Press Archive 2011

All Things Majestic DVD/CD Release – December 12, 2011


Jackson Hole, Wyoming – December 12, 2011 – Those in attendance at the world premiere of All Things Majestic at Walk Festival Hall this past summer will have multiple opportunities to relive this masterpiece and those who missed the premiere can now enjoy it for the first time. Originally performed by the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra and Music Director Donald Runnicles on August 19th and 20th, 2011, All Things Majestic is a symphonic piece written in four movements by Pulitzer-prize winning composer Jennifer Higdon. It was commissioned to honor the 50th Anniversary of the Grand Teton Music Festival and was inspired by Grand Teton National Park.

This powerful yet serene composition evokes the grandeur and natural beauty of Grand Teton National Park through the medium of sound. To add to the experience, the music is accompanied by iconic photographs from the nation’s top national park and wildlife photographers: Edward Riddell, Henry Holdsworth and Thomas Mangelsen. This special collection of images, named “Grand Visions,” was coordinated by Riddell and edited to represent each movement of All Things Majestic: Teton Range, String Lake, Snake River and Cathedrals.

The DVD/CD two-disc package will be available for pre-order at $19.99 plus shipping and handling beginning Wednesday, December 14th at or through the GTMF ticket line: 307-733-1128. Estimated shipping date is January 4th, 2012. For those looking to purchase All Things Majestic as a gift for the holiday season, gift certificates are available at the GTMF Administrative Offices located above the Aspens Market (4015 N. Lake Creek Dr.) and can be redeemed when the Festival Offices reopen on January 3rd (Office closure for the holidays begins December 23rd). Also included is a special bonus track from the opening weekend of the 50th Anniversary season: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, “Pastoral” performed by the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra and conducted by Donald Runnicles.

Catch All Things Majestic on the big screen! The general public is invited to a special DVD Premiere Party at the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center Auditorium located in Moose, WY on Thursday, December 22nd at 5:30PM. The party will feature a showing of the full work displayed on the auditorium’s large movie screen followed by a reception. Please RSVP through the GTMF Ticket Line: 307–733-1128. Special guest speakers include photographer Ed Riddell, GTMF Executive Director Tracy Jacobson and a representative from Grand Teton National Park. GTMF extends a special thanks to our partners: Grand Teton National Park, Grand Teton Association and Grand Teton National Park Foundation.

Wyoming residents will be treated to a special half-hour television presentation of All Things Majestic on Wyoming PBS with special behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage and interviews with composer Jennifer Higdon and GTMF Music Director Donald Runnicles. This special will air on Thursday, December 15th at 7:00PM. An encore presentation will air the following week on Thursday, December 22nd at 7:30PM. For more information please visit

Opera Lunch Options from the Aspens Market – September 27, 2011

View the menu below for lunch options from the Aspens Market located at 4015 North Lake Creek Drive in the Aspens. Order through the ticket office by 5PM the Friday before the broadcast. Your lunch will be available for pick up at the Aspens Market on the day of the opera. Call our ticket line for more details – 307-733-1128.

The Met: Live in Hd Begins October 15th! – September 12, 2011

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – September 12, 2011 – For the second year, the Grand Teton Music Festival will broadcast The Metropolitan Opera live from Lincoln Center onto a large screen in Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village. The series begins on Saturday, October 15 at 11:00AM with Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, and runs through April 2012.

The Met: Live in HD series, now in its sixth season, began in 2006 as a way of reaching existing and new audiences through state-of-the-art technology that allows viewers to experience stunning stage views and close-ups with HD picture quality and exceptional production values. After a 2010-2011 season that exceeded expectations for interest and attendance in Jackson Hole, the Festival renewed their partnership with The Met for broadcasting the 2011-2012 season. Starting times vary and a full schedule is available at During the winter ski season, broadcasts will be delayed until 4:00PM to enable free parking for patrons and to not interfere with recreational activities on Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Highlights of this year’s Met season include the third and fourth cycles of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and The Enchanted Island, a new production for lovers of Baroque opera that combines storylines from Shakespeare and music by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau and others.

