The 2018 Festival Season

What does summer in Chicago look like? Ten weeks of classical music performed by the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus under the stars. Our season begins June 13—Don't miss a thrilling summer of music!

Dashon Burton, Baritone

Haydn and Walton

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
Carlos Kalmar
, Principal Conductor
Christopher Bell, Chorus Director
Dashon Burton, Baritone

What

Sean Shepherd: Magiya
Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 99
William Walton: Belshazzar's Feast

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William Hagen, Violin

Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Friday, June 15, 2018, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar
, Principal Conductor
William Hagen, Violin

What

Christoph Willibald Gluck: Overture: Orfeo ed Euridice
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major
Carl Maria Von Weber: Euryanthe Overture
Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations

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Ēriks Ešenvalds, composer

Bernstein, Brahms, and a World Premiere

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
Carlos Kalmar
, Principal Conductor
Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

What

Johannes Brahms: Gesang der Parzen
Olivier Messiaen: O Sacrum Convivium
Leonard Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
Êriks Ešenvalds: World Premiere - Festival Commission


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Natasha Paremski, Piano

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Saturday, June 23, 2018, 7:30pm – 9:15pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar
, Principal Conductor
Natasha Paremski, Piano

What

Walter Piston: Symphony No. 6
Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3

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Adam Walker, Flute

Schubert Symphony No. 3

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar
, Principal Conductor
Adam Walker, Flute

What

Albert Roussel: Le festin de l'araignée
Carl Nielsen: Concerto for Flute
Charles Tomlinson Griffes: Poem
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 3

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Johannes Moser, Cello

Dvorak Cello Concerto

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar
, Principal Conductor
Johannes Moser, Cello

What

Antonin Dvorák: Cello Concerto
Zoltán Kodály: Summer Evening
Leoš Janáček: Sinfonietta

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Emily Bear, Piano

Independence Day Salute

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 6:30pm – 8:45pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Christopher Bell
, Conductor
Emily Bear, Piano

What

John Williams: Liberty Fanfare
Aaron Copland: Variations on a Shaker Melody
Adolphus Hailstork: Three Spirituals
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
John Philip Sousa: The Belle of Chicago
Robert Wendell: From Sea to Shining Sea
(Arr. Robert Lowden): Armed Forces Salute
(Arr. Carmen Dragon): America the Beautiful
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
John Philip Sousa: Stars and Stripes Forever

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Kelley O'Connor, Mezzo Soprano

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Dennis Russell Davies
, Guest Conductor
Kelley O'Connor, Mezzo Soprano

What

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5
William Bolcom: Symphony No. 4, The Rose
William Bolcom: Machine from Symphony No. 5

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Jeremy Black, Violin

Vivaldi Four Seasons

Where & When

South Shore Cultural Center
Monday, July 9, 2018, 7:00pm – 8:00pm 

Columbus Park Refectory
Thursday, July 12, 2018, 7:00pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Members Of The Grant Park Orchestra
Jeremy Black, Violin And Conductor

What

Edvard Grieg: Holberg Suite
Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

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Vinay Parameswaran, Guest Conductor

Music of the Silver Screen

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 8:00pm – 9:30pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Vinay Parameswaran
, Guest Conductor

What


Miklós Rózsa
: Parade of the Charioteers from Ben Hur
Serge Prokofiev: Suite from Lieutenant Kije
Bernard Herrmann: Overture to Citizen Kane
Erich Korngold: The Adventures of Robin Hood
George Gershwin: An American in Paris
John Williams: "Raiders March” from Raiders of the Lost Ark

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Ryan Silverman, tenor

I Could Have Danced All Night

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
Kevin Stites, Guest Conductor
Christopher Bell, Chorus Director
Sierra Boggess, Soprano
Ryan Silverman, Tenor
Ben Crawford, Baritone

What

Lerner and Loewe: Classic Broadway

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Roderick Cox, Guest Conductor

