2016 Season

Andrew von Oeyen returns to the Festival on Opening Night.

Opening Night: Pictures at an Exhibition

Join Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra for Opening Night, featuring Andrew von Oeyen and Fabio Bidini in Poulenc's jazzy Concerto for Two Pianos, followed by Mussorgsky's popular orchestral showcase.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Andrew Von Oeyen, Piano
Fabio Bidini, Piano

What

Barber: Essay No. 2

Poulenc: Concerto for Two Pianos

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

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Alisa Jordheim makes her debut with the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus.

Beethoven Symphony No. 1

Carlos Kalmar conducts the Midwest premiere of Aaron Jay Kernis' Whisper, Echo, A Cry, and the Grant Park Chorus makes its season debut with Michael Torke's dazzling Book of Proverbs. Beethoven's mischievous First Symphony rounds out the evening.

Storm Large returns for a night of classic songs of romance.

Storm Large: The Crazy Arc of Love

Backed by the Grant Park Orchestra, Storm Large of Pink Martini fame sings classics from the Great  American Songbook.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Storm Large, Vocalist

James Beaton, Piano

Scott Weddle, Guitar

Matt Brown, Bass

Greg Eklund, Drums

What

Cole Porter: I've Got You Under My Skin

Cole Porter: It's Alright With Me

Jacques Brel: Ne Me Quitte Pas

John Farrar arr. Jerry Yester: Hopelessly Devoted to You

Tom Waits arr. Jerry Yester: Saving All My Love for You

Adam Mackintosh arr. Stephen Taylor: Forbidden Fruit

Augustín Lara and María Teresa Lara: Piensa en Mi

Elton John and Bernie Taupin: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Storm Large: A Woman's Heart

Storm Large: Call Me Crazy

Steven Tyler arr. Matt Catingub: Dream On

Storm Large and James Beaton arr. Jherek Bischoff: Angels in Gas Stations

Storm Large: Stand Up for Me

Freddie Mercury: Somebody to Love


Songs are not listed in order of performance.

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Juho Pohjonen performs Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2.

Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2

Young Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen makes his Festival debut with Chopin's romantic Piano Concerto No. 2. Rimsky-Korsakov's sensuous symphonic suite opens the performance, and the rock-inspired Thunderstuck brings the evening to an electrifying close.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Juho Pohjonen, Piano

What

Rimsky-Korsakov: Symphony No. 2, Antar

Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2

Rouse: Thunderstuck

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Angela Meade performs in The Epic of Gilgamesh.

Dvorák Golden Spinning Wheel

An evening of musical storytelling opens with Dvořák's fairy tale-inspired Golden Spinning Wheel. The Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus then present Martinů's rarely performed heroic oratorio, The Epic of Gilgamesh.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Angela Meade, Soprano

Dane Thomas, Tenor

David John Pike, Baritone

Gidon Saks, Bass
Bernard Jacobson, Narrator

What

Dvořák: Golden Spinning Wheel

Martinů: The Epic of Gilgamesh

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The Independence Day concert is a beloved family tradition.

Independence Day Salute

The 110-voice National Youth Choir of Scotland, under the direction of Christopher Bell, joins the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras for an evening of patriotic favorites.

Who

National Youth Choir Of Scotland

Christopher Bell, Conductor And Director

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras

Allen Tinkham, Director

What

An Evening of Patriotic Favorites

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See the classic film City Lights on the state-of-the-art Millennium Park screen.

Movie Night: Charlie Chaplin's City Lights

Andrés Franco leads the Grant Park Orchestra as they provide the live soundtrack to the silent romantic comedy film City Lights, written, directed, and starring Charlie Chaplin.  

Karen Mason joins other Broadway stars for an evening of Cole Porter favorites.

A Cole Porter Celebration

Anything goes when conductor Kevin Stites leads the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus and guest soloists through the works of the legendary and witty composer/lyricist, Cole Porter.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Kevin Stites, Guest Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Kathy Voytko, Soprano
Karen Mason, Mezzo-soprano

Hugh Panaro, Tenor

Ben Crawford, Baritone

What

A Cole Porter Celebration

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Rachel Barton Pine returns to the Grant Park Music Festival.

Rachel Barton Pine Plays Bruch

Violin virtuoso Rachel Barton Pine returns to the Festival performing Bruch's Concerto in G Minor. Polish conductor Michał Nesterowicz leads the orchestra in a program that also features Lutosławski's Mala Suite and Schumann's masterful Fourth Symphony.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Michal Nesterowicz, Guest Conductor

Rachel Barton Pine, Violin

What

Lutoslawski: Little Suite (Mala Suite)

Bruch: Violin Concerto in G Minor

Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 4

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Christoph König conducts Bruckner and Haydn.

Bruckner Romantic Symphony

Christoph König returns to the Festival to conduct Bruckner's Romantic, the Austrian composer's first mature symphony. Haydn's Symphony No. 55 (The Schoolmaster) opens the program.

Alisa Weilerstein performs with the Grant Park Orchestra.

