Grand Teton Music Festival Announces Expanded Winter Programming

JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING | December 3, 2015—The Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming announces its inaugural winter festival, GTMF Presents Winter Music, which takes place March 15–18, 2016. Further solidifying the Grand Teton Music Festival as one of the nation’s premier cultural destinations, the expanded programming seeks to provide year-round events for Jackson Hole residents and visitors.
The 2016 winter festival features more than 10 events, including a concert by rising star pianist Charlie Albright; chamber music with Festival Orchestra favorites Jennifer Ross, violin, and Gail Williams, horn; an interactive lecture on music and the mind by Dr. Petr Janata; a Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD broadcast of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut; numerous in-school educational programs including an intensive string camp with the Jackson and Star Valley 8th grade orchestral students; and a closing night concert with classical crossover group Sybarite5. GTMF Presents Winter Music events take place in locations throughout downtown Jackson. Tickets go on sale in January 2016.

Tuesday, March 15 | 7pm | Center for the Arts 
Pianist Charlie Albright performs Beethoven and Chopinand takes requests!
Mr. Albright opened the Grand Teton Music Festival’s 54th Season with an extraordinary sold-out performance and is at the forefront of a new generation of piano superstars. Leading an interactive performance, Mr. Albright improvises based on audience request and suggestion. The Washington Post writes, “[Charlie Albright is] among the most gifted musicians of his generation.”
Wednesday, March 16 | 7pm | St. John’s Episcopal Church
An Evening of Chamber Music: Brahms Horn Trio in E-flat Major 
Summer Festival Orchestra members Jennifer Ross, Principal Second Violin, and Gail Williams, Principal Horn, join pianist and GTMF Executive Director Andrew Palmer Todd for an intimate evening of chamber music.
Thursday, March 17 | Time and location to be announced
A Lecture with Dr. Petr Janata: “Your Brain on Music”
Dr. Janata is a professor in the University of California Davis Psychology Department and the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain. He specializes in cognitive neuroscience, and more specifically, the relationship between music, emotion, and memories. Dr. Janata’s lecture will include his discoveries in music-evoked memories as well as in the psychological phenomenon of “being in the groove.”
Thursday, March 17 | 7pm | Center for the Arts
The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD Broadcast of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut
Described by Puccini himself as a story of “desperate passion,” Manon Lescaut is an obsessive and provocative tale of desire. Critically acclaimed soprano and Manon-veteran Kristine Opolais revives the title role as a Parisian temptress conflicted with love and luxury. Tenor Jonas Kaufmann is des Grieux, the object of Manon’s affection. Tickets are on sale now—$20 for adults and seniors, and $12 for students and children. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call the Center for the Arts box office at 307.733.4900.
Friday, March 18 | Time and location to be announced
Educational Outreach Showcase
Throughout GTMF Presents Winter Music, musicians will appear in Jackson schools, engaging and inspiring future generations of musicians and music-lovers. This collaboration between local schools and visiting musicians is in part of a long-standing GTMF outreach program known as StringFest. The week’s activities conclude with a showcase of the student’s newly refined skills and talents. 

Friday, March 18 | 7pm | Center for the Arts
Mozart to Radiohead with Sybarite5
Sybarite5, a classical crossover string quintet, closes the week-long event, performing repertoire ranging from Mozart to Radiohead and Visconti to Akiho. Sybarite5’s eclectic repertoire and commanding performance style is turning heads throughout the music world. As the Arizona Daily Star writes, “Expect an experience that will satisfy your inner rock star and your secret Mozart.”
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About the Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF) For seven weeks each summer, the Grand Teton Music Festival reunites a celebrated orchestra of musicians led by Music Director Donald Runnicles. Throughout the winter, GTMF provides various community outreach programs, a week of “winter music” in March, as well as broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD series.
For media and interview requests, please contact Brittany Laughlin, Marketing Associate, Grand Teton Music Festival: or 307.733.3050.