2009 Season

Stephen Hough

Tchaikovsky Opening Night

Stephen Hough, the world-renowned British-born pianist, inaugurates the season with Tchaikovsky's beloved Piano Concerto No. 1.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Stephen Hough, Piano

What

Key/Arr. Toscanini: Star Spangled Banner

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

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Denis Sedov

Bernstein on the Waterfront

Bernstein's celebration of urban waterfronts is paired with Shostakovich's monumental hymn to Russian forests in a tour-de-force of music evoking nature.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

John Horton Murray, Tenor

Denis Sedov, Bass

Chicago Children's Choir

What

Kernis: Too Hot Toccata

Bernstein: On the Waterfront: Symphonic Suite

Shostakovich: Song of the Forests, op. 81

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Modest Mussorgsky

Pictures at an Exhibition

The masterful musical tour of an art gallery by Mussorgsky will share the bill with Bernstein's On the Waterfront.

Where & When

Harris Theater for Music and Dance
Concert: Saturday, June 13, 2009, 7:30pm – 9:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

What

Kernis: Too Hot Toccata
Bernstein: On the Waterfront: Symphonic Suite
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

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James Ehnes

Enigma Variations

Walton's Violin Concerto presented along with Elgar's set of fourteen variations portraying various members of his circle of friends in a fascinating musical representation of human personalities.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

James Ehnes, Violin

What

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves

Walton: Violin Concerto

Elgar : Enigma Variations, Op. 36

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Burnham’s Plan and Rachmaninoff’s 3rd

Burnham’s Plan and Rachmaninoff’s 3rd

The world-premiere of Plans by acclaimed composer Michael Torke marks the opening of a city-wide Burnham Centennial celebration. Also on the program is Rachmaninoff's passionate Piano Concerto No. 3.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Jon Kimura Parker, Piano

Jonita Lattimore, Soprano

Bryan Griffin, Tenor

What

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 30

Torke: Plans

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Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan

Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitln

One of Mexico's most acclaimed mariachi ensembles joins the Grant Park Orchestra for a festive night of serenading and celebration.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitln

What

Chavez: Chapultepec

Guizar: Guadalajara

Traditional: Cielito Lindo Huasteco, Selections from Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitln

Ponce: Gavota
Satie/Gabriel: Gymnopedie no. 1 Amor Eterno, Selections from Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitln 

Revueltas: Janitzio
Fuentes/Varga: La Negra 

Traditional: Popurri a Venezuela

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American Music from the 1930s

American Music from the 1930s

Journey back to the decade of the Grant Park Music Festival's birth. This timely and revealing exploration of American music from the 1930s will be presented along with an historical overview by City of Chicago Cultural Historian, Tim Samuelson.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

What

Barber: Overture to School for Scandal

Sowerby: Prairie
Still: African American Symphony

Gershwin: Of Thee I Sing

Carpenter: Sea Drift, Symphonic Poem

Schuman: American Festival Overture

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The Grant Park Chorus

Exploring Music With Bill McGlaughlin: Made in America

Chorus Director Christopher Bell leads a tour of some of the most stirring American choral works from recent decades, including pieces by Barber, Copland, and Corigliano.

Who

Grant Park Chorus

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

What

Hovaness: A Rose Tree Blossoms

Corigliano: L’invitation au Voyage

Lauridsen: Nocturnes: Soneto De La Noche

Copland: Four Motets

Crabtree: Five Romantic Miniatures (from The Simpsons)

Barber: Sure On This Shining Night

Sametz: I Have Had Singing

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Concertgoers sprawl across the lawn in Grant Park, 1939.

Gala 75th Season Concert

Travel back in time to the year of the Grant Park Music Festival's founding in 1935, with a program that recreates the very first Grant Park orchestral concert.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

TBD Guest Narrator

What

Wagner: Tannhuser: Arrival Of The Guests, At The Wartburg

Thomas: Mignon: Overture

Alfven: Midsommarvaka, Op.19 (Midsummer Vigil; Swedish Rhapsody No. 1)

Glazunov: Ruses D’amour Ballet Suite: Introduction, Valse, Grand Pas Des Fiances

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

Powell: Natchez-On-The-Hill, Three Virginia Country, Dances

German: Henry Viii: Three Dances: Morris Dance, Shepherd’s Dance, Torch Dance

J. Strauss, Jr.: On The Beautiful Blue Danube Op. 314

Meacham: American Patrol March

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Lane Alexander

Independence Day in Millenium Park

Join us for a new Independence Day tradition as the Grant Park Orchestra presents the first-ever July 4th concert at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, featuring tap dancer Lane Alexander.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Christopher Bell, Conductor

Lane Alexander, Tap Dancer

What

Francis Scott Key: Star Spangled Banner

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man

Ron Nelson: Savannah River Holiday

Katherine Gladney Wells: Minor Reflection

Morton Gould: from Converto for Tap Dancer and Orchestra: Tocatta, Minuet, Rondo

Ward/Arr. Dragon: America the Beautiful

Steffe/Arr. Wilhousky: Battle Hymn of the Republic

Tchaikovsky: Overture 1812

Sousa: Stars and Stripes Forever

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Anton Bruckner

Bruckner's 4th

Bask in the sweeping romanticism of one of the 19th century's most mesmerizing, large-scale symphonies, by the great Austrian composer.

