – August 17.  Please visit www.gtmf.org or call 307.732.1128 for ticket information.

 

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