Grant Park Music Festival

June 13-August 18, 2018 • FREE Admission

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

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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 2018 season runs from June 13 to August 18 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.

All lectures begin one hour prior to each concert in the Family Fun Tent, located on the west end of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

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.

 

2018 Schedule:

all programs subject to change 

Opening NightDashon Burton

Haydn and Walton

Wednesday, June 13 at 6:30pm

Saturday, June 16 at 7:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus; Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor; Christopher Bell, Chorus Director; Dashon Burton, Baritone

Sean Shepherd: Magiya

Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 99

William Walton: Belshazzar's Feast

 

Mozart Violin ConcertoWilliam Hagen

Friday, June 15 at 6:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor; William Hagen, Violin

Christoph Willibald Gluck: Overture: Orfeo ed Euridice

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major

Carl Maria Von Weber: Euryanthe Overture

Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations

     

Bernstein, Brahms and a World PremiereĒriks Ešenvalds

Wednesday, June 20 at 6:30pm

Friday, June 22 at 6:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus; Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor; Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Johannes Brahms: Gesang der Parzen

Leonard Bernstein: Chichester Psalms

Olivier Messiaen: O Sacrum Convivium

Êriks Ešenvalds: World Premiere - Festival Commission

 

Rachmanivov Piano Concerto No. 3Natasha Paremski

Saturday, June 23 at 7:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor; Natasha Paremski, Piano

Schiff: Infernal

Walter Piston: Symphony No. 6

Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3

     

Schubert Symphony No. 3Adam Walker

Wednesday, June 27 at 6:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor; Adam Walker, Flute

Albert Roussel: Le festin de l'araignée

Carl Nielsen: Concerto for Flute

Charles Tomlinson Griffes: Poem

Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 3

 

Dvoràk Johannes MoserCello Concerto

Friday, June 29 at 6:30pm

Saturday, June 30 at 7:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor; Johannes Moser, Cello

Antonin Dvorák: Cello Concerto

Zoltán Kodály: Summer Evening

Leoš Janáček: Sinfonietta

     

Independence Day SaluteEmily Bear

Wednesday, July 4 at 6:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Christopher Bell, Conductor; Emily Bear, Piano

John Williams: Liberty Fanfare

Aaron Copland: Variations on a Shaker Melody

Adolphus Hailstork: Three Spirituals

George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

John Philip Sousa: The Belle of Chicago

Robert Wendell: From Sea to Shining Sea

(Arr. Robert Lowden): Armed Forces Salute

(Arr. Carmen Dragon): America the Beautiful

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

John Philip Sousa: Stars and Stripes Forever

 

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5Kelley O'Connor

Friday, July 6 at 6:30pm

Saturday, July 7 at 7:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Dennis Russell Davies, Guest Conductor; Kelley O'Connor, Mezzo Soprano

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

William Bolcom: Symphony No. 4, The Rose

William Bolcom: Machine from Symphony No. 5

     

Vivaldi Four Seasons: Grant Park Orchestra in the ParksJeremy Black

Monday, July 9 at 7pm

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

Thursday, July 12 at 7pm

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

Members of the Grant Park Orchestra; Jeremy Black, Conductor and Violin

Edvard Grieg: Holberg Suite

Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

 

Music of the Silver Screen: An American in Paris and MoraVinay Parameswaran

Wednesday, July 11 at 8pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Vinay Parameswaran, Guest Conductor

Miklós Rózsa: Parade of the Charioteers from Ben Hur

Serge Prokofiev: Suite from Lieutenant Kije

Bernard Herrmann: Overture to Citizen Kane

Erich Korngold: The Adventures of Robin Hood

George Gershwin: An American in Paris

John Williams: "Raiders March” from Raiders of the Lost Ark

     

I Could Have Danced All Night: Broadway's Lerner and LoeweRyan Silverman

Friday, July 13 at 8pm

Saturday, July 14 at 8pm

Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus; Christopher Bell, Chorus Director; Kevin Stites, Guest Conductor; Sierra Boggess, Soprano; Ryan Silverman, Tenor; Ben Crawford, Baritone

Lerner and Loewe: Classic Broadway

 

Beethoven Symphony No. 2Roderick Cox

Wedneday, July 18 at 6:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Roderick Cox, Guest Conductor; Jeremy Black, Violin; Eric Hall, Bassoon; Walter Haman, Cello; Nathan Mills, Oboe

