2016 Season Highlights

  • The Grant Park Orchestra performs at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. August 13, 2016. Photo by Christopher Nesemann

  • Pianist Andrew von Oeyen performs Poulenc's Concerto for Two Pianos at the Festival's opening night—June 15, 2016. Photo by Fareine Suarez.

  • Chorus Director Christopher Bell, composer Michael Torke, soloists Tyler Duncan and Alisa Jordheim, and Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar take a bow—June 17, 2016. Photo by Fareine Suarez.

  • Storm Large and Adam Mackintosh perform with the Grant Park Orchestra—June 22, 2016. Photo by Norman Timonera.

  • Young Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen makes his Festival debut with Chopin’s romantic Piano Concerto No. 2—June 29, 2016. Photo by Norman Timonera.

  • The Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus present Martinů’s rarely performed heroic oratorio, The Epic of Gilgameshfeaturing Dane Thomas, Gidon Saks, David John Pike and Angela Meade—July 1, 2016. Photo by Norman Timonera.

  • Christopher Bell shows off his patriotic attire for the Independence Day Salute—July 4, 2016. Photo by Fareine Suarez.

  • Festive concertgoers enjoy performances by the National Youth Choir of Scotland and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras on the Lawn while celebrating our nation's 240th birthday—July 4, 2016. Photo by Bonnie Rezabek.

  • Andrs Franco leads the Grant Park Orchestra as they provide the live soundtrack to the silent romantic comedy film City Lights, written, directed, and starring Charlie Chaplin—July 6, 2016. Photo by Norman Timonera.

  • Violinist Rachel Barton Pine returns to the Festival performing Bruch’s Concerto in G Minor—July 13, 2016. Photo by Norman Timonera.

  • Conductor Kevin Stites leads the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus and guest soloists Karen Mason, Hugh Panaro, Ben Crawford, and Kathy Voytko through the works of the legendary and witty composer/lyricist, Cole Porter—July 8, 2016. Photo by Norman Timonera.

  • Polish conductor Michał Nesterowicz leads the orchestra in Bruch's Violin Concerto in G Minor and Lutosławski’s Mala Suite—July 13, 2016. Photo by Norman Timonera.

  • Christoph Knig returns to the Festival to conduct Bruckner’s Romantic Symphony No. 4 and Haydn’s Symphony No. 55—July 15, 2016. Photo by Fareine Suarez.

  • MacArthur fellow Marin Alsop creates a week of concerts for the Grant Park Orchestra honoring the MacArthur Foundation's 35th anniversary of its "genius grants." July 20, 2016, Photo by Norman Timonera.

  • MacArthur fellow Alisa Weilerstein performs Olijov's Azulas part of the MacArthur Fellows' 35th Anniversary celebration—July 20, 2016. Photo by Norman Timonera.

  • Jazz violinist Regina Carter plays orchestral works by Duke Ellington—July 22, 2016. Photo by Norman Timonera.

  • Sopranos Jonita Lattimore, Anisha McFarland, and Elizabeth Norman-Sojourner perform A Whole World Medley—July 22, 2016. Photo by Fareine Suarez.

  • Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Chorus perform a series of a cappella choral songs and settings of the Bard's verse, as part of Shakespeare 400 Chicago in the Columbus Park Refectory—July 24, 2016. Photo by Christopher Nesemann.

  • Ryan Opera Center's Emmett O'Hanlon and Jesse Donner perform as George Milton and Lennie Small in Carlisle Floyd’s dustbowl opera Of Mice and Men—July 27, 2016. Photo by Norman Timonera.

  • Diana Newman and Alec Carlson, artists from the Ryan Opera Center, perform as Curley's Wife and Curley in Carlisle Floyd's Of Mice and Men—July 27, 2016. Photo by Norman Timonera.

  • Guest conductor Thomas Wilkinsleads the Grant Park Orchestra in an international program that transports listeners from Vienna to the Middle East at the Harris Theater—July 30, 2016. Photo by Norman Timonera.

  • Piano virtuoso Stephen Hough brings his scintillating technique to Rachmaninov’s tour-de-force Rhapsody on a Theme of Pagnanini—August 3, 2016. Photo by Norman Timonera.

  • Daniel Eifert, Hoss Brock, Janai Brugger, andHlengiwe Mkhwanazi perform Mozart's Great Mass in C MinorAugust 5, 2016. Photo by Norman Timonera.

  • Composer Michael Gandolfi discusses his world premiere, The Cosmic Garden in Bloom, at a pre-concert lecture—August 6, 2016. Photo by Christopher Nesemann.

  • Acclaimed Swiss cellist Christian Poltra makes his Festival debut performing Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1—August 10, 2016. Photo by Norman Timonera.

  • World-renowned pianist Kirill Gerstein performs Tchaikovsky’s popular Piano Concerto No. 1—August 13, 2016. Photo by Norman Timonera.

  • Violin virtuoso Christian Tetzlaff joins Carlos Kalmar for Mendelssohn’s lyrical and flowing Violin Concerto in E Minor—July 17, 2016. Photo by Patrick Pyszka.

  • Guest Chorus Conductor Michael Black and Carlos Kalmar take a bow with soloists Stephen Hegedus, Allyson McHardy, Jonathan Johnson, and Kristinn Sigmunddson after the season's final performance of Berlioz' The Damnation of Faust—August 19, 2016. Photo by Norman Timonera.

  • 2016 Picnic Contest winners Galactic Gardners show off their spread on the Lawn—August 6, 2016. Photo by Christopher Nesemann.

  • The Fractal Friends show off their festive picnic display at the annual picnic contest—August 6, 2016. Photo by Christopher Nesemann.

  • The Project Inclusion String Quartet: Alexandra Switala, Rita Andrade, Diana Flores Barquero, and Caitlin Edwards—July 28, 2016. Photo by Christopher Nesemann.

  • Thank you for another wonderful season under the Chicago skyline at Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Photo by Christopher Nesemann.

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