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Grant Park Music Festival 

A summer of extraordinary music: 30+ free classical concerts.

June 12  Aug. 17, 2019
Millennium Park - Jay Pritzker Pavilion 
FREE admission

View of the stages at the Grant Park Music Festival

The Grant Park Music Festival is the nation's only free, summer-long outdoor classical music series, featuring 10 weeks of concerts, artistic development initiatives, radio broadcasts, and community engagement and outreach programs.

This season in particular is a special one: it's the festival's 85th season and principal conductor Carlos Kalmar's 20th year leading the acclaimed Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus through a summer season of stunning performances. It's also the 15th anniversary of the festival's official home, Millennium Park.

Grab a spot on the lawn, set up a picnic, and kick back while Pritzker Pavilion's state-of-the-art acoustic system delivers an extraordinary sonic experience — all with the Chicago skyline as a backdrop.

Full orchestra and chorus performing at the Grant Park Music Festival

2019 SCHEDULE

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 2

Wednesday, June 12 at 6:30 pm
Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Benjamin Beilman, violin

Jubilation, by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich
Violin Concerto No. 1, by Prokofiev
Symphony No. 2, Little Russian, by Tchaikovsky

Beethoven Symphony No. 8

Friday, June 14 at 6:30 pm
Saturday, June 15 at 7:30 pm
Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Christopher Bell, chorus director

Karelia Overture, by Sibelius
Symphony No. 8, by Beethoven
World Premiere, by Kareem Roustom
Symphony No. 6, Choral Symphony, by Carl Vine

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23

Wednesday, June 19 at 6:30 pm
Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Inon Barnatan, piano

Overture to Preciosa, by Weber
Piano Concerto No. 23, by Mozart
Symphonic Suite, by Busoni

Brahms Violin Concerto

Friday, June 21 at 6:30 pm
Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 pm
Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Augustin Hadelich, violin

World Premiere, by Stacy Garrop
Symphony No. 1, by Shostakovich
Violin Concerto, by Brahms

A Night in Vienna: Emperor Waltzes and More

Wednesday, June 26 at 6:30 pm
Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor

Waltzes, polkas, and other popular favorites by the Strauss family

Beethoven Missa Solemnis

Friday, June 28 at 6:30 pm
Saturday, June 29 at 7:30 pm
Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Christopher Bell, chorus director; Susanna Phillips, soprano; Siena Miller, mezzo-soprano; Andrew Owens, tenor; Michael Sumuel, bass

Missa Solemnis, by Beethoven

Independence Day Salute

Thursday, July 4 at 6:30 pm
Grant Park Orchestra; Christopher Bell, conductor; Alicia Hall Moran, vocalist

An evening of patriotic favorites and a Grant Park Music Festival tradition.

Gershwin Piano Concerto

Friday, July 5 at 6:30 pm
Saturday, July 6 at 7:30 pm
Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Jeffrey Kahane, piano; Alicia Hall Moran, soprano; Holland Andrews, Holcombe Wailers, Gabriel Kahane, vocalists

Piano Concerto, by Gershwin
emergency shelter intake form, by Gabriel Kahane

Copland Appalachian Spring

Monday, July 8 at 7:00 pm; South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive
Thursday, July 11 at 7:00 pm; Columbus Park Refectory, 5701 W. Jackson Boulevard
Members of the Grant Park Orchestra; Jeremy Black, conductor and violin; Anne Bach, oboe

St. Paul’s Suite, by Holst
Concerto for Two Violins, by J.S. Bach
Suite from Appalachian Spring, by Copland

Classic Movie Night: The Wizard of Oz

Wednesday, July 10 at 8:00 pm
Grant Park Orchestra; Norman Huynh, conductor

The Grant Park Orchestra provides the live soundtrack to one of the most famous classic films in cinema history, on the large Millennium Park screen.

