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A Pastoral Picnic in White
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A Pastoral Picnic in White

It's Our Backyard Party for the City! On the evening of Saturday, July 27, people from all over Chicago will be dressed in white, enjoying dinner on the Great Lawn in Millennium Park, listening to Dvořák's Seventh Symphony played by the Grant Park Orchestra.

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Open Rehearsals Begin Tuesday, June 11

The sounds of the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus come alive on Tuesday through Fridays at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion when the Festival is in season. Each summer, more than 28,000 Chicagoans and visitors spend their lunch break watching rehearsals and listening to docent-led talks about the Festival's concert programs.

Rising Star Benjamin Beilman Comes Home
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Rising Star Benjamin Beilman Comes Home

Opening night cannot come soon enough and with it comes the Festival debut of the brilliant young violinist Benjamin Beilman, one of the classical world’s most rapidly rising stars.

New in 2019: Pritzker Pavilion Sound System Gets an Upgrade
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New in 2019: Pritzker Pavilion Sound System Gets an Upgrade

The speakers and audio control systems at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion have been completely upgraded.

Concertmaster Jeremy Black's Picks for Choose Your Own Concerts
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Concertmaster Jeremy Black's Picks for Choose Your Own Concerts

As Concertmaster of the Grant Park Orchestra, Jeremy Black is in the center of the action at the Festival. Like many of us, he's hard-pressed to choose favorite works from the upcoming season, but we prevailed upon him to help us create a "Choose Your Own" member package to share with family and friends.

Festival HD: A New Multimedia Series
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Festival HD: A New Multimedia Series

On four special nights, the Grant Park Orchestra’s performance will be augmented by spectacular visuals, featuring live performance video, images and video related to the music. 

Carlos Kalmar Talks About the Historic 2019 Season
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Carlos Kalmar Talks About the Historic 2019 Season

On a warm summer night in Millennium Park, the lights of the city twinkle and the air is filled with beautiful music as you turn to your friend and exchange a glance that says "I'm so glad we're here." You're experiencing the Grant Park Music Festival, which, for 85 seasons, has sparked the same feelings for thousands of fans.

WFMT Brings the Festival to You
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WFMT Brings the Festival to You

Can't make it to a Grant Park Music Festival this summer? Again this year, many of the Festival concerts will be broadcast on 98.7WFMT, Chicago's classical and fine arts radio station.

Mars and the Stars Arrive at the Festival
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Mars and the Stars Arrive at the Festival

See the stars of the Grant Park Orchestra on August 1 for Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet, featuring the return of the Festival's Principal Conductor, Carlos Kalmar. Then, join us after the concert when the Chicago Astronomical Society leads view of Jupiter, Saturn and Mars with telescopes from the back of the Great Lawn.

A Homecoming for a World-Class Violin
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A Homecoming for a World-Class Violin

The legendary violin, the ‘Wieniakwski’ Guarneri del Gesù returns to Chicago for the first time since 2010 in the trusted hands of guest violinist, Paul Huang.