12-21 Grand Teton Music Festival

The city of Jackson Hole, Wyoming sits surrounded by the natural wonder of some of the world’s most spectacular snowcapped mountains, the Grand Tetons. The spirit of the American West is alive here, and the town serves as a gateway to two of the most beloved national parks – Yellowstone and Grand Teton. With an overwhelming abundance of natural beauty, it is no wonder that musicians have claimed this place as their own with the Grand Teton Music Festival. The festival celebrates its fiftieth year in 2011 with eight weeks of concerts. Learn more here: http://www.gtmf.org/


MacCunn: Land of the Mountain and the Flood
Bernstein: Dance Suite for Brass Quintet: I, III, IV, V
CPE Bach: Symphony in F
Ibert: Divertissement
Rodrigo: Concierto Andaluz
Brahms: Symphony No. 3
Zivkovic from Drums Along the Tetons

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Donald Runnicles
In September 2009, Donald Runnicles began as the General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin (DOB), the German capital’s leading opera company, and as Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony. Mr. Runnicles simultaneously holds two additional titles: he is Music Director of the Grand Teton Music Festival, in Jackson Wyoming and Principal Guest Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He served as the Music Director of the San Francisco Opera from 1992-2009, conducting more than 60 productions in over 350 performances. Mr. Runnicles has ongoing musical relationships with some of the finest orchestras and opera companies in the U.S. and Europe. Among those in the U.S. are the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony and the New World Symphony. He is a frequent guest conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, North German Radio Orchestra Hamburg (NDR) and Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Munich. He appears annually in Great Britain at both the BBC London Proms and the Edinburgh Festival, and each year he works at the Vienna State Opera. He has also led productions in the opera houses of Amsterdam, Berlin, Cologne, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Milan, Munich, Paris and Zurich.

Charles Daval
Trumpet player Charles Daval has held positions in some of North America’s most prestigious orchestras including the Boston Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony and the Seattle Symphony. His principal appointments have included the Boston Pops and the Solo Trumpet position of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. In 1993, Mr. Daval was appointed Professor of Trumpet at the University of Michigan. He also serves as principal trumpet of the Pittsburgh Opera and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater Orchestras and continues to maintain an active teaching and performing schedule. Highlights from his performing career include appearances on PBS broadcasts of “Evening at Pops” with conductor – composer John Williams and the Boston Pops from 1984 to 1988. In 1986, he was featured on Maryland Public Television’s “Live from Wolftrap” as cornet soloist with Keith Brion’s “New Sousa Band.” Additional appearances as soloist include concerts with the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, the Toronto Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Naples Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, and the Carmel Bach Festival.

Matthew Sonneborn
Matthew Sonneborn has been the Principal Trumpet of the Naples Philharmonic since 1989. He received a B.M. degree from the New England Conservatory. He also received fellowships to attend the Tanglewood Music Center. In addition to playing as an extra with the Boston, Baltimore and San Antonio symphony orchestras, Sonneborn has been a finalist for the Boston Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. He has played under the direction of Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, André Previn, Simon Rattle and Leonard Slatkin. He was featured in the 2004-05 season Patriotic Pops – Sousa at the Symphony, performing Herbert L. Clarke’s From the Shores of the Mighty Pacific. In August 2004 Sonneborn organized and participated in Brass Blast, a benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Charley. During the summers Sonneborn has taught as a trumpet instructor at the Hot Springs Music Festival and a performer at the Grand Teton Music Festival. Recently he was a featured solist at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in May of 2007.

Jeffrey Nelsen
The eclectic career of internationally acclaimed Canadian hornist Jeff Nelson comprises a true cross-section of the music industry. For over twenty years, he has succeeded in both classical and contemporary music and has been inspirational as both musician and mentor. He is best known as the hornist of the world famous Canadian Brass, with whom he toured and recorded for 8 years. As a horn soloist, he has performed concerti with orchestra, and his uniquely engaging recitals on five continents. Jeff is a Professor of Horn at the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He teaches horn, chamber music, and trains people in what he calls “Fearless Performance,” a subject upon which he recently gave a TEDx Talk. Jeff has performed with dozens of orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Houston and National Symphonies, Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras, and the Canadian and New York City Opera Companies. Jeff has held full-time positions in the Montreal, Vancouver, and Winnipeg symphony orchestras.

Roger Oyster
Principal Trombonist in the Kansas City Symphony, formerly Principal Trombonist in the St. Louis Symphony, Roger Oyster has performed that position in several other orchestras, including the National Symphony (Wash. D.C.), the Atlanta Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. On his other instrument, the euphonium, in addition to Kansas City and St. Louis, he has played with several orchestras, including the Atlanta Symphony, Detroit Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. In all, Roger has performed with fourteen orchestras worldwideFor many years, Roger wrote the “Inside the Music” column for the Kansas City Symphony’s program guide and was also a contributing editor to “Listener” and “Audiophile Voice” magazines, and has been published online at Polyphonic.org. His first job as a musician was in the United States Marine Band, “The President’s Own,” where he was the Euphonium Soloist, appearing in that role on over 80 concerts and on two national tours. He has also appeared as a soloist with both the Kansas City Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony. Since 1988, he has played Principal Trombone at the Grand Teton Music Festival, held every summer in Jackson, Wyoming.

Steve Norrell
Steve Norrell joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 1981 and has played on six Grammy Award-winning recordings with Maestro James Levine. He has also toured and performed with the New York Philharmonic along with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Before joining the Met, Steve was a member of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra and played summer seasons with the Baltimore Symphony (1977-79). Steve earned both his BM and MM degrees from The Juilliard School where his principal instructor was Donald Harwood. Other prominent teachers include Philip Jameson, Charles Vernon, and Arnold Jacobs. Steve has been a faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music since 1988 and has performed frequently at the school since that time. Currently he spends his summers as a member of the Grand Tetons Music Festival in Jackson, Wyoming.

Reinhard Goebel
The German conductor and violinist, Reinhard Goebel, after leaving school, studied violin at the Cologne Conservatory with Franzjosef Maier, then with Saschko Gawriloff at the Folkwangschule in Essen, followed by an intensive course of study with Eduard Melkus and several years under the guidance of Marie Leonhardt. In 1973, after pursuing musicology studies for several years at Cologne University, Reinhard Goebel founded the instrumental ensemble Musica Antiqua Koln, initially made up of fellow students from the Cologne Conservatory. It was here that he laid the foundations of his immense knowledge of early music, a knowledge that is amply reflected in his ensemble’s concerts and recordings. Since that time, he has performed with the ensemble as both solo violinist and director, and has established himself as one of the leading exponents of Baroque historical performance practice. In 1979, the ensemble gained an international reputation with its debut at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall during the annual English Bach Festival. After unexplained paralysis struck his right hand, Goebel abandoned his career as a solo violinist, although he continued to play with his group, bowing the violin with his left hand.

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Thirty years young in 2010-11, the Grammy Award-winning LAGQ is one of the most multifaceted groups in any genre. The LAGQ is comprised of four uniquely accomplished musicians bringing a new energy to the concert stage with programs ranging from Bluegrass to Bach. They consistently play to sold-out houses world-wide. Their inventive, critically acclaimed transcriptions of concert masterworks provide a fresh look at the music of the past, while their interpretations of works from the contemporary and world-music realms continually break new ground. Programs including Latin, African, Far East, Irish, Folk and American Classics transport listeners around the world in a single concert experience. Their ‘Don Quixote’ collaboration with Firesign Theater veteran, actor Philip Proctor, continues to expand and delight audiences.