Sir Donald Runnicles conducts the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra at Walk Festival Hall, Jackson, Wyoming, July 22, 2022. (credit: Chris Lee)

Grand Teton Music Festival celebrates 50th Anniversary of Walk Festival Hall

EarRelevant Staff | 27 JUN 2024

Jackson, WY— The Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF) opens its summer 2024 season today, Thursday, June 27. The eight-week festival, which runs to August 17, marks the 50th anniversary of Walk Festival Hall and will feature a wide array of performances, including premieres, debuts, and special events.

A series of seven Festival Orchestra programs, five of them conducted by music director Sir Donald Runnicles, will include the world premieres of works by Melody Eötvös and Detlev Glanert, GTMF debuts by guest conductors David Danzmayr and Juraj Valčuha, and performances by violist Amihai Grosz, violinists Augustin Hadelich and Jennifer Koh, pianists Michelle Cann and Anna Geniushene, and the ensemble Third Coast Percussion. The Festival Orchestra series concludes with a semi-staged concert version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.


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Special events include a recital by pianist Garrick Ohlsson and a sold-out evening with world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Festival’s home, Walk Festival Hall.

The five-concert Benoliel Chamber Music Series will feature Festival Orchestra musicians, with Hadelich and Koh joining them in two programs.

The festival will also see the return of the Gateway Series, presenting a variety of artists and genres, including Sergio & Clarice Assad, Tony DeSare, Conrad Tao with Caleb Teicher, and the banjo duo Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn.


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In addition to the main performances, the festival will continue its tradition of community engagement with family and community presentations, a Free Family Concert led by newly appointed Resident Conductor Benjamin Manis, and the annual July 4 Patriotic Pops concert.

Live broadcasts of festival performances will be available through the “Live from the Grand Teton Music Festival” radio show and podcast, co-hosted by Sir Donald Runnicles and General Manager Jeff Counts.

Below are details for the Festival Orchestra Series and the Benoliel Chamber Music Series. For more information on these and other GTMF events, visit gtmf.org or call 307-733-1128. 

Grand Teton Music Festival: 2024 Summer Festival

Festival Orchestra Series

  • June 28, 2024 @ 7:00 pm
    June 29, 2024 @ 6:00 pm
    Walk Festival Hall
    Festival Orchestra, Sir Donald Runnicles, conductor; Augustin Hadelich, violin.
    Detlev GLANERT: Vexierbild (World Premiere)
    BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto
    BRAHMS: Symphony No. 3
  • July 5, 2024 @ 7:00 pm
    July 6, 2024 @ 6:00 pm
    Walk Festival Hall
    Festival Orchestra, Sir Donald Runnicles, conductor; Michelle Cann, piano
    John ADAMS: Slonimsky’s Earbox
    RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G
    GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue
    DEBUSSY: “Ibéria” from Images
  • July 12, 2024 @ 7:00 pm
    July 13, 2024 @ 6:00 pm
    Walk Festival Hall
    Festival Orchestra, David Danzmayr, conductor; Third Coast Percussion & Clarice Assad, soloists
    STILL: Darker America
    Clarice ASSAD: PLAY! (GTMF co-commission)
    DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”
  • July 19, 2024 @ 7:00 pm
    July 20, 2024 @ 6:00 pm
    Walk Festival Hall
    Festival Orchestra, Sir Donald Runnicles, conductor; Amihai Grosz, viola.
    ELGAR: Cockaigne, “In London Town”
    WALTON: Viola Concerto
    VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 5
  • July 26, 2024 @ 7:00 pm
    July 27, 2024 @ 6:00 pm
    Walk Festival Hall
    Festival Orchestra, Sir Donald Runnicles, conductor.
    HAYDN: Symphony No. 88
    MAHLER: Symphony No. 5
  • August 2, 2024 @ 7:00 pm
    August 3, 2024 @ 6:00 pm
    Walk Festival Hall
    Festival Orchestra, Dalia Stasevska, conductor; Jennifer Koh, violin.
    GINASTERA: “Malambo” from Estancia
    Missy MAZZOLI: Violin Concerto, “Procession”
    SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 2
  • August 9, 2024 @ 7:00 pm
    August 10, 2024 @ 6:00 pm
    Walk Festival Hall
    Festival Orchestra, Juraj Valčuha, conductor; Anna Geniushene, piano.
    Melody EÖTVÖS: Pyramidion (US Premiere)
    BARTÓK: Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin
    RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 2
  • August 16, 2024 @ 7:00 pm
    August 17, 2024 @ 6:00 pm
    Walk Festival Hall
    Festival Orchestra, Sir Donald Runnicles, conductor; David Lefkowich, stage director. Cast: Heidi Stober (Pamina), Paul Appleby (Tamino), Alexander Birch Elliott (Papageno), Jeni Houser (Queen of the Night), Raymond Aceto (Sarastro), Meechot Marrero (Papagena), Rodell Rosel (Monostatos), Noel Bouley, (Armored Man), Caitlin Lynch (First Lady), Davia Bouley (Second Lady), Natalie Lewis (Third Lady),.; Choristers of the Madeleine Choir School, Melanie Malinka, director; Members of the Grand Teton Music Festival Chorus, Barlow Bradford and Eric Schmidt, directors.
    MOZART: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)

Benoliel Chamber Music Series

  • June 27, 2024 @ 7:00 pm
    Walk Festival Hall
    Augustin Hadelich, violin, with Festival Musicians: Marta Krechkovsky, Jeffrey Dyrda & Gregory Ewer, violins; Julianne Lee, violin/viola; Christopher Lowry, Caroline Gilbert, Lucina Horner Cosby, Phillip Stevens, Susan Gulkis Assadi & Chiara Kingsley Dieguez, violas; Grace An, Seoyoen Min & Andrew Larson, cello; Adam Kuenzel, flute; Jonathan Gentry, oboe; Gi Lee, clarinet; Shelby Nugent, horn; Sue Heineman, bassoon; Juan de Gomar, contrabassoon.
    DVOŘÁK: Terzetto in C Major
    MOZART: Overture to Die Zauberflöte
    Christopher LOWRY: Romanza for Four Violas
    Bernard GARFIELD: Quartet for Bassoon and String Trio
    BRAHMS: Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major
  • July 10, 2024 @ 7:00 pm
    Walk Festival Hall
    Ling Ling Huang, Connor Chaikowsky, Tomoki Iguchi, Jessica Mathaes & Eunice Keem, violins; Yang-Yoon Kim & Caroline Gilbert, violas; Thomas Carpenter, Grace An & Silver Ainomäe, cello; Joseph McFadden, bass; Alice Kogan Weinreb, flute; José González Granero, clarinet; Elisabeth Remy Johnson, harp; Yvonne Chen, piano.
    DEBUSSY: Danse sacrée et danse profane
    Adam Schoenberg: Ahava
    José González GRANERO: String Quartet No. 2, “In Times of Confinement”
    RAVEL: Piano Trio in A minor
  • July 17, 2024 @ 7:00 pm
    Walk Festival Hall
    Tomoko Iguchi, Ami Campbell, Jessica Mathaes, Barbara Scowcroft, Jeffrey Dyrda & Ling Ling Huang; Allyson Goodman, Kayla Williams & Chiara Kingsley Dieguez, violas; Grace An, Thalia Moore & Charae Krueger, cellos; Joseph McFadden, bass; Julia Bogorad-Kogan, flute; Stephanie Key, clarinet; Rudi Heinrich, bassoon; Kimi Kawashima, piano; Riely Francis, Craig Hauschildt, John Kinzie & Eric Hopkins, percussion; Benjamin Manis, conductor.
    Viet CUONG: Water, Wine, Brandy, Brine
    COPLAND: Appalachian Spring (Suite)
    BACEWICZ: Piano Quintet No. 1
  • July 24, 2024 @ 7:00 pm
    Walk Festival Hall
    Miika Gregg, Louise Morrison, Marta Krechkovsky, Carolyn Semes & David Coucheron, violins; Chiara Kingsley Dieguez, viola; Judith Galecki, David Mollenauer & Charae Krueger, cellos; Joseph McFadden, bass; Stephanie Key, clarinet; Julie Coucheron, piano.
    BEETHOVEN: String Quartet in D Major
    Tessa LARK & Michael THURBER: Cedar and Sage
    Ellen Taaffe ZWILICH: Abgang and Kaddish
    MENDELSSOHN: Piano Trio No 2 in C minor
  • July 31, 2024 @ 7:00 pm
    Walk Festival Hall
    Jennifer Koh, violin, with Festival Musicians: Marta Krechkovsky, Yi Zhao, Boson Mo & Amy Semes, violins; Allyson Goodman & Maria Semes, violas; Daniel Laufer & Theodore Harvey, cellos; Zachary Boeding, oboe; Gregory Raden, clarinet; Gail Williams, horn; Ivy Ringel, bassoon; Julie Coucheron, piano.
    J.S. BACH: “Ciaccona” from Partita No. 2 in D minor
    MOZART: Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano and Winds
    SHOSTAKOVICH: String Quartet No. 7 in F-sharp minor
    DVOŘÁK: Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major

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