The Envelope Please: A Tribute to Broadway and Hollywood’s Best

Friday, July 12 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, July 13 at 8:00 pm
Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus; Larry Loh, conductor; Susan Egan and Doug LaBrecque, vocalists

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 the Grant Park Chorus and stars from Broadway.

Ravel Mother Goose

Wednesday, July 17 at 6:30 pm
Emmanuel Villaume, conductor; Yolanda Kondonassis, harp

Suite from Mother Goose, by Ravel
Harp Concerto, by Ginastera
Symphony No. 1, by Bizet

Grant Park Chorus in the Parks

Thursday, July 18 at 7:00 pm; Columbus Park Refectory, 5701 W. Jackson Boulevard
Monday, July 22 at 7:00 pm; South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive
Christopher Bell, conductor

An evening of a cappella works, including a world premiere by Lori Laitman

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3

Friday, July 19 at 6:30 pm
Saturday, July 20 at 7:30 pm
Grant Park Orchestra; Martyn Brabbins, conductor; Stephen Hough, piano

Stomp, by James MacMillan
Piano Concerto No. 3, by Beethoven
Symphony No. 2, A London Symphony, by Vaughan Williams

Tchaikovsky Swan Lake

Wednesday, July 24 at 6:30 pm
Grant Park Orchestra; Christian Măcelaru, conductor; Edgar Moreau, cello

Cello Concerto, by Gulda
Suite from Swan Lake, by Tchaikovsky

Dvořák Symphony No. 7*

Friday, July 26 at 6:30 pm
Saturday, July 27 at 7:30 pm
Grant Park Orchestra; David Danzmayr, conductor; Anthony McGill, clarinet; Demarre McGill, flute

Fiesta!, by Jimmy Lopez
Concerto Duo, by Joel Puckett
Tarantelle, by Saint-Saëns
Symphony No. 7, by Dvořák

Copland Rodeo*

Wednesday, July 31 at 6:30 pm
Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Conrad Tao, piano

Suite No. 2, Indian, by MacDowell
Piano Concerto No. 2, by Shostakovich
Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo, by Copland

Mozart Prague Symphony

Friday, August 2 at 6:30 pm; Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Street
Saturday, August 3 at 7:30 pm; Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Street
Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Vadim Gluzman, violin

blue cathedral, by Jennifer Higdon
Serenade, by Bernstein
Hommage à Stravinsky, by Ole Schmidt
Symphony No. 38, Prague, by Mozart

The Mambo Kings: Hot Latin Nights

Wednesday, August 7 at 6:30 pm
Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Mambo Kings

The Mambo Kings join the Grant Park Orchestra to share a program of Latin America and the US featuring music by Gershwin and arrangements of The Beatles, Dave Brubeck, Tito Puento, and more.

A Mass of Life: A Celebration of the Human Spirit

Friday, August 9 at 6:30 pm
Saturday, August 10 at 7:30 pm
Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Christopher Bell, chorus director; Melody Moore, soprano; Ewa Plonka, mezzo-soprano; Andrew Staples, tenor; Nathan Berg, bass-baritone

A Mass of Life, by Delius

Flight of the Bumblebee

Wednesday, August 14 at 6:30 pm
Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor

Variations on a Balkan Theme, by Beach
Suite from The Tale of Tsar Saltan, by Rimsky-Korsakov
Cowboy Rhapsody, by Morton Gould

Mahler Symphony No. 2

Friday, August 16 at 6:30 pm
Saturday, August 17 at 7:30 pm
Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Christopher Bell, chorus director; Amanda Majeski, soprano; J’Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano

Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, by Mahler

Grant Park Music Festival in Millennium Park

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Festival concerts in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion offer free seating on the Great Lawn (spread out on a blanket or settle into some lawn chairs!) just beyond the stage. Seating is first-come, first-serve and no admission tickets are required.

The seating closest to the stage in the Seating Bowl is reserved for members, groups, and visitors with single-night Experience Passes.

For further information, visit grantparkmusicfestival.com.

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