GRAND TETON MUSIC FESTIVAL
2012 SUMMER SEASON
TICKETS ON SALE MARCH 26TH
Date: March 22, 2012
Mike Swanson, Co Director of Marketing
Grand Teton Music Festival 51st Summer Season
July 4 – August 18, Tickets On Sale March 26
Seven weeks of summer concerts feature Music Director and internationally acclaimed conductor Donald Runnicles, who welcomes eleven of the world’s finest guest artists to Jackson Hole to collaborate with the illustrious Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming – March 22, 2012 – Fresh off a star-studded 50th Anniversary season in 2011, the Festival looks towards the future – maintaining the superb level of musicianship from the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra, furthering a strong tradition of community engagement and vibrant education programs and bringing the world’s most talented guest soloists and conductors to Jackson Hole. The 51st summer season continues this exhilarating tradition – monumental Weekend Orchestra Concerts, electrifying Spotlight Concerts, and brilliant Chamber Concerts handpicked by Festival Musicians.
Donald Runnicles – also General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra – has renewed his contract through 2015 and returns for his seventh season as the festival’s Music Director to conduct the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra. Famous for its lush string sound and stimulating winds and brass, the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra has grown into a unique family of musicians that returns year after year to renew their spirits and create music inspired and uplifted by the natural beauty of Jackson Hole. Against a backdrop of matchless scenery, Maestro Runnicles conducts the GTMF Orchestra for four of the festival’s seven weekend programs, all of which receive both Friday and Saturday night performances in the intimacy and superior acoustics of Walk Festival Hall.
2012 GUEST ARTISTS
This year’s impressive guest-star roster includes Colin Currie (percussion), longtime GTMF musician Charles Ullery (Bassoon), Stephen Hough (piano), and James Ehnes (violin). Maestro Runnicles has also used his operatic expertise to usher in an abundance of vocal artists – soprano Heidi Melton, tenor Stuart Skelton, baritone Donnie Ray Albert, and critically acclaimed Hungarian mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó. Besides Maestro Runnicles, three other special guests will take the podium to lead the Festival Orchestra – great American Conductor James Gaffigan, early music specialist Bernard Labadie, and British conductor Mark Wigglesworth.
Many of the musicians who make up the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra return year after year, not least because of the region’s stunning beauty. The Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra attracts musicians from esteemed ensembles across the country and abroad, where many hold principal positions. The ensembles represented include the National, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras; the Bergen (Norway), Los Angeles, and New York Philharmonics; the Metropolitan, New York City, and San Francisco Opera Orchestras; the Los Angeles and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras; the Minnesota and Philadelphia Orchestras; the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra; Lyric Opera of Chicago; the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra; and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
The 2012 season opens with Music in the Hole, the Festival’s 16th annual free outdoor 4th of July celebration that attracts some 8,000 patriotic concertgoers each summer (full details announced in May). On July 6 and 7, in the first of his four weekend programs, Music Director Donald Runnicles continues the tradition of opening each season with a work of Beethoven presenting the great composers 8th Symphony. Runnicles also brings his operatic expertise to the Tetons this weekend, presenting Richard Wagner’s iconic work, Die Walküre, featuring guest vocal artists Heidi Melton, Stuart Skelton and Donnie Ray Albert. The first of the Wednesday Spotlight Concert series features the contemporary string sounds of Turtle Island Quartet. Singer-songwriter Ruth Moody of the Wailin’ Jennys continues the Spotlight series the following week on Wednesday, July 18. The 5 Browns close out the Spotlight series on Wednesday, August 15. Great American Conductor James Gaffigan takes the podium to lead the Festival Orchestra with percussionist Colin Currie on MacMillan’s Veni, veni, Emmanuel on July 20 and 21. In week 5, critically acclaimed Hungarian mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó brings her superb musicianship and stage presence to Walk Festival Hall for selected arias from Handel’s Agrippina and Ariodante. Pianist Stephen Hough performs Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in Week 6, one of the most technically challenging pieces in piano repertory. And master of virtuosity James Ehnes will perform Sibelius’s Violin Concerto to close out the 2012 summer season. Full details below.
