CLASSICAL NOTES: Elegant keys and a ticket to Europe 

By on July 23, 2014

Anderson and Roe Piano Duo perform Wednesday at Walk Festival Hall. Photo: Grand Teton Music Festival.

Jackson Hole, Wyo. – Known for its charismatic performances, innovative original compositions and critically acclaimed music videos, Anderson and Roe Piano Duo are two Julliard-trained, Billboard chart-topping and Emmy-nominated artists that bring classical music to the modern world. Wednesday’s performance will include works by Rachmaninoff, excerpts from Stravinsky’s The Rite Of Spring, Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte and the duo’s arrangement of Ragtime alla Turca, closing with Bizet’s Carmen Fantasy for Two Pianos. Concert at 8 p.m. Tickets are $39.

Thursday’s show is an intimate Chamber Music concert featuring another romantic piano duo – the Maestro Donald Runnicles and his wife Adelle Eslinger Runnicles. Two quartets and and a quintet for strings help round out the evening’s repertoire, which includes Ravel’s La Valse, Haydn’s String Quartet, op. 77, Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 7 and Glazunov’s String Quintet in A major, op. 39.8 p.m. Concert at 8 p.m. Tickets are $28.

“Images of Europe,” as led by Maestro Donald Runnicles happens Friday and Saturday. The orchestra opens the weekend of music with Vaughan Williams’s iconic pastoral Fifth Symphony. Following that, GTMF introduces 17-year-old prodigy Simone Porter performing Mendelssohn’s virtuosic Violin Concerto. Not to be missed, Debussy’s Iberia, from his highly evocative orchestral composition in three sections, Images pour orchestre, rounds out the program as a musical tryptic within a trypic. Concerts are 8 p.m., Friday; 6 p.m., Saturday. Tickets are $54. Arrive one hour early on Friday or Saturday and enjoy a free pre-concert talk that allows insight into the evening’s repertoire.

Tuesday’s “Inside The Music” is presented by guest host Nicholas McGegan. MecGegan takes the audience behind the scenes and beyond the score with anecdotes, images and musical examples chronicling the experiences of Haydn, one of the first wealthy and hotshot compsosers, during his time spent in London. Concert at 8 p.m. Free.

All concerts are held at Walk Festival Hall.

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