2010 Season

Elina Vähälä

Vivaldi: Four Seasons

The Festival's 76th season opens with the Four Seasons, Antonio Vivaldi's beloved masterpiece, performed by Finnish violinist Elina Vähälä, making her Chicago debut. The program also includes Berlioz's Roman Carnival and Respighi's musical depiction of celebrations in the city of Rome, Feste Romane.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Elina Vähälä, Violin

What

Berlioz: Roman Carnival                           
Vivaldi:  Four Seasons                        
Respighi: Feste Romane

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Beethoven

Beethoven: Mass in C Major

This evening of transcendent works includes Beethoven's Mass in C major, Haydn's Te Deum, and Hindemith's Nobilissima Visione, inspired by Giotto's early-14th-century frescoes depicting the life of St. Francis.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Christopher Bell, Chorus Director
Amber Wagner, Soprano
Kathryn Leemhuis, Mezzo Soprano
Bryan Griffin, Tenor
Paul Whelan, Bass

What

Haydn: Te Deum
Hindemith: Nobilissima Visione
Beethoven: Mass, Op. 86, C major

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Pink Martini

Pink Martini

The Grant Park Orchestra is joined by the renowned ensemble Pink Martini, which the New York Times dubbed, “a suave salon orchestra with a singer in a formal dress, ready to take up a torch song, tinkle through a light-classical staple or pick up some south-of-the-border rhythms.”

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Pink Martini

What

Bolero (Ravel)   
Let’s Never Stop Falling in Love (Forbes/Lauderdale) 
Sympathique (Forbes/Lauderdale)
Lilly (Forbes/Lauderdale)
Kikuchiyo to mohshimasu
Uskudar (Traditional) 
The Flying Squirrel (Taylor/Lauderdale)
Splendor in the Grass (Lauderdale/Marashian)  
And then you’re gone (Forbes/Marashian/Lauderdale)
But now I’m back (Marashian/Lauderdale)
La Soledad
Carioca (Youmans/Eliscu/Kahn) 
Hey Eugene (Forbes)
U plavu zoru (Pink Martini)  
Dosvedanya mio bombino (Forbes/Forbes)
Amado mio (Fisher/Roberts)    
Brazil (Barroso)

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Grant Park Chorus

The Pulitzer Project

A fascinating look at three early winners of this important classical music prize: including the rarely heard A Free Song by William Schuman (1943) and Aaron Copland's quintessentially American ballet Appalachian Spring Suite (1945). The program also features Chicago composer Leo Sowerby's The Canticle of the Sun (1946).

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

What

Schuman: A Free Song, Secular Cantata No.2   
Sowerby: The Canticle of the Sun           
Copland: Appalachian Spring: Suite    


Limited free seating for the balconies and the back of the main floor will be available on a first-come basis in the upper level lobby of the Harris Theater starting one hour prior to the performance start-time and seating will open thirty minuets prior to the performance start-time.

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Krzysztof Urbański

Muzyka Polska

In celebration of Chopin's 200th birthday his beloved first Piano Concerto shares the program with Krzesany by Kilar (known for his Oscar-winning score for The Pianist) and Lutosławski's Concerto for Orchestra, a work inspired by rich Polish folklore.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Krzysztof Urbański, Conductor

Krzysztof Jabłoński, Piano

What

Kilar: Krzesany 
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1
Lutosławski: Concerto for Orchestra

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Lane Alexander

Independence Celebration in Millennium Park

Celebrate our country's birthday and musical heritage in a program featuring selections by American composers as well as three Europeans — Dvořák, Johann Strauss, Jr. and Tchaikovsky — whose visits left indelible marks on their music.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Christopher Bell, Conductor
Chicago Human Rhythm Project's BAM!

