Emily Bear, Piano

Independence Day Salute

A Grant Park Music Festival tradition! Bring your family and friends to the lakefront for an evening of patriotic favorites, along with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue featuring 16 year old pianist, Emily Bear. Christopher Bell conducts.


Grant Park Orchestra
Christopher Bell
, Conductor
Emily Bear, Piano


John Williams: Liberty Fanfare
Aaron Copland: Variations on a Shaker Melody
Adolphus Hailstork: Three Spirituals
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
John Philip Sousa: The Belle of Chicago
Robert Wendell: From Sea to Shining Sea
(Arr. Robert Lowden): Armed Forces Salute
(Arr. Carmen Dragon): America the Beautiful
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
John Philip Sousa: Stars and Stripes Forever

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This concert is being broadcast live on 98.7WFMT and streamed live at wfmt.com.


  • Outside alcohol is NOT permitted to be brought in for this concert. Beer and wine is still available for purchase at concession tents inside the Park.
  • Bag checks and entrances open three hours before the concert at 3:30 PM.
  • Navy Pier presents Independence Day fireworks at 9:30 PM. The presentation is not fully-visible from Millennium Park. After the concert ends, you can head towards the lakefront to view the fireworks. The Great Lawn in Millennium Park will remain open until the conclusion of the Navy Pier fireworks.
  • There is not a pre-concert lecture before this performance.


The City of Chicago has implemented a security perimeter and bag check policy for all concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Changes have also been made to venue opening times and the prohibited items list. Please plan ahead and arrive early.

Learn More About 2018 Security Changes