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2013 Season

The Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus perform Prokofiev's cantata Alexander Nevsky.

The Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus perform Prokofiev's cantata Alexander Nevsky.

Alexander Nevsky 

Immerse yourself in an evening of history and myth with Copland’s wild west bandit Billy the Kid, Barber’s ancient sorceress Medea, and Prokofiev’s cinematic cantata Alexander Nevsky.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Christopher Bell, Chorus Director
Emilia Boteva, Mezzo-Soprano

What

Barber: Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance
Copland: Suite: Billy the Kid
Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky

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Pink Martini return.

Pink Martini return.

Pink Martini 

The internationally acclaimed Pink Martini reunites with Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra, bringing their unique blend of classical, jazz, and pop sounds to the stage.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Pink Martini

What

Music by Pink Martini

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Qigang Chen's sensuous Iris dévoilée combines Eastern and Western musical traditions.

Qigang Chen's sensuous Iris dévoilée combines Eastern and Western musical traditions.

Iris Dévoilée 

Eastern and western musical traditions entwine in the Chicago premiere of the sensuous Iris dévoilée by Chinese composer Qigang Chen.

Martin Fröst performs Nielsen's stormy Clarinet Concerto.

Martin Fröst performs Nielsen's stormy Clarinet Concerto.

Nielsen Clarinet Concerto 

Discover three works that capture the eclectic sounds of early 20th century music: Vaughan-Williams’ romantic symphony inspired by The Pilgrim’s Progress, Nielsen’s stormy Clarinet Concerto, and Martinu’s tribute to an iconic World War II fighter plane.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Martin Fröst, Clarinet

What

Vaughan-Williams: Symphony No. 5

Nielsen: Clarinet Concerto

Martinu: Thunderbolt P47

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Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten's birth with a powerful performance of War Requiem.

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten's birth with a powerful performance of War Requiem.

Britten War Requiem 

The Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus honor the Benjamin Britten centenary with two performances of his powerful masterwork that juxtaposes anti-war sentiment with the timeless Roman Catholic Requiem Mass.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Christopher Bell, Chorus Director
Erin Wall, Soprano
Jeremy Ovenden, Tenor
Alan Held, Bass
Chicago Children’s Choir, Josephine Lee, Artistic Director

What

Britten: War Requiem

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Bring your most patriotic self to the Festival's annual Independence Celebration.

Bring your most patriotic self to the Festival's annual Independence Celebration.

Independence Eve Celebration 

Bring your family, friends, and most patriotic self to Chicago’s lakefront for an evening filled with American spirit and pride.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Christopher Bell, Conductor
Janai Brugger, Soprano

What

A selection of traditional music to celebrate the holiday.

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Dazzling young pianist Alessio Bax makes his Festival debut with Barber's Piano Concerto.

Dazzling young pianist Alessio Bax makes his Festival debut with Barber's Piano Concerto.

Dvořák’s New World Symphony 

Guest conductor Eugene Tzigane leads the orchestra in Dvořák’s much loved work, capturing the essence of the composer’s travels throughout America in the late 19th century. The dazzling young pianist Alessio Bax makes his Festival debut with Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning concerto.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Eugene Tzigane, Guest Conductor
Alessio Bax, Piano

What

Bolcom: Ragomania, A Classic Festival Overture
Barber: Piano Concerto
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, From the New World

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Conductor Jeff Tyzik takes listeners on a journey through dance.

Conductor Jeff Tyzik takes listeners on a journey through dance.

Grant Park Pops - Let's Dance! 

Swing to the sounds of the Grant Park Orchestra, as conductor Jeff Tyzik takes a look at dance through the ages.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Jeff Tyzik, Conductor
Helen Welch, Vocalist
Todd East, Vocalist
Dave Mancini, Drum Set

Arjay Centeno, Ted Louis Levy, Eva Lucero, Rachael McEnaney, Chandrae Rettig, Stephen Sayer, Patricio Touceda, Dancers

What

A selection of favorite dance melodies.

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Caminos del Inka takes a musical journey down the Inca Trail.

Caminos del Inka takes a musical journey down the Inca Trail.

Caminos del Inka 

Take a musical journey through South America with this spectacular multimedia tribute to the vast empire of the Incas and the ancient melodies of the Inca Trail, created and conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Guest Conductor
Mary Stolper, Flute
Walter Haman, Cello

What

Robles: El Cóndor Pasa
Martínez y Compańón: Colección de Música Virreinal
Luzuriaga: Responsorio
Lena Frank: Illapa, Tone Poem for Flute and Orchestra
Golijov: Mariel, for Cello and Orchestra
Soro: Danza Fantástica
López: Fiesta!

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Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II in 1953. Photo courtesy of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization.

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II in 1953. Photo courtesy of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization.

A Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration 

It’ll be a grand night for singing as the Grant Park Orchestra and guests salute the legendary team of Rodgers and Hammerstein with their catalog of cherished songs for stage and screen.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
Christopher Bell, Conductor
Rebecca Luker, Soprano
Doug LaBrecque, Tenor
William Michals, Baritone

What

Songs from Carousel, The King & I, Oklahoma, Showboat, The Sound of Music, South Pacific, and more.

