Open Rehearsals

Free open rehearsals of the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus offering informal talks by Festival docents.

A Festival docent speaks during a break in rehearsal

Audiences can watch as the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus rehearse upcoming performances during the day, most Tuesdays–Fridays, June–August.

During breaks in rehearsals, Festival docents lead informal talks about the music, composers, and the history of classical music in the front of the Seating Bowl.

See the Events Calendar for specific rehearsal dates and times.


Watch the orchestra and chorus rehearse as you enjoy your lunch, then stay while the musicians take a break around noon for an docent-led conversation with a special guest. Break times vary, so arrive early!

June 28: Brown Bag Lunch with Christopher Bell
July 12: Brown Bag Lunch with Kareen Roustom
August 10: Brown Bag Lunch with Aaron Jay Kernis