Beethoven Symphony No. 2

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 6:30pm – 8:00pm  Order Now

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Roderick Cox
, Guest Conductor
Jeremy Black, Violin
Eric Hall, Bassoon
Walter Haman, Cello
Nathan Mills, Oboe

What

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 2
Franz Joseph Haydn: Sinfonia Concertante
Richard Wagner: Overture to Tannhäuser

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The Grant Park Chorus at the South Shore Cultural Center

Grant Park Chorus in the Parks

Where & When

South Shore Cultural Center
Thursday, July 19, 2018, 7:00pm – 8:15pm 

Columbus Park Refectory
Sunday, July 22, 2018, 7:00pm – 8:15pm 

Who

Grant Park Chorus
Christopher Bell
, Chorus Director

What

Samuel Barber: God’s Grandeur

William Henry Harris: Faire is the Heaven
Anton Bruckner: Virga Jesse

Anton Bruckner: Christus Factus Est
Anton Bruckner: Ave Maria
Benjamin Britten: Hymn to St. Cecilia
Michael Tippet: Spirituals from Child of Our Time

Kenneth Leighton: God’s Grandeur

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Paul Huang, Violin

Barber Violin Concerto

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Markus Stenz
, Guest Conductor
Paul Huang, Violin

What

Detlev Glanert: Frenesia
Samuel Barber: Violin Concerto
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 1 - Spring

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Gemma New, Guest Conductor

Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 6:30pm – 8:00pm  Order Now

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Gemma New
, Guest Conductor
Kirill Gerstein, Piano

What

Douglas Lilburn: Aotearoa Overture
Franz Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 2

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Colin Currie, Percussion

Mendelssohn Scottish Symphony

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
David Danzmayr
, Guest Conductor
Colin Currie, Percussion

What

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Norfolk Rhapsody No. 2
Andrew Norman: Switch
Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, Scottish

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Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor

Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 6:30pm – 8:00pm  Order Now

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar
, Principal Conductor

What

Antonin Dvorák: Othello Overture
Richard Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
Richard Strauss: Macbeth
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture Fantasy

Janai Brugger, Soprano

Haydn and Debussy

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
Carlos Kalmar
, Principal Conductor
Janai Brugger, Soprano
Lauren Segal, Mezzo Soprano
Brendan Tuohy, Tenor
Michael Sumuel, Bass

What

Franz Joseph Haydn: Overture: "The Representation of Chaos" from The Creation
Claude Debussy: Nocturnes
Franz Joseph Haydn: Mass in B-flat Major: Theresa Mass

George Li, Piano

Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 6:30pm – 8:00pm  Order Now

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar
, Principal Conductor
George Li, Piano

What

John Vincent: Symphony in D Major
Frédéric Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1
Frédéric Chopin (arr. Igor Stravinsky): Nocturne in A-flat Major
Frédéric Chopin (arr. Igor Stravinsky): Grande Valse Brillante

Pablo Ferrandez, Cello

Prokofiev and Vaughan Williams

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar
, Principal Conductor
Pablo Ferrández, Cello

What

Serge Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante
Charles Ives: The Unanswered Question
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 4

Ann Toomey, soprano

The Old Maid and the Thief

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 6:30pm – 7:45pm  Order Now

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar
, Principal Conductor
Artists Of The Patrick G. And Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center
Ann Toomey,
Soprano
Whitney Morrison, Soprano
Lauren Decker, Contralto
Christopher Kenney, Baritone

What

Gian Carlo Menotti: The Old Maid and the Thief

Claire de Sevigne, Soprano

Carmina Burana

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
Carlos Kalmar
, Principal Conductor
Benjamin Rivera, Guest Chorus Director
Claire De Sevigne, Soprano
Michael Maniaci, Counter Tenor
James Westman, Baritone
Members Of The Anima - Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus

What

Antonin Dvořák: Water Goblin
Carl Orff: Carmina Burana