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Project Inclusion Alum Kyle Dickson Talks about Race and Social Activism

Project Inclusion Alum Kyle Dickson Talks about Race and Social Activism

Violinist and conductor Kyle Dickson aspires to "tell the whole truth" about classical music with a greater emphasis on artists and composers of color.

A Letter from Festival CEO Paul Winberg

A Letter from Festival CEO Paul Winberg

Dear Friends, Greetings and best wishes in 2021! All of us at the Festival are eager to bring live music back to Millennium Park this summer.

Opera Star Janai Brugger at Home in Chicago

Opera Star Janai Brugger at Home in Chicago

International opera star and Chicago native Janai Brugger reflects on life during COVID, recording for HBO in her basement, and her early career as a member of the Festival chorus. 

Part-time Rocker Adam Grais Takes Becomes Festival Board Chair

Part-time Rocker Adam Grais Takes Becomes Festival Board Chair

Adam Grais has played in marching bands, orchestras, big bands, punk bands, rock and jazz bands—now he's the Festival board chair. And it's all good.

10 Things You Might Not Know about Beethoven

10 Things You Might Not Know about Beethoven

At the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth, there's still a lot to learn.

Beethoven's Favorite Dinner: Mac-n-Cheese (KasNocken)

Beethoven's Favorite Dinner: Mac-n-Cheese (KasNocken)

According to Anton Schindler, Beethoven's secretary and biographer, the composer loved mac-n-cheese, a particular recipe called KasNocken that is believed to have originated in Austria's Pinzgau region.

Profile - Outgoing Board Chair Stephen Smith 

Profile - Outgoing Board Chair Stephen Smith 

For Chicago-based business leader Stephen Smith, volunteering at the Grant Park Music Festival wasn't just about serving the community, it was personal. 

Musicians at Home—Evan Bravos

Musicians at Home—Evan Bravos

2020 has been a trying year for professional musicians, but for Grant Park Chorus baritone Evan Bravos, it's been surprsingly good.

Musicians at Home—Susan Nelson

Musicians at Home—Susan Nelson

With a dramatically altered work schedule, Grant Park Chorister Susan Nelson is finding a greater purpose: recording and uploading songs by women. To date, she's recorded well over 100.

Musicians at Home—Jeanine Wynton

Musicians at Home—Jeanine Wynton

The pandemic has displaced musicians the world over. They are missing their usual haunts; they're missing their colleagues, and most of all, they're missing the music. Find out how one violinist is keeping up her chops, maintaining her sanity and helping others to do the same.