2015 Season

The 2015 Season included the world premiere of Kenj Bunch's Symphony No. 3, the Midwest premiere of James MacMillan's Quickening, a tribute to legendary Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim, and an evening with jazz vocalist Kurt Elling.

Spectacular young pianist Yevgeny Sudbin makes his Grant Park Music Festival debut on opening night.

Beethoven Symphony No. 7

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Yevgeny Sudbin, Piano

What

Norman: Drip
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 1
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7


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Hear the composer Kenji Bunch's world premiere of Symphony No. 3 Dream Songs.

Mozart and Shostakovich

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

What

Mozart: Overture: The Magic Flute
Bunch: Symphony No. 3: Dream Songs
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6


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Virtuoso violist Roberto Daz joins the Grant Park Orchestra for Walton's Viola Concerto.

Tchaikovsky Fourth Symphony

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Roberto Daz, Viola

What

Walton: Viola Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4


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Grant Park Music Festival Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar conducts the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus.

Mendelssohn Reformation Symphony

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Christopher Bell, Chorus Director
Ryan Belongie, Counter-tenor
Hoss Brock, Tenor
Klaus Georg, Tenor
David Govertsen, Bass

Anima Young Singers, Emily Ellsworth, Artistic Director

What

Wagner: Prelude from Parsifal
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5, Reformation
MacMillan: Quickening 


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Blue Man Group joins the CYSO’s Symphony Orchestra

CYSO's Symphony Orchestra

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 6:30pm – 8:15pm 

Who

CYSO's Symphony Orchestra
Allen Tinkham, Music Director
Terrance Gray, Associate Conductor
Blue Man Group, Special Guest Soloists

What

Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances
Kabalevsky: Overture to Colas Breugnon
Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien 


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Pianist Terrence Wilson joins the Grant Park Orchestra for a festive Independence Day celebration.

Independence Day Salute

Where & When

South Shore Cultural Center
Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Saturday, July 4, 2015, 7:30pm – 9:30pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Christopher Bell, Conductor
Terrence Wilson, Piano

What

Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

Copland: Appalachian Spring

Sousa: Stars and Stripes Forever
and more!


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Tanja Tetzlaff returns to the Grant Park Music Festival.

Schumann Rhenish Symphony

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Friday, July 3, 2015, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Tanja Tetzlaff, Cello

What

Diamond: Rounds for String Orchestra
Lalo: Cello Concerto in D Minor
Schumann: Symphony No. 3, Rhenish 


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Outstanding young conductor Karina Canellakis makes her Grant Park Music Festival debut.

Bernstein Fancy Free

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 8:00pm – 10:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Karina Canellakis, Guest Conductor

What

Adams: Lollapalooza
Bernstein: Suite from Fancy Free
Franck: Symphony in D

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Illinois native and Broadway veteran Elizabeth Stanley joins the Grant Park Orchestra to perform selections by Stephen Sondheim.

A Sondheim Celebration

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Paul Gemignani, Guest Conductor

Elizabeth Stanley, Vocalist

Alex Gemignani, Vocalist
Tedd Firth, Piano

What

Songs and Suites from Sondheim's greatest and most popular repertoire

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Conductor Thierry Fischer returns for a week-long residency with the Grant Park Music Festival.

Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Thierry Fischer, Guest Conductor

What

Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements
Prokofiev: Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet


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The dazzling soprano Caitlin Lynch makes her Festival debut in Brahms' German Requiem.

Brahms Requiem

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
Thierry Fischer, Guest Conductor
Caitlin Lynch, Soprano
Stephen Hegedus, Bass-Baritone

What

Schoenberg: Transfigured Night
Brahms: A German Requiem 


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Join Grant Park Chorus Director Christopher Bell and the incomparable Grant Park Chorus for two concerts in historical Chicago park venues.

Grant Park Chorus: Songs from the Heart

Where & When

South Shore Cultural Center
Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 7:00pm – 9:00pm 

Columbus Park Refectory
Thursday, July 23, 2015, 7:00pm – 9:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Chorus
Christopher Bell, Conductor

What

Leighton: Laudate Pueri
Paulus: The Lotus Lovers
Doherty: Et clamabant
Sibelius: Sydmeni laulu

             Sortunut ni
             Finlandia Hymn
Cuomo: Kyrie
Hawley: Four Reveries
Doherty: Blessed Be That Maid Marie
Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium


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The Grant Park Music Festival features the music of Douglas Cuomo.

Barber and Menotti

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Ward Stare, Conductor
Artists From Lyric Opera's Patrick G. And Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center

Laura Wilde, Soprano
Anthony Clark Evans, Baritone
Annie Rosen, Mezzo-Soprano

What

Higdon: Fanfare Ritmico

Cuomo: The Boy's Nature from Doubt

Menotti: The Telephone
Cuomo: Doubt Sermon

Barber: Symphony No. 1

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Conductor Emmanuel Villaume leads the Grant Park Orchestra in works by Mozart, Saint-Sans, and Bizet.

Saint-Sans Piano Concerto

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Emmanuel Villaume, Guest Conductor
Andrew Von Oeyen, Piano

What

Supp: Overture to Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna
Mozart: Symphony No. 31, Paris
Saint-Sans: Piano Concerto No. 2
Bizet: Roma 


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Conductor Thomas Wilkins leads the Grant Park Orchestra in Dvořk's beautiful Sixth Symphony.

Dvork Symphony No. 6

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Thomas Wilkins, Guest Conductor

What

Goldsmith: Fireworks
Still: Symphony No. 3, Sunday Symphony
Dvořk: Symphony No. 6 


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Conductor Christoph Knig leads the Grant Park Orchestra in Bruckner's Symphony No. 6.

Bruckner's Symphony No. 6

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Christoph Knig, Guest Conductor

What

Weber: Overture to Der Freischtz

Bruckner: Symphony No. 6


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Pianist Inon Barnatan plays one of Mozart's most popular piano concertos.

Mozart Piano Concerto

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Inon Barnatan, Piano

What

Thompson: Symphony No. 2
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 17
Antheil: A Jazz Symphony


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The Grant Park Chorus joins renowned soloists and the Grant Park Orchestra for Hadyn's Harmoniemesse.

Haydn Harmony Mass

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Layla Claire, Soprano
Julie Boulianne, Mezzo-Soprano
John Tessier, Tenor
Daniel Okulitch, Bass-Baritone

What

Haydn: Mass in B-flat Major, Harmoniemesse
Adams: Harmonielehre


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Join Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling for an evening of love songs from around the world.

An Evening with Kurt Elling

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Kurt Elling, Vocalist

Gary Versace, Piano
Clark Sommers, Bass
John Mclean, Guitar
Kendrick Scott, Drums
John Wojciehowski, Tenor Saxophone
Orbert Davis, Trumpet

What

Elling: Passion World


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Natasha Paremski returns to play Schoenfield's show-stopping Four Parables.

Strauss Ein Heldenleben

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Natasha Paremski, Piano

What

Wolf-Ferrari: Overture to The Secret of Suzanne
Schoenfield: Four Parables
Strauss: Ein Heldenleben


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Star violinist James Ehnes returns to play Beethoven's Violin Concerto.

Beethoven Violin Concerto

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
James Ehnes, Violin

What

Hanson: Elegy
Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Lindberg: Aventures


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Internationally renowned soprano Erin Wall joins the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus for Elgar's The Kingdom.

Elgar The Kingdom

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Erin Wall, Soprano
Jill Grove, Mezzo-Soprano
Garrett Sorenson, Tenor
Alfred Walker, Bass-Baritone

What

Elgar: The Kingdom


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