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Conductor Thierry Fischer makes his Grant Park debut.

Conductor Thierry Fischer makes his Grant Park debut.

Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony 

Swiss conductor Thierry Fischer leads the Grant Park Orchestra in Frank Martin’s Concerto for Seven Winds, along with French masterpieces by Berlioz and Saint-Saëns.

The versatile Kirill Gerstein performs Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1.

The versatile Kirill Gerstein performs Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1.

Shostakovich 5th Symphony 

Festival favorite Hannu Lintu leads Shostakovich’s politically charged Symphony No. 5. The evening opens with the versatile pianist Kirill Gerstein performing Beethoven’s brilliant first piano concerto.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Hannu Lintu, Guest Conductor
Kirill Gerstein, Piano

What

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

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Karen Gomyo, violinist, returns with a fiery performance of Sibelius' Violin Concerto.

Karen Gomyo, violinist, returns with a fiery performance of Sibelius' Violin Concerto.

Sibelius Violin Concerto 

Hannu Lintu’s week-long engagement continues with Sibelius’ tone poem, Pohjola’s Daughter. Violinist Karen Gomyo joins the orchestra in a fiery performance of the composer’s only concerto.

Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Chorus perform a concert of a cappella music at the South Shore Cultural Center.

Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Chorus perform a concert of a cappella music at the South Shore Cultural Center.

Songs of Praise and Passion 

Following last summer's Golden Anniversary, the Grant Park Chorus travels to the magnificent South Shore Cultural Center with a concert of moving a cappella music.

Where & When

South Shore Cultural Center
Concert: Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 7:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Chorus
Christopher Bell, Chorus Director And Conductor

What

Parry: My soul there is a country

Miškinis: Dum Medium Silentium
Miškinis: Pater Noster
Miškinis: O Sacrum Convivium
Mawby: Alleluia, Christus resurrexit
Rachmaninoff: Three movements from Vespers
Tormis: Two songs to words by Ernst Enno: Early summer's fairytale, Soundlessly somewhere
Garrop: Sonnets of Desire, Longing, and Whimsy
Sametz: I have had singing

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Christopher Bell leads the Grant Park Chorus in a concert of a cappella music at the Columbus Park Refectory.

Christopher Bell leads the Grant Park Chorus in a concert of a cappella music at the Columbus Park Refectory.

Songs of Praise and Passion 

The Grant Park Chorus reprise their a cappella concert at the Columbus Park Refectory overlooking the beautiful grounds designed by landscape architect Jens Jensen.

Where & When

Columbus Park Refectory
Concert: Thursday, August 1, 2013, 7:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Chorus
Christopher Bell, Chorus Director And Conductor

What

Parry: My soul there is a country

Miškinis: Dum Medium Silentium
Miškinis: Pater Noster
Miškinis: O Sacrum Convivium
Mawby: Alleluia, Christus resurrexit
Rachmaninoff: Three movements from Vespers
Tormis: Two songs to words by Ernst Enno: Early summer's fairytale, Soundlessly somewhere
Garrop: Sonnets of Desire, Longing, and Whimsy
Sametz: I have had singing


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A night that explores childhood, from Elgar's nostalgic Nursery Suite to Janáček's ghostly The Fiddler's Child.

A night that explores childhood, from Elgar's nostalgic Nursery Suite to Janáček's ghostly The Fiddler's Child.

The Fiddler’s Child 

Come indoors for an evening at the Harris Theater featuring three pieces that show the many sides of childhood.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Jeremy Black, Violin

What

Elgar: Nursery Suite
Janáček: The Fiddler's Child
Tchaikovsky: Suite from The Nutcracker

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Jazz virtuoso James Carter performs his showcase piece Concerto for Saxophones.

Jazz virtuoso James Carter performs his showcase piece Concerto for Saxophones.

Concerto for Saxophones 

Summer heats up with jazz virtuoso James Carter performing Roberto Sierra's Concerto for Saxophones. Works exploring Brazilian folklore, the tango, and the prairies of Argentina round out this night of Latin American music.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
James Carter, Saxophones

What

Piazzolla: Milongón Festival
Ginastera: Pampeana No. 3
Sierra: Concerto for Saxophones
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 7

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The sensational Valentina Lisitsa returns to perform Rachmaninov.

The sensational Valentina Lisitsa returns to perform Rachmaninov.

Rachmaninov Second Piano Concerto 

See the return of Valentina Lisitsa, who has excited audiences around the world with her captivating performances of Rachmaninov. Also on the program: Shchedrin's satirical Naughty Limericks and Borodin's nationalistic Second Symphony.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Valentina Lisitsa, Piano

What

Shchedrin: The Naughty Limericks
Borodin: Symphony No. 2
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2

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Stravinsky's revolutionary Rite of Spring debuted 100 years ago.

Stravinsky's revolutionary Rite of Spring debuted 100 years ago.

The Rite of Spring 

The 79th Season comes to a thrilling close with John Adams' Harmonium, a visionary choral setting of poems by John Donne and Emily Dickinson. Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, radical for its time, is as powerful and relevant today as when it premiered one hundred years ago.

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