2017 Season

In its 83rd season, the Festival brought back Beethoven's masterpiece, the Ninth Symphony, and featured other well-known works such as Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1. The season also brought a tribute concert for John Williams, featuring the soundtrack from Star Wars and more.

Violinist Vadim Gluzman plays for the Festival's Opening Night

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Vadim Gluzman, Violin

What

Alfvén: Festival Overture

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

Gershwin: Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture

Soprano Sara Jakubiak performs in Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony

A Sea Symphony

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Sara Jakubiak, Soprano

David John Pike, Baritone

What

Britten: Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia

Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony


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Soprano Susanna Phillips makes her Festival debut

Beethoven Symphony No. 4

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Susanna Phillips, Soprano

What

Wagner: A Faust Overture

Copland: Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson

Beethoven: Symphony No. 4


American Pianist Conrad Tao performs Khachaturian's Piano Concerto

Stravinsky Firebird

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Conrad Tao, Piano

What

Schiff: Infernal

Khachaturian: Piano Concerto

Stravinsky: The Firebird


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Miguel Harth-Bedoya will conduct the Festival premiere of Missa Latina

Missa Latina

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus;

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Guest Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Jessica Rivera, Soprano

Takaoki Onishi, Baritone

What

Sierra: Missa Latina


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The Canadian Brass celebrates Canada's 150th Birthday at the Festival

Canada's 150th Birthday Celebration With the Canadian Brass

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Saturday, July 1, 2017, 7:30pm – 9:45pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Lucas Waldin, Guest Conductor

Canadian Brass

Alison Wahl, Vocalist


What

Lavallée (Arr. Gilliland): O Canada

Hétu: Légendes, Opus 76

Mitchell (Arr. Pellett): Big Yellow Taxi

Hemsworth (Arr. Pellett): Log Driver's Waltz

Arr. Faith: Theme from A Summer Place/Moulin Rouge

Campbell/Harron (Arr. Farnon): Excerpt from Symphonic Suite from Anne of Green Gables

Cable: The Banks of Newfoundland

Waller (Arr. Henderson): Fats Waller Suite

Handy (Arr. Henderson): Beale Street Blues

Lennon/McCartney (Arr. Dedrick): Tribute to the Beatles

Traditional/Handel (Arr. Henderson): Saints’ Halleluiah


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Celebrate Independence Day in Millennium Park

Independence Day Salute

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Tuesday, July 4, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 

South Shore Cultural Center
Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Christopher Bell, Conductor

What

Bagley: National Emblem March
Anderson: Bugler's Holiday
Syncopated Clock
Fiddle-Faddle
Wendel: St. Bailey's Rag
Dvorak: Largo from the "New World" Symphony
Arnold: Four Scottish Dances
Gould: American Salute
Cohan (Arr. Cacavas): Star-Spangled Spectacular
Herbert: Festival (Auditorium) March
Strauss Jr.: Champagne Polka
Arr. Lowden: Armed Forces Salute
Arr. Dragon: America, the Beautiful
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever

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Thomas Wilkins returns to the Festival to conduct the music of John Williams

Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Thomas Wilkins, Guest Conductor

What

Superman March from Superman

Main Title from Star Wars

Flight to Neverland from Hook

Theme from Jurassic Park

Raiders March from Raiders of the Lost Ark

Excerpts from The Cowboys

The Imperial March from Star Wars

Duel of the Fates from Star Wars: Episode I

Yoda’s Theme from The Empire Strikes Back

Viktor’s Tale from The Terminal

March from 1941

Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone

Excerpts from Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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Fawzi Haimor conducts the Grant Park Orchestra

Haydn London Symphony

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Fawzi Haimor, Guest Conductor

What

Roustom: Ramal

Haydn: Symphony No. 104, London

Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis


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The Grant Park Chorus performs for Night Out in the Parks

Rachmaninov Vespers

Where & When

South Shore Cultural Center
Thursday, July 13, 2017, 7:00pm – 8:00pm 

Columbus Park Refectory
Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 7:00pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Chorus

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

What

Rachmaninov: Vespers (All Night Vigil)


Andrew Tyson, guest soloist for Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Gemma New, Guest Conductor

Andrew Tyson, Piano

What

Hindson: Headbanger

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2

Strauss: Symphonia domestica


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Violinist Angelo Xiang Yu performs Saint-Saëns' romantic Violin Concerto

Saint-Saens Violin Concerto

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Brett Mitchell, Guest Conductor

Angelo Xiang Yu, Violin

What

Bunch: Supermaximum

Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No. 3

Copland: The Red Pony


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Laura Osnes is featured in Festival's summer Broadway concert.

