The 78th Season of the Grant Park Music Festival marked the 50th anniversary of the Grant Park Chorus. Celebrations included the world premiere of two new works for orchestra and chorus by American composers Michael Gandolfi and Sebastian Currier, and the release of the Grant Park Chorus' first-ever a cappella recording. Other highlights included the return of George Fenton with the BBC/Discovery Channel documentary Frozen Planet and a groundbreaking simulcast of the Paris Opera Ballet's iconic Giselle.
Highlights of the 2011 Season included a visit by famed Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, a rare stateside performance of Franz Schmidt's The Book With Seven Seals, and the return of violinist Jennifer Koh.
2010 marked Carlos Kalmar's 10th Anniversary as Principal Conductor and featured a performance of BBC's ground-breaking documentary Planet Earth, an appearance by Chinese-American conductor Xian Zhang, and world-premiere recordings of Pulitzer Prize winning works by William Schuman and Leo Sowerby.
Highlights from the 2008 Season included Pinchas Zukerman’s Festival debut; U.S. Premiere of ‘A Throw of Dice’ film with orchestral accompaniment; Venetian Night Luciano Pavarotti Tribute Concert; and Opera Week.
The 2007 Season was filled with many outstanding performances including The Decemberists, in their Chicago orchestral debut; Barber's choral version of Adagio For Strings; Duruflé’s Requiem; and a three-day Festival of concerts and lectures celebrating the music of Leonard Bernstein.