2011 Season

Highlights of the 2011 Season included a visit by famed Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, a rare stateside performance of Franz Schmidt's The Book With Seven Seals, and the return of violinist Jennifer Koh.

Hector Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique is featured on Opening Night

Opening Night: Symphonie Fantastique

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Jean-Philippe Collard, Piano

What

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major       
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique   

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Mendelssohn's Lobegesang celebrates the invention of the Gutenberg Press.

Mendelssohn and Peace on Earth

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Tamara Wilson, Soprano

Maire O’Brien, Soprano

Brendan Tuohy, Tenor

What

Schoenberg: Friede auf Erden

Mendelssohn: Lobgesang

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Regina Carter, violinist

Regina Carter Reverse Thread Project

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 6:30pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Regina Carter, Violin

Yacouba Sissoko, Kora

Will Holshouser, Accordion

Chris Lightcap, Bass

Alvester Garnett, Drums

What

Childs: Violin Concerto

Ellington: The River

Carter: Reverse Thread (without orchestra)

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Latin America

Latin Works for Orchestra

Who

The Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

What

Barilari: Canyengue

Carreno: Margaritena

Villa-Lobos: Uirapuru

Chavez: Suite de Caballos de Vapor (Horse Power Suite)

Ginastera: Glosses sobre temes de Pau Casals, Op.48

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The Grant Park Chorus

American a Cappella

Who

Grant Park Chorus

Christopher Bell, Conductor

What

Betinis: Toward Sunshine, Toward Freedom: Songs of Smaller Creatures             

Kesselman: Buzzings: Three pieces for Mixed Chorus    

Whitacre: When David Heard                   

Garrop: Sonnets of Desire, Longing, and Whimsy       

Menotti: Regina Caeli                        

Del Tredici: Acrostic Song from Final Alice    

Rorem: Seven Motets for the Church Year

Crabtree: Five Romantic Miniatures from The Simpsons
Abe, Lisa, Homer, Marge & Homer   

Whitacre: Sleep

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Mahler's Song of the Earth is inspired by Chinese poetry and culture

Mahler: Song of the Earth

Who

Grant Park Orchestra 

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Alexandra Petersamer, Mezzo-Soprano

Christian Elsner, Tenor

What

Lutosławski: Musique Funebre

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (Song of the Earth)

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Christopher Bell

Independence Celebration

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Sunday, July 3, 2011, 5:30pm – 7:30pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Christopher Bell, Conductor

Artists From Remy Bumppo Theatre

What

Key/Smith: Star Spangled Banner 

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man

Bagley: National Emblem March

Copland: Hoe-down from Rodeo

Sousa: Belle of Chicago

Arr. Lowden: Armed Forces Salute     

Offenbach: Can Can from Orpheus in the Underworld 

Wendel: St. Bailey’s Rag 

Cohan: Star Spangled Spectacular            

Ward/arr. Dragon: America the Beautiful

Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever

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Andrew Grams

American and Russian Landscapes

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 6, 2011, 6:30pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Andrew Grams, Guest Conductor

What

Borodin: Prince Igor: Overture
Copland: The Tender Land: Suite
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2, Little Russian

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Alondra de la Parra

Spanish Guitar and Alondra de la Parra

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Alondra De La Parra, Guest Conductor

David Russell, Guitar

What

Marquez: Leyenda de Miliano               
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez            
Dvořk: Symphony No. 7

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Broadway Rocks!

Broadway Rocks

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Randall Craig Fleischer, Guest Conductor

Christianne Noll, Vocalist

Capathia Jenkins, Vocalist

Rob Evan, Vocalist

Doug LaBrecque, Vocalist

Chicago Gay Men's Chorus

What

Broadway blockbusters from some of the most electrifying shows ever to hit the Great White Way: Hairspray, Rent, Mamma Mia, Tommy, Phantom of the Opera and more!

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Krzysztof Penderecki

Penderecki Conducts Penderecki

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Krzysztof Penderecki, Guest Conductor

Julie Albers, Cello

Kira Kraftzoff, Cello

Amit Peled, Cello

What

Penderecki: Concerto Grosso No. 1 for Three Cellos and Orchestra

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (Eroica)

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Kwam Ryan

Kwame Ryan

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Kwam Ryan, Guest Conductor

What

Liebermann: Furioso   
Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Schumann: Symphony No. 2, Op.61

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Faur's Requiem

Choral Masterpieces: Bernstein and Faure

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Grant Park Chorus

Christopher Bell, Conductor

Ryan Belongie, Counter Tenor

Lindsay Metzger, Soprano

Keven Keys, Baritone

What

Bernstein: Chichester Psalms

Bach: Cantata No. 170 (Vergngte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust)
Faur: Requiem

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Sergei Prokofiev

Prokofiev Symphony No. 7

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Hannu Lintu, Guest Conductor

What

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 7

Shchedrin: Concerto for Orchestra No. 3 (Old Russian Circus Music) 

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Hannu Lintu

Sibelius Epic Finland

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Grant Park Chorus

Hannu Lintu, Guest Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Johanna Rusanen, Soprano

Ville Rusanen, Baritone

What

Rachmaninoff: Vesna (Spring), Op. 20        
Sibelius: Kullervo, Op. 7

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Jennifer Koh

Jennifer Koh Returns

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Jennifer Koh, Violin

What

Britten: Violin Concerto
Brahms: Symphony No. 1, Op. 68

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Singers from the Ryan Opera Center

Ryan Opera Center

Where & When

Harris Theater for Music and Dance
Friday, August 5, 2011, 6:30pm 
Saturday, August 6, 2011, 7:30pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Ensemble Members Of The Patrick G. And Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center

Jack Zimmerman, Narrator

What

Mozart: The Impresario
Donizetti: Don Pasquale: Act II
Rossini: Cenerentola: Act II

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Mozart

Mozart and Strauss

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 6:30pm – 7:45pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

What

Marches, Polkas, Waltzes from Austria

The Book with Seven Seals

The Book with Seven Seals

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Grant Park Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

William Spaulding, Guest Chorus Director

Edith Lienbacher, Soprano

Christa Ratzenbck, Mezzo-Soprano

Robert Knzli, Tenor

Alexander Kaimbacher, Tenor

Albert Pesendorfer, Bass

What

Schmidt: The Book with Seven Seals


SPECIAL LYRICS PILOT EXPERIMENT: Using your cellular
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John Adam's Chairman Dances & Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10

Shostakovich Symphony No. 10

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

What

Adams: The Chairman Dances (from the opera Nixon in China)  Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10, Op.93

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Verdi

Closing Night Verdi Requiem

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Grant Park Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

William Spaulding, Guest Chorus Director

Amber Wagner, Soprano

Michaela Martens, Mezzo-Soprano

Michael Fabiano, Tenor

Kyle Ketelsen, Bass

What

Verdi: Requiem

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