Grand Teton drops the curtain

Grand Teton drops the curtain


norman lebrecht

May 13, 2020

Almost the last festival to go.

Press release:

Jackson, WY, May 13, 2020 – Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF) announced today the cancellation of its summer festival in favor of an immersive filmed experience that will be streamed on August 21, 22, and 23 – what would have been the final days of the 2020 Festival.

… In August 2020, safety permitting, a smaller group of GTMF musicians will come together under the baton of Music Director Donald Runnicles to record and film Music from the Mountains, three concerts of inspiring music in Walk Festival Hall. The repertoire will
provisionally include music by Beethoven, Mozart, Copland, and Ravel, as well as works from some of the important female composers due to be performed at this year’s Festival. The programs will stream online on August 21, 22 and 23, and will appear on TV in the fall.

Music Director Donald Runnicles comments: ‘The world is craving beauty and serenity in this moment of great uncertainty; and for us to make music this August for our audiences, in whatever configuration is safe and feasible, will be a joy for me and our wonderful GTMF
musicians. May Music from the Mountains inspire us through the great repertoire of past and present, reaffirming the profound bond of humanity that prevails even through the hardest of times.’

Interim Executive Director, Simon Woods, comments: ‘Over recent weeks, we’ve been dreaming about what a virtual summer season could look and sound like, and how we could fulfill our mission in ways other than through live concerts. With great music-making exquisitely filmed, interviews and other filmed footage, we hope to bring into people’s homes the unique magic of music, people and nature that makes Grand Teton Music Festival so very special.’



  • Donald says:

    This decision was made some time ago. Baffling they waited so long to announce.

    • CurlyQ111 says:

      Actually it was
      not. There have been a plan a, b, c, and d, and the plan was to wait until a decision had to be made. Most groups and festivals are doing the same thing…

  • Musician says:

    I don’t know how I’m going to get through the summer without all the “gig brag” posts on social media. These are difficult times indeed!

  • Edgar Self says:

    Move it to lower Yellowstone, now open again from the Wyoming side, although still closed from Montana while talks continue if the morning papers are right. Go, as they say, figure.