A Broadway Romance

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Ted Sperling, Guest Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Laura Osnes And Santino Fontana, Vocalists

What

Gershwin: Overture to Girl Crazy

Loesser: Song of a Summer Night from The Most Happy Fella

Bernstein/Sondheim: Something's Coming from West Side Story

Rodgers/Hammerstein: Out of My Dreams from Oklahoma!

Bock/Harnick: Tonight at Eight/Will He Like Me from She Loves Me

Pasek/Paul: First Date/Last Night from Dogfight

Styne/Comden and Green: I Met a Girl from Bells Are Ringing

Rodgers/Hammerstein: Ten Minutes Ago from Cinderella
If I Loved You from Carousel
You Are Never Away from Allegro

Lopez/Lopez: Love is an Open Door from Frozen

Berlin: Old-Fashioned Wedding from Annie Get Your Gun

Sondheim: Getting Married Today from Company

Brown: Next Ten Minutes from The Last Five Years

Lane/Harburg: The Begat from Finian's Rainbow

Flaherty/Ahrens: Our Children from Ragtime

Guettel: Dividing Day from The Light in the Piazza

Sondheim: Buddy's Blues and Could I Leave You from Follies

Lerner/Loewe: How to Handle a Woman from Camelot

Arlen/Mercer: Come Rain or Come Shine from St. Louis Woman

Bernstein: Make Our Garden Grow from Candide


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Piano virtuoso Stephen Hough returns to the Festival for Brahms' Piano Concerto

Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Stephen Hough, Piano

What

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1

Kodály: Dances of Galánta

Brahms: Hungarian Dances Nos. 1, 3, 6


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Soprano Colleen Daly joins the Grant Park Chorus and other soloists for Martin's emotional oratorio

Mozart Linz Symphony

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Colleen Daly, Soprano

Lauren Segal, Mezzo-Soprano

David Pomeroy, Tenor

James Westman, Baritone

Daniel Okulitch, Bass

What

Mozart: Symphony No. 36, Linz

Martin: In terra pax


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International guitar sensation Pablo Sáinz Villegas makes his Festival debut

The Spanish Guitar

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Pablo Sáinz Villegas, Guitar

What

Arriaga: Los esclavos felices: Overture

Bizet: Suite from Carmen

Rodrigo: Fantasía para un gentilhombre

Turina: Danzas fantàsticas

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Francois Leleux joins the orchestra indoors at the Harris Theater for Strauss' Oboe Concerto

Debussy La Mer

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

François Leleux, Oboe

What

Hindemith: Concert Music for Strings and Brass

Strauss: Oboe Concerto in D Major

Mendelssohn: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage

Debussy: La Mer


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Spend an evening with Mariachi Cobre at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion

An Evening With Mariachi Cobre

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

What

Mariachi Cobre joins the Grant Park Orchestra for an evening of traditional Mexican folk music.

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The Orchestra's Jonathan Boen plays in the world premiere of Kernis' Horn Concerto

Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Jonathan Boen, Horn

What

Rimsky-Korsakov: Overture: The Tsar's Bride

Kernis: Legacy (World Premiere)

Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony


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Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh makes her Festival debut in Haydn's Cello Concerto

Haydn Cello Concerto

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Harriet Krijgh, Cello

What

Respighi: The Birds

Haydn: Cello Concerto in C Major

Chadwick: Symphonic Sketches


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Soprano Janai Brugger returns for the final concert of the Festival season

Beethoven Symphony No. 9

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Benjamin Rivera, Guest Chorus DIrector

Janai Brugger, Soprano

Allyson McHardy, Mezzo-Soprano

Brendan Tuohy, Tenor

Russell Braun, Bass

What

Brahms: Schicksalslied

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9


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