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2015 Season

Spectacular young pianist Yevgeny Sudbin makes his Grant Park Music Festival debut on opening night.

Spectacular young pianist Yevgeny Sudbin makes his Grant Park Music Festival debut on opening night.

Beethoven Symphony No. 7 

Join Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra for a spectacular opening night featuring Russian piano sensation, Yevgeny Sudbin, making his Festival debut. The evening concludes with Beethoven's rhythmically charged Seventh Symphony.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Yevgeny Sudbin, Piano

What

Norman: Drip
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 1
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7


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Hear the composer Kenji Bunch's world premiere of Symphony No. 3 Dream Songs.

Hear the composer Kenji Bunch's world premiere of Symphony No. 3 Dream Songs.

Mozart and Shostakovich 

Carlos Kalmar conducts the world premiere of Kenji Bunch's Symphony No. 3: Dream Songs, inspired by Native American culture. Mozart's playful overture from The Magic Flute and Shostakovich's enigmatic Sixth Symphony round out the evening.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

What

Mozart: Overture: The Magic Flute
Bunch: Symphony No. 3: Dream Songs
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6


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Virtuoso violist Roberto Díaz joins the Grant Park Orchestra for Walton's Viola Concerto.

Virtuoso violist Roberto Díaz joins the Grant Park Orchestra for Walton's Viola Concerto.

Tchaikovsky Fourth Symphony 

Internationally acclaimed violist Roberto Díaz plays Walton's bold and innovative Viola Concerto. The program concludes with Tchaikovsky's perennially popular Fourth Symphony, showcasing the composer's distinctive Romantic Russian voice.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Roberto Díaz, Viola

What

Walton: Viola Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4


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Grant Park Music Festival Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar conducts the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus.

Grant Park Music Festival Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar conducts the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus.

Mendelssohn Reformation Symphony 

Celebrate the beginning of summer with a powerful program including excerpts from Wagner's Parsifal, Mendelssohn's Reformation Symphony, and the Midwest premiere of Quickening, James MacMillan's provocative and massive work for orchestra and chorus, featuring soloists from the Grant Park Chorus and the Amina Young Singers.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Christopher Bell, Chorus Director
Ryan Belongie, Counter-tenor
Hoss Brock, Tenor
Klaus Georg, Tenor
David Govertsen, Bass

Anima Young Singers, Emily Ellsworth, Artistic Director

What

Wagner: Prelude from Parsifal
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5, Reformation
MacMillan: Quickening 


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Blue Man Group joins the CYSO’s Symphony Orchestra

Blue Man Group joins the CYSO’s Symphony Orchestra

CYSO's Symphony Orchestra 

The Grant Park Music Festival presents one of the nation's leading youth orchestras in an evening of Russian favorites and collaborative performances with special guests Blue Man Group. (The Grant Park Orchestra will not perform at this concert.)

Who

CYSO's Symphony Orchestra
Allen Tinkham, Music Director
Terrance Gray, Associate Conductor
Blue Man Group, Special Guest Soloists

What

Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances
Kabalevsky: Overture to Colas Breugnon
Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien 


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Pianist Terrence Wilson joins the Grant Park Orchestra for a festive Independence Day celebration.

Pianist Terrence Wilson joins the Grant Park Orchestra for a festive Independence Day celebration.

Independence Day Salute 

Christopher Bell leads the Grant Park Orchestra for its annual Independence Day Salute, full of patriotic favorites including Gershwin's soaring Piano Concerto in F with pianist Terrence Wilson.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Christopher Bell, Conductor
Terrence Wilson, Piano

What

Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

Copland: Appalachian Spring

Sousa: Stars and Stripes Forever
and more!


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Tanja Tetzlaff returns to the Grant Park Music Festival.

Tanja Tetzlaff returns to the Grant Park Music Festival.

Schumann Rhenish Symphony 

Acclaimed cellist Tanja Tetzlaff returns to perform Lalo's Cello Concerto. Schumann's joyful and exuberant Rhenish Symphony and David Diamond's Rounds for String Orchestra complete the program.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Tanja Tetzlaff, Cello

What

Diamond: Rounds for String Orchestra
Lalo: Cello Concerto in D Minor
Schumann: Symphony No. 3, Rhenish 


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Outstanding young conductor Karina Canellakis makes her Grant Park Music Festival debut.

Outstanding young conductor Karina Canellakis makes her Grant Park Music Festival debut.

