A series of one-night-only performances, Millennium Park Presents is a showcase for symphonic music, dance, opera, Broadway hits and more — performed by some of Chicago's best-loved cultural institutions.
On select dates from May 25 to September 6, 2014, grab a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or on its Great Lawn. All performances are FREE and open to the public, no admission tickets needed. Start times vary, check the schedule below for full details.
Millennium Park Presents
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.)
Sunday, May 25
Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble
This accomplished Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by Mallory Thompson, performs an exciting, varied program with featured trumpet soloist Robert Sullivan, Bienen School of Music faculty member and former principal trumpet of the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. The program includes Bach’s Fugue à la Gigue, Elgar’s “Nimrod” from the Enigma Variations, Böhme’s Trumpet Concerto, D’Addona’s Grand Fanfare, and Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.
Friday, June 6
Harris Theater + Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Summer Series Simulcast
For the first time in the history of this acclaimed dance company, Hubbard Street’s season finale will be simulcast live from the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, on Millennium Park’s state-of-the-art, 40-foot wide, 22.5-foot tall LED screen. The program, free and open to the public, includes Gnawa by celebrated Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato, and the 13th world premiere by Hubbard Street Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo.
Sunday, June 8
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras – Tour to China Send-off Concert
Now in its 67th season, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras has continuously been a leader in the field of music education. During this final concert before its tour to China, Music Director Allen Tinkham will lead CYSO’s internationally renowned Symphony Orchestra in Zhou Long’s “The Rhyme of Taigu”, Johannes Brahms’ Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn, and Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. Look for a special appearance by Blue Man Group Chicago, as well.
Sunday, July 6
Madame Butterfly Videocast
6pm (Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 15 min.)
Anthony Minghella’s breathtakingly beautiful and powerfully dramatic production with rising soprano Kristine Opolais as Cio-Cio-San and tenor James Valenti as Pinkerton. Madama Butterfly is a co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera, and the Lithuanian National Opera.
Sunday, July 27
The Audience Videocast
6pm (Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 38min.)
Helen Mirren reprises her Academy Award winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in the highly-anticipated West End production of The Audience from London’s Gielgud Theatre. For 60 years Elizabeth II has met each of her 12 Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said. The Audience breaks this contract of silence – and imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen.
Sunday, August 10
Chinese Fine Arts Society presents Rhythms of China 2014
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Chinese Fine Arts Society presents the third concert in its Five Elements Project series. The program, curated by Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Qing Hou and inspired by the elements of metal and fire, includes traditional and contemporary Chinese chamber works, and the world premiere of composer Zhou Long’s “The Five Elements” for chamber ensemble. Featured artists: Third Coast Percussion, Yang Wei, and introducing internationally renowned suona player Yazhi Guo.
Monday, August 18
Broadway In Chicago Summer Concert
Enjoy this free concert at Millennium Park, offering a sampling of the best of Broadway in the heart of Chicago, headlined by the casts of upcoming Broadway In Chicago shows and hosted by ABC 7 Chicago’s Janet Davies, Ryan Chiaverini and Val Warner. (Program is subject to change)
Wednesday, August 20
Harris Theater + Chicago Dancing Festival Simulcast
The Chicago Dancing Festival launches its 8th season of free dance performances with a powerful line-up of top dance artists from across the country, including a World Premiere commissioned just for the Festival. The performance in the Harris Theater for Music and Dance will be simulcast on Millennium Park’s state-of-the-art, 40-foot wide, 22.5-foot tall LED screen—allowing even more people the chance to see some of the finest in ballet and contemporary dance.
Saturday, August 23
Chicago Dancing Festival Celebration of Dance
The Chicago Dancing Festival returns for its eighth season of free dance performances and events with a unique line-up of dance companies from Chicago and across the country. The stunning Grand Finale, Celebration of Dance, takes place under the stars at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in an unforgettable evening of the finest in dance.
Wednesday, September 3
Sones de México Ensemble 20th Anniversary Concert
Chicago’s own, two-time Grammy® Award-nominated Sones de México Ensemble was founded 20 years ago to promote Mexican folk music and dance. Its eclectic approach features authentic Mexican styles and everything from Led Zeppelin to Bach to Buck Owens. Past collaborations include The Drovers (Irish), CSO (classical), and Billy Branch (blues). Expect to hear the band’s greatest hits and an exciting line-up of guests. Co-presented with the National Museum of Mexican Art’s Sor Juana Festival.
Saturday, September 6
Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Stars of Lyric Opera
Enjoy beloved arias and famous opera selections at Lyric Opera’s annual free concert in the park. Hear the stars of Lyric, plus the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus in orchestral and choral showpieces conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.