CLASSICAL NOTES: Requiem highlights Festival shows

By on July 23, 2013
Piano virtuoso Christopher O’Riley. (Grand Teton Music Festival)

Piano virtuoso Christopher O’Riley. (Grand Teton Music Festival)

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Buckle your seat belts for a big week of Grand Teton Music Festival shows from Hector Berlioz to Giuseppe Verdi.

Tonight’s Spotlight Concert will feature piano virtuoso Christopher O’Riley. From Pink Floyd to Radiohead, playing symphonic-style works on the solo piano is what this guy does best. O’Riley brings Berlioz’s hallucinatory, opium-and-love induced Symponie fantastique, as arranged by the great Franz Liszt, to the Walk Festival Hall stage this week.

Thursday’s Musician’s Choice is led by guest conductor Nicholas Carter and features the lush and dramatic vocals of mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Bishop. Works by Wagner, Poulenc, Mascagni and Britten headline this evening of music.

Friday’s concert is a once-in-a-lifetime show with Maestro Donald Runnicles leading the orchestra, guest vocal soloists and the San Francisco Chorale in a performance of Verdi’s Requiem. This work is unparalleled in its dynamic power, and a life-changing audience experience is guaranteed.

Tuesday’s Inside The Music theme is “Leading Men.” Roger Oyster will explore leading men in music and in life, playing works from Hollywood film score inventor and innovator Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Joseph Haydn, and American modernist Charles Ives.

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