Tickets go on sale Monday, September 26 at 9:00AM through the Grand Teton Music Festival Ticket Office – online at or by phone (307) 733-1128. Visit for a full schedule, synopses, video clips, and more information.

Subaru Raffle Winner! – August 23, 2011

Congratulations to Mark Bittinger of Dillsburg, PA whose number was drawn to win our Subaru Raffle after our closing concert on Saturday August 20th. Thank you to all who participated in donating to our Musician Housing Campaign – HOME ON THE RANGE – through this raffle!

GTMF on the Radio!! – August 11, 2011
Tune in to Wyoming Public Radio every Thursday at 8PM and Saturday at 4PM through Septemeber 10 for a rebroadcast of our 50th Anniversary Season! See the pdf schedule below!

Also, the Grand Teton Music Festival will be featured this Sunday at 8am on KHOL 89.1 for the America’s Music Festivals program in honor of Conductor Laureate Ling Tung, who’s memorial concert will take place that day at 10:30AM at Walk Festival Hall.

Valet Service and Free Concert Shuttle – August 10, 2011

Valet service will be available from Valley Valet beginning one hour prior to Friday and Saturday concerts in Cody Circle. This service is $10 and free for handicapped patrons with a valid placard. The Festival is offering this service to ease parking frustrations and it is free of charge for handicapped patrons because of the lack of designated handicap parking spots. It also helps keep Cody Circle clear for our Free Shuttle bus to drop of patrons and turn around.

The Teton Village Association has graciously agreed to transport Grand Teton Music Festival patrons in their red shuttle bus from Teton Village parking lots to Cody Circle adjacent to the Walk Festival Hall deck for every concert. The shuttle will help alleviate parking congestion during the Festival’s concert season along with coinciding Teton Village events. Patrons can now park in the less crowded Ranch Lot, and take the shuttle directly to Walk Festival Hall for the 50th Anniversary summer season.
The shuttle runs every 15 minutes with the first pickup at the Ranch Lot, continuing through the Village Lot, Hotel Terra, and up into the Upper Village to Cody Circle. Signs will designate pick up and drop off spots. The bus will begin to shuttle patrons from the Ranch Lot one hour prior to concert time. See full schedule below. Please note special times and drop off for the 50th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, July 2. On that night, patrons will be dropped off near the Village Commons for the Champagne Reception, which begins at 5:00PM. The Gala concert begins at 6:30PM in Walk Festival Hall. 
Tuesday – Friday, beginning July 5 (8PM Concerts)
7:00PM – 10:00PM
Saturday, beginning July 9 (6PM Concerts)
5:00PM – 8:00PM

GTMF Featured Wall Street Journal Arts Article – July 28, 2011

Click here to read a featured article by David Mermelstein on the Grand Teton Music Festival in today’s Wall Street Journal!

2011 Digital Program Book – July 25, 2011

2011 Digital Program Book

Four Seasons and Osteria Dining Specials – July 14, 2011

50 for 50 Fridays & Saturdays
The Four Seasons Resort and Il Villagio Osteria have created a PRE FIXE menu for $50 in honor of our 50th Anniversary! Reservations required:
Four Seasons 307-732-5000
Osteria 307-739-4100

50th Anniversary Digital Program Book! – July 7, 2011

Click here to download our digital program book!

50th Anniversary Gold Rush! – July 6, 2011

The Festival wishes to share its excitement with the community by presenting the 50th Anniversary “Gold Rush” promotion and the specially made #50 Golden Gondola, saluting 50 years of music in the Tetons!

With its golden anniversary season drawing near and the July 2 Black, White, & Gold Anniversary Gala concert close to sell out, the Grand Teton Music Festival would like to offer local residents and visitors the chance to win free tickets and join in the celebration all summer long! The Festival will be asking local businesses and vendors to participate in the “Gold Rush” by displaying a Gold Rush chocolate box near their checkout or reception areas.

Participants simply drop fifty cents into the box and may take a special 50th Anniversary golden chocolate square from the box. After enjoying the delicious chocolate, they can redeem the golden wrapper at the Walk Festival Hall Box Office in Teton Village beginning June 23 when it opens to the public. One wrapper equals one spin to win free concert tickets!