World Champion Trinity Irish Dancers

What

Key: Star Spangled Banner           
Bernstein: Overture to Candide       
Dvořŕk: Largo from Symphony No. 9 in E minor, From the New World   
Gould: American Salute
Wendel: Sea to Shining Sea                         
Porter: Can Can
Trad/Arr. Tate: 42nd Street Reel                                    
Strauss: Champagne Polka                   
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture                
Sousa: Stars and Stripes forever

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Christopher Bell

Chorus A Cappella: French Sensuality

The Grant Park Chorus has developed a fine reputation for its committed performance of a cappella repertoire. This year the chorus turns its attention to the sensuous world of French music with works by Poulenc, Debussy, and Messiaen.

Who

Grant Park Chorus
Christopher Bell, Chorus Director


What

Saint-Saëns: Deux Choeurs, Op.68

Duruflé: Quatre Motets sur themes Grégoriens

Debussy: Trois Chanson de Charles d'Orleans

Messiaen: O Sacrum Convivium

Poulenc: Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël

Ravel: Trois Chansons

Passereau: Si vous la baisez & Il est bel et bon


Limited free seating for the balconies and the back of the main floor will be available on a first-come basis in the upper level lobby of the Harris Theater starting one hour prior to the performance start-time and seating will open thirty minutes prior to the performance start-time.

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Miguel Harth-Bedoya

Memoria del Fuego

Uruguayan author Galeano's masterpiece, Memory of Fire, is adapted for stage by Goodman Theatre Resident Artistic Associate Henry Godinez and set to a variety of Latin music. Readings in English and Spanish. This concert launches Goodman Theatre's 2010 Latino Theatre Festival.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor
Henry Godinez, Director
Luis Valdez And Artists Of The Goodman Theater

What

Rodriguez: Mosaico Mexicano
Lopez: América Salvaje
Soro: Danza Fantástica
Mejia: Pequeńa Suite
Errazuriz: La Caravana
Ginastera: Malambo from Estancia, Op. 8a
Revueltas: Selections from La Noche de los Mayas

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Xian Zhang

Sibelius: Symphony No. 2

Chinese-American conductor Xian Zhang will take the podium for a program featuring the great Finnish composer's heroic symphony, the Orchestral Suite from Prokofiev's opera The Love for Three Oranges, and Antiphony, a recent work by Chinese composer Chen-Yi.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Xian Zhang, Conductor

What

Chen-Yi: Ge Xu (Antiphony)   
Prokofiev: The Love for Three Oranges: Symphonic Suite
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2

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Hans Graf

Petrushka

This program of infectious melodies and vivid harmonies of two Russian masters includes Tchaikovsky's work inspired by Shakespeare's magical last play, The Tempest, and his Variations on a Rococo Theme, plus Stravinsky's ballet about a puppet come to life at a country fair, Petrushka.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Hans Graf, Conductor

Alban Gerhardt, Cello

What

Tchaikovsky: The Tempest: Fantasy—Overture, op.18   
Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, op. 33   
Stravinsky: Petrushka

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Julian Kuerti

The Magic Toy Shop

This family oriented concert includes Respighi's La Boutique Fantasque, with its depiction of the joyful dances of dolls in a toy shop come to life, as well as Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, a perfect introduction to the orchestral instruments.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Julian Kuerti, Conductor

What

Respighi: La Boutique Fantasque
Brahms: Haydn Variations
Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

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Planet Earth Live

Planet Earth Live

BBC Earth presents its ground-breaking nature documentary as it makes its world-premiere tour, featuring a score by two-time Emmy Award winning composer George Fenton, who also conducts. Planet Earth Live screens on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage with the Grant Park Orchestra performing the score along with the nature documentary. This astonishing film will, in the words of David Attenborough, "take you to the last wildernesses and show you the planet and its wildlife as you have never seen them before."

