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A Salute to Longtime Members of the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus

September 1, 2023 | Noel Morris

Top: Peter Szczepanek, Doug Waddell, Joel Cohen  Bottom: Tom Yang, Jan Jarvis, Gene Collerd, Larry Glazier

These seven musicians have served the people of Chicago and hundreds of thousands of visitors for forty-plus years—all local—and they give so much to this fabulous institution and this wonderful city.
—Carlos Kalmar

The Festival salutes the musicians of the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus, especially those who've served our city and this organization for more than four decades, including Tom Yang (Violin - 40 years), Peter Szczepanek (Assitant Principal Cello - 41 years), Doug Wadell (Percussion - 41 years), Larry Glazier (Cello - 44 years), Joel Cohen (Assistant Principal Percussion - 45 years), Gene Collard (Assistant Principal Clarinet and Bass Clarinet - 44 years) and Jan Jarvis (Chorus Bass - 48 years).