2014 Press Releases

Celebrate Independence Day with the Grant Park Music Festival

Bring your family, friends, and most patriotic self to Chicago’s Millennium Park as the Grant Park Music Festival presents an evening filled with American spirit and pride at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Friday, July 4, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. The Festival’s annual free Independence Day Celebration, under the baton of Christopher Bell with the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus features the sounds of Gershwin, Copland, Bernstein, and more, concluding with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and John Phillip Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever.

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Grant Park Music Festival's 80th Season Continues

July highlights include the annual Independence Day salute on July 4, Holst’s The Planets and Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony along with stirring music by Shostakovich, Saint-SaŽns and DvořŠk, plus a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, The Blue Planet in Concert and the National Youth Orchestra with Gil Shaham at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. The Festival takes its concerts to the neighborhoods in July: the Grant Park Orchestra to the South Shore Cultural Center July 11, Grant Park Chorus at South Shore Cultural Center July 17, and Columbus Park Refectory July 20.

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The Acclaimed Grant Park Music Festival Opens Its 80th Season

The Season begins Wednesday, June 11, 2014 with a night of Tchaikovsky featuring young piano sensation Natasha Paremski. Other June Highlights include Berlioz’ Romeo and Juliet, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5, Handel’s Water Music and JanŠček’s Glagolitic Mass. Guest Artists include Stefan Jackiw on violin and Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, along with Guest Soloists Paul Appleby, Julie Boulianne, Christine Goerke, Jill Grove, Eric Owens, Shenyang and Garrett Sorenson.

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Grant Park Music Festival Appoints New Orchestra and Chorus Members

Grant Park Music Festival Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar and Chorus Director Christopher Bell are pleased to announce the appointments of new orchestra members Hannah Choi and Youming Chen and chorus members, Melissa Arning, Erich Buchholz, Klaus Georg, Dane Thomas and Dan Richardson.

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Grant Park Music Festival Expands Festival Connect Programs

The Grant Park Music Festival increases music education and engagement opportunities for audiences of all ages, and brings a renewed focus to the neighborhoods with performances by the Grant Park Orchestra and chorus, Project Inclusion and Apprentice Chorale, and the return of Classical Campers.

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Chicago's Grant Park Music Festival Announces Its 80th Anniversary Season

Grant Park Music Festival Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar and Chorus Director Christopher Bell announce an adventurous schedule of programming for the Festival’s 80th Anniversary Season, taking place June 11‚ÄĒ August 16, 2014 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park.

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