A Star-Spangled Winter Approaches

Jackson Hole is famous for its cultural atmosphere. We have a bevy of art galleries, craftsmen, the Old West feel, and on and on. Included in all of this fantastic activity is music. If you’re a regular visitor to our site, you’ve seen our many postings and calendar entries for musical performances ranging across the genre-spectrum, performed everywhere from outdoor fields to churches to theaters.

Enter stage left our 2018 Star-Spangled Grand Teton Music Festival’s Winter Festival! A musical and scientific exploration of 20th-Century America’s heritage.

A number of performances will be provided across several days, from Wednesday, January 31st through Saturday, February 3rd. The locations will vary from the National Museum of Wildlife Art to our fine local library to St. John’s Episcopal Church. Classical, chorale, and jazz, will take center-stage.

Not only will you be immersed in the amazing auditory experiences, you’ll also learn about the science behind music and how it affects our minds and bodies. It’s a complete package!

Some events have an entrance fee while others are free, but all will require tickets, so RSVP asap to get your seats for an extraordinary time with some of our country’s finest musical talents. 

Below you’ll find further details for each of our Star-Spangled Winter Festival’s events.


Fifth House Ensemble Reed Trio: The Scenic Route

Wednesday, January 31 at 7PM

National Museum of Wildlife Art

2820 Rungius Rd., Jackson, WY 83001

Tickets: $25 Adults/ Free Students

Ticket Link: http://bit.ly/2rK2eLg

Praised by the New York Times for its “conviction, authority, and finesse,” the Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble, our 2018 Winter Festival Ensemble-in-Residence, harnesses the collaborative spirit of chamber music to reach beyond the traditional envelope of classical music.

This program launches the Star-Spangled Winter Festival, which celebrates the American repertoire and its inspirations. Featuring works from notable American composers, this versatile program takes the audience on a 20th-century journey from the adventurous to the delicate.


Music and Community: A Midday Lecture with Composer Dan Visconti

Thursday, February 1 at 12PM

Teton County Library, Ordway Auditorium

125 Virginian Ln., Jackson, WY 83001

Tickets: Free, but ticketed

Ticket Link: http://bit.ly/2EbADoJ

As one of America’s most compelling compositional voices, Dan Visconti is expanding the soundscape and updating the role of the classical musician in the 21st century. Fifth House Ensemble’s resident Artistic Director shares his personal journey and approach to being a composer: someone who is a cultural ambassador and collaborator, deeply integrated in the communities that he serves.

Using musical examples and citing projects created in collaboration with Fifth House Ensemble, the Kronos Quartet, Opera Philadelphia, and others, Mr. Visconti charts his compositional process and how his own curiosity became a tool for inspiring curiosity in others.


Chamber Music with Festival Musicians: Music for Strings

Thursday, February 1 at 7PM

St. John’s Episcopal Church

170 Glenwood St., Jackson, WY 83001

Tickets: Free, but ticketed

Ticket Link: http://bit.ly/2ndfjaX

The Winter Festival continues its Star-Spangled exploration with a program featuring composers whose distinct sounds influenced the course of American music. Members of the Festival Orchestra construct an impressive program with Barber’s enduring and popular Adagio for Strings and Dvořák’s folk-inspired Second String Quintet. Philip Glass’ Second String Quartet rounds out the program.


Jazz Improvisation, Musical Creativity, and the Brain: Lunchtime Learning with Dr. Charles Limb

Friday, February 2 at 12PM

Teton County Library, Ordway Auditorium

125 Virginian Ln., Jackson, WY 83001

Tickets: Free, but ticketed

Ticket Link: http://bit.ly/2ngwLea

Presented in partnership with St. John’s Medical Center Words on Wellness, Dr. Charles Limb discusses how neuroscientists study the musical regions of the brain, his experimental findings related to jazz improvisation, and the societal value of the “Science of the Arts.”


Fifth House Ensemble Piano Trio: Americana

Friday, February 2 at 7PM

National Museum of Wildlife Art, Cook Auditorium

2820 Rungius Rd., Jackson, WY 83001

Tickets: $25 Adults/ Free Students

Ticket Link: http://bit.ly/2DA5tq2

The Star-Spangled Winter Festival continues with a diverse range of piano trios performed by Fifth House Ensemble, the 2018 Winter Ensemble-in-Residence. Featuring works by American composers such as Dan Visconti and Paul Schoenfield, the program captures the wildly diverse music of our time.


GTMF Presents: Kenari Saxophone Quartet

Saturday, February 3 at 7PM

Center for the Arts

265 S Cache St., Jackson, WY 83001

Tickets: $25 Adults/ Free Students

Ticket Link: http://bit.ly/2Gg81Ls

Formed in 2012, the award-winning Kenari Quartet delivers engaging performances that demonstrate the versatility of the saxophone. The group has earned top prizes at the M-Prize Chamber Music Competition and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Concluding the Star-Spangled Winter Festival, this program features an arrangement of Gershwin’s jazzy Rhapsody in Blue as well as two recently commissioned works for Saxophone Quartet by American composers Marc Mellits and Joel Love.