August 06, 2019
The Stunning sounds of the Grant Park Chorus
There's nothing quite like the unexpected brilliance of an outdoor performance, when music and song soar beyond the concert space and can be heard throughout the city.
And the sounds of the Grant Park Chorus really do soar. Fresh off its popular “In the Parks” appearances, Chicago’s glorious, 100+ voice Grant Park Chorus returns to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage for two more concert programs with the Grant Park Orchestra: the rarely performed A Mass of Life by Frederick Delius on August 9 and 10, and Gustav Mahler’s monumental Resurrection Symphony, which concludes the Festival season on August 16 and 17.
Led by chorus director Christopher Bell, the Grant Park Chorus has been called one of the world’s top symphony choruses by the Chicago Tribune.
A Mass of Life showcases an expanded Grant Park Chorus in a rare performance of this epic, early 19th century work—an exultant celebration intermingled with the contemplation of eternity. The program features the Orchestra, Chorus and an international roster of guest vocalists: American soprano Melody Moore, Polish mezzo-soprano Ewa Plonka, British tenor Andrew Staples, and Canadian bass-baritone Nathan Berg.
One week later, the Festival's 85th season will close with another massive orchestral and choral work, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with two acclaimed vocalists with Chicago roots: soprano Amanda Majeski and mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges. As he does each year, the Festival's Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar will leave audiences with a sweeping work to close out the season.
Join us for our final two weeks of concerts and hear the stunning voices of the Grant Park Chorus set against the magnificent Chicago skyline in the state-of-the-art Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion.