2014 Season

In 2014, the Grant Park Music Festival celebrated its 80th Anniversary Season, as well as the 10th Anniversary of Millennium Park.  Leonard Slatkin and Hugh Wolff, past principal conductors of the the Festival, returned to lead the orchestra and chorus, and two new world premieres were commissioned in honor of the special season—a concerto-fantasia for orchestra by William Bolcom, and a multimedia piece by Christopher Theofanidis.

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

Opening Night: Tchaikovsky Extravaganza

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 

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

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

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

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

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

What

Handel (arr. Harty): Suite: Water Music

Weber: Jubel Overture

Elgar: Symphony No.1 


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

Viva Mexico

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 6:30pm 

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

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

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

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

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Friday, July 4, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:15pm 

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

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Saturday, July 5, 2014, 7:30pm 

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

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 8:00pm 

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

Where & When

South Shore Cultural Center
Friday, July 11, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Saturday, July 12, 2014, 8:00pm – 9:30pm 

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

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 6:30pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

George Fenton, Guest Conductor

What

The Blue Planet in Concert

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

Grant Park Chorus: Choral Splendor

Where & When

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

Columbus Park Refectory
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

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Hugh Wolff, Guest Conductor

Stephen Hough, Piano 

What

Daugherty: Route 66

Dvořk: Piano Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 Pastoral


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

Musical Thrills!

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:15pm 

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

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

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Monday, July 28, 2014, 6:30pm – 9:00pm 

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

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:15pm 

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

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

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:15pm 

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

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

What

Rachmaninov: Symphony No.2

Theofanidis: The Legend of the Northern Lights (World Premiere)

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

Bolcom and Mozart

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:15pm 

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

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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