CLASSICAL NOTES: A game of ‘Haydn Seek’

By on July 30, 2014
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The National Youth Orchestra. Photo: GTMF

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Each summer Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute brings together 120 of the brightest young players in the country to form the National Youth Orchestra of the United States. On Wednesday, local audiences will have a chance to enjoy the orchestra’s youthful talent. Following a two-week training residency, these fledgling stars embark on a tour of the great concert halls of America, from Carnegie in New York to Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, and now, our very own Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village. The program is full of all-time favorites: selections from Berstein’s West Side Story, Britten’s Violin Concerto featuring master violinist Gil Shaham, Radical Play by rising American composer Samuel Adams, and Modest Mussorgsky’s timeless Pictures at an Exhibition. The young professionals social club, Bravo!, hosts a ‘Wine and Dine’ event at 6:30 p.m. on the Harley Pavilion with food and drink provided from Osteria. Concert at 8 p.m., $39 tickets.

Thursday’s Chamber Music concert highlights some of the nation’s best wind players with Mozart’s Serenade in C Minor. The strings swoon with Martinu’s Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola and Mozart’s Duo in G Major for Violin and Viola. The evening closes with Bach’s Baroque masterpiece the Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major. Concert at 8 p.m., $39 tickets.

Friday and Saturday are “Haydn Seek” weekend concerts. Two masters of the classical era will be featured in tandem, as the program opens with the light-hearted overture from Mozart’s famous Magic Flute opera, followed by the composer’s Sinfonia Concertante, which offers another rare chance to hear today’s finest woodwind players in concert. The second half of the concert features Mozart’s “youthful” Symphony No. 30, which he wrote at the ripe age of 18, contrasted by Haydn’s “mature” Symphony No. 100. Concert at 8 p.m., Friday; 6 p.m., Saturday, $54 tickets. Free pre-concert talks happen an hour before opening both days.

Tuesday’s Inside The Music concert is “Simply Classical,” hosted by Festival Orchestra violinist and music educator Barbara Scowcroft. The program showcases works of simplistic beauty by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Saint-Saens, Debussy and Vivaldi. Concert at 8 p.m., free admission.


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