Penderecki, Koh head Grant Park fest lineup

March 03, 2011

Chicago Sun-Times

Acclaimed Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki will make rare U.S. appearances July 15-16 at the Grant Park Music Festival, leading his own Concerto Grosso No. 1 for Three Cellos and Orchestra.

The free festival, which marks its 11th season this summer under principal conductor Carlos Kalmar and the 10th with chorus director Christopher Bell, begins June 15 and runs through Aug. 20 at the Pritzker Pavilion.

Among the other highlights for the festival’s 77th season, which were announced today, are:

† A program of American a cappella music, with works by Del Tredici, Menotti and Rorem, conducted by Bell on June 28 and 30 at the HarrisTheater, during the festival’s Taste of Chicago retreat.

† Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde,” conducted July 1-2 by Kalmar, with tenor Christian Elsner and mezzo Alexandra Petersamer.

† A weeklong residency beginning July 27 by Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu.

† Superstar violinist Jennifer Koh in Britten’s Violin Concerto, conducted by Kalmar, on Aug. 3.

† Lyric Opera’s Ryan Opera Center in Mozart’s “The Impresario,” Act 2 of Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” and Act 2 of Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” at the Harris Theater on Aug. 5-6. Serving as narrator will be author Jack Zimmerman.

† A week of Austrian music featuring Franz Schmidt’s rarely heard choral work “The Book with Seven Seals,” performed Aug. 12-13 under Kalmar and guest choral director William Spaulding.

† Closing-night concerts Aug. 19-20 of the Verdi Requiem, conducted by Kalmar and featuring soprano Amber Wagner, mezzo Michaela Martins, tenor Michael Fabiano and bass Kyle Ketelson.

For information: grantpark musicfestival.com or call (312) 742-7638.