Grant Park Music Festival

June 12–August 17, 2019 • FREE Admission

Wednesday & 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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Join us for our Season of Anniversaries, including Carlos Kalmar’s 20th year leading the Festival, Millennium Park’s 15th anniversary, and our own 85th season. 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 Chase Promenade North Tent, located on the west end of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Hosts include WFMT's Relevant Tones host Seth Boustead, Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Sounds and Stories contributor Laura Sauer and WFMT host Dennis Moore.

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

The Chase Promenade North 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.

June Schedule:

all programs subject to change 

Opening NightBenjamin Beilman, violin

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 2

Wednesday, June 12, 6:30pm

Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra open the Festival’s 85th season with Tchaikovsky’s romantic Little Russian Symphony. The evening begins with Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Jubilation and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1, featuring celebrated soloist Benjamin Beilman.

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Jubilation

Serge Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2, Little Russian

This concert is part of the Festival HD series. This concert is being broadcast live on 98.7WFMT and streamed live at wfmt.com.

 

Beethoven Symphony No. 8Kareem Roustom, composer-in-residence

Friday, June 14, 6:30pm

Saturday, June 15, 7:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor; Christopher Bell, Chorus Director; Kareem Roustom, Composer-in-Residence

Jean Sibelius: Karelia Overture

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8

Kareem Roustom: World Premiere, Turn To The World, a Whitman Cantata

Carl Vine: Symphony No. 6, Choral Symphony

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23Inon Barnatan, piano

Wednesday, June 19, 6:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor; Inon Barnatan, Piano

Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to Preciosa

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23

Ferruccio Busoni: Symphonic Suite

This concert is being broadcast live on 98.7WFMT and streamed live at wfmt.com.

 

Brahms Violin ConcertoAugustin Hadelich, violin

Friday, June 21, 6:30pm

Saturday, June 22, 7:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor; Stacy Garrop, Composer-In-Residence; Augustin Hadelich, Violin

Stacy Garrop: World Premiere

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1

Johannes Brahms: Violin Concerto

Friday's concert is being broadcast live on 98.7WFMT and streamed live at wfmt.com.

A Night in Vienna: Emperor Waltzes and More

Wednesday, June 26, 6:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor

Johann Strauss Jr.: Explosions Polka

Johann Strauss Jr.: Gypsy Baron Overture

Johann Strauss Jr.: Emperor Waltzes

Josef Strauss: Fireproof! Polka

Josef Strauss: Chatterbox Polka

Johann Strauss Jr.: Accelerations Waltz

Johann Strauss Jr.: Egyptian March

Johann Strauss Jr.: Morning Papers Waltz

Johann Strauss Jr.: Praise of Women Polka-Mazurka

Johann Strauss Jr.: Overture to Indigo and the Forty Thieves

 

Beethoven Missa Solemnis

Friday, June 28, 6:30pm

Saturday, June 29, 7:30pm

The Grant Park Orchestra is joined by the chorus and a starry roster of guest artists in Beethoven’s rarely performed masterwork, Missa Solemnis (Saturday night's performance will be indoors at the Harris Theater).

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Maeve Höglund, Soprano

Siena Licht Miller, Mezzo-Soprano

Michael Sumuel, Bass

Ludwig van Beethoven: Missa Solemnis


July Schedule:

all programs subject to change

Independence Day Salute

Independence Day Salute

Thursday, July 4, 6:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Christopher Bell, Conductor; Mary Stolper, Flute; John Orduna, Baritone

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

This concert is part of the Festival HD series. This concert is being broadcast live on 98.7WFMT and streamed live at wfmt.com.

 

Gershwin Piano ConcertoGabriel Kahane, vocalist and composer-in-residence

Friday, July 5, 6:30pm

Saturday, July 6, 7:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor; Jeffrey Kahane, Piano; Alicia Hall Moran, Mezzo-Soprano; Holland Andrews, Vocalist; Holcombe Waller, Vocalist; Gabriel Kahane, Vocalist And Composer-In-Residence

George Gershwin: Concerto in F

Gabriel Kahane: emergency shelter intake form

Appalachian SpringJeremy Black, Violin

Monday, July 8, 7pm

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

Thursday, July 11, 7pm

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

Members Of The Grant Park Orchestra; Jeremy Black, Leader And Violin; Anne Bach, Oboe

Gustav Holst: St. Paul's Suite

Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto for Violin and Oboe

Aaron Copland: Suite from Appalachian Spring

 

Classic Movie Night: The Wizard of OzThe Wizard of Oz

Wednesday, July 10, 8pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Norman Huynh, Conductor

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and experience the Oscar-winning classic The Wizard of Oz on a giant HD screen as the Grant Park Orchestra performs the score live. This event is part of the Festival HD series.

