News & Stories
Many Happy Returns: Celebrating William Bolcom
In 2014, William Bolcom helped mark the Grant Park Music Festival's 80th Anniversary with a week long residency that culminated in the world premiere of Millennium: Concerto-Fantasia, specially commissioned by the Festival.
Important Information for our Audiences
While music is our mission, patron safety is our priority. Here are some important things to know when attending the Grant Park Music Festival.
Welcome to our New Musicians
From familiar faces in new places, to new faces in old places, the Grant Park Music Festival has some introductions to make! Get to know a little bit more about the people behind the music you love—from the longtime Festival violinist who became our Assistant Concertmaster this year, to the newcomers who spend their summer break with us after a year of performing around Chicago and all over the world. To our new orchestra and chorus members: welcome to the Festival!
Behind the Scenes
Concertmaster Jeremy Black's Top Picks for Summer
When Jeremy Black's friends asked which concerts to see this summer, he created a Choose Your Own package that included some of his favorite music and guest artists.
Live From WFMT
Listen to select Festival concerts on 98.7WFMT throughout the summer.
2018 Year of Creative Youth
When you get to Millennium Park early on a Friday night this summer, be sure to check out the performers at the front of the Great Lawn.
City Announces Updated Security Plan for Millennium Park
Beginning in May and running through September, the City of Chicago and the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) will be implementing a new security perimeter and bag check policy for all concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.
An Epic Season Finale: Carmina Burana
The fully orchestrated version of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana will return to the Grant Park Music Festival for the first time since 2006.
Marlea Simpson Returns to Chicago
Last month, Festival Impresario members were treated to a performance on the stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion by the accomplished violist, Marlea Simpson, the youngest member of the Grant Park Orchestra.
Behind the Scenes
On Being a Festival Docent
This year I begin my 13th season as a Grant Park Music Festival docent and I can say, “I have loved every minute!”