Tickets go on sale Monday, March 26 at 9AM MST online at gtmf.org and by phone – 307-733-1128.
GRAND TETON MUSIC FESTIVAL 2012
WEEKEND ORCHESTRA CONCERTS
OPENING CONCERTS: GIANTS AMONG THE TETONS
Friday & Saturday, July 6 & 7
Donald Runnicles, conductor
Heidi Melton, soprano
Stuart Skelton, tenor
Donnie Ray Albert, baritone
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8
WAGNER Die Walküre (Excerpts)
THE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA SHINES
Friday & Saturday, July 13 & 14
Donald Runicles, conductor
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished”
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 7
Friday & Saturday, July 20 & 21
James Gaffigan, conductor
Colin Currie, percussion
DVOŘÁK Noonday Witch
MACMILLAN Veni, Veni, Emmanuel
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5
Friday & Saturday, July 27 & 28
Donald Runnicles, conductor
Charles Ullery, bassoon
MOZART Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra
MOZART Symphony No. 38 “Prague”
Friday & Saturday, August 3 & 4
Bernard Labadie, conductor
Krisztina Szabó, mezzo-soprano
HANDEL Water Music
HANDEL Orchestral Music and Arias from Agrippina and Ariodante
Friday & Saturday, August 10 & 11
Mark Wigglesworth, conductor
Stephen Hough, piano
RAVEL Ma Mère l’Oye (Mother Goose Suite)
RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3
MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition
CLOSING CONCERTS: CELESTIAL BLISS
Friday & Saturday, August 17 & 18
Donald Runnicles, conductor
James Ehnes, violin
KERNIS Newly Drawn Sky
SIBELIUS Violin Concerto
BRAHMS Symphony No. 1
WEDNESDAY SPOTLIGHT CONCERTS
JULY 11 TURTLE ISLAND QUARTET
JULY 18 RUTH MOODY (OF THE WAILIN’ JENNYS) AND THE RUTH MOODY BAND
JULY 25 FERENC ILLENYI & HIS GYPSY BAND
AUG 1 THE ORIGINAL N’AWLINS JAZZ ORCHESTRA
AUG 8 BRASIL GUITAR DUO
AUG 15 THE 5 BROWNS
THURSDAY MUSICIANS’ CHOICE CONCERTS
FOSS American Pieces
BEETHOVEN Piano Trio No. 2 in G Major*
* Featuring Maestro Donald Runnicles on piano
DVOŘÁK From the Bohemian Forest
BRAHMS String Quintet
MENDELSSOHN Piano Sextet in D Major
HARRISON Concerto for Violin with Percussion Orchestra*
TBD Featuring Music in Nature Quintet in Residence: WindSync
* Featuring guest conductor James Gaffigan.
SCHUMANN Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1*
BACH Concerto for Three Keyboards #
* Featuring Hidetaro Suzuki and Zeyda Ruga Suzuki
# Featuring Zeyda Ruga Suzuki
HAYDN String Quartet
FRANK Violin Sonata
HAYDN London Trio No. 3
PROKOFIEV Violin Sonata No. 1
DVOŘÁK String Quartet
BRAHMS Serenade No. 1 (chamber version)
SCHUMANN Piano Trio No.*
*Featuring guest violinist James Ehnes and Maetro Donald Runnicles on piano.
NEW FOR 2012
The Festival is excited to present its brand new website, which offers a more navigable and user-friendly online experience and more digital content. A new ticketing system will launch when the season goes on sale on Monday, March 26 at 9AM MST. For the first time, the Festival will offer print-at-home ticketing and online concert packages.
Walk Festival Hall improvements include a brand new state-of-the-art sound system to augment Spotlight Concerts and other electric live performances including The Met: Live in HD which is broadcast in the winter. A retractable 20’ x 11’ movie screen for special broadcasts like the Met, it was also used for the World Premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s All Things Majestic in 2011. Finally, in-house flat screen monitors will highlight guest soloists and offer keyboard views for everyone in the hall for piano concerts.
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Beginning Monday March 26 at 9AM MST, Tickets will be available for purchase through the Grand Teton Music Festival Ticket Office at 307-733-1128 or online at www.gtmf.org. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.
All programs, artists, and dates subject to change.