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Grant Park Music Festival

 

June 14-August 19, 2017 • FREE Admission

Wedneday & Friday evenings at 6:30pm, Saturday evenings at 7:30pm

Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion & Other Locations

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Grant Park Music Festival at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion

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For more than 80 years, the Grant Park Music Festival has been Chicago’s summer musical sensation, demonstrating that classical music, performed by a world-class orchestra and chorus can have a transformative impact on the city. The 2017 season runs from June 14 to August 19 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and will feature an ambitious schedule of programming that has something for everyone! Grab your blanket and some snacks, or get a reserved seat down front close to the stage, and enjoy a classical concert under the stars! For more information, visit gpmf.org.

 

Open Rehearsals and Docent-Led Talks

Audiences can watch as the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus rehearse upcoming performances during the day, most Tuesdays–Fridays, June–August.

During breaks in rehearsals, Festival docents lead informal talks about the music, composers, and the history of classical music in the front of the Seating Bowl.

Visit the Events Calendar on the Grant Park Music Festival website for specific rehearsal dates and times.

 

Pre-Concert Lectures

A free pre-concert lecture series that takes an in-depth look at the Festival's programs and performers.

Each Wednesday and Friday at 5:30pm, and Saturday at 6:15pm in the Family Fun Tent of Millennium Park. Pre-Concert Lectures feature guest speakers discussing the evening’s performance.

Visit the Grant Park Music Festival website for up-to-date information about weekly special guests.

The Family Fun Tent is accessible via Randolph Street on the upper west side of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Signs and ushers can help direct you to the entrance.

 

2017 Schedule:

all programs subject to change 

Opening NightVadim Gluzman

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Wednesday, June 14 at 6:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Vadim Gluzman, violin

Alfvén: Festival Overture

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

Gershwin: Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture

 

A Sea SymphonySara Jakubiak

Friday, June 16 at 6:30pm

Saturday, June 17 at 7:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Christopher Bell, chorus director; Sara Jakubiak, soprano; David John Pike, baritone

Britten: Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia

Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony

     

Beethoven Symphony No. 4Susanna Phillips (Photo by: Dario Acosta)

Wednesday, June 21 at 6:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Susanna Phillips, soprano

Wagner: A Faust Overture

Copland: Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson

Beethoven: Symphony No. 4

 

Stravinsky FirebirdConrad Tao

Friday, June 23 at 6:30pm

Saturday, June 24 at 7:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Conrad Tao, piano

Schiff: Infernal

Khachaturian: Piano Concerto

Stravinsky: The Firebird

     

Missa LatinaMiguel Harth-Bedoya

Wednesday, June 28 at 6:30pm

Friday, June 30 at 6:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus; Miguel Harth-Bedoya, guest conductor; Christopher Bell, chorus director; Jessica Rivera, soprano; Takaoki Onishi, baritone

Sierra: Missa Latina

 

Canada's 150th Birthday Canadian Brass (Photo by: Bo Huang)Celebration with the Canadian Brass

Saturday, July 1 at 7:30pm

Lucas Waldin, guest conductor

Grant Park Orchestra; Canadian Brass, soloists

The Canadian Brass join the Grant Park Orchestra for an evening of symphonic suites, blues and the Beatles, all with a Canadian flair, in honor of Canada's sesquicentennial.

     

Independence Day SaluteIndependence Day Salute

Tuesday, July 4 at 6:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Christopher Bell, conductor

An evening of patriotic favorites, including Stars and Stripes Forever, the 1812 Overture and more.

Note: concert repeats Wednesday, July 5 at 6:30pm at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore

 

Star Wars and More: The Music ofThomas Wilkins John Williams

Friday, July 7 at 8pm

Saturday, July 8 at 8pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Thomas Wilkins, guest conductor

The music from your favorite films is brought to life in an epic evening featuring classics from Academy Award-winner John Williams. Enjoy the orchestral soundtrack from Star Wars, Superman, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Raiders of the Lost Ark and more.

