2008 Season

Highlights from the 2008 Season included Pinchas Zukerman's Festival debut; U.S. Premiere of ‘A Throw of Dice' film with orchestral accompaniment; Venetian Night Luciano Pavarotti Tribute Concert; and Opera Week.

James Ehnes, Violin

Barber and Brahms

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, June 11, 2008, 6:30pm – 10:00pm 

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

Missa Solemnis

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

Take A Friend To The Orchestra

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Maria del Mar Bonet

Maria Del Mar Bonet

Where & When

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

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Harris Theater for Music and Dance

A German Requiem

Where & When

Harris Theater for Music and Dance
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

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

Exploring Music With Bill McGlaughlin: America Then and Now

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Bill McGlaughlin, Narrator

Independence Eve Concert 2008

Independence Eve At Grant Park

Where & When

Petrillo Bandshell
Thursday, July 3, 2008, 8:00pm – 10:00am 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Christopher Bell, 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

Pinchas Zukerman and the Grant Park Orchestra

Pinchas Zukerman

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
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

Beethoven's 7th

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 16, 2008, 6:30pm – 10:00am 

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

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

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

Luciano Pavoratti Tribute Concert

Where & When

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

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Vittorio Grigolo, Tenor

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

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 30, 2008, 8:00pm – 10:00am 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Stephen Hussey, Conductor

Nitin Sawhney, Keyboards

Giancarlo Guerrero, Conductor

Chicago Latino Composers

Who

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

Pink Martini

Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, August 6, 2008, 6:30pm – 10:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Jean-Marie Zeitouni, Conductor

Vadim Gluzman, Violin

What

Liadov: Kikimora

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto

Kodaly: Hary Janos Suite

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

Act 1: Wagner’s Die Walküre

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, August 13, 2008, 6:30pm – 10:30pm 

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

Great Opera Choruses

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.