Festival Orchestra returns to Jackson in grand, season-opening gala

The Grand Teton Music Festival celebrates the Festival Orchestra in the 2019 Fundraising Gala weekend, July 5th at 8PM and July 6th at 6PM—two grand nights of performances at Walk Festival Hall to kick off the Summer season! Highlighting the weekend will be scenes from Rossini’s comic masterpiece, The Barber of Seville, and an epic performance of Orff’s Carmina Burana. With over 200 musicians on stage—including a full orchestra, chorus, children’s chorus, and three soloists—the performance promises to shake the room!

One of the most popular pieces of the classical music repertoire, Carmina Burana, explores timeless topics of fortune and wealth, the ephemeral quality of life in all of its pleasures and pains, and the joy of spring’s return—a fitting start to a season celebrating nature!

Soprano Meechot Marrero returns to the Festival after her 2018 debut as Maria in West Side Story. She is joined by tenor Sunnyboy Dladla, baritone Thomas Lehman, the Utah Symphony Chorus, and the Choristers of the Madeleine Choir School. Music Director Donald Runnicles conducts both performances.

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Meechot Marrero, courtesy of Edwin David Cordero

Over seven weeks each summer, the Grand Teton Music Festival unites 200 celebrated orchestral musicians led by Music Director Donald Runnicles. These musicians represent 64 orchestras and 47 institutions of higher learning throughout Europe and North America, including the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra, to name a few.

Funds raised from the 2019 Gala support the Grand Teton Music Festival and its community initiatives, including more than 60 world-class, exhilarating performances each summer, free tickets for students to most GTMF performances, and numerous free family concerts.

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Grand Teton Music Festival

For 58 years, the Grand Teton Music Festival has served as the summer home for the nation’s top orchestral players Led by acclaimed Music Director Donald Runnicles, the biggest names in classical music join

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