CLASSICAL NOTES: Hot Brass cools fest

By on July 9, 2013


The Grand Teton Music Festival orchestra and its maestro are back in force, delivering flawless performances of some of the most beautiful music in the world. In the first performance of the season last week, Alisa Weilerstein played Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor to musical perfection, and there were no work-it-out kinks to be heard from the orchestra as it explored, expanded, and set free works of Beethoven and Wagner.

New Orleans ensemble Hot 8 Brass Band. (Courtesy)

New Orleans ensemble Hot 8 Brass Band. (Courtesy)

This week the first full festival schedule begins with longstanding festival musician Roger Oyster’s Tuesday Inside The Music series. These free Tuesday evening concerts run all summer long, and they are built around Oyster’s charismatic approach to teaching audiences about famous composers and their works. The evening is a combination of lesson and performance, and a selection of GTMF orchestra musicians will next play works by Gioachino Rossini and Benjamin Britten.

GTMF Wednesdays are Spotlight concerts featuring guest artists. This week’s Spotlight concert will present the New Orleans ensemble Hot 8 Brass Band, a group of street music musicians who have been performing together since high school, touring around the world through various world and jazz music festivals, and who were featured in Spike Lee’s documentary, When the Levees Broke.

Thursdays are Musicians Choice, smaller ensemble performances that feature (you guessed it) orchestra musicians’ choice material. This week highlights the multi-talented Maestro Donald Runnicles on piano and guest virtuoso James Ehnes on violin, playing music ranging in style from Michael Haydn to Olivier Messiaen.

Fridays and Saturdays are the without fail mind-blowing GTMF orchestra concerts. This weekend the Orchestra will make use once again of guest violinist James Ehnes on Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major. If classical music finishes too light for your late night Romantic musical palate, the evening will close in grandeur and emotional movement with Gustav Mahler’s “Tragic” Symphony No. 6 in A Minor.

For late planners and bargain hunters GTMF is offering its first-ever locals rush ticket special, which opens seats to patrons with Wyoming or Idaho IDs for $15 (face value $54), available 30 minutes before every concert.; 733-1128.


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