JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING – May 30, 2014 –Week two of our Summer Festival Season kick offs on Tuesday, with our free concert series, Inside The Music. These one-hour programs feature Festival musicians in an informal atmosphere. Designed to explain and provide details about the music being played, Inside the Music is great for newcomers as well as longstanding patrons. The July 8 concert will feature music by Amy Beach, America’s first notable female composer, and Edward Elgar among others. Join host Roger Oyster at 8:00pm.

Wednesday, July 9 at 8:00pm will be the first concert in our GTMF Presents series featuring the Harlem Quartet. The Harlem Quartet has been praised for “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent,” (Cincinnati Enquirer). The ensemble has been featured on WNBC, CNN, The Today Show, and performed for President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at the White House. The quartet’s mission is to advance diversity in classical music, engaging young and new audiences through the discovery and presentation of varied repertoire. Their program includes works by Chick Corea, Walter Piston, Billy Strayhorn, and Felix Mendelssohn. Tickets are $39.

Thursday, July 10 at 8:00pm will be our first Chamber Music series concert with works by Beethoven, and contemporary composer Aaron Jay Kernis among others. This concert will also begin our celebration of Strauss with a string sextet from his opera, Capriccio. Join us for this intimate evening with smaller ensembles of our renowned orchestral musicians. Tickets are $28.

Friday, July 11 at 8:00pm and Saturday, July 12 at 6:00pm GTMF will officially be Celebrating Strauss. This year is the 150th birth anniversary of Richard Strauss, and the Festival will mark this occasion with works by Strauss performed for the first time in Walk Festival Hall. The Festival Orchestra, led by Music Director Donald Runnicles, and Heidi Melton, soprano, will perform two scenes from Strauss’ final 1942 opera, Capriccio and several of his songs for soprano and orchestra. Don’t miss this chance to join the worldwide music community in celebrating this musical giant! Tickets are $54.

Come one hour early on Friday or Saturday and enjoy a free pre-concert talk that gives insight into the evening’s repertoire. All concerts are at 8:00pm except Saturdays, which start at 6:00pm. Reserve your seats today at GTMF.org or by calling our ticket line: 307.733.1128.

About the Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF): Founded in 1962 the Grand Teton Music Festival brings musicians from renowned orchestras across the nation to share their talents and passion in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming. During the seven-week festival held each summer, guests experience exhilarating classical music performances under the direction of world-famous Maestro Donald Runnicles in the acoustically acclaimed Walk Festival Hall. Both artists and guests return to the Grand Teton Music Festival year after year inspired by the magnificent music and setting.

For media and interview requests, please contact Susan Scarlata, Director of Marketing, Grand Teton Music Festival: susan@gtmf.org or 307.732.9957

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