World Premieres

In 2014, the Grant Park Music Festival formalized its commitment to an expanded repertoire by bringing the commissioning of new works into its long-range plan. The Festival's list of world premieres has been growing ever since.

John Corigliano Midsummer Fanfare (2004)

Michael Torke Plans (2009)

Michael Gandolfi Only Converge: An Exaltation of Place (2012)

Sebastian Currier Sleepers and Dreamers (2012)

Christopher Theofanidis The Legend of the Northern Lights (2014)

William BolcomMillennium: A Concerto-Fantasia for Orchestra (2014)

Kenji Bunch Symphony No. 3 (2015)

Michael Gandolfi The Cosmic Garden in Bloom (2016)

Aaron Jay Kernis Legacy (2017)

Ä’riks Ešenvalds The Pleiades (2018)

Kareem Roustom Turn to the World: A Whitman Cantata (2019)

Stacy Garrop Shiva Dances (2019)

Lori Laitman Hands (2019)

Joel Thompson In Response to the Madness (2019)

Mischa Zupko Blue Matter* (June 17, 2022)

Billy Childs Violin Concerto No. 2* (commissioned in 2020)

Jessie Montgomery L.E.S. Characters* (commissioned in 2021)

Carl Vine Zofomorphis (August 17, 2022)

Billy Childs Variation on a Rondo (July 17, 2022)

John Harbison Mark the Date (August 7, 2022)

Tebogo Monnakgotla It is the Lark that Sings . . . (August 7, 2022)

Christopher Theofanidis Flute Concerto (August 10, 2022)

Xavier Foley Midnight Sonata (July 16, 2023)

Xavier Foley Underground Railroad (July 18, 2023)

*Performances of these Grant Park Orchestra commissions were rescheduled due to the pandemic.

Put together imaginative programs that mix standard and unusual symphonic and choral fare... and you have a classical operation several cuts above anything to be found across the crowded U.S. festival landscape.”

—John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune