From a young age, Sam Shepherd has rejected the idea of neat, tidy musical categories. He studied classical piano growing up, but felt confined by what he calls the "dots on a page." It wasn't until he heard a performer really making a classical piece his own, breaking out of strictly classical feel, that he was hooked. Now, Shepherd writes music under the alias "Floating Points."
Craig Hella Johnson for years thought about how to respond to the brutal death of Matthew Shepard in 1998. Music helped him cope with the event and that's when he realized this was a Passion story, like the ones composed by Bach, Mendelssohn and Penderecki. Eighteen years later, the vocal ensemble Conspirare brings this music to life.
For the past few years, the Grand Teton Music Festival has invited Performance Today to host a night of music. Listen for highlights from our night at the festival, and while you're here, take in some of the breathtaking sights this magical place has to offer.