Wyoming Arts Council

Music Festival exceeds fund-raising goal

This great news comes from Amanda Flosbach at the offices of the Grand Teton Music Festival:

The Grand Teton Music Festival announced last night that its campaign to raise money for the recently completed Walk Festival Hall Preservation Project closed successfully Dec. 31, and exceeded its $4.85 million goal. Under the leadership of co-chairs and Festival Board Members Margot Walk and Bob Paulson $4,880,000 were raised.

“The response of the festival family has been heartwarming and incredibly generous,” said Capital Campaign co-chair Margot Walk. “Together we literally have ‘set the stage’ for an ever-so-bright future for the Grand Teton Music Festival.”

Designed by Larry Berlin of Berlin Architects with consultation of Jaffe Holden Acoustics, Inc., and constructed by Big D Signature, Inc., the Walk Festival Hall Preservation Project began with intensive renovations to preserve this acoustical treasure, update the aesthetics of the building, improve audience comfort, facilitate more year round use of the facility, and ensure the future of this community resource.

Construction began in August of 2006, and was completed in time to re-open the Hall with a grand opening gala concert of the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra on July 11. “We are tremendously proud of all the dramatic improvements in Walk Festival Hall that we accomplished within a limited budget and very demanding schedule,” said Bob Paulson, Capital Campaign co-chair. “As our patrons will tell you, Walk Festival Hall has been reborn. We can all take pride in the successful completion of this important community project.”

Grand Teton Music Festival’s newly refurbished facility is home to the Festival’s summer and winter concert seasons, and serves as the venue for diverse events, such as Off Square Theatre Company’s black box theater series and The Alpinist Film Festival, and is rented year-round for a host of conferences and other private events. The 750-seat, all-wood facility is acclaimed by listeners and musicians alike for its superb acoustics and intimate atmosphere, and has been the home of the Grand Teton Music Festival since its construction in 1974.

FMI: Amanda Flosbach, 307-733-3050 ext. 107.

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