John Adams: The Chairman Dances
Richard Strauss: Oboe Concerto
Claude Debussy: La mer
Carlos Kalmar conducts Debussy's roiling hommage to the sea La mer, a masterstroke of orchestral color. And French oboist Françiox Leleux performs Richard Strauss's autumnal Oboe Concerto, written for a U.S. soldier (and Philadelphia Orchestra musician) at the close of World War II. The program opens with an orchestral extract from John Adams' watershed opera Nixon in China.
Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the City of Chicago has cancelled all events in Millennium Park. All Grant Park Music Festival presentations for 2020 are taking place via digital media.