The Grand Teton Music Festival announces a star-studded line-up to celebrate Music Director Donald Runnicles’ “Ten Years in the Tetons.” The 2016 Summer Festival runs seven weeks from July 4 to August 20 and includes more than 50 musical events. Highlights include:
Beethoven Symphony No. 9: The National Collegiate Chorale of Scotland joins the Festival Orchestra and star soloists under the baton of Maestro Runnicles (July 8 & 9).
Gala Concert with Violinist Joshua Bell: With Maestro Runnicles leading the Festival Orchestra, the virtuoso violinist performs Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3, “Summer” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, as well as works by Piazzolla (July 13).
Cellist Johannes Moser: The German-Canadian cellist performs Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, for which he won the Tchaikovsky competition’s top prize (July 15 & 16).
Violinist Nicola Benedetti: The superstar violinist performs Beethoven’s final Violin Sonata with Donald Runnicles at the piano (July 21) and concludes her residency with the Korngold Violin Concerto (July 22 & 23).
Twin Pianists the Naughton Sisters: Piano duo Christina and Michelle Naughton perform three programs of music, including Rachmaninoff’s Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of Animals, and Poulenc’s acerbic and witty Concerto for Two Pianos (July 28, 29, & 30).
Percussionist Colin Currie: One of the world’s best percussionists joins the Festival Orchestra in a performance of Rouse’s percussion concerto, Der Gerettete Alberich (August 5 & 6).
Pianist Jonathan Biss and Beethoven: The American pianist returns to Jackson Hole to present a series of Beethoven concerts, including a selection of Sonatas (August 10) and the Piano Concerto No. 2 (August 12 & 13).
Rising-star Violinist Simone Porter: The Festival’s finale features one of classical music’s bright, young stars violinist Simone Porter performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto (August 19 & 20).