Open Rehearsals

Free open rehearsals of the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus offering informal talks by Festival docents.

A Festival docent speaks during a break in rehearsal

Audiences can watch as the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus rehearse upcoming performances during the day, most Tuesdays–Fridays, June–August.

During breaks in rehearsals, Festival docents lead informal talks about the music, composers, and the history of classical music in the front of the Seating Bowl.

Typical Grant Park Music Festival Rehearsal Schedule at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion

  • Tuesdays from 11AM-1:30PM and 3PM-5:30PM
  • Wednesdays from 11AM-1:30PM
  • Thursdays from 10:30AM-1PM
  • Fridays from 11AM-1:30AM


Brown Bag Lunch (Bring your own) Docent-Led Talks with Special Guests

Start Time: Approximately 11:45 AM

  • Thursday June 21 Chorus Director Christopher Bell (cancelled due to weather)
  • Wednesday July 18 Guest Conductor Roderick Cox