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.

Andrew von Oeyen returns to the Festival on Opening Night.

Opening Night: Pictures at an Exhibition

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Andrew Von Oeyen, Piano
Fabio Bidini, Piano

What

Barber: Essay No. 2

Poulenc: Concerto for Two Pianos

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

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Alisa Jordheim makes her debut with the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus.

Beethoven Symphony No. 1

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Alisa Jordheim, Soprano

Tyler Duncan, Baritone

What

Kernis: Whisper, Echo, A Cry

Beethoven: Symphony No. 1

Torke: Book of Proverbs

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Storm Large returns for a night of classic songs of romance.

Storm Large: The Crazy Arc of Love

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Storm Large, Vocalist

James Beaton, Piano

Scott Weddle, Guitar

Matt Brown, Bass

Greg Eklund, Drums

What

Cole Porter: I've Got You Under My Skin

Cole Porter: It's Alright With Me

Jacques Brel: Ne Me Quitte Pas

John Farrar arr. Jerry Yester: Hopelessly Devoted to You

Tom Waits arr. Jerry Yester: Saving All My Love for You

Adam Mackintosh arr. Stephen Taylor: Forbidden Fruit

Augustín Lara and María Teresa Lara: Piensa en Mi

Elton John and Bernie Taupin: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Storm Large: A Woman's Heart

Storm Large: Call Me Crazy

Steven Tyler arr. Matt Catingub: Dream On

Storm Large and James Beaton arr. Jherek Bischoff: Angels in Gas Stations

Storm Large: Stand Up for Me

Freddie Mercury: Somebody to Love


Songs are not listed in order of performance.

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Carlos Kalmar conducts Mahler's Tragic Symphony.

Mahler Symphony No. 6

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

What

Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A Minor, Tragic

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Juho Pohjonen performs Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2.

Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Juho Pohjonen, Piano

What

Rimsky-Korsakov: Symphony No. 2, Antar

Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2

Rouse: Thunderstuck

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Angela Meade performs in The Epic of Gilgamesh.

Dvorák Golden Spinning Wheel

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Angela Meade, Soprano

Dane Thomas, Tenor

David John Pike, Baritone

Gidon Saks, Bass
Bernard Jacobson, Narrator

What

Dvořák: Golden Spinning Wheel

Martinů: The Epic of Gilgamesh

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The Independence Day concert is a beloved family tradition.

Independence Day Salute

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Monday, July 4, 2016, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 

Who

National Youth Choir Of Scotland

Christopher Bell, Conductor And Director

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras

Allen Tinkham, Director

What

An Evening of Patriotic Favorites

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See the classic film City Lights on the state-of-the-art Millennium Park screen.

Movie Night: Charlie Chaplin's City Lights

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 8:00pm – 9:30pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Andrés Franco, Guest Conductor

What

Charlie Chaplin's City Lights

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Karen Mason joins other Broadway stars for an evening of Cole Porter favorites.

A Cole Porter Celebration

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Kevin Stites, Guest Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Kathy Voytko, Soprano
Karen Mason, Mezzo-soprano

Hugh Panaro, Tenor

Ben Crawford, Baritone

What

A Cole Porter Celebration

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Rachel Barton Pine returns to the Grant Park Music Festival.

Rachel Barton Pine Plays Bruch

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Michal Nesterowicz, Guest Conductor

Rachel Barton Pine, Violin

What

Lutoslawski: Little Suite (Mala Suite)

Bruch: Violin Concerto in G Minor

Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 4

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Christoph König conducts Bruckner and Haydn.

Bruckner Romantic Symphony

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Christoph König, Guest Conductor

What

Haydn: Symphony No. 55

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4

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Alisa Weilerstein performs with the Grant Park Orchestra.

LIFE: A Journey Through Time

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Marin Alsop, Guest Conductor
Frans Lanting, Concept And Images

Alisa Weilerstein, Cello

Michael Ward-Bergeman, Accordian

Jamey Haddad, Percussion

Cyro Baptista, Percussion

MacArthur Fellows Celebration Program

What

Golijov: Azul

Glass: Life: A Journey through Time

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Jazz violinist Regina Carter returns to the Grant Park Music Festival.

The New World Symphony

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Marin Alsop, Guest Conductor

Regina Carter, Violin

What

Johnson: Harlem Symphony

Ellington: Slave Song/Come Sunday

Ellington: Imagine My Frustration

Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, From the New World

Johnson: Victory Stride

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The Grant Park Chorus at the South Shore Cultural Center

Grant Park Chorus: Shakespeare in the Park

Where & When

Columbus Park Refectory
Sunday, July 24, 2016, 3:00pm – 4:15pm 

South Shore Cultural Center
Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 7:00pm – 8:15pm 

Who

Grant Park Chorus
Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

What

Morley: It was a lover and his lass
Arne: Blow, blow, thou winter wind
Vaughan-Williams: Three Shakespeare Songs
Harris: Shakespeare Songs Book VI
Harris: Who is Sylvia
Tavener: Fear No More
Wertsch: A Shakespeare Suite
Olson: A Summer Sonnet

Hughes: If we shadows have offended

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Edwin Outwater conducts a night of opera.

Ryan Opera Center: Of Mice and Men

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Edwin Outwater, Guest Conductor
Annie Rosen, Mezzo-Soprano
Jesse Donner As Lennie Small
Emmett O'Hanlon As George Milton
Alec Carlson As Curley, Ballad Singer
Bradley Smoak As Candy
Diana Newman As Curley's Wife
Takaoki Onishi As Slim, Carlson

What

Muhly: Mixed Messages
Muhly: Two Songs for Soprano and Orchestra
Floyd: Of Mice and Men, Act I

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Thomas Wilkins leads the Grant Park Orchestra in a concert of classical favorites.

Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony

Where & When

South Shore Cultural Center
Friday, July 29, 2016, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Harris Theater for Music and Dance
Saturday, July 30, 2016, 7:30pm – 9:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Thomas Wilkins, Guest Conductor

What

Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
Marquez: Danzon No. 2
Lehar: Gold and Silver Waltzes
Daugherty: Desi
Saint-Saens: Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila
Offenbach: La Vie Parisienne
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, Italian

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Stephen Hough performs Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. 

Rachmaninov Rhapsody

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Stephen Hough, Piano

What

MacMillan: Britannia

Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Ibert: Escales

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Janai Brugger returns to the Festival for Mozart's Great Mass.

Mozart Mass in C Minor

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi, Soprano

Janai Brugger, Soprano

Hoss Brock, Tenor

Daniel Eifert, Bass

What

Gandolfi: The Cosmic Garden in Bloom, a world premiere

Mozart: Great Mass in C Minor

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Christian Poltéra makes his Grant Park Music Festival debut.

Shostakovich Cello Concerto

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Christian Poltéra, Cello

What

Harris: Symphony No. 3 in One Movement

Piston: Symphony No. 2

Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1

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Kirill Gerstein performs Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1.

Tchaikovsky Spectacular

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Kirill Gerstein, Piano

What

Tchaikovsky: Marche Slave

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 (1879 version)

Tchaikovsky: Orchestral Suite No. 3

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Festival favorite Christian Tetzlaff performs Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor.

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Christian Tetzlaff, Violin

What

Mozart: Ballet Music from Idomeneo

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor

Schubert: Symphony No. 4

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Allyson McHardy is one of the stellar soloists featured in The Damnation of Faust.

Damnation of Faust

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Allyson McHardy, Mezzo-soprano

Jonathan Johnson, Tenor
Stephen Hegedus, Baritone

Kristinn Sigmundsson, Bass

What

Berlioz: La damnation de Faust

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