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Music Part of National Park Service’s 100th Anniversary at Grand Teton National Park Aug. 9-10

August 4, 2016
Anne Guzzo and Alex Shapiro

A blend of the natural world and music is part of an event to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service Aug. 9-10 in Grand Teton National Park.

The University of Wyoming-National Park Service (UW-NPS) Research Center will host “The Wyoming Festival: Sparkling New Chamber Music,” with winning compositions for strings by six composers selected from among nearly 100 international submissions. These new compositions will be performed by five members of the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra.

The UW-NPS is located at the AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park.

The Wyoming Festival director and composer is UW Department of Music Associate Professor Anne Guzzo. Holly Mulcahy is the festival’s music director, and both Guzzo and Alex Shapiro, from San Juan Island, Wash., are the Wyoming Festival’s composer artists-in-residence. The chamber artists-in-residence are musicians from the Grand Teton Music Festival: violinists Mulcahy and Mary Corbett; violist Anna Kruger; cellist Amy Leung; and bassist Richard Barbour.

The Wyoming Festival is a 10-day new music festival devoted to the creation of new concert music inspired by the wild and natural setting.

“With the help of UW Professor Annie Guzzo, her collection of talented composers and the terrific musicians at the Grand Teton Music Festival, we are trying to create something new here at the UW-NPS Research Center -- a blend of the natural world we study here at the AMK and the kind of music that evokes the sounds of nature,” says Harold Bergman, UW Department of Zoology and Physiology professor, who was the research station director last year. “We also hope that these events, to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, will broaden our reach in the Jackson Hole/Teton County community.”

Michael Dillon, UW Department of Zoology and Physiology associate professor, is the research center’s director this year. He schedules the popular weekly Harlow Summer Seminars that features current research work related to the outdoors.

Because of the special music festival, there will not be a weekly lecture Thursday, Aug. 11, Dillon says.

The music festival’s schedule:

-- Tuesday, Aug. 9, 10 a.m., “Wyoming Festival: Sparkling New Chamber Music for the Centennial Celebration,” preview at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Grand Teton National Park, free.

-- Wednesday, Aug. 10, 7 p.m., “Wyoming Festival: Sparkling New Chamber Music,” at the UW-NPS Research Station, located at Berol Lodge. A reception will follow. A suggested $20 donation is requested.

The UW-NPS Research Center provides a base for university faculty members and government scientists from throughout North America to conduct research in the diverse aquatic and terrestrial environments of Grand Teton National Park and the greater Yellowstone area. For more information about the center, visit

For more information about the Harlow Summer Seminars, contact Dillon at (307) 543-2463 or

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