Prizes include:
One free open rehearsal ticket ($10 value)
One free chamber ticket ($25 value)
One free spotlight concert ($35-$50 value)
One Wednesday Dinner and a Concert Package ($95 value)
Golden Prize – Two free weekend orchestra tickets ($106 value)
(Some restrictions apply, limit 5 spins per customer)

2011 GTMF Free Summer Programming – June 21, 2011

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – June 21, 2011 – Grand Teton Music Festival is proud to present a lineup of free concerts for the 50th Anniversary summer season. Each year, free programming is offered to the local community and visitors alike in an effort to welcome new audiences, offer informal introductions to classical music, and provide outdoor entertainment in Teton Village and Grand Teton National Park. With great enthusiasm, this invitation is extended to the public in the hopes that newcomers may recognize the opportunity they have to call the Grand Teton Music Festival “home”, joining the scores of devoted patrons, donors and musicians who have done so over the past 50 years.

Tuesday nights in Walk Festival Hall are reserved for “Inside the Music” hosted by Roger Oyster. Just as fun for aficionados as for first-timers to classical music, these lighthearted, themed performances explore one topic per evening with Roger and other Festival Musicians. Enjoy an exhilarating journey into the music and get a sneak peek into the weekend concerts. These concerts are free, but tickets are required. Reserve tickets online at or call our ticket line – 307-733-1128.

The Festival welcomes Axiom Brass as the resident brass quintet for this summer’s “Music in Nature” program. For the past three years, a specially selected group has performed regularly in Teton Village and Grand Teton National Park to entertain visitors and introduce them to the Festival. This group will also be performing at the Jackson Hole Farmer’s Market and the Arts Fair. See full schedule and bio below.

The annual free family concert “6:15 Music Machine”, a perennial favorite of Festival audiences, welcomes kids and their parents to Walk Festival Hall for a special performance by the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra. Pre-concert treats and fun activities are always a part of the mix. Folktales are the order of the day as the Festival Orchestra performs selections from Stravinsky’s magical tale of The Firebird. This concert takes place on Tuesday, August 2 at 6:15PM (in lieu of “Inside the Music”). This concert is free, and no tickets are required.



Click here for all the details for this year’s “Inside the Music” series.


6:15pm / Walk Festival Hall / free, no tickets required


Festival Orchestra
Nicholas Carter, conductor
Barbara Scowcroft, narrator
Dancers’ Workshop

STRAVINSKY The Firebird Suite (1945)

A perennial favorite of Festival audiences, this annual Family Concert welcomes kids and their parents to Walk Festival Hall for a special performance by the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra who will be joined by dancers from Dancers’ Workshop. Folktales are the order of the day as the Festival Orchestra performs selections of Stravinsky’s ballet music from the magical tale of The Firebird. Children are invited on stage to visit the instrument petting zoo.


The Grand Teton Music Festival and Grand Teton National Park are pleased to present the fourth season of an exciting partnership! Starting in late June through July, the Festival’s resident Brass Quintet, Axiom Brass, accompanied by a park ranger, will visit various destinations in Grand Teton National Park to perform a short program of music inspired by nature. Kids visiting the park will have the opportunity to listen to the quartet as part of their qualification for Grand Teton National Park’s Junior Ranger program. This program is free and open to the public—come enjoy beautiful music in a spectacular setting!


TUESDAYS & WEDNESDAYS (Beginning June 28)
11:30am & 12:30pm – Colter Bay Visitor Center

WEDNESDAYS (Beginning June 29)
5:00pm & 6:00pm – Jackson Lake Lodge (except July 6)

THURSDAYS & FRIDAYS (Beginning June 29)
11:30am & 12:30pm – Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center
5:00pm & 6:00pm – Jackson Lake Lodge

THURSDAYS ONLY (Beginning July 1)
3:00pm – JH Visitor Center (Elk Refuge)
5:00pm – Teton Village Commons

