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Festival HD: Bringing Music to the Screen
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Festival HD: Bringing Music to the Screen

In 2019, the Festival was looking for a way to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the opening of Millennium Park. Organizers came up with Festival HD—and paved the way to a virtual season in 2020.

Here's What's Buzzing about Flight of the Bumblebee

Here's What's Buzzing about Flight of the Bumblebee

Rimsky-Korsakov must have known his Flight of the Bumblebee would be a crowd pleaser—but could he have predicted this? Take a look at the many ways this bee has buzzed its way into popular culture.

A Young Artist in the Age of Coronavirus

A Young Artist in the Age of Coronavirus

One month before a statewide order sequestered Chicagoans in their homes, Pablo Sanchez received a letter of congratulations from the Grant Park Music Festival.

Interview with Opera Star and Social Activist J'Nai Bridges
Interviews

Interview with Opera Star and Social Activist J'Nai Bridges

After the virus placed her opera career on hold, one-time Chicagoan J'Nai Bridges decided to use her voice for social change.

Celebrating Women's Voices
 
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Celebrating Women's Voices  

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote. 

J'Nai Bridges: Using Her Voice
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J'Nai Bridges: Using Her Voice

Festival audiences think of mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges as one of Chicago’s own.  They’ve been watching her perform with the Grant Park Orchestra for years. Now she’s using her voice in a different way.

Andreas Haefliger: A Complete Beethovenian
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Andreas Haefliger: A Complete Beethovenian

This was to be the week of the Grant Park Music Festival’s celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth...

Bach's Cello Suites
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Bach's Cello Suites

Six pieces…36 movements…almost 2 ½ hours of music—how a man born more than 300 years ago got Eric Kutz through the quarantine.

Black Composers, A Lifetime Pursuit
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Black Composers, A Lifetime Pursuit

There are certain works that live in the violinist's DNA. For Rachel Barton Pine, this is only the beginning.

A New Way to Celebrate The Fourth
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A New Way to Celebrate The Fourth

Dress in red, white and blue and settle in at home or social distance in the backyard. Then take in the sounds of the Grant Park Orchestra…virtually.