     

Haydn London SymphonyFawzi Haimor

Wednesday, July 12 at 6:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Fawzi Haimor, guest conductor

Roustom: Ramal

Haydn: Symphony No. 104, London

Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber

 

Grant Park Chorus: Rachmaninov VespersGrant Park Chorus

Thursday, July 13 at 7pm

Location: South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr.

Tuesday, July 18 at 7pm

Location: Columbus Park Refectory, 5701 W. Jackson Blvd.

Grant Park Chorus; Christopher Bell, chorus director

Rachmaninov: All Night Vigil, Op. 37, Vespers

     

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2Simone Young

Friday, July 14 at 6:30pm

Saturday, July 15 at 7:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Simone Young, guest conductor; Andrew Tyson, piano

Hindson: Headbanger

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2

Strauss: Symphonia domestica

 

Saint-Saëns Violin ConcertoAngelo Xiang Yu

Wedneday, July 19 at 6:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Brett Mitchell, guest conductor; Angelo Xiang Yu, violin

Bunch: Supermaximum

Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No. 3

Copland: The Red Pony

     

A Broadway RomanceLaura Osnes

Friday, July 21 at 6:30pm

Saturday, July 22 at 7:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus; Ted Sperling, guest conductor; Christopher Bell, chorus director; Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana, vocalists

The ups and downs of romance with music from classic and contemporary shows incuding West Side Story, Carousal, The Light in the Piazza, Promises Promises, Follies and more.

 

Brahms Piano Concerto No. Stephen Hough1

Wednesday, July 26 at 6:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Stephen Hough, piano

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1

Kodály: Dances of Galánta

Brahms: Hungarian Dances Nos. 1, 3, 6

     

Mozart Linz SymphonyColleen Daly

Friday, July 28 at 6:30pm

Saturday, July 29 at 7:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Christopher Bell, chorus director; Colleen Daly, soprano; Lauren Segal, mezzo-soprano; David Pomeroy, tenor; James Westman, baritone; Daniel Okulitch, bass

Mozart: Symphony No. 36, Linz

Martin: In Terra pax

 

The Spanish GuitarPablo Sáinz Villegas

Wedneday, August 2 at 6:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Pablo Sáinz Villegas, guitar

Arriaga: Los esclavos felices: Overture

Bizet: Suite from Carmen

Rodrigo: Fantasia para un gentilhombre

     

Debussy La MerFrancois Leleux (Photo by: Thomas Kost)

Friday, August 4 at 6:30pm

Saturday, August 5 at 7:30pm

Location: Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St.

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Francois Leleux, oboe

Hindemith: Concert Music for Strings and Brass

Strauss: Oboe Concerto in D Major

Mendelssohn: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage

Debussy: La mer

 

An Evening With Mariachi CobreMariachi Cobre

Wednesday, August 9 at 6:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor

Mariachi Cobre, one of America's best-known mariachi bands, joins the Orchestra for an evening of traditional Mexican folk music and an appeal that transcends ethnic groups and national borders.

 

     

Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony + A World PremiereJonathan Boen (Photo by: Devon Cass)

Friday, August 11 at 6:30pm

Saturday, August 12 at 7:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Jonathan Boen, horn

Rimsky-Korsakov: Overture: The Tsar's Bride

Kernis: Horn Concerto (World Premiere)

Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony

 

Haydn Cello ConcertoHarriet Krijgh

Wednesday, August 16 at 6:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Harriet Krijgh, cello

Resphigi: The Birds

Haydn: Cello Concerto in C Major

Chadwick: Symphonic Sketches

 

     

Beethoven Symphony No. 9Janai Brugger (Photo by: Dario Acosta)

Friday, August 18 at 6:30pm

Saturday, August 19 at 7:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Christopher Bell, chorus director; Janai Brugger, soprano; Allyson McHardy, mezzo-soprano; Brendan Tuohy, tenor; Russell Braun, bass

Brahms: Schicksalslied

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9