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2008 Season

James Ehnes, Violin

James Ehnes, Violin

Barber and Brahms 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra 

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor 

James Ehnes, Violin

What

Barber: Violin Concerto

Brahms: Symphony No. 2

Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus perform Beethoven's Missa Solemnis

Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus perform Beethoven's Missa Solemnis

Missa Solemnis 

Miraculously composed when Beethoven was completely deaf, he believed this to be his finest work.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Christopher Bell, Chorus Director
Erin Wall, Soprano
Anita Krause, Mezzo Soprano
James Taylor, Tenor
Nathan Berg, Bass

What

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis

A spectacular view from the back of the lawn

A spectacular view from the back of the lawn

Take A Friend To The Orchestra 

Bring a friend who has never been to an orchestra concert, relax, and enjoy the familiar sounds of the great classics washing over you. Popular favorites by Wagner, Mozart, Debussy, Rossini, Barber, and Respighi are sure to entice you back for more.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Maria del Mar Bonet

Maria del Mar Bonet

Maria Del Mar Bonet 

Singer and songwriter Maria del Mar Bonet hails from Mallorca, lives in Barcelona and is one of the most exciting practitioners of Mediterranean popular song.

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Concert: Friday, June 20, 2008, 6:30pm – 10:00am 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Harris Theater for Music and Dance

Harris Theater for Music and Dance

A German Requiem 

Where & When

Harris Theater for Music and Dance
Concert: Wednesday, June 25, 2008, 6:30pm – 10:00am 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Karina Gauvin, Soprano

Richard Zeller, Baritone

What

Brahms: A German Requiem

Harris Theater for Music and Dance

Harris Theater for Music and Dance

20th Century Masters 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Karina Gauvin, Soprano

What

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Britten: Les Illuminations

Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra

Exploring Music With Bill McGlaughlin: America Then and Now 

Bill McGlauhlin, host of WFMT's popular Exploring Music program, narrates a concert of American works spanning 125 years, beginning in the post Civil War era and ending with the music of today. Highlighted are traditional works by Chadwick, Gershwin and Bernstein, to the mavericks of today, including John Adams and Chicago composers.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Bill McGlaughlin, Narrator

Independence Eve Concert 2008

Independence Eve Concert 2008

Independence Eve At Grant Park 

The one and only Christopher Bell leads Independence Eve at Grant Park, Chicago's official holiday concert celebration complete with massive fireworks display.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Christopher Bell, Conductor

Jonita Lattimore, Soprano; Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Jonita Lattimore, Soprano; Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Tchaikovsky's 6th 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Hanna Lintu, Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Jonita Lattimore, Soprano

Susan Platts, Mezzo Soprano

Quinn Kelsey, Baritone

What

Sibelius: The Captive Queen

Szymanowski: Stabat Mater

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Pathetique

Enjoying the music just outside of the Pavilion

Enjoying the music just outside of the Pavilion

Community Music School Night 

Musicians from Chicago's network of community music schools will perform a diverse program of chamber and orchestral music on stage at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Come find out about their programs and services. Presented in collaboration with Chicago Consortium of Community Music Schools.

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Concert: Saturday, July 12, 2008, 7:30pm – 10:00am 

Pinchas Zukerman and the Grant Park Orchestra

Pinchas Zukerman and the Grant Park Orchestra

Pinchas Zukerman 

This collaboration with the Jewish United Fund celebrates the Festival debut of the superstar violinist and the 60th Anniversary of the founding of Israel.