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 2

Franz Joseph Haydn: Sinfonia Concertante

Richard Wagner: Overture to Tannhäuser

     

Grant Park Chorus in the ParksGrant Park Chorus in the Parks

Thursday, July 19 at 7pm

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

Sunday, July 22 at 7pm

Location: Columbus Park Refectory, 5701 W. Jackson Blvd

Grant Park Chorus; Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Samuel Barber: God’s Grandeur

William Henry Harris: Faire is the Heaven

Anton Bruckner: Virga Jesse

Anton Bruckner: Christus Factus Est

Anton Bruckner: Ave Maria

Benjamin Britten: Hymn to St. Cecilia

Michael Tippet: Spirituals from Child of Our Time

Kenneth Leighton: God’s Grandeur

 

Barber Violin ConcertoPaul Huang

Friday, July 20 at 6:30pm

Saturday, July 21 at 7:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Markus Stenz, Guest Conductor; Paul Huang, Violin

Detlev Glanert: Frenesia

Samuel Barber: Violin Concerto

Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 1 - Spring

     

Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2Gemma New

Wednesday, July 25 at 6:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Gemma New, Guest Conductor; Kirill Gerstein, Piano

Douglas Lilburn: Aotearoa Overture

Franz Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 2

 

Mendelssohn Scottish SymphonyColin Currie

Friday, July 27 at 6:30pm

Saturday, July 28 at 7:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; David Danzmayr, Guest Conductor; Colin Currie, Percussion

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Norfolk Rhapsody No. 2

Andrew Norman: Switch

Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, Scottish

     

Tchaikovsky Romeo and JulietCarlos Kalmar

Wednesday, August 1 at 6:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor

Antonin Dvorák: Othello Overture

Richard Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde

Richard Strauss: Macbeth

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture Fantasy

 

Haydn and DebussyJanai Brugger

Friday, August 3 at 6:30pm

Saturday, August 4 at 7:30pm

Location: Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 201 E. Randolph St.

Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus; Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor; Janai Brugger, Soprano; Lauren Segal, Mezzo Soprano; Brendan Touhy, Tenor Michael Sumuel, Bass

Franz Joseph Haydn: Overture: "The Representation of Chaos" from The Creation

Claude Debussy: Nocturnes

Franz Joseph Haydn: Mass in B-flat Major: Theresa Mass

     

Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1George Li

Wednesday, August 8 at 6:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor; George Li, Piano

John Vincent: Symphony in D Major

Frédéric Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1

Frédéric Chopin (arr. Igor Stravinsky): Nocturne in A-flat Major

Frédéric Chopin (arr. Igor Stravinsky): Grande Valse Brillante

 

Prokofiev and Vaughan WilliamsPablo Ferrández

Friday, August 10 at 6:30pm

Saturday, August 11 at 7:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor; Pablo Ferrández, Cello

Serge Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante

Charles Ives: The Unanswered Question

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 4

 

     

Ryan Opera Center: The Old Maid and the Theif Artists Of The Patrick E. And Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center

Wednesday, August 15 at 6:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor; Artists Of The Patrick E. And Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center

Gian Carlo Menotti: The Old Maid and the Thief

 

Carmina BuranaClaire De Sevigne

Friday, August 17 at 6:30pm

Saturday, August 18 at 7:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus; Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor; Benjamin Rivera, Guest Chorus Director; Claire De Sevigne, Soprano; Michael Maniaci, Counter Tenor; James Westman, Baritone; Members Of The Anima - Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus

Antonin Dvořák: Water Goblin

Carl Orff: Carmina Burana

 

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Parking:

Millennium Garages

Parking Details: Park right below the music! Garage locations are Millennium Park Garage and Millennium Lakeside Garage at 5 S. Columbus Drive, Grant Park North Garage at 25 N. Michigan Ave. and Grant Park South Garage at 325 S. Michigan Ave.

Packages: $35 parking/Millennium Park Garage and Millennium Lakeside Garage (regular rates apply at Grant Park North & Grant Park South Garages)

Purchase Options: Pay at parking location; call 312.616.0600

Website: www.millenniumgarages.com


CTA Transportation

Take CTA to the Millennium Park Grant Park Music Festival, for travel information, visit www.transitchicago.com.

  • From the elevated lines: exit at Washington/Wabash and walk east.
  • From the subway: exit at Lake (Red Line) or Washington (Blue Line) and walk east.
  • Served by buses 3,4,6,J14,20,56,60,124,146,147,151, and 157.

 

 

 

 

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