LIFE: A Journey Through Time

Marin Alsop conducts a multimedia piece featuring music by Philip Glass with projected images by famed National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting. Golijov's “21st-century Baroque adagio” Azul opens the program.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Marin Alsop, Guest Conductor
Frans Lanting, Concept And Images

Alisa Weilerstein, Cello

Michael Ward-Bergeman, Accordian

Jamey Haddad, Percussion

Cyro Baptista, Percussion

MacArthur Fellows Celebration Program

What

Golijov: Azul

Glass: Life: A Journey through Time

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Jazz violinist Regina Carter returns to the Grant Park Music Festival.

The New World Symphony

Marin Alsop's week-long residency continues into the weekend in a program highlighting the important and enduring contributions of African Americans to our rich heritage, in a concert that includes Dvořák's New World Symphony and jazz violinist Regina Carter playing orchestral works by Duke Ellington.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Marin Alsop, Guest Conductor

Regina Carter, Violin

What

Johnson: Harlem Symphony

Ellington: Slave Song/Come Sunday

Ellington: Imagine My Frustration

Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, From the New World

Johnson: Victory Stride

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The Grant Park Chorus at the South Shore Cultural Center

Grant Park Chorus: Shakespeare in the Park

Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Chorus go on the road with a concert of a cappella choral songs and settings of the Bard's verse, as part of Shakespeare 400 Chicago.

Who

Grant Park Chorus
Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

What

Morley: It was a lover and his lass
Arne: Blow, blow, thou winter wind
Vaughan-Williams: Three Shakespeare Songs
Harris: Shakespeare Songs Book VI
Harris: Who is Sylvia
Tavener: Fear No More
Wertsch: A Shakespeare Suite
Olson: A Summer Sonnet

Hughes: If we shadows have offended

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Edwin Outwater conducts a night of opera.

Ryan Opera Center: Of Mice and Men

Conductor Edwin Outwater makes his Festival debut with artists from the Ryan Opera Center performing Floyd's dustbowl opera Of Mice and Men, based on John Steinbeck's novella.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Edwin Outwater, Guest Conductor
Annie Rosen, Mezzo-Soprano
Jesse Donner As Lennie Small
Emmett O'Hanlon As George Milton
Alec Carlson As Curley, Ballad Singer
Bradley Smoak As Candy
Diana Newman As Curley's Wife
Takaoki Onishi As Slim, Carlson

What

Muhly: Mixed Messages
Muhly: Two Songs for Soprano and Orchestra
Floyd: Of Mice and Men, Act I

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Thomas Wilkins leads the Grant Park Orchestra in a concert of classical favorites.

Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony

Guest conductor Thomas Wilkins leads the Grant Park Orchestra in an international program that transports listeners from Vienna to the Middle East, culminating with Mendelssohn's cheerful Italian Symphony.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Thomas Wilkins, Guest Conductor

What

Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
Marquez: Danzon No. 2
Lehar: Gold and Silver Waltzes
Daugherty: Desi
Saint-Saens: Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila
Offenbach: La Vie Parisienne
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, Italian

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Stephen Hough performs Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. 

Rachmaninov Rhapsody

Piano virtuoso and Festival favorite Stephen Hough brings his scintillating technique to Rachmaninov's tour-de-force Rhapsody on a Theme of Pagnanini. The program also includes MacMillan's orchestral fantasy Britannia and Ibert's Escales.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Stephen Hough, Piano

What

MacMillan: Britannia

Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Ibert: Escales

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Janai Brugger returns to the Festival for Mozart's Great Mass.

Mozart Mass in C Minor

Carlos Kalmar conducts the world premiere of The Cosmic Garden in Bloom by Michael Gandolfi, inspired by the magnificent Garden of Cosmic Speculation in Scotland. Mozart's Great Mass, with the Grant Park Chorus and soloists round out the evening.

Christian Poltéra makes his Grant Park Music Festival debut.

Shostakovich Cello Concerto

Acclaimed Swiss cellist Christian Poltéra makes his Festival debut performing Shostakovich's 1959 Cello Concerto. Two American masterworks round out the evening.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Christian Poltéra, Cello

What

Harris: Symphony No. 3 in One Movement

Piston: Symphony No. 2

Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1

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Kirill Gerstein performs Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1.

Tchaikovsky Spectacular

World-renowned pianist Kirill Gerstein solos in the rarely performed 1879 version of Tchaikovsky's joyful Piano Concerto No. 1, in a weekend devoted to Russia's most popular composer.

Festival favorite Christian Tetzlaff performs Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor.

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

Violinist Christian Tetzlaff returns to the Pritzker Pavilion, bringing his signature style to Mendelssohn's lyrical and flowing Violin Concerto in E Minor.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Christian Tetzlaff, Violin

What

Mozart: Ballet Music from Idomeneo

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor

Schubert: Symphony No. 4

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Allyson McHardy is one of the stellar soloists featured in The Damnation of Faust.

Damnation of Faust

The Festival's 2016 Season comes to a thrilling close with Berlioz's masterpiece, The Damnation of Faust, featuring the Grant Park Chorus and an all-star line-up of vocalists.