2011 Season

Hector Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique is featured on Opening Night

Opening Night: Symphonie Fantastique

Summer begins with two thrilling French musical explorations: Ravel's encounter with American jazz performed by the great pianist Jean-Philippe Collard and Berlioz's epic voyage into heartbreak and hallucination.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Jean-Philippe Collard, Piano

What

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major       
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique   

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Mendelssohn's Lobegesang celebrates the invention of the Gutenberg Press.

Mendelssohn and Peace on Earth

Felix Mendelssohn's 1840 work for chorus and orchestra, the Lobgesang, is an ode to the power of books and human ingenuity. The program opens with Arnold Schoenberg's unique early work Friede auf Erden (Peace on Earth) which showcases the chorus.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Tamara Wilson, Soprano

Maire O’Brien, Soprano

Brendan Tuohy, Tenor

What

Schoenberg: Friede auf Erden

Mendelssohn: Lobgesang

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Regina Carter, violinist

Regina Carter Reverse Thread Project

The great jazz violinist performs Billy Childs' Violin Concerto, a moving lament for those lost in the Iraq war, followed by works from her latest CD, the Reverse Thread Project.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Regina Carter, Violin

Yacouba Sissoko, Kora

Will Holshouser, Accordion

Chris Lightcap, Bass

Alvester Garnett, Drums

What

Childs: Violin Concerto

Ellington: The River

Carter: Reverse Thread (without orchestra)

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Latin America

Latin Works for Orchestra

PLEASE NOTE CONCERT TIME CHANGE: FRIDAY'S CONCERT WILL BEGIN AT 7:30PM. Carlos Kalmar leads a tour of his native continent with such works as a suite from Mexican Carlos Chavez's futuristic ballet originally created with Diego Rivera, Brazilian Villa Lobos' work inspired by an Amazonian bird, Chicago-based composer Elbio Barilari's work exploring the Latin American dance form Canyengue and Argentinian composer Ginastera's work paying tribute to cellist Pablo Casals.

Who

The Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

What

Barilari: Canyengue

Carreno: Margaritena

Villa-Lobos: Uirapuru

Chavez: Suite de Caballos de Vapor (Horse Power Suite)

Ginastera: Glosses sobre temes de Pau Casals, Op.48

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The Grant Park Chorus

American a Cappella

The Grant Park Chorus and Director Christopher Bell (celebrating his 10th season with the Festival) take a tour of eclectic new American works for chorus. This program is being recorded for what will become the chorus' first-ever a cappella CD.

Who

Grant Park Chorus

Christopher Bell, Conductor

What

Betinis: Toward Sunshine, Toward Freedom: Songs of Smaller Creatures             

Kesselman: Buzzings: Three pieces for Mixed Chorus    

Whitacre: When David Heard                   

Garrop: Sonnets of Desire, Longing, and Whimsy       

Menotti: Regina Caeli                        

Del Tredici: Acrostic Song from Final Alice    

Rorem: Seven Motets for the Church Year

Crabtree: Five Romantic Miniatures from The Simpsons
Abe, Lisa, Homer, Marge & Homer   

Whitacre: Sleep

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Mahler's Song of the Earth is inspired by Chinese poetry and culture

Mahler: Song of the Earth

One of Mahler's final works, this series of songs based on Chinese classical poetry runs the gamut of human experiences with meditations on love, nature, drinking, solitude and the passing of time. The evening opens with Polish composer Lutosławski's tribute to Bartók.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra 

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Alexandra Petersamer, Mezzo-Soprano

Christian Elsner, Tenor

What

Lutosławski: Musique Funebre

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (Song of the Earth)

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Christopher Bell

Independence Celebration

This musical celebration of the meaning of America features many beloved favorites as well as a few surprises.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Christopher Bell, Conductor

Artists From Remy Bumppo Theatre

What

Key/Smith: Star Spangled Banner 

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man

Bagley: National Emblem March

Copland: Hoe-down from Rodeo

Sousa: Belle of Chicago

Arr. Lowden: Armed Forces Salute     

Offenbach: Can Can from Orpheus in the Underworld 

Wendel: St. Bailey’s Rag 

Cohan: Star Spangled Spectacular            

Ward/arr. Dragon: America the Beautiful

Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever

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Andrew Grams

American and Russian Landscapes

This program features a pair of works inspired by composers' immersion in their native lands. Tchaikovsky's symphony emerged from a vacation to Ukraine and draws on local folk music, while Aaron Copland's suite is taken from an opera of the same name inspired by James Agee's photographs of the Great Depression.

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Concert: Wednesday, July 6, 2011, 6:30pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Andrew Grams, Guest Conductor

What

Borodin: Prince Igor: Overture
Copland: The Tender Land: Suite
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2, Little Russian

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Alondra de la Parra

Spanish Guitar and Alondra de la Parra

One of the world's rising young conductors makes her Grant Park debut with a masterpiece of Spanish classical guitar, featuring soloist David Russell, plus Dvořák's renowned symphony.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Alondra De La Parra, Guest Conductor

David Russell, Guitar

What

Marquez: Leyenda de Miliano               
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez            
Dvořák: Symphony No. 7

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Broadway Rocks!

Broadway Rocks

This rousing evening will be packed with songs from some of the most electrifying shows to hit the Great White Way in recent decades: Hairspray, Rent, Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia, Tommy, and more.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Randall Craig Fleischer, Guest Conductor

Christianne Noll, Vocalist

Capathia Jenkins, Vocalist

Rob Evan, Vocalist

Doug LaBrecque, Vocalist

Chicago Gay Men's Chorus

What

Broadway blockbusters from some of the most electrifying shows ever to hit the Great White Way: Hairspray, Rent, Mamma Mia, Tommy, Phantom of the Opera and more!

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Krzysztof Penderecki

Penderecki Conducts Penderecki

The great contemporary Polish composer, whose work has been a touchstone in his home country and beyond since the 1950s, comes to Millennium Park to conduct his own composition featuring three solo cellists as well as Beethoven's heroic early symphony.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Krzysztof Penderecki, Guest Conductor

Julie Albers, Cello

Kira Kraftzoff, Cello

Amit Peled, Cello

What

Penderecki: Concerto Grosso No. 1 for Three Cellos and Orchestra

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (Eroica)

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Kwamé Ryan

Kwame Ryan

Schumann's grand, romantic symphony shares the program with Ravel's stirring suite written to commemorate friends killed during WWI and a work by Swiss composer Rolf Liebermann.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Kwamé Ryan, Guest Conductor

What

Liebermann: Furioso   
Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Schumann: Symphony No. 2, Op.61

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Fauré's Requiem

Choral Masterpieces: Bernstein and Faure

Leonard Bernstein's choral setting of the Psalms of David (which features musical material from early sketches for West Side Story) is followed by the magnificent late 19th century requiem by Fauré.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Grant Park Chorus

Christopher Bell, Conductor

Ryan Belongie, Counter Tenor

Lindsay Metzger, Soprano

Keven Keys, Baritone

What

Bernstein: Chichester Psalms

Bach: Cantata No. 170 (Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust)
Fauré: Requiem

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Sergei Prokofiev

Prokofiev Symphony No. 7

Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu begins his week-long residency with the Grant Park Music Festival with a program featuring Prokofiev's final symphony paired with contemporary composer Shchedrin's concerto for orchestra inspired by Russian traveling carnivals.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Hannu Lintu, Guest Conductor

What

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 7

Shchedrin: Concerto for Orchestra No. 3 (Old Russian Circus Music) 

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Hannu Lintu

Sibelius Epic Finland

A rare chance to hear Sibelius' early work (revised at the end of his life), based on the great national Finnish epic, the Kalevala, the source of more than a dozen of his most important compositions. Rachmaninoff's portrait of psychological angst set against the changing of the seasons completes the evening exploring northern landscapes.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Grant Park Chorus

Hannu Lintu, Guest Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Johanna Rusanen, Soprano

Ville Rusanen, Baritone

What

Rachmaninoff: Vesna (Spring), Op. 20        
Sibelius: Kullervo, Op. 7

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Jennifer Koh

Jennifer Koh Returns

Carlos Kalmar returns for the final three weeks of the Festival's ten week season. He shares the stage with festival favorite, violinist Jennifer Koh, for a night of Britten and Brahms.

Singers from the Ryan Opera Center

Ryan Opera Center

The gifted young singers of the Lyric Opera's training program return for an evening of great operatic scenes.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Ensemble Members Of The Patrick G. And Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center

Jack Zimmerman, Narrator

What

Mozart: The Impresario
Donizetti: Don Pasquale: Act II
Rossini: Cenerentola: Act II

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Mozart

Mozart and Strauss

Carlos Kalmar leads a celebration of the music of his country of residence as part of a week-long celebration of Austrian music.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

What

Marches, Polkas, Waltzes from Austria

The Book with Seven Seals

The Book with Seven Seals

This 20th century masterpiece (1937) for orchestra and chorus by Franz Schmidt vividly narrates the apocalypse.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Grant Park Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

William Spaulding, Guest Chorus Director

Edith Lienbacher, Soprano

Christa Ratzenböck, Mezzo-Soprano

Robert Künzli, Tenor

Alexander Kaimbacher, Tenor

Albert Pesendorfer, Bass

What

Schmidt: The Book with Seven Seals


SPECIAL LYRICS PILOT EXPERIMENT: Using your cellular
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John Adam's Chairman Dances & Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10

Shostakovich Symphony No. 10

These works focus on two of the 20th century's political giants in radically different ways. John Adams' short orchestral work about Mao is drawn from his opera Nixon in China and Shostakovich's cathartic symphony was written in the wake of Stalin's death. This program is part of the Soviet Arts Experience festival.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

What

Adams: The Chairman Dances (from the opera Nixon in China)  Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10, Op.93

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Verdi

Closing Night Verdi Requiem

Millennium Park will be filled with the thunderous and soaring sounds of Verdi's great Requiem Mass featuring four outstanding soloists and the world-class Grant Park Chorus as the 2011 season comes to a majestic close.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Grant Park Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

William Spaulding, Guest Chorus Director

Amber Wagner, Soprano

Michaela Martens, Mezzo-Soprano

Michael Fabiano, Tenor

Kyle Ketelsen, Bass

What

Verdi: Requiem

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