April 16, 2018

Celebrate the Fourth!

Everyone is invited to the Grant Park Music Festival's Annual Independence Day Salute! Each year, conductor Christopher Bell puts on the greatest show in town with a program full of rousing marches and patriotic anthems, including Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever and the Armed Forces Salute.


This year, the Festival welcomes piano prodigy and Rockford native Emily Bear to join the festivities, playing George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the orchestra.

To describe Emily as “a talented young musician” would be an understatement. Just 16 years of age, she has already recorded seven albums spanning the classical, jazz, and Broadway music genres; composed hundreds of original musical pieces; and performed on piano at the White House and many world-famous music venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Hollywood Bowl

Rhapsody in Blue is one of my favorite pieces to play on the piano,” she enthuses. “It revolutionized music. Gershwin took the Broadway style, the jazz style, the classical style, and mixed them all together and created this huge incredible piece.”

So dress in your favorite red, white and blue gear and head to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion for one of the most popular concerts in Millennium Park each season. Because nothing says summer in Chicago more than the Grant Park Music Festival on July 4!