The world premiere of All Things Majestic was performed by the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra to a full house in Walk Festival Hall on August 19, 2011. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon and conducted by Music Director Donald Runnicles, this recording is an all-encompassing exploration of the natural wonders of Grand Teton National Park. It features the delicate strings and thunderous brass and percussion of the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra coupled with stunning photographs from renowned wildlife and national parks photographers Edward A. Riddell, Thomas D. Mangelsen and Henry H. Holdsworth. Coordinated and edited by Ed Riddell, “Grand Visions” choreographs this magnificent imagery to match Higdon’s music.
All of these photographers call Jackson Hole home, and a large part of their work is focused on the surrounding area. Riddell began as a park ranger for Grand Teton National Park, pioneering an interpretive photography program for park visitors. He went on to start his own ad agency with great success and now has refocused on his passion for creating fine, contemporary photographs. Mangelsen has expanded his work through his series of galleries across the country. His long list of accomplishments include being named BBC’s “Wildlife Photographer of the Year” in 1994 and “One of the 100 Most Important People in Photography” by American Photo Magazine in 2005. Holdsworth has spent more than 25 years photographing wildlife and wilderness landscapes. His images are used regularly by leading publications including National Geographic, Nature’s Best, National Wildlife and Wildlife Conservation. His work has also been displayed in galleries and museums such as the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
“Having grown up in the shadow of the Smoky Mountains, and having hiked many of our parks, I have come to the conclusion that the national parks are one of America’s greatest treasures. So when asked by the Grand Teton Music Festival if I would compose a work to commemorate the Festival’s 50th Anniversary, I jumped at the chance. All Things Majestic is a tribute to not only the Festival and its home, the Tetons, but also to the grandeur and majesty of all of our parks. In this work, each movement represents a musical postcard: the first, the grandeur of the mountain ranges, with their size and sheer boldness and the solidity with which they fill the ground and air; the second, the lakes and the exquisite mirror quality of reflection upon their serene surfaces; the third, the rapid flow and unpredictability of the rivers and streams ... ever-changing and powerful, yet at times, gentle; the final movement pictures the experience of being in the parks, as in a vast cathedral ... the beauty of small details such as flowers and plants, within the larger picture 0f forests and fields ... every part contributing to the sheer majesty.”
Composer Jennifer Higdon
"Jennifer Higdon came to Jackson Hole in the summer of 2010, bringing to Walk Festival Hall a brilliant performance of her Grammy Award-winning Percussion Concerto featuring Colin Currie. It was at this time that we began discussing a commissioned work in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Grand Teton Music Festival to be performed the following summer. As we hiked together in Grand Teton National Park, it was clear that the splendor and magnificence of the mountains, the gloriously autonomous nature of the great Snake River as it carves through the valley, and the power and the serenity of the land had indeed inspired Jennifer. All Things Majestic is a truly remarkable work, and I took great pride in conducting its world premiere with the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra."
GTMF Music Director Donald Runnicles