News & Stories
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
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.
A Cellist's Reflections on Bach
Grant Park Orchestra cellist Eric Kutz has been playing the Bach Cello Suites since he was a kid. He's been teaching them to young players for almost as long, so they weren't exactly the shiny new toy. But then came the quarantine.
Musicians at Home—Rika Seko
Grant Park Orchestra violinist Rika Seko is not accustomed to sitting around. When COVID-19 brought the performing arts to a standstill, she suddenly had to grapple with the notion of having free time—and learn to love it!
Discovering and Rediscovering the Bach Cello Suites
Musicians tend to speak of the Bach Cello Suites as an almost religious experience. Possessing an affect that is as startling as it is profound, this music endures—in spite of its checkered history.
Musicians at Home—Jonathan Boen
In the spring of 2020, Jonathan Boen lost what would surely have been a career highlight—the chance to play principal horn in Wagner's Ring Cycle. The coming of summer, with the cancellation of the Grant Park Music Festival, brought further disappointment, yet he's finding ways to turn lemons into lemonade.
Six Artists of Color Make Their Mark in Classical Music
Six artists of color make their mark in classical music — an industry where diversity is lacking
Festival HD: Bringing Music to the Screen
In 2019, the Festival was looking for a way to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the opening of Millennium Park. Organizers came up with Festival HD—and paved the way to a virtual season in 2020.
Here's What's Buzzing about Flight of the Bumblebee
Rimsky-Korsakov must have known his Flight of the Bumblebee would be a crowd pleaser—but could he have predicted this? Take a look at the many ways this bee has buzzed its way into popular culture.
Behind the Scenes
A Young Artist in the Age of Coronavirus
One month before a statewide order sequestered Chicagoans in their homes, Pablo Sanchez received a letter of congratulations from the Grant Park Music Festival.