FRIDAYS ONLY (Beginning July 1)
5:00pm – Jackson Town Square

July 2 – Fanfare at the July 2 Black, White and Gold Anniversary Gala pre-concert reception
July 6 – Opening of the Craig Thomas Visitor Center Auditorium
July 9 – Jackson Hole Farmer’s Market
July 16 – 10:00am Jackson Hole Art Fair


The award-winning Axiom Brass Quintet has quickly established itself as “one of the major art music groups in brass chamber music.” Winners of the 2008 International Chamber Brass Competition and prize-winners of the 2010 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the Preis der Europa-Stadt Passau, the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, and the Jeju City International Brass Quintet Competition in South Korea, the Axiom Brass is dedicated to enhancing the musical life of communities across the globe and educating the next generation of musicians.

Axiom’s commitment to education and their blend of virtuosic performances and dynamic teaching have inspired young audiences around the nation, earning the ensemble the 2010 Fischoff Educator Award. Their educational concert “Let’s Make Music” has captivated thousands of elementary and middle school students in the USA.

Highlights of Axiom’s 2010-11 season include their return to Europe, concerts in South Korea and Japan, a four-week residency at the Grand Tetons Music Festival, the release of their debut album “New Standards,” a clinic and performance at the Midwest Clinic, as well as recitals, masterclasses and solo appearances with orchestras and bands around the USA.

The Axiom Brass is an Ensemble-in-Residence at the Music Institute of Chicago and performs exclusively on Mutec Mutes

Remembering Ling Tung – May 18, 2011

Ling Tung, the violinist turned conductor who built the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming into one of America’s finest festivals, died of brain cancer in Philadelphia on May 14 at the age of 78.

A violin prodigy who joined the Shanghai Philharmonic in his native China at age 14, Tung’s parents decided that the teenager’s talents would be best served by studying abroad. He came to the U.S. in 1947 to attend the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. A year later, he was accepted into the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. The rigorous training and professional relationships that Tung developed at Curtis would serve him well for the rest of his life. After graduating from Curtis, Tung played briefly for both the New Orleans Philharmonic and the Minneapolis Symphony, and then was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1956. It was during his stint in the army that he gained valuable experience as a conductor, leading the Seventh Army Symphony on tour in cities all over Europe. These world class concerts were a key part of the US diplomatic effort to enhance America’s cultural image during the Cold War.

It was also during the 1950s that Tung spent several seasons as a violinist at the renowned Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. The collegial, retreat-like atmosphere and the uncompromising devotion to artistic excellence that prevailed at Marlboro were to have a profound and lifelong influence on Tung’s approach to music-making.

Upon completing his call of duty in the army in 1958, Tung joined the first violin section of The Philadelphia Orchestra, where he was to spend six seasons. He left the orchestra in 1964 to pursue his true calling, the conductor’s podium. Tung established the Philharmonia Orchestra of Philadelphia and guest conducted in the U.S., Europe and the Far East. In 1967 Tung became the first Chinese to conduct in Japan and in 1980 he was the first “foreigner” to conduct the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in Beijing since the Cultural Revolution. Other highlights included conducting the Pittsburgh Symphony at the Ambler Festival, recording with the Philharmonia in London, and serving as music director of the Taiwan International Music Festival and, later, the Hong Kong Philharmonic.

During the summer of 1967 Tung was invited to guest conduct at a fledgling music festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The festival was looking for a music director and in early 1968 he was offered the position. Right away Tung saw the potential for creating a first class festival in this picturesque mountain valley, located just south of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. He quickly redefined the institution’s artistic focus and purpose and for the next 28 years, until his retirement as music director in 1996, he put his ideals and experience to work in building the Grand Teton Music Festival to what is today, one of the most highly regarded festivals in the U.S.

When Tung took over as festival music director in 1968, chamber music and orchestral performances took place in a variety of mostly inadequate venues scattered around the valley. Realizing that the festival needed a true performing venue to call home, he and his wife, the singer Margot Walk, whom he had met at Marlboro years earlier and who was now running the festival’s business affairs, raised the money to build a concert hall on land donated by the Jackson Hole Ski Area in Teton Village. Festival Hall was opened in 1974.

