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COVID-19 Forces Festival Staff to Cancel 2020 Season
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COVID-19 Forces Festival Staff to Cancel 2020 Season

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, Chicago's Grant Park Music Festival announces the cancellation of its 2020 season in Millennium Park

Festival Concertmaster Jeremy Black on Working From Home
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Festival Concertmaster Jeremy Black on Working From Home

Ordinarily, Jeremy Black would be rushing between teaching gigs and rehearsals with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Instead, he’s at home, home-schooling two boys while keeping a full schedule online.

In Spite of Closure, Readying Chicago’s Famous Playground for the Arts
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In Spite of Closure, Readying Chicago’s Famous Playground for the Arts

When we are able to open our doors, our biggest service will be to give people a place where they can come and get away from all their worries.

Music in the Time of Need
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Music in the Time of Need

Musicians make music—always—even in times of social upheaval. The musicians’ legacy is one of perseverance and a steadfast belief in the human spirit.

Staff Rallies from Home to Plan 2020 Festival
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Staff Rallies from Home to Plan 2020 Festival

On the morning of March 13, under the threat of COVID-19, Festival CEO Paul Winberg decided to send everyone home. Festival staff sprang into action, grabbing hard drives, downloading files and procuring all the necessary equipment to launch a major music festival—by remote.

A Note to Chicago
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A Note to Chicago

These past few weeks have been a powerful reminder of just how connected we are . . . 

Chorus Auditions: "Next, Please!"
Behind the Scenes

Chorus Auditions: "Next, Please!"

Pushing through winter weather, hectic schedules, and pre-audition jitters, singers line up for a chance to be part of the 2020 Grant Park Chorus.

Building Tomorrow's Orchestra
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Building Tomorrow's Orchestra

For the young musicians of the Grant Park Music Festival's Project Inclusion Fellowship, jam-packed summers lead to valuable life skills—and a deeper impact on the world.

A Conversation with Composer Judith Weir
Interviews

A Conversation with Composer Judith Weir

She is Master of the Queen's Music. The 65-year-old Judith Weir talks with the Grant Park Music Festival's Noel Morris about her work, Scottish tombstones, and the unlikely career path of a woman composer.

Carlos Kalmar Previews Summer 2020
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Carlos Kalmar Previews Summer 2020

Expect the unexpected and some classic favorites, too — that's according to Carlos Kalmar, who spoke to a gathering of Festival friends onstage at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.