2013 Season

The 79th Season of the Grant Park Music Festival included some of the most beloved music of all time. Highlights included a stunning performance of War Requiem in honor of Benjamin Britten's centenary, the return of the sensational pianist Valentina Lisitsa, an unforgettable night with Pink Martini, and a Closing Weekend celebration of the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky's landmark The Rite of Spring.

Violinist Stefan Jackiw joins the Festival on Opening Night.

Opening Night Season 79

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 6:30pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Stefan Jackiw, Violin

What

Norman: Drip
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5, Turkish
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

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

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

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 6:30pm 

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.

Iris Dévoilée

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Wu Yanyu, Soprano
Meng Meng, Soprano
Wei-Yang Andy Lin, Erhu
Yang Wei, Pipa
Yang Yi, Zheng

What

Chen: Iris dévoilée
Fauré: Pelléas and Mélisande: Suite
Ravel: La Valse

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Martin Fröst performs Nielsen's stormy Clarinet Concerto.

Nielsen Clarinet Concerto

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 6:30pm – 8:15pm 

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.

Britten War Requiem

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.

Independence Eve Celebration

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 3, 2013, 6:30pm 

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.

Dvořák’s New World Symphony

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.

Grant Park Pops - Let's Dance!

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 8:00pm 

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

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.

A Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 

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.

Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Thierry Fischer, Guest Conductor

What

Berlioz: Overture: King Lear

Martin: Concerto for Seven Winds

Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3, Organ Symphony

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

Shostakovich 5th Symphony

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

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.

Sibelius Violin Concerto

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Hannu Lintu, Guest Conductor
Karen Gomyo, Violin

What

Sibelius: Pohjola’s Daughter

Glazunov: Symphony No. 4

Sibelius: Violin Concerto

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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

Where & When

South Shore Cultural Center
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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Carlos Kalmar, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor

Kalmar Conducts Bruckner

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 6:30pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

What

Bruckner: Symphony No. 2

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

Songs of Praise and Passion

Where & When

Columbus Park Refectory
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.

The Fiddler’s Child

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.

Concerto for Saxophones

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 6:30pm – 7:45pm 

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 Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus perform Schubert's Mass in E-Flat Major.

Schubert Mass in E Flat

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Christopher Bell, Chorus Director
Artists From The Lyric Opera's Patrick G. And Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center

What

Messiaen: Les offrandis oubliées
MacMillan: Confessions of Isobel Gowdie
Schubert: Mass in E Flat Major

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The sensational Valentina Lisitsa returns to perform Rachmaninov.

Rachmaninov Second Piano Concerto

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 6:30pm – 7:45pm 

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.

The Rite of Spring

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Donald Nally, Guest Chorus Director

What

Adams: Black Gondola
Adams: Harmonium
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

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