The Pre-Concert Lecture Series

Go beyond the stage with our Pre-Concert Lecture Series—exclusive conversations between guest artists and expert music commentators before every concert. Free and open to the public.

All lectures begin one hour prior to each concert in the Family Fun Tent, located on the west end of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

2017 Pre-Concert Lecture Schedule

Wednesday, June 14, 5:30 PM

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Guest
: Vadim Gluzman, Violin
Host: Laura Sauer

Friday, June 16, 5:30 PM

A Sea Symphony
Guest
: David John Pike, Baritone and Sara Jakubiak, Soprano
Host: Laura Sauer

Saturday, June 17, 6:30 PM

A Sea Symphony
Guest
: David John Pike, Baritone
Host: Laura Sauer

Wednesday, June 21, 5:30 PM

Beethoven Symphony No. 4
Guest
: No guest
Host: Seth Boustead

Friday, June 23, 5:30 PM

Stravinsky Firebird
Guest
: Conrad Tao
Host: Seth Boustead

Saturday, June 24, 6:30 PM

Stravinsky Firebird
Guest
: Conrad Tao
Host: Seth Boustead

Wednesday, June 28, 5:30 PM

Missa Latina
Guest
: Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Guest Conductor and Takaoki Onishi, Baritone
Host: Seth Boustead

Friday, June 30, 5:30 PM

Missa Latina
Guest: Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Guest Conductor and Takaoki Onishi, Baritone
Host: Seth Boustead

Friday, July 7, 5:30 PM

Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams
Guest
: TBD
Host: Laura Sauer

Saturday, July 8, 6:30 PM

Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams
Guest
: TBD
Host: Laura Sauer

Wednesday, July 12, 5:30 PM

Haydn London Symphony
Guest
: Fawzi Haimor
Host: Seth Boustead

Friday, July 14, 5:30 PM

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2
Guest
: TBD
Host: Seth Boustead

Saturday, July 15, 6:30 PM

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2
Guest
: TBD
Host: Seth Boustead

Wednesday, July 19, 5:30 PM

Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto
Guest
: Brett Mitchell, Guest Conductor and Angelo Xiang Yu, Violin
Host: Laura Sauer

Friday, July 21, 5:30 PM

A Broadway Romance
Guest
: TBD
Host: Gary Zabinski

Saturday, July 22, 6:30 PM

A Broadway Romance
Guest
: TBD
Host: Gary Zabinski

Wednesday, July 26, 5:30 PM

Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1
Guest
: Stephen Hough, Piano
Host: Dennis Moore

Friday, July 28, 5:30 PM

Mozart Linz Symphony
Guest
: TBD
Host: Seth Boustead

Saturday, July 29, 6:30 PM

Mozart Linz Symphony
Guest
: TBD
Host: Seth Boustead

Wednesday, August 2, 5:30 PM

The Spanish Guitar
Guest
: Pablo Sáinz Villegas, Guitar
Host: Seth Boustead

Friday, August 4, 5:30 PM

Debussy La Mer
Guest
: TBD
Host: Seth Boustead

Saturday, August 5, 6:30 PM

Debussy La Mer
Guest
: TBD
Host: Seth Boustead

Wednesday, August 9, 5:30 PM

An Evening With Mariachi Cobre
Guest
: TBD
Host: Laura Sauer

Friday, August 11, 5:30 PM

Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony
Guest
: TBD
Host: Dennis Moore

Saturday, August 12, 6:30 PM

Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony
Guest
: TBD
Host: Dennis Moore

Wednesday, August 16, 5:30 PM

Haydn Cello Concerto
Guest
: TBD
Host: Seth Boustead

Friday, August 18, 5:30 PM

Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Guest
: Allyson McHardy, Mezzo-Soprano
Host: Seth Boustead

Saturday, August 19, 6:30 PM

Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Guest
: Allyson McHardy, Mezzo-Soprano
Host: Seth Boustead