2012 Season

Carlos Kalmar leads the Grant Park Orchestra on Opening Night of the 78th Season

Opening Night

Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra open the 2012 season with masterpieces by Elgar and Dvořák, joined by Festival favorite, German cellist Alban Gerhardt.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Alban Gerhardt, Cello

What

Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance No. 1
Elgar: Cello Concerto
Dvořák: Symphony No. 8

Listen Live on 98.7 WFMT

Program Notes PDF

Michael Gandolfi's world-premiere work Only Converge: An Exaltation of Place is inspired by Chicago's history.

An Exaltation of Place

The Grant Park Chorus begins its 50th anniversary celebration with two performances of a world-premiere work by American composer Michael Gandolfi, inspired by Chicago history.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

What

Liszt: Les Préludes

Schuman: A Free Song

Handel: Royal Fireworks Music
Gandolfi: Only Converge: An Exaltation of Place

Program Notes PDF

Pianist Steven Osborne performs with the Grant Park Orchestra

Mozart's Jupiter Symphony

A program of youthful music - though Mozart was only 32 when he wrote the Jupiter, it was to be his last symphony. Richard Strauss composed Don Juan when he was only 24, and Benjamin Britten's Piano Concert was written at the age of 25.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Steven Osborne, Piano

What

Strauss: Don Juan

Britten: Piano Concerto

Mozart: Symphony No. 41, Jupiter
Listen Live on 98.7 WFMT

Program Notes PDF

Koen Kessels conducts an evening of ballet music

An American in Paris

Guest artist Koen Kessels conducts the Grant Park Orchestra at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion for an evening of two audience favorites--Ravel's Bolero and George Gershwin's An American in Paris.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Koen Kessels, Guest Conductor

What

Gershwin: An American in Paris

Bizet: L'Arlésienne
Lalo: Namouna
Ravel: Bolero

Program Notes PDF

The simulcast of the Paris Opéra Ballet production of Giselle is presented by the Harris Theater and the Grant Park Orchestra, in collaboration with Millennium Park, Inc. and DCASE

Paris Opera Ballet Simulcast

Experience the nation's first-ever free, outdoor simulcast of a live ballet performance by a major international company, the Paris Opéra Ballet. The simulcast of the iconic ballet "Giselle" will be broadcast on a state-of-the-art 18' x 32' LED screen located on the Jay Pritzker stage in Millennium Park. Note: Rain Date is Thursday, June 28.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Koen Kessels, Guest Conductor

Artists Of The Paris Opéra Ballet

What

Adam: Giselle

Program Notes PDF

The Grant Park Chorus joins renowned soloists and the Grant Park Orchestra for Hadyn's Harmoniemesse.

Golden Anniversary Choral Spectacular

The Grant Park Chorus celebrates its 50th anniversary with a special performance featuring Carlos Kalmar and Christopher Bell sharing the podium for an unforgettable evening, culminating in a performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.

Who

Grant Park Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Christopher Bell, Conductor

Anima, Guest Children's Choir

Saira Frank, Soprano

Mary MacKenzie, Soprano

Sarah Ponder, Mezzo-Soprano

Hoss Brock, Tenor

Peder Reiff, Tenor

Dan Eifert, Bass

Tom Hall, Bass

What

Stravinsky: Les Noces

Whitacre: Cloudburst

Tormis: Raua Needmine

Orff: Carmina Burana

Program Notes PDF

Conductor Christopher Bell leads the Grant Park Chorus in an Independence Day Celebration

Independence Day Celebration

A celebration of the United States' 236th birthday with beloved favorites—and a few surprises—by Gershwin, Copland, Bernstein, Sousa, and others who have created music that distills America's spirit and renews our pride.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Christopher Bell, Conductor
Paul Corona, Baritone

What

Bernstein: Candide: Overture

Gould: Amber Waves

Williams: Olympic Fanfare and Theme

Copland: Old American Songs

Grofé: Mississippi Suite

Gershwin: Girl Crazy: Overture

Wendell: Sea to Shining Sea

Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever
Listen Live on 98.7 WFMT

Program Notes PDF

Sebastian Currier's Sleepers and Dreamers was commissioned in honor of the Grant Park Chorus' 50th Anniversary

Sleepers and Dreamers

The Festival continues its celebration of the Grant Park Chorus' 50th anniversary with a second world-premiere commission by Sebastian Currier that explores the remote and mysterious world of sleep.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Christopher Bell, Chorus Director
Levi Hernandez, Baritone

What

Brahms: Tragic Overture
Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs
Strauss: Death and Transfiguration
Currier: Sleepers and Dreamers

Program Notes PDF

Frozen Planet in Concert

Frozen Planet in Concert

After thrilling audiences with Planet Earth Live! in 2010, composer-conductor George Fenton returns with Frozen Planet, the "ultimate polar expedition" that brings images of the Arctic and Antarctic from the BBC/Discovery Channel series.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

George Fenton, Guest Conductor

What

Fenton: Frozen Planet

Overture

The Polar Bear Story

The Melt
Open Water
Mile after Mile
Antarctica! (includes You'll Never Walk Alone, Rodgers and Hammerstein)

INTERMISSION

Living Ice
The Adelies
A Brief Encounter
Maiden Flight
The Ultimate Survivors
The Wave
The Spirit of Antarctica

Program Notes PDF

Join the Grant Park Music Festival for an evening of Broadway music by composer Frank Loesser

Perfectly Frank: From Broadway to Hollywood

This concert highlights the work of one of the great classic Broadway composers, Frank Loesser, whose much loved works include Guys and Dolls (1950), The Most Happy Fella (1956), and How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying (1961).

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Members Of The Grant Park Chorus

Kevin Stites, Guest Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Rebecca Luker
Marin Mazzie
Jason Danieley
Howard McGillin

What

Selection of works by Frank Loesser

Program Notes PDF

Rossen Milanov guest conducts violinist Mikhail Simonyan and the Grant Park Orchestra

Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances

Instilled with Armenian spirit, Khachaturian's dazzling violin concerto is presented with Rachmaninov's masterwork, originally composed for two pianos.

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Concert: Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Rossen Milanov, Guest Conductor
Mikhail Simonyan, Violin

What

Khachaturian: Violin Concerto
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances

Program Notes PDF

The Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus perform Leighton's Hymn to Matter and Rossini's Stabat Mater

Rossini: Stabat Mater

Christopher Bell leads the orchestra and chorus in Rossini's solemn, late work and British composer Kenneth Leighton's hymn about the quest for truth and unity.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
Christopher Bell, Conductor
Jonita Lattimore, Soprano
Jennifer Holloway, Mezzo-Soprano
René Barbera, Tenor
Ryan McKinny, Bass

What

Rossini: William Tell: Overture
Leighton: Hymn to Matter
Rossini: Stabat Mater

Program Notes PDF

Guest conductor James Gaffigan leads percussionst Martin Grubinger in Dorman's Frozen in Time

Frozen in Time

Commissioned for percussionist Martin Grubinger, Frozen in Time takes a journey through time and across the globe.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
James Gaffigan, Guest Conductor
Martin Grubinger, Percussion

What

Dorman: Frozen in Time
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5
Listen Live on 98.7 WFMT

Program Notes PDF

Jun Märkl guest conducts the Grant Park Orchestra in audience favorite Beethoven's Fifth Symphony

Beethoven's Fifth Symphony

With its famous opening gesture and uplifting emotional message, Beethoven's Fifth is the archetypal example of the form. Also featured on the program are two works inspired by Egypt.

Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade is inspired by The Arabian Nights (Photo credit: Walker Art Museum)

Scheherazade

This pair of adventurous musical voyages will entice audiences of all ages. Rimsky-Korsakov's lush music, inspired by stories from The Arabian Nights, is paired with a 1914 work from Chicago composer John Alden Carpenter that follows the rollicking travels through the city of a baby in a buggy.

Violinist Chee-Yun joins the Grant Park Orchestra for a night of Latin American and Spanish music inside the Harris Theater

The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

The master of Argentinian tango's homage to the changing seasons in his home country provides a new twist on Vivaldi's famous work, along with Latin American and Spanish masterpieces.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Chee-Yun, Violin
Sarah Ponder, Mezzo-Soprano

What

Ginastera: Estancia: Four Dances
Piazzolla: Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
De Falla: Three-Cornered Hat

Program Notes PDF

Tanja Tetzlaff makes her Grant Park Music Festival debut, joining her brother and frequent collaborator, Festival favorite Christian Tetzlaff

Brahms' Double Concerto

A program from the heart of the German music tradition, featuring works by three of the great 19th century composers. Popular Festival guest artist, violinist Christian Tetzlaff returns, joined by his sister and frequent collaborator, cellist Tanja Tetzlaff.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Christian Tetzlaff, Violin
Tanja Tetzlaff, Cello

What

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture
Brahms: Double Concerto
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 1
Listen Live on 98.7 WFMT

Program Notes PDF

The Festival brings Haydn's The Seasons to Millennium Park.

Haydn: The Seasons

Rich with evocations of the natural world, Haydn's ebullient oratorio conjures up festive wine parties, thunderstorms, hunting expeditions, peasant dances, and a stirring ode to labor.

Rising stars from the Lyric Opera's Ryan Opera Center perform scenes from Mozart and Strauss

Ryan Opera Center: Mozart and Strauss

A chance to hear rising opera stars from the Lyric Opera's renowned professional artist-development program as they perform great ensemble scenes from a pair of sophisticated and touching operas.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

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

What

Mozart: Cosě fan tutte (Excerpts from Act I)

Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (Final Scene)

Program Notes PDF

In Dvořák's The Spectre's Bride, a young girl is swept away by a ghostly rider

Dvorák: The Spectre's Bride

Dvořák's haunting, underperformed cantata, based on a legend about a young girl who is swept away by a ghostly rider, provides a galloping and suspenseful finale to the Festival's 78th season.

Download a printable PDF of the schedule.