Famed conductor Erich Leinsdorf will conduct the New York Philharmonic in two concerts July 7 and 15 at Teton Village. Two more concerts by the orchestra, each featuring pianist Alicia de Larrocha, will be led by Ling Tung, music director of the Grand Teton Festival.
The four-concert series, the product of much wrangling last summer, pro and con, will mark the New York orchestra's first residency in its history. It will be the first stop on a trip that includes stops at Chicago's Ravinia Festival, Washington's Wolf Trap and Ames, Iowa.The Viennese-born Leinsdorf has regularly guest conducted the Philharmonic since 1972. He is former music director of the Boston Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra and New York City Opera. On July 7 he will lead the orchestra in Brahms "Academic Festival" Overture, Stravinsky's "Firebird" Suite and Beethoven's "Pastorale" Symphony. On July 15 the program will consist of Smetana's "The Moldau," Tchaikovsky's "Capriccio Italien," "Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey" from Wagner's "Goetterdaemmerung" and the Brahms Second Symphony.
De Larrocha will be heard in Beethoven's Second and Third Piano Concertos July 8 and 14 respectively, with Tung directing performances of Dvorak's "Carnival" and Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2 (July 8) and Verdi's "La Forze del Destino" Overture and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 (July 14).
According to sponsors, a few tickets remain for each performance. Requests should be addressed to the Grand Teton Music Festival, P.O. Box 310, Teton Village, WY 83025, with advance calls to (307) 733-3050 recommended.