2014 Season

The 80th Anniversary Season opens with piano sensation Natasha Paremski.

Opening Night: Tchaikovsky Extravaganza

Join Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra for the Festival's 80th Anniversary Season opener, featuring the dazzling young piano sensation Natasha Paremski performing one of Tchaikovsky's keyboard gems.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Natasha Paremski, Piano

What

Corigliano: Tournaments

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 2

Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini


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Eric Owens performs Berlioz' Roméo et Juliette at the Auditorium Theatre.

Berlioz Romeo and Juliet

Extraordinary and thrilling — Shakespeare's tragic love story is illuminated by Berlioz' blazing orchestral colors. Featuring the Grant Park Chorus and renowned soloists.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Julie Boulianne, Mezzo-soprano

Paul Appleby, Tenor
Eric Owens, Bass-baritone

What

Berlioz: Romeo and Juliet

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The captivating Stefan Jackiw performs Mozart's Turkish Concerto.

Mozart and Dvorak

Violin virtuoso Stefan Jackiw makes his Festival debut with Mozart's perennially popular Concerto No. 5. Dvořk's joyous Symphony No. 3 and the rollicking Merry Wives of Windsor overture complete the program.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Stefan Jackiw, Violin

What

Nicolai: Overture: The Merry Wives of Windsor

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5, Turkish

Dvořk: Symphony No.3


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George Frideric Handel

Water Music

Summer solstice in the Park! Enjoy a weekend treat as Carlos Kalmar pairs Handel's festive Water Music with Elgar's exhilarating masterpiece and Weber's jubilant overture.

Mariachi Los Camperos bring the festive sounds of mariachi to Millennium Park.

Viva Mexico

Revel in the festive and rhythmic music of Mexico's mariachi when the Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Los Camperos join the Grant Park Orchestra.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Mariachi Los Camperos De Nati Cano

What

Selections of mariachi music.

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Opera superstar Christine Goerke performs with the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus.

Barber and Haydn

The wistful music of Barber and the triumphant sounds of Haydn set the stage for Janček's powerful and emotionally charged Glagolitic Mass, featuring our own Grant Park Chorus and distinguished soloists.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Christine Goerke, Soprano

Jill Grove, Mezzo-soprano

Garrett Sorenson, Tenor

Shenyang, Bass

David Schrader, Organ

What

Barber: Fadograph of a Yestern Scene

Haydn: Symphony No. 98 in B Flat

Janček: Glagolitic Mass


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Chicago area native Gabriel Cabezas performs Saint-Sans Cello Concerto.

Saint-Sans Cello Concerto

Guest conductor Giancarlo Guerrero leads the remarkable 21-year-old cellist, Chicago area native Gabriel Cabezas, as he performs one of the great virtuoso works of French repertoire.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Giancarlo Guerrero, Guest Conductor

Gabriel Cabezas, Cello

Tracy Cantin, Soprano 

What

Danielpour: Darkness in the Ancient Valley

Saint-Sans: Cello Concerto in A Minor

Poulenc: Suite from Les Biches


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Celebrate Independence Day with the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus.

Independence Day Salute

Bring your family, friends, and most patriotic self to Chicago's lakefront for an evening filled with American spirit, pride and song featuring the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Christopher Bell.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Christopher Bell, Conductor

What

An evening full of American spirit and song.

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The Festival presents the Portland Youth Philharmonic conducted by David Hattner.

Portland Youth Philharmonic

America's first youth symphony takes the stage as part of their 90th Anniversary tour with a program of Brahms, Dvořk and more, including a Chicago premiere by Kenji Bunch.

Who

Portland Youth Philharmonic

David Hattner, Conductor

(The Grant Park Orchestra Does Not Perform)

What

Bunch: Super-maximum

Cowell: Ancient Desert Drone

Theofanidis: Visions and Miracles

Brahms: Academic Festival Overture

Dvořk: Symphonic Variations, Op. 78

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Byron Stripling pays tribute to Satchmo.

Ella, Louis and All That Jazz

Jeff Tyzik and the Grant Park Orchestra pay tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, featuring the sultry voice of Marva Hicks and the hot brass of Byron Stripling.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Jeff Tyzik, Guest Conductor

Marva Hicks, Vocalist

Byron Stripling, Trumpet

What

A tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, featuring the music of Gershwin, Berlin, Waller and more.

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The Grant Park Orchestra performs Holst's epic orchestra suite.

Holst The Planets

Don't miss this special program of Gustav Holst's beloved orchestral suite at two locations, led by Mei-Ann Chen, one of America's most dynamic young conductors.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Mei Ann Chen, Guest Conductor

Benjamin Rivera, Guest Chorus Director

What

Leshnoff: Starburst

Price: Dances in the Canebreaks

Holst: The Planets


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George Fenton conducts his score to The Blue Planet, accompanied by scenes from the series.

The Blue Planet In Concert

After thrilling Festival audiences with Planet Earth and Frozen Planet in Concert, composer-conductor George Fenton returns with his symphonic score to accompany some of the most spectacular underwater images ever seen, from the BBC/Discovery Channel series.

The Grant Park Chorus returns to two stunning Chicago Park District venues this summer.

Grant Park Chorus: Choral Splendor

The celebrated Grant Park Chorus travels to two of the city's cultural gems for a concert of moving a cappella music.

