Bach and Sons

Posted on July 26, 2010 by randysrules

Friday night, we attended the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra Concert, “Bach and Sons”.  The musical program was assembled by guest conductor Reinhard Goebel and featured the very talented Paolo Bordignon playing the double harpsichord with an orchestra of about 46 additional musicians.

 Mt. Moran  (c)2009 Randy D. Bosch

Mt. Moran (c)2009 Randy D. Bosch

The Festival assembles extraordinary professional musicians from around the nation who are members of and often leads in major Symphonies, Philharmonic Orchestras, and University professors.

Reinhard Goebel, the founder of the Musica Antiqua Koln early music ensemble, highly regarded conductor, and authority in German Baroque music, demonstrated command of the music and an incredible directorial energy!

The program:

  • Overture Suite No. 3 in D major, by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Symphony in F major, by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (2nd son of JSB)
  • Concerto in E minor for harpsichord and strings, F.43, by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (eldest son of JSB)
  • Symphony in B-flat major, by Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (5th son of JSB)
  • Overture and Suite from Amadis de Gaule, by Johann Christian Bach (youngest son of JSB).

Written over 50 or more years by a succession of talented family members carrying on a musical legacy, considerable stylistic differences set off the works, driven by individual talents, stylings influenced by different times, diverse cultural settings and demanding patrons!

The setting for most of the Grand Teton Music Festival performances is Walk Festival Hall, in Teton Village, Wyoming, at the base of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort ski area and adjacent to its world-famous aerial Tram.  The Hall is an intimate wooden box with excellent acoustics, and was greatly upgraded within the past few years. 

Past concert-goers have been known to be accompanied back to their vehicles by a bear or two, although we were only encouraged along by a swarm of rather voracious mosquitos that did not benefit from the inspiring music, but preferred to buzz out a very discordant cacophony of their own creation.

Whatever your preferred musical tastes, an evening enveloped by the sounds of a fine traditional orchestra, excellently directed, is a valuable investment, returning insights on creativity, leadership, teamwork and performance that may prove analagous to many aspects of your daily efforts.

2011 will be the 50th season of this fine Festival.  If you happen to be visiting Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks during the seven week season in July or early August, consider an evening at the Festival and combine your extraordinary mountain experience with extraordinary music.

Does your leadership and team perform creativity inspiring symphonies, or a dread-inspiring mosquito drone?




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