Walking about 1.5 mile throughout the day; moderate pace, several stairs; Getting on and off bus; Driving approx. 94 miles; about 2 hours.
At the hotel enjoy a European buffet breakfast with coffee, tea and water.
We will begin our first morning in Teton Village, home to The Grand Teton Music Festival known for orchestral performances equaling the grandeur of the Teton Mountain setting. Hailing from great orchestras and bands alike, musicians join together in the Tetons each summer to perform at the Festival, which began in 1962. The Festival has grown into one of the nation’s finest and now takes place in the acoustically-acclaimed Walk Festival Hall. We will meet in a room at the hotel for an introductory presentation by a visiting expert naturalist. Through the presentation about the Greater Yellowstone Area, we’ll gain a better understanding of the landscape around us. Encompassing both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, it is the largest intact temperate ecosystem on earth. Next, we’ll board our bus and set out with an expert naturalist on an interpreted journey into Grand Teton National Park. Our naturalist will offer commentary on the bus and during several short walks in the park educating us on the geology, wildlife and natural history of the park and the famous mountain range that defines it.
We'll stop in the park to enjoy sack lunches including sandwich, chips, fruit and cookie.
We continue with our exploration of Teton National park with our naturalist at the helm. We will transfer back to our hotel to freshen up before the evening concert.
Dinner on your own in Jackson Wyoming before the 7 PM concert at St. John's Episcopal Church.
We will attend our first night of concerts in included in the The Grand Teton Music Festival. These one-hour chamber music concerts at St. John’s Episcopal Church feature the artistry of GTMF’s world-class Festival Musicians and mix core classical repertoire with rarely heard gems. The Grand Teton Music Festival was founded in 1962 as a part of a movement to actively develop cultural activities in Jackson Hole. The Festival was initially produced by the Jackson Hole Fine Arts Festival and began growing into the organization we know and cherish today. Concerts were conducted in a canvas tent at the base of Rendezvous Mountain in Teton Village. Envisioning the Festival as a summer retreat for the country’s top classical musicians, Ling Tung, the first music director and his spouse, Margot Walk, worked tirelessly with the Jackson community to open Walk Festival Hall. The Grand Teton Music Festival has grown into one of the nation’s finest orchestral organizations, a tradition that continues to this day with our current Music Director, Maestro Donald Runnicles.