Music in the Hole Press Release



Date: June 25, 2012

Mike Swanson, Co-Director of Marketing


Featuring special guests: Music Director Donald Runnicles, soprano Heidi Melton, Grammy Award-winning baritone Donnie Ray Albert, local music acts Screen Door Porch, Jackson Hole Community Band, and Ben Winship & Friends.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – June 25, 2012 – Grand Teton Music Festival is proud to present the 16th Annual Music in the Hole on Wednesday, July 4th at Alpine Field near Jackson Hole Middle School. Music in the Hole is Jackson’s beloved patriotic celebration and is a community-powered tradition. For 15 years, generous donations from individuals, businesses, organizations and grants have supported this this event and helped turn it into one of Wyoming’s largest annual gatherings, attracting 8,000-10,000 concertgoers each year.

The 2012 Music in the Hole is dedicated to the men and women who have devoted their lives in service to their country: Salute a Soldier! As people enter Alpine Field, they will be invited to sign tributes on a banner. Salutes that were submitted in advance with contributions will have the name of the service member read aloud during the orchestral program. A poster of these printed tributes will be available at the American Legion booth and veterans of each branch of the armed services will be invited to stand and sing along as the orchestra plays the Armed Forces Salute. An exciting boom of cannons will accompany the 1812 Overture.

The Festival Orchestra will perform a rousing concert of patriotic favorites and sing-alongs conducted by GTMF Music Director Donald Runnicles. Maestro Runnicles is honored to welcome two of operas most talented vocal artists: soprano Heidi Melton and Grammy Award – winning baritone Donnie Ray Albert. Ms. Melton and Mr. Albert will also perform in the Grand Teton Music Festival’s opening orchestral concerts July 6 and 7 at Walk Festival Hall along with tenor Stuart Skelton for excerpts from Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre.

Local vendors and non-profits will provide food, beverages, games and activities throughout the day beginning at 3PM (full list below).

Contributors to Music in the Hole will be entered to win free GTMF concert tickets. Winners will be announced from the stage in between music acts. Those who donate $300 or more will be entered to win an Outdoor Adventure that includes a fishing trip donated by Hidden Waters and a day of target practice fun at the Jackson Hole Shooting Experience. This donation can be made on the day of the event before 4PM.

Production and coordination of Music in the Hole requires a full year of preparation and fundraising, and the Festival is counting on donations from the community to cover the final $20,000 of production costs to keep this tradition alive. Gifts may be made on line at, by phone at 307-732-9952 or by mail at:

Grand Teton Music Festival
4015 North Lake Creek Drive
Wilson, WY 83014.

2012 Music in the Hole Program


Stake your claim on a piece of land for the day at this entertaining kick-start to the 4th of July in Jackson! Please remember no tents, umbrellas, plastic tarps, glass containers, rocks or pets on the field. No one is allowed on the field prior to the 9AM countdown. Puchase a “Surveryor’s Kit” for $10 at the GTMF tent, includes 4 stakes, ribbon and small flags. Enjoy free coffee from Elevated Grouns Coffeehouse!

Music in the Hole Vendors
The People’s Market
Rockin’ Dogs
Jackson Hole Figure Skating Club
Rotary Club of JH
Kim’s Corner
MIX Yogurt Bar

Nonprofit Groups
The American Legion – Salute a Soldier Booth/Banner
Jackson Hole Recreational Center
Teton Botanical Garden
Teton Raptor Center
Teton County Library Friends
Community Foundation of Jackson Hole
Wyoming Humanities Council
Teton Adaptive Sports
Friends of Pathways

Pre-symphony Entertainment
3:00 PM Screen Door Porch
4:05 PM Jackson Hole Community Band
4:50 PM Ben Winship & Friends

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra
Donald Runnicles, conductor
Heidi Melton, soprano
Donnie Ray Albert, baritone

This program will be performed without intermission.

JOHN STAFFORD SMITH The Star Spangled Banner
(1750 – 1836) Donnie Ray Albert, baritone

Lyrics by Francis Scott Key

JOHN WILLIAMS Liberty Fanfare
(b. 1932)

MORTON GOULD American Salute
(1913 – 1996)

KERN AND HAMMERSTEIN Selections from Show Boat
(1885 – 1945) (1895 – 1960)
arr. Russell Bennett

E.E. BAGLEY National Emblem March
(1857 – 1922)

GEORGE GERSHWIN “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess
(1898 – 1937) Heidi Melton, soprano

MITCH LEIGH “Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha
(b. 1928) Donnie Ray Albert, baritone

JAMES KESSLER Grand Teton Postcard
(b. 1947)

LEROY ANDERSON Bugler’s Holiday
(1908 – 1975)

RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN “Some Enchanted Evening” from South Pacific
(1902 – 1979) (1895 – 1960) Donnie Ray Albert, baritone

(1854 – 1932)

IRVING BERLIN “God Bless America”
(1888-1989) Heidi Melton, soprano

TRADITIONAL Armed Forces Salute
arr. Kessler


Sponsored by Matthew & Virgie O. Dragicevich Foundation and Wells Fargo.

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