Pirates of Penzance

Pirates of Penzance and the Mikado

Selection from two of Gilbert and Sullivan's most adored comic operettas, with a witty dose of contemporary tongue-in-cheek commentary.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Christopher Bell, Conductor

Kathryn Kamp, Soprano

Frances McCafferty, Mezzo Soprano

Hoss Brock, Tenor

Richard Suart, Baritone

Andrew Schultze, Bass

What

Gilbert and Sullivan: Selections from Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado

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Mother Goose

Dances And Fairytales

Venture to the underworld, the fairy tales of Mother Goose and exotic realms in this program of pieces by Ravel, Offenbach, Franck, and Roussel.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Gilbert Varga, Conductor

What

Offenbach: Orpheus in the Underworld: Overture

Franck: Le Chausser Maudit

Ravel: Mother Goose Suite

Roussel: Bacchus et Arianne Suite No. 2

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Karen Gomyo

Khachaturian’s Spartacus

An evening featuring Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1 and culminating in the Suite from Spartacus, one of the 20th century's most riveting ballet scores.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Kirill Karabits, Conductor

Karen Gomyo, Violinist

What

Silvestrov: Serenade of Parting

Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1, Opus 99

Khachaturian: Suite from Spartacus

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Luna Negra

Luna Negra And Luciana Souza

A match made in heaven, as the Grant Park Orchestra is joined by Brazilian jazz singer Luciana Souza and Chicago's own Luna Negra Dance Theater, presenting works inspired by Spanish and Latin flavors.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Tito Munoz, Conductor

Luciana Souza, Vocalist

Luna Negra Dance Theater

Eduardo Vilaro, Founder And Artistic Director

What

Copland: Danzn Cubano

Trad/Arr. Barilari: Tango

Vitrola: La Cumparsita, El Lloron (Mionga), Pena Mulata, El Portenito

Rodrigo/Arr. Goldstein after Davis: Concierto de Aranjuez

Revueltas: Sensemay

Cugat/Arr. Morales: Cugat: Old Fashioned (Beguine), Besame Mucho, Mambo Gordo

Souza: Duets

Sierra: Fandangos

Souza/ Arr. Goldstein: Bossa Nova: Sai Dessa, Trocando en Miudos, Corcovado, Chlorinho pra ele

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Nicole Cabell

Opera Hits on Venetian Night

Sensuous arias featuring Nicole Cabell and Russell Thomas, with fireworks over the lakefront and echoes of Venice will make this one of the most unforgettable nights of the summer.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Juanjo Mena, Conductor

Nicole Cabell, Soprano

Russell Thomas, Tenor

What

Bizet: Carmen Suite No. 1

Gounod: Jewel Song from Faust

Gounod: Ah, lve-toi, soleil! from Romeo et Juliette

Gounod: Va, je t'ais pardonne from Romeo et Juliette Act IV

Rossini: Overture II baribiere di Siviglia

Donizetti: Una furtiva lagrima from L'Elisir d'Amore Act II

Rossini: Una voce poco fa from Barbiere di Siviglia Act I

Donizetti: Una parola, O Adina from L'Elisir d'Amore Act I

Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana

Puccini: Che gelida manina from La Boheme, Mi chiamano Mimi from La Boheme, O soave fanciulla from La Boheme Encore

Verdi: Brindisi Libiamo from La Traviata Act I

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Pietari Inkinen

Sibelius Symphony No. 1

A program of Sibelius, Prt, and Rautavaara will transport audiences to the twilight Baltic north, led by Pietari Inkinen, one of Finland's most celebrated conductors.

Allyson McHardy

The Dream Of Gerontius

Experience one of the great, if seldom heard, English-language choral works, Elgar's gripping voyage through life's end and into the unknown.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Allyson McHardy, Mezzo Soprano

John Mac Master, Tenor

Paul Whelan, Bass

What

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius

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Ingrid Fliter

Mendelssohn & Haydn

Ingrid Fliter, 2006 Gilmore Artist Award-winning pianist, returns to perform Schuman's Piano Concerto in A Minor.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Ingrid Fliter, Piano

What

Mendelssohn: Overture to Ruy Blas, Op. 95

Schumann: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54

Haydn: Symphony No. 103, E-flat major

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Gustav Mahler

Mahler’s 9th

Maestro Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra present their interpretation of one of the summits of the symphonic form, Mahler's shattering, final completed symphony.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

What

Mahler: Symphony No. 9

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Italian Variations

Italian Variations

Three very different composers offer unique visions of Italy: Richard Strauss' Aus Italien, a Rossini-inspired piece by Benjamin Britten, and a work by Italian modernist Luciano Berio

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

What

Britten: Matines musicales, Opus 24 (after Rossini)

Berio: Ritirata notturna di Madrid (after Boccherini)

Strauss: Aus Italien, Opus 16

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Jason Grant

Beethoven’s 9th

The season ends with Beethoven's monumental, career-capping masterpiece, with its transformative ‘Ode to Joy' choral ending.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Amber Wagner, Soprano

Kathryn Leemhuis, Mezzo Soprano

John McVeigh, Tenor

Jason Grant, Bass

What

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, op. 125

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