The Envelope Please: A Tribute to Broadway and Hollywood's BestSusan Egan, vocalist

Friday, July 12, 8pm

Saturday, July 13, 8pm

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus; Larry Loh, Conductor; Susan Egan, Vocalist; Doug LaBrecque, Vocalist

An evening of Grammy, Tony and Academy Award-winning music, including songs from The Lion King, Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera and more, plus tributes to Marvin Hamlisch and John Williams. Featuring conductor Lawrence Loh and the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus, with Broadway veterans Susan Egan and Doug LaBrecque.

 

Ravel Mother GooseYolonda Kondonassis, harp

Wednesday, July 17, 6:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Emmanuel Villaume, Conductor; Yolonda Kondonassis, Harp

Maurice Ravel: Suite from Mother Goose

Alberto Ginastera: Harp Concerto

Georges Bizet: Symphony No. 1

This concert is being broadcast live on 98.7WFMT and streamed live at wfmt.com.

Grant Park Chorus in the ParksGrant Park Chorus in the Parks

Thursday, July 18, 7pm

Location: Columbus Park Refectory, 5701 W Jackson Blvd.

Monday, July 22, 7pm

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

Grant Park Chorus; Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

An evening of a cappella works by female composers, including a world premiere by Lori Laitman. The repertoire will be announced soon.

 

Beethoven Piano Concert No. 3Stephen Hough, piano

Friday, July 19, 6:30pm

Saturday, July 20, 7:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Martyn Brabbins, Conductor; Stephen Hough, Piano

James MacMillan: Stomp

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 2, A London Symphony

Friday's concert is being broadcast live on 98.7WFMT and streamed live at wfmt.com.

Tchaikovsky Swan LakeEdgar Moreau, cello

Wednesday, July 24, 6:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Christian Macelaru, Conductor; Edgar Moreau, Cello

Friedrich Gulda: Cello Concerto

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Suite from Swan Lake

 

Dvořák Symphony No. 7Anthony and Demarre McGill, clarinet and flute

Friday, July 26, 6:30pm

Saturday, July 27, 8:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; David Danzmayr, Conductor; Anthony McGill, Clarinet; Demarre McGill, Flute

Jimmy López: Fiesta!

Joel Puckett: Concerto Duo

Camille Saint-Saëns: Tarantelle

Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 7

Friday's concert is being broadcast live on 98.7WFMT and streamed live at wfmt.com.

Copland RodeoConrad Tao, piano

Wednesday, July 31, 6:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor; Conrad Tao, Piano

Edward MacDowell: Suite No. 2, Indian

Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2

Aaron Copland: Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo

This concert is being broadcast live on 98.7WFMT and streamed live at wfmt.com.

   
 

August Schedule:

all programs subject to change

Mozart Prague SymphonyVadim Gluzman, violin

Friday, August 2, 6:30pm

Saturday, August 3, 7:30pm

Harris Theater for Music and Dance

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor; Vadim Gluzman, Violin

Jennifer Higdon: blue cathedral

Leonard Bernstein: Serenade

Ole Schmidt: Hommage à Stravinsky

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 38, Prague

 

Mambo Kings: Hot Latin NightsMambo Kings

Wednesday, August 7, 6:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor; Mambo Kings

George Gershwin: Cuban Overture

Richard Delaney: Melodia

Dave Brubeck, arr. Delaney: Blue Rondo à la Turk

John Lennon and Paul McCartney, arr. Delaney: Day Tripper

Richard Delaney: Marinera

Michel Camilo: Caribe

Richard Delaney: Danzón

Rafael Hernandez, arr. Delaney: El Cumbanchero

Tito Puente, arr. Delaney: Oye Como Va

A Mass of Life: A Celebration of the Human SpiritEwa Plonka, mezzo-soprano

Friday, August 9, 6:30pm

Saturday, August 10, 7:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus; Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor; Christopher Bell, Chorus Director; Melody Moore, Soprano; Ewa Plonka, Mezzo-Soprano; Andrew Staples, Tenor; Nathan Berg, Bass-Baritone

Frederick Delius: A Mass of Life

 

Flight of the BumblebeeCarlos Kalmar, principal conductor of the Grant Park Orchestra

Wednesday, August 14, 6:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor

Amy Beach: Variations on a Balkan Theme

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Suite from The Tale of Tsar Saltan

Morton Gould: Cowboy Rhapsody

This concert is part of the Festival HD series. This concert is being broadcast live on 98.7WFMT and streamed live at wfmt.com.

Mahler Resurrection SymphonyJ ' Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano

Friday, August 16, 6:30pm

Saturday, August 17, 7:30pm

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus; Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor; Christopher Bell, Chorus Director; Amanda Majeski, Soprano; J'Nai Bridges, Mezzo-Soprano

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2, Resurrection

Friday's concert is being broadcast live on 98.7WFMT and streamed live at wfmt.com.

   

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