CLASSICAL NOTES: Music Fest shakes with Harlem Quartet

By on July 9, 2014
The Harlem Quartet makes a stop in the valley thanks to Grand Teton Music Festival.

The Harlem Quartet makes a stop in the valley care of the Grand Teton Music Festival.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – The Grammy Award-winning Harlem Quartet is the featured artist for tonight’s first GTMF Presents concert of the season. Composed of an ensemble of first-place laureates of the Sphinx Competition for Black and Latino classical musicians, the Harlem Quartet made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2006. Since then, the group has performed around the world, making appearances on WNBC, CNN and The Today Show. Chick Corea, Billy Strayhorn (Take the “A” Train), Walter Piston and Mendelssohn are all on the program. 8 p.m., Wednesday, Walk Festival Hall. $39.

Thursday’s Chamber Music concert offers an intimate glance into the bygone culture of home music performance. The best of GTMF will perform a sampling of chamber music composers from around the world, exploring the likes of Beethoven, Aaron Jay Kernis, Karol Szymanowski, Poulenc, Sigfrid Karg-Elert and Richard Strauss, jump-starting their summer-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of that German composer’s birth. 8 p.m., Thursday, Walk Festival Hall. $29.

On Friday and Saturday, GTMF is officially Celebrating Strauss, with guest dramatic soprano and rising international star Heidi Melton singing from his final 1942 opera Capriccio, a story about a love triangle twisted around a countess’s torn affections between a poet and a composer. Various orchestral selections from Strauss also will be performed alongside Beethoven’s 1802 Symphony No. 2, which was written just as the composer was beginning to realize his increasing deafness was incurable. English composer Edward Elgar’s In The South (Alassio) Op. 50 completes the program, written during the composer’s 1903-04 winter stay in Alassio, a town on the Italian Riviera. The Friday concert is at 8 p.m., and on Saturday the show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $54 each night. 

Tuesday’s Inside The Music is Who Dat? In charismatic and accessible style, host Roger Oyster explores works of lesser-known composers, from Arnold Bax to Maurice Ravel, focusing on the particular works that propelled them to prominence. 8 p.m., Tuesday, Walk Festival Hall. Free.

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