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Concert: Sunday, July 13, 2008, 7:15pm – 10:00am 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Pinchas Zukerman, Conductor And Violin

Jeremy Black, Violin

What

Bach: Concerto in D minor for Two Violins and Orchestra

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, Italian

Tchaikovsky: romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy

Guest Conductor Hugh Wolff

Guest Conductor Hugh Wolff

Beethoven's 7th 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Hugh Wolff, Conductor

Leila Josefowicz, Violin

What

Mackey: Lost and Found

Adams: Dharma at Big Sur

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

Gershwin's Greatest Hits

Gershwin's Greatest Hits

Gershwin's Greatest Hits 

The composer's iconic Rhapsody In Blue complements a program of Gershwin's great tunes, sung by veteran Broadway stars.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Kevin Stites, Conductor

Jay Jaski, Director

Harolyn Blackwell, Marin Mazzie, Norman Lewis, And Jason Danieley, Vocalists

Kirill Gerstein, Piano

Grant Park Chorus

Grant Park Chorus

Russian Splendor 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Christopher Bell, Conductor

Joanna Kozlowska, Soprano

Bryan Griffin, Tenor

Darren Stokes, Bass

What

Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain

Borodin: Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor

Rachmaninoff: The Bells

Vittorio Grigolo performing at the Pavoratti Tribute Concert

Vittorio Grigolo performing at the Pavoratti Tribute Concert

Luciano Pavoratti Tribute Concert 

The Italian singing sensation and an heir to Luciano Pavoratti's throne as the king of tenors presents a program of familiar opera arias, Neapolitan songs and pop opera hits from his debut album, Vittorio.

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Concert: Saturday, July 26, 2008, 6:30pm – 10:00am 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Vittorio Grigolo, Tenor

Christopher Bell, Conductor

Christopher Bell, Conductor

Made In America 

Who

Grant Park Chorus

Christopher Bell, Conductor

What

Hovhaness: Lost in Winter Snow

Corigliano: L'invitation au Voyage

Lauridsen: Nocturnes

Copland: Motets

Golijov: Coral del Arrecife from Oceana

Sametz: I Have Had Singing

A Throw of Dice

A Throw of Dice

A Throw Of Dice 

A 1920s Indian classic, a brand new score by composer/DJ Nitin Sawhney and the lush sounds of the live Grant Park Orchestra combine to crate a magical cinematic evening in Millennium Park. U.S. Premiere!

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Stephen Hussey, Conductor

Nitin Sawhney, Keyboards

Giancarlo Guerrero, Conductor

Giancarlo Guerrero, Conductor

Chicago Latino Composers 

Some of Chicago’s best and brightest living Latin American composers are highlighted at these Harris Theater concerts. Works by Ricardo Lorenz, Gustavo Leone, Elbio Rodriguez Barilari, and Osvaldo Golijov will be presented.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Giancarlo Guerrero, Conductor
Michelle Areyzaga, Soprano
Edward Harrison, Maracas

Pink Martini

Pink Martini

Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Jean-Marie Zeitouni, Conductor

Vadim Gluzman, Violin

What

Liadov: Kikimora

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto

Kodaly: Hary Janos Suite

Valentina Lisitsa, Piano

Valentina Lisitsa, Piano

Grieg’s Piano Concerto 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Valentina Lisitsa, Piano

What

Martinu: Memorial To Lidice

Grieg: Piano Concerto

Nielsen: Symphony No. 4, The Inextinguishable

Playback: Valentina Lisitsa Plays Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata

Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra

Act 1: Wagner’s Die Walküre 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Nancy Gustafson, Soprano

Torsten Kerl, Tenor

Kristinn Sigmundsson, Bass

What

Wagner: Die Walküre, Act 1 Concert Version

Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus

Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus

Great Opera Choruses 

The 2008 season concludes in grand style with well known tunes from The Marriage of Figaro, Die Meistersinger, Fidelio, The Flying Dutchman, Boris Godunov, Carmen, Pagliacci, Manon Lescaut, Cavalleria Rusticana, Turandot, Nabucco, and Aida.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Renato Balsadonna, Guest Chorus Director

What

Highlights from The Marriage of Figaro, Die Meistersinger, Fidelio, The Flying Dutchman, Boris Godunov, Carmen, Pagliacci, Manon Lescaut, Cavalleria Rusticana, Turandot, Nabucco, and Aida.

Upcoming View All

Wed, Jul 30, 6:30pm

Symphonie Espagnole

Fri, Aug 1, 6:30pm

Brahms Symphony No. 4

Sat, Aug 2, 7:30pm

Brahms Symphony No. 4

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