Season Archives

2016 Season

In its 82nd season, the Grant Park Music Festival featured an array of musical favorites which included Martinu's rarely performed oratorio The Epic of Gilgamesh and Rachmaninov's tour-de-force Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, performed by virtuoso pianist Stephen Hough. The Festival also celebrated the MacArthur Foundation's contributions to the arts with a weeklong program curated by guest conductor Marin Alsop. Before the season's close, it welcomed composer Michael Gandolfi back for the world premiere of his commissioned piece The Cosmic Garden in Bloom, inspired by the magnificent Garden of Cosmic Speculation in Scotland.