2012 Season

The 78th Season of the Grant Park Music Festival marked the 50th anniversary of the Grant Park Chorus. Celebrations included the world premiere of two new works for orchestra and chorus by American composers Michael Gandolfi and Sebastian Currier, and the release of the Grant Park Chorus' first-ever a cappella recording. Other highlights included the return of George Fenton with the BBC/Discovery Channel documentary Frozen Planet and a groundbreaking simulcast of the Paris Opera Ballet's iconic Giselle.

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

Opening Night

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 6:30pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Alban Gerhardt, Cello

What

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

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

An Exaltation of Place

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

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Pianist Steven Osborne performs with the Grant Park Orchestra

Mozart's Jupiter Symphony

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Steven Osborne, Piano

What

Strauss: Don Juan

Britten: Piano Concerto

Mozart: Symphony No. 41, Jupiter
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Koen Kessels conducts an evening of ballet music

An American in Paris

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Saturday, June 23, 2012, 7:30pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Koen Kessels, Guest Conductor

What

Gershwin: An American in Paris

Bizet: L'Arlésienne
Lalo: Namouna
Ravel: Bolero

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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

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 7:30pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Koen Kessels, Guest Conductor

Artists Of The Paris Opéra Ballet

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

Golden Anniversary Choral Spectacular

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

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

Independence Day Celebration

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 4, 2012, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 

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

Sleepers and Dreamers

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

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Frozen Planet in Concert

Frozen Planet in Concert

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 8:30pm 

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

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

Perfectly Frank: From Broadway to Hollywood

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

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

Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
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

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

Rossini: Stabat Mater

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

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

Frozen in Time

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

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

What

Dorman: Frozen in Time
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5
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Jun Märkl guest conducts the Grant Park Orchestra in audience favorite Beethoven's Fifth Symphony

Beethoven's Fifth Symphony

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Jun Märkl, Guest Conductor
Pascal Rogé, Piano

What

Debussy: Khamma
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 5, Egyptian
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

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

Scheherazade

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, August 1, 2012, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

What

Carpenter: Adventures in a Perambulator
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
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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

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

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

Brahms' Double Concerto

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 6:30pm – 7:30pm 

Who

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

What

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture
Brahms: Double Concerto
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 1
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The Festival brings Haydn's The Seasons to Millennium Park.

Haydn: The Seasons

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Layla Claire, Soprano
Benjamin Butterfield, Tenor
Ben Wager, Bass

What

Haydn: The Seasons

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

Ryan Opera Center: Mozart and Strauss

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 

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)

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

Dvorák: The Spectre's Bride

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Jonita Lattimore, Soprano

Brendan Tuohy, Tenor

Stephen Hegedus, Bass

What

Dvořák: The Spectre's Bride

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