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Advocate for the Arts Awards Benefit 2022

Advocate for the Arts Awards Benefit 2022

About 98 percent of the time, the Grant Park Music Festival is about flip-flops and picnic baskets. But there is one event that draws a range of Festival die-hards for a tony gathering in the fall: the annual Advocate for the Arts Awards Benefit.

Carlos Kalmar and the Lessons of 2021

Carlos Kalmar and the Lessons of 2021

For Grant Park Music Festival Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar, the unplanned gap year brought on by the pandemic coincided with a surprising development.

Festival Welcomes New Board Members

Festival Welcomes New Board Members

Grant Park Orchestral Association Board Chair Adam Grais has announced the appointments of Renee Ferguson, Angela Lee, Jason Spigner, Curtis Tarver II and Andria van der Merwe to the Association’s Board of Directors.

A 380-Foot-Tall What?!

A 380-Foot-Tall What?!

Always, music festivals tout their successes in terms of attendance, box-office figures and dollars raised. This year the staff of the Grant Park Music Festival presents a slightly different take on the 2021 series.  

Column: It's Summer. Again. Make Your Resolutions.
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Column: It's Summer. Again. Make Your Resolutions.

Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich contemplates best bets for summer 2021.

Festival Welcomes a New Crop of Young Artists

Festival Welcomes a New Crop of Young Artists

In 1935, the Grant Park Music Festival began presenting free concerts to the people of Chicago along the city's lakefront. Since then, the Festival has expanded its reach, training young artists while reaching audiences in their own neighborhoods.

Why Chicago Is One of the Best Places for Singers
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Why Chicago Is One of the Best Places for Singers

In the United States, more people sing in choirs than play baseball. “Choir” can be the focal point of a person’s social life. But for all the community singers, few have the training or the instrument to stand within the ranks of the Grant Park Chorus.

Project Inclusion Fellow Allison Lovera in Recital

Project Inclusion Fellow Allison Lovera in Recital

Like most performing artists, violinist Allison Lovera watched an entire ecosystem of creativity move underground during the past year and a half.

When Millennium Park Re-emerges

When Millennium Park Re-emerges

Some things changed. Some things stayed the same. Millennium Park Foundation Executive Director Scott Stewart opens up about the rewards and challenges of steering Chicago's top attraction through a pandemic.

Sarah Martin: a Violinist with a Camera

Sarah Martin: a Violinist with a Camera

Project Inclusion alum Sarah Martin has always been an artist; a dancer from the age of two and a musician soon after, she travels the world with a violin and a camera in hand.