JACKSON HOLE, WYO \u2013 The Grand Teton Music Festival\u2019s 57th summer season concluded Saturday night with a fully-cast concert adaptation of Leonard Bernstein\u2019s\u00a0West Side Story. The season honored Bernstein\u2019s centenary with a celebration of American contributions to music, including jazz and Broadway. Throughout the seven-week summer season, GTMF welcomed more than 200 orchestral musicians\u2014representing 90 orchestras and 57 institutions of higher learning\u2014to present 60 events in Jackson Hole. The Grand Teton Music Festival was praised by\u00a0The New York Times\u00a0as a \u2018Top Classical Music Festival\u2019 for the third consecutive year and was recognized by the\u00a0Chicago Tribune\u00a0within its annual\u00a0Summer Classical Music Selective Guide.\u00a0Total Festival attendance increased from 9,800 in 2014 to more than 16,500 in 2018 marking a total increase of 69%. Attendance has grown 6% since last year alone, despite downturns in national trends. The Star-Spangled season brought several sold-out performances including pianist Daniil Trifonov, Andrew Bird at the Pink Garter, violinist and conductor Julian Rachlin, and with Music Director Donald Runnicles in performances of Mahler\u2019s epic Third Symphony and Bernstein\u2019s\u00a0West Side Story. Additional highlights include the 2018 Fundraising Gala with Audra McDonald\u2014which netted more $230K\u2014as well as the world premiere of Sean Shepherd\u2019s\u00a0Melt, a joint commission of the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in honor of Sylvia Neil\u2019s illustrious tenure as Board Chair (2015\u20132017). \u201cThe support of our community is profoundly gratifying,\u201d said GTMF Music Director Donald Runnicles. \u201cWith each year, our enthusiastic and generous audiences have raised the Festival to new heights, achieving records in both attendance and fundraising. We are overwhelmed with gratitude and are committed to our community and to providing world-class music here in Jackson Hole.\u201d GTMF\u2019s momentum continues throughout the fall with monthly free community concerts that highlight regional musical talent. The series opens in October with pianist Andrew Staupe. The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD series also opens in October with Verdi\u2019s immensely popular Aida. The 58th Summer Season triumphantly returns on July 2, 2019. Tickets will be available on March 1, 2019. Spearheading these community initiatives are the Grand Teton Music Festival Board of Directors, who under the direction of Chair Allan Tessler, welcomed five new members at the Annual Meeting. The Board elected Barbara McCelvey, Philip Sherringham, Robert Spetzler, Andrew Watson, and Mark Yockey. Directors Sylvia Neil and Bob Whitmire retired after many years of dedicated service and leadership to the Festival.