2013 Season Highlights

  • Carlos Kalmar conducts during Opening Weekend of the 79th Season. June 14, 2013

  • Soprano Emilia Boteva performs during Alexander Nevsky on Opening Weekend. June 14, 2013

  • Chorus Director Christopher Bell, soprano Emilia Boteva, and conductor Carlos Kalmar take a bow after a performance of Alexander Nevsky. June 15, 2013

  • Carlos Kalmar reveals a surprise talent as he performs a duet with Pink Martini's Storm Large. June 19, 2013

  • Pink Martini gets the entire audience on their feet and dancing, complete with conga lines through the Seating Bowl. June 19, 2013
  • Christopher Bell conducts the Apprentice Chorale and Project Inclusion String Quartet at the Poetry Foundation during Make Music Chicago. June 21, 2013

  • Qigang Chen's Iris devoilée combined traditional Western music with the exotic Peking opera style of singing. June 21-22, 2013

  • A view of the stage from above before a performance of Britten's War Requiem, which calls for a full orchestra, chamber orchestra, choir, boys' choir, and soprano, tenor, and baritone soloists. June 28, 2013

  • Christopher Bell conducts the annual Independence Celebration in Millennium Park. July 3, 2013

  • Soprano Janai Brugger performs works by Berlin and Gershwin at the Independence Eve Celebration concert. July 3, 2013

  • Christopher Bell starts a wave with the orchestra and audience during the Independence Eve Celebration. July 3, 2013

  • The orchestra does the wave during the Independence Eve Celebration. July 3, 2013

  • Ted Louis Levy gets even the orchestra tap dancing at the Grant Park Pops Let's Dance concert. July 10, 2013

  • Dancers demonstrate moves from mambo to swing during Jeff Tyzik's pops concert. July 10, 2013

  • Chicago Park District day campers enjoy an open rehearsal and a tour of Millennium Park as part of the Festival's Classical Campers program. July 11, 2013
  • Tubaist Fritz Kaenzig and violinist Krzystof Zimowski demostrate their instruments for a group of Classical Campers. July 11, 2013

  • The Project Inclusion String Trio answers questions for a group of Classical Campers. July 11, 2013

  • The Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project performs during the Young Artists Showcase. July 12, 2013

  • Miguel Harth-Bedoya brought Caminos del Inka to the Grant Park Music Festival. The multimedia adventure took the audience on a journey down the Inca Trail. July 12, 2013

  • Miguel Harth Bedoys conducts the Grant Park Orchestra in Caminos del Inka. July 12, 2013

  • Mary Stolper, Grant Park Orchestra Principal Flute, performs a solo on Gabriela Lena Frank's Illapa: Tone Poem for Flute and Orchestra during Caminos del Inka. July 12, 2013

  • Principal cellist Walter Haman performs Golijov's Mariel for cello and orchestra during Caminos del Inka. July 12, 2013

  • Broadway singers William Michals, Rebecca Luker, and Doug LaBrecque perform beloved favorites by Rodgers and Hammerstein. July 17, 2013

  • Romance was in the air at the Rodgers and Hammerstein performance with Broadway singers Doug LaBrecque and Rebecca Luker. July 17, 2013.

  • Conductor Thierry Fischer leads the Grant Park Orchestra in Saint-Saëns majestic Organ Symphony. July 19, 2013

  • Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu returns to the Festival for a week-long residency. July 24-27, 2013

  • Guest artist Kirill Gerstein performs Beethoven's spirited Piano Concerto No. 1. July 24, 2013

  • Karen Gomyo gives a fiery performance of Sibelius Violin Concerto. July 26, 2013

  • An elegant magic themed picnic took top prize at the 2013 Picnic Contest on the Great Lawn. July 27, 2013

  • The Grant Park Chorus give a moving performance of a cappella works at the South Shore Cultural Center. July 30, 2013

  • The Grant Park Orchestra move indoors to the Harris Theater for Music and Dance for a stirring night of music inspired by childhood. August 2, 2013

  • James Carter gives a sizzling performance of Sierra's Concerto for Saxophones during a night of Latin-themed music. August 7, 2013
  • The Precipice Saxophone Quartet from the Merit School of Music give a pre-concert performance as part of the Young Artists Showcase. August 9, 2013

  • Artists from the Lyric Opera's Ryan Opera Center join the orchestra and chorus for Schubert's moving Mass in E Flat. August 9, 2013

  • Orchestra member Jennifer Downing Olsson performs during Schubert's Mass in E Flat. August 9, 2013

  • The Pritzker Pavilion is a dramatic setting for the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus during Schubert's Mass in E Flat. August 10, 2013

  • Valentina Lisitsa performs Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 to a packed house. August 14, 2013

  • The Festival came to a thrilling close with a performance celebrating the 100th anniversary of The Rite of Spring. The stage featured artwork by artist Herbert Migdoll. August 16, 2013

  • A colorful sunset over a concert at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion as the 79th Season comes to a close.