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A Note to Chicago
News

A Note to Chicago

These past few weeks have been a powerful reminder of just how connected we are . . . 

Building Tomorrow's Orchestra
Insights

Building Tomorrow's Orchestra

For the young musicians of the Grant Park Music Festival's Project Inclusion Fellowship, jam-packed summers lead to valuable life skills—and a deeper impact on the world.

Chorus Auditions: "Next, Please!"
Behind the Scenes

Chorus Auditions: "Next, Please!"

Pushing through winter weather, hectic schedules, and pre-audition jitters, singers line up for a chance to be part of the 2020 Grant Park Chorus.

A Conversation with Composer Judith Weir
Interviews

A Conversation with Composer Judith Weir

She is Master of the Queen's Music. The 65-year-old Judith Weir talks with the Grant Park Music Festival's Noel Morris about her work, Scottish tombstones, and the unlikely career path of a woman composer.

Carlos Kalmar Previews Summer 2020
News

Carlos Kalmar Previews Summer 2020

Expect the unexpected and some classic favorites, too — that's according to Carlos Kalmar, who spoke to a gathering of Festival friends onstage at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

The Birth of Gospel: A Chicago Tradition
Insights

The Birth of Gospel: A Chicago Tradition

On July 1-2, the Grant Park Music Festival welcomes conductor Charles Floyd and the Soul Children of Chicago to honor one of the city's native art forms: gospel music.

Beethoven: A Musical Behemoth
History

Beethoven: A Musical Behemoth

2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, a giant in music who continues to haunt, challenge and inspire composers, performers and audiences, alike. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, Ludwig van Beethoven is “widely regarded as the greatest composer who ever lived.

Chicago Proud: Inside the Year of Chicago Music
Insights

Chicago Proud: Inside the Year of Chicago Music

Classical. Blues. Gospel. House music. Jazz. Chicago is a heavy hitter within America's musical landscape. Now it's time to celebrate.

Thinking About a Family Gathering?
Insights

Thinking About a Family Gathering?

Unique in its ability to move young and old, music is—and always has been—the perfect family entertainment.

Acclaimed Violinist Vadim Gluzman Comes Home
Insights

Acclaimed Violinist Vadim Gluzman Comes Home

This August, world-renowned violinist Vadim Gluzman will step off his international tour and return to the Grant Park Music Festival on August 2 and 3 to perform Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade. The concert takes place at the intimate Harris Theater, with Carlos Kalmar conducting.