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

George Fenton, Conductor

What

Overture
First Steps
Gone Fishing!
Journey to the Okavango
The Snow Leopard
The Cranes
Wish You Were Here! (Nice Work if you Can Get It)
Intermission
The Seasons
Caves
The Caribou Migration
Snow Geese
The Hunter and The Hunted
The Lucky Planet

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Sir Michael Tippett

A Child of Our Time

The English composer and pacifist Sir Michael Tippett's bold and massive choral work, written during the Second World War, explores an act of Jewish resistance.  Among the piece's influences are African American spirituals and the music of Bach.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Christopher Bell, Conductor

Jonita Lattimore, Soprano

Anita Krause, Mezzo Soprano

Garrett Sorenson, Tenor

John Relyea, Bass

What

Tippett: A Child of Our Time

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Hannu Lintu

The Fairy’s Kiss

Franz Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2, which embodies both his creative genius and flamboyant showmanship, shares the program with Stravinsky's luminous ballet The Fairy's Kiss ( based on a tale by Hans Christian Andersen), and Tchaikovsky's joyful Capriccio Italien.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Hannu Lintu, Conductor

Markus Groh, Piano

What

Stravinsky: The Fairy’s Kiss

Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2, A major

Tchaikovsky: Cappriccio Italien

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Enrique Barrios

From Huapango to Danzón

The Grant Park Orchestra joins Mexico's 2010 Commemorations with an evening of classical music by Mexican composers.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Enrique Barrios, Conductor

What

Moncayo: Huapango
Galindo: Sones de Mariachi
Chávez: Sinfonía India
Hernández-Medrano: Homenaje a Copland
Revueltas: Homenaje a Federico Garcia Lorca
Zyman: Encuentros
Márquez: Danzón No. 2

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Christian Tetzlaff

Violinist Christian Tetzlaff Returns

This delightfully varied program begins with the rousing Lollapalooza by John Adams and continues with Dvorák's folk-inspired Violin Concerto, and ends with Shostakovich's enigmatic Symphony No. 9, composed at the end of the Second World War.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Christian Tetzlaff, Violin

What

Adams: Lollapalooza

Dvořák: Violin Concerto

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9

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Ryan Opera Center

Mozart and Rossini Finales with Ryan Opera Center

The Festival collaborates with Lyric Opera's Ryan Opera Center and its ensemble of rising vocal stars for an evening of opera scenes including La Cenerentola and L'Italiana in Algieri by Rossini and Mozart's Don Giovanni and Le Nozze di Figaro.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Artists Of The Ryan Opera Center

What

Rossini: La Cenerentola, Finale Act 1

Mozart: Don Giovanni, Finale

Rossini: L’Italiana in Algieri, Finale Act 1

Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro, Finale Act 2


****  IMPORTANT UPDATE ABOUT THESE CONCERTS ****

Due to high demand, there are no longer free, reserved balcony seats available. Unlike other concerts in the Harris Theater, there will be NO WALK-UP FREE seating for these programs.
 
If you have already made a reservation for free seating, please pick up your tickets in the upper level lobby of the Harris Theater anytime starting one hour prior to the performance. 2010 Grant Park Music Festival Season Members will receive access to reserved seating on the main floor, as at other programs in the Harris Theater.
 
Again, due to high demand, there are NO LONGER FREE SEATS AVAILABLE for either night.

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Toumani Diabaté

Toumani Diabaté: Kora Music from West Africa

World-renowned kora player from Mali and his ensemble join the Grant Park Orchestra to perform an adaption of his recent album, The Mandé Variations and other works.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Toumani Diabaté, Kora

What

Mandé Variations

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Dvořák

Dvorák: Requiem

The Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus provide a rare opportunity to hear Dvořák's richly expressive and passionate choral masterpiece; this work was among the most popular choral works of his lifetime.

Horacio Gutierrez

Brahms and Bizet

An evening exploring the legacy of national traditions includes Saint-Saëns' Marche Militaire Francaise, Bizet's vivacious Symphony No.1 and Brahm's Piano Concerto No. 1 interpreted by renowned Cuban-born pianist Horacio Gutierrez.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Horacio Gutiérrez, Piano

What

Saint-Saëns: Marche Militaire Francaise

Bizet: Symphony No. 1 in C major

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1

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Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra

Mahler: Symphony No. 2

This masterpiece is among music's most monumental experiences.  This season-ending program is also a special celebration of Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar's 10th Anniversary with the Grant Park Music Festival.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Karina Gauvin, Soprano

Allyson McHardy, Mezzo Soprano

What

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor “Resurrection”

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