Where & When

South Shore Cultural Center
Concert: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 7:00pm 

Columbus Park Refectory
Concert: Sunday, July 20, 2014, 3:00pm 

Who

The Grant Park Chorus

Christopher Bell, Conductor

David Gordon, Trumpet

What

John Tavener: Funeral Ikos

Whitacre: Leonardo Dreams of his Flying machine

MacMillan: From the Strathclyde Motets: Data est mihi omnis potestas; In splendoribus sanctorum

John Tavener: The Lamb

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

Tchaikovsky: The Cherubic Hymn (No 6. from Liturgy of St John Chrystostom)    

Tchaikovsky: The Legend

Ben Parry: Flame 

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The celebrated Stephen Hough performs Dvořk's Piano Concerto.

Dvorak and Beethoven

Revered former Festival Principal Conductor Hugh Wolff partners with British piano sensation Stephen Hough for Dvořk's Piano Concerto. Beethoven's wondrous paean to country life, the “Pastoral” symphony, is also on the program.

Andrew Grams leads the Grant Park Orchestra in an evening of musical thrills.

Musical Thrills!

Get ready for a mid-summer family “spooktacular” when the Grant Park Orchestra performs a concert of chilling favorites including Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries, Saint-Sans' Danse Macabre, and Stookey's The Composer is Dead—a zany orchestra mystery by author Lemony Snicket narrated by film and television star Damon Gupton.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Andrew Grams, Guest Conductor

Damon Gupton, Narrator

What

Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries

Gounod: Funeral March of a Marionette

Mozart: Overture: Abduction from the Seraglio 

Bolcom: Commedia for (almost) 18th century orchestra

Saint-Sans: Danse Macabre

Kernis: Too Hot Toccata

Schifrin: Theme from Mission Impossible

Stookey: The Composer is Dead

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Former Festival Principal Conductor Leonard Slatkin returns for the 80th Anniversary Season

Slatkin Conducts Shostakovich

Esteemed former Festival Principal Conductor Leonard Slatkin reunites with the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus to conduct the magnificent Execution of Stepan Razin, Michel Camilo's flamboyant Piano Concerto, and more.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Leonard Slatkin, Guest Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Michel Camilo, Piano

Alfred Walker, Bass-baritone

What

Chabrier: Espaa

Camilo: Piano Concerto No. 2 Tenerife 

Shostakovich: The Execution of Stepan Razin 

Borodin: Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor

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Grammy-award winner Gil Shaham performs Britten's Violin Concerto

National Youth Orchestra

As an added treat, the Festival presents the National Youth Orchestra at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion on a Monday night, featuring the renowned Grammy Award-winning violinist Gil Shaham. 

Who

National Youth Orchestra

David Robertson, Conductor

Gil Shaham, Violin

(The Grant Park Orchestra Does Not Perform)

What

Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Britten: Violin Concerto

S. C. Adams: Radial Play

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

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Christian Tetzlaff returns to perform Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole.

Symphonie Espagnole

Violinist extraordinaire Christian Tetzlaff returns for a fiery performance of Lalo's vibrant homage to Spain.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Christian Tetzlaff, Violin

What

Chausson: Symphony in B-flat Major

Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole

Halffter: Tiento

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Arnaldo Cohen performs Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21.

Brahms Symphony No. 4

Join the Grant Park Orchestra inside the Harris Theater for an evening of beloved works by Brahms, Mozart and more, featuring pianist Arnaldo Cohen.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Arnaldo Cohen, Piano

What

Widmann: Con Brio

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21

Brahms: Symphony No. 4

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The phenomenal Storm Large returns for a sultry performance ofSeven Deadly Sins.

The Seven Deadly Sins

Storm Large, of Pink Martini fame, dares us to fall prey to temptation in a blockbuster performance of Kurt Weill's sultry one act opera. Schubert's hauntingly beautiful Unfinished Symphony and the shocking Dance of the Seven Veils complete the night.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Storm Large, Soprano

Hoss Brock, Tenor

John Concepcion, Tenor

Ron Watkins, Baritone

Wilbur Pauley, Bass

What

Weill: Seven Deadly Sins

Schubert: Symphony No. 8 Unfinished

R. Strauss: Dance of the Seven Veils from Salome

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See the world-premiere of Theofanidis' Northern Lights, inspired by the origins of the aurora borealis.

Northern Lights

See the world premiere of The Legend of the Northern Lights by Grammy-nominated composer Christopher Theofanidis, inspired by the children's story on the origins of the aurora borealis. Journey to the arctic with awe-inspiring images by astronomer Dr. Jos Francisco Salgado shown on a state-of-the-art screen.

The 80th Anniversary celebration continues with a week-long composer residency by William Bolcom.

Bolcom and Mozart

The final week of the Festival's 80th Season includes the enchanting Cabaret Songs by Pulitzer Prize winner, William Bolcom, the Festival's 2014 Composer-in-Residence, and Mozart's iconic Symphony No. 25, featured in the movie Amadeus.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Artists From Lyric Opera’s Patrick G. And Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center
J'Nai Bridges, Soprano
Julie Anne Miller, Mezzo-soprano

Anthony Clark Evans, Baritone

Will Liverman, Baritone

What

Mozart: Symphony No. 25

Bolcom: Cabaret Songs

Piston: Suite: The Incredible Flutist

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A spectacular 80th Season concludes with Ravel's magnificent symphonic ballet.

Daphnis and Chloe

The Festival's 80th Anniversary celebration concludes with the world premiere of the symphonic showcase written for the Grant Park Orchestra by William Bolcom. Maurice Ravel's sumptuous ballet score for Daphnis and Chlo and John Adams' orchestral fanfare complete this grand finale!

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

What

Adams: Tromba Lontana

Bolcom: Millennium: A Concerto-Fantasia for Orchestra

Ravel: Daphnis et Chlo

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