This remarkable building, rededicated as Walk Festival Hall in 1991, has for almost four decades been the scene of an annual pilgrimage for many of the world’s finest musicians. With the rugged and majestic Teton range as a backdrop, the festival and the concert hall stand as tangible and fitting tributes to the steadfast vision and dedication of Maestro Tung, who brought the inspiration and joy of music to countless thousands.

After retiring from the Grand Teton Music Festival, Tung continued his combined love of traveling and conducting. The highlight of this phase was the adoption of a young promising orchestra in Xiamen, China. He organized, educated, and trained the receptive musicians in the western music traditions and today it is one of China’s premier orchestras.

Ling Tung is beloved by his sisters Kwong Kwong Ma and late husband Si-Hon Ma, Ming Ming Shen and late husband Shan-Fu Shen, and Niby Tung; his late brother Yuan Tung and wife Helen Shklar Tung; his brother Liby Tung and wife Xiao Min Gu; his niece Hsueh-Lang Shen and Don Whitefield: his nephews Hsueh-Yung Shen, David Tung, and Theodore Wong and wife JoAnn; and friend Cynthia Wilson, husband David Barrett, and daughter Sabrina.

A private family memorial service will be held in the Philadelphia area. There will be a public Memorial Celebration Concert, Sunday, August 14, 2011 at the Grand Teton Music Festival.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Grand Teton Music Festival.

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GTMF Seeks National Anthem Soloist for 4th of July – May 10, 2011

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Tuesday, May 10, 2011 – Jackson Hole, WY – Grand Teton Music Festival announced today an open audition to choose a vocal soloist to sing the national anthem with the Festival Orchestra at the Festival’s annual outdoor 4th of July community concert, Music In The Hole. All community members with a talent for singing are invited to audition. Open Auditions will be held Monday, May 23 from 6:00PM – 8:00PM at Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village. Sign up begins at 5:30PM, auditions will begin promptly at 6:00PM. No advance registration will be accepted and all auditions must be made in person (no recorded auditions will be accepted).

Piano accompaniment by Laura Huckin will be provided to singers in the keys of F, Ab, and Bb – singers must be able to perform the song with accompaniment in one of these three keys. A cappella auditions will not be considered. Audition hopefuls will be expected to sing “The Star Spangled Banner” once before a panel of judges, and the auditions are open to public audience –friends and family of auditioning singers may attend.

The winner will perform “The Star Spangled Banner” with the Festival Orchestra under the direction of Music Director Donald Runnicles on Monday, July 4, 2011 at Music In The Hole. This performance opens the Festival Orchestra’s portion of the concert, which will be a program of patriotic favorites.

Music In The Hole is a community program of the Grand Teton Music Festival, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and is 100% funded by community support. This annual 4th of July celebration is a favorite way to celebrate Independence Day in Jackson Hole and features local musicians, recreational activities by area non-profits, and good, old-fashioned family fun all afternoon on the 4th of July. This year is the 15th Anniversary of Music in the Hole. More at

Grand Teton Music Festival 50th Anniversary Season On Sale Now! – March 23, 2011


Grand Teton Music Festival 50th

Anniversary Season On Sale Today!

“50 FOR THE 50th” offers 50% off admission on select seats and concerts for a limited time;

Celebrate five decades of music making with Music Director Donald Runnicles, Festival Orchestra, guest artists, gala events and historical tributes!

GTMF Music Director Donald Runnicles to Receive Honorary Doctorate – February 4, 2011

Congratulations to GTMF Music Director Donald Runnicles who will receive an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama!

Click here to read more!

News Coverage for Nixon in China – January 26, 2011

Here is a fascinating article about the monumental dinner on President Nixon’s 1972 visit to China. Also, be sure to watch a spectacular video interview with the director of “Nixon in China,” Peter Sellars; James Maddalena, who plays Nixon; and the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, Peter Gelb.

New York Times article:

“Nixon in China, the Dinner, Is Recreated”

Video interview:

“Nixon in China” on “Inside City Hall”

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