Bernstein Fancy Free 

Karina Canellakis conducts the Grant Park Orchestra in Leonard Bernstein's vibrant, jazz-tinged ballet score. Also featured on the program are John Adams'  Lollapalooza and César Franck's most famous work, his Symphony in D.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Karina Canellakis, Guest Conductor

What

Adams: Lollapalooza
Bernstein: Suite from Fancy Free
Franck: Symphony in D

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Illinois native and Broadway veteran Elizabeth Stanley joins the Grant Park Orchestra to perform selections by Stephen Sondheim.

Illinois native and Broadway veteran Elizabeth Stanley joins the Grant Park Orchestra to perform selections by Stephen Sondheim.

A Sondheim Celebration 

Enjoy a little night music and celebrate the award-winning master of the Broadway musical, Stephen Sondheim. Led by conductor and long-time Sondheim collaborator Paul Gemignani, the Grant Park Orchestra and renowned vocalists perform Sondheim favorites, including selections from Sweeney Todd, Company, Into the Woods, and more. An evening not to be missed!

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Paul Gemignani, Guest Conductor

Elizabeth Stanley, Vocalist

Alex Gemignani, Vocalist
Tedd Firth, Piano

What

Songs and Suites from Sondheim's greatest and most popular repertoire

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Conductor Thierry Fischer returns for a week-long residency with the Grant Park Music Festival.

Conductor Thierry Fischer returns for a week-long residency with the Grant Park Music Festival.

Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet 

Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet captures the tenderness and fury of Shakespeare's beloved drama. Written in response to World War II, Stravinsky's turbulent Symphony in Three Movements is startling in its breadth of energy and complexity.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Thierry Fischer, Guest Conductor

What

Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements
Prokofiev: Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet


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The dazzling soprano Caitlin Lynch makes her Festival debut in Brahms' German Requiem.

The dazzling soprano Caitlin Lynch makes her Festival debut in Brahms' German Requiem.

Brahms Requiem 

Rising stars Caitlin Lynch and Stephen Hegedus join guest conductor Thierry Fischer for Brahms' lush German Requiem. Schoenberg's musical metamorphosis Transfigured Night opens the program.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
Thierry Fischer, Guest Conductor
Caitlin Lynch, Soprano
Stephen Hegedus, Bass-Baritone

What

Schoenberg: Transfigured Night
Brahms: A German Requiem 


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Join Grant Park Chorus Director Christopher Bell and the incomparable Grant Park Chorus for two concerts in historical Chicago park venues.

Join Grant Park Chorus Director Christopher Bell and the incomparable Grant Park Chorus for two concerts in historical Chicago park venues.

Grant Park Chorus: Songs from the Heart 

Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Chorus return to two of the city's cultural hubs—the magnificent South Shore Cultural Center and the Columbus Park Refectory—with a concert of a cappella music, featuring works by Leighton, Paulus, Doherty, Sibelius, Cuomo and more.

Who

Grant Park Chorus
Christopher Bell, Conductor

What

Leighton: Laudate Pueri
Paulus: The Lotus Lovers
Doherty: Et clamabant
Sibelius: Sydämeni laulu

             Sortunut ääni
             Finlandia Hymn
Cuomo: Kyrie
Hawley: Four Reveries
Doherty: Blessed Be That Maid Marie
Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium


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The Grant Park Music Festival features the music of Douglas Cuomo. 

The Grant Park Music Festival features the music of Douglas Cuomo. 

Barber and Menotti 

Lyric Opera's Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center continues its long successful collaboration with the Grant Park Orchestra in an evening showcasing works of contemporary American opera.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Ward Stare, Conductor
Artists From Lyric Opera's Patrick G. And Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center

Laura Wilde, Soprano
Anthony Clark Evans, Baritone
Annie Rosen, Mezzo-Soprano

What

Higdon: Fanfare Ritmico

Cuomo: The Boy's Nature from Doubt

Menotti: The Telephone
Cuomo: Doubt Sermon

Barber: Symphony No. 1

Program Notes PDF

Conductor Emmanuel Villaume leads the Grant Park Orchestra in works by Mozart, Saint-Saëns, and Bizet.

Conductor Emmanuel Villaume leads the Grant Park Orchestra in works by Mozart, Saint-Saëns, and Bizet.

Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto 

Guest conductor Emmanuel Villaume conducts Saint-Saëns' Piano Concerto with pianist Andrew von Oeyen, along with Mozart’s Paris Symphony, and more.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Emmanuel Villaume, Guest Conductor
Andrew Von Oeyen, Piano

What

Suppé: Overture to Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna
Mozart: Symphony No. 31, Paris
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2
Bizet: Roma 


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Conductor Thomas Wilkins leads the Grant Park Orchestra in Dvořák's beautiful Sixth Symphony.

Conductor Thomas Wilkins leads the Grant Park Orchestra in Dvořák's beautiful Sixth Symphony.

Dvorák Symphony No. 6 

Thomas Wilkins conducts the Sunday Symphony by the prolific William Grant Still, the "Dean of all African-American composers." The evening concludes with Dvořák's beautiful large-scale work, his Sixth Symphony, which recalls the Czech folksongs of his native Bohemia.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Thomas Wilkins, Guest Conductor

What

Goldsmith: Fireworks
Still: Symphony No. 3, Sunday Symphony
Dvořák: Symphony No. 6 


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Conductor Christoph König leads the Grant Park Orchestra in Bruckner's Symphony No. 6.

Conductor Christoph König leads the Grant Park Orchestra in Bruckner's Symphony No. 6.

Bruckner's Symphony No. 6 

Guest conductor Christoph König makes his Festival debut, leading the Grant Park Orchestra in Bruckner's noble and dignified Symphony No. 6, indoors at the Harris Theater.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Christoph König, Guest Conductor

What

Weber: Overture to Der Freischütz

Bruckner: Symphony No. 6


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Pianist Inon Barnatan plays one of Mozart's most popular piano concertos.

Pianist Inon Barnatan plays one of Mozart's most popular piano concertos.

Mozart Piano Concerto 

A true poet of the keyboard, Inon Barnatan presents his insightful interpretation of the shining star of Mozart's piano repertory. The evening also includes works by George Antheil and Randall Thompson.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Inon Barnatan, Piano

What

Thompson: Symphony No. 2
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 17
Antheil: A Jazz Symphony


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

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

Haydn Harmony Mass 

Haydn's rarely-performed Harmoniemesse, his last major work, showcases the esteemed Grant Park Chorus and four brilliant guest soloists. Carlos Kalmar pairs this ephemeral piece with John Adams' score that praises and parodies lush Romantic harmony.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Layla Claire, Soprano
Julie Boulianne, Mezzo-Soprano
John Tessier, Tenor
Daniel Okulitch, Bass-Baritone

What

Haydn: Mass in B-flat Major, Harmoniemesse
Adams: Harmonielehre


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Join Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling for an evening of love songs from around the world.

Join Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling for an evening of love songs from around the world.

An Evening with Kurt Elling 

Chicago legend and Grammy® Award-winning jazz vocalist, Kurt Elling, joins the Grant Park Orchestra in Passion World, a tour-de-force concert of internationally famous ballads of love and loss.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Kurt Elling, Vocalist

Gary Versace, Piano
Clark Sommers, Bass
John Mclean, Guitar
Kendrick Scott, Drums
John Wojciehowski, Tenor Saxophone
Orbert Davis, Trumpet

What

Elling: Passion World


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Natasha Paremski returns to play Schoenfield's show-stopping Four Parables.

Natasha Paremski returns to play Schoenfield's show-stopping Four Parables.

Strauss Ein Heldenleben 

After an impressive Festival debut in 2014, the award-winning pianist Natasha Paremski returns to perform the ferociously technical Four Parables. Strauss' monumental tone poem completes the program.

Star violinist James Ehnes returns to play Beethoven's Violin Concerto.

Star violinist James Ehnes returns to play Beethoven's Violin Concerto.

Beethoven Violin Concerto 

Grammy® Award-winner and violinist extraordinaire James Ehnes returns for a fiery performance of Beethoven's exquisite Violin Concerto in what promises to be a truly stunning evening.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
James Ehnes, Violin

What

Hanson: Elegy
Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Lindberg: Aventures


Program Notes PDF

Internationally renowned soprano Erin Wall joins the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus for Elgar's The Kingdom.

Internationally renowned soprano Erin Wall joins the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus for Elgar's The Kingdom.

Elgar The Kingdom 

The Festival's 2015 Season comes to a thrilling close with Elgar's epic oratorio The Kingdom, featuring the Grant Park Chorus and an all-star line-up of vocalists.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Erin Wall, Soprano
Jill Grove, Mezzo-Soprano
Garrett Sorenson, Tenor
Alfred Walker, Bass-Baritone

What

Elgar: The Kingdom


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