the 2020 Festival Season

2020 has been designated the Year of Chicago Music, and the Grant Park Music Festival is taking a leading role. Shining a spotlight on the city’s extraordinary legacy of local and international arts, the 2020 season highlights the breathtaking diversity of one of America’s great cities. Mixing classical mainstays with genre-bending world-premiere compositions, the best of Broadway, classic cinema, Americana, gospel and family entertainment, the 2020 Grant Park Music Festival is Classic Chicago.

Alon Goldstein (left) and Amit Peled of the Tempest Trio

Beethoven Triple Concerto

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor

Tempest Trio (Ilya Kaler, Violin; Amit Peled, Cello; Alon Goldstein, Piano)


What

Florence Price: Concert Overture No. 1

Ludwig van Beethoven: Triple Concerto

Richard Wagner: Excerpts from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg


Chicago composer Mischa Zupko

Brahms Symphony No 3

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor 

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Anima — Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus

Natalie Rose Richardson, Orator

What

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3

Judith Weir: We Are Shadows

Mischa Zupko: World Premiere

Dancers from Polonia Ensemble

A World of Dance

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, conductor

Polonia Ensemble

Tango 21 Dance Theater

What

Frédéric Chopin/Roy Douglas: Les sylphides

Wojciech Kilar: Polonaise from Pan Tadeusz

Staniłsaw Moniuszko: Mazurka from Haunted Manor

Elbio Barilari: Cayengue

Angel Villoldo: El Choclo

Astor Piazzolla: Fuga from Tres Movimientos Tanguísticos Porteños

Carlos Gardel: Por una cabeza

Gerardo Mato Rodriguez: La Cumparsita

Alberto Ginastera: Estancia: Four Dances

Pianist Janice Carissa

Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Janice Carissa, Piano 

What

Augusta Holmès: Andromède

Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique


Percussionist Ji Su Jung of The Percussion Collective

Orpheus in the Underworld

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

The Percussion Collective (Ji Su Jung, Matthew Keown, Svet Stoyanov, Sam Seyong Um)


What

Jacques Offenbach: Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld

Christopher Theofanidis: Drum Circles

Robert Fuchs: Symphony No. 2


Siena Licht Miller, mezzo-soprano

Britten Spring Symphony

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Anima  Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus

Jane Archibald, Soprano

Siena Licht Miller, Mezzo-Soprano

John Matthew Myers, Tenor


What

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture

Arvo Pärt: In principio

Benjamin Britten: Spring Symphony


Soul Children of Chicago

The Soul of Chicago: A Gospel Celebration

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

South Shore Cultural Center
Thursday, July 2, 2020, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Charles Floyd, Conductor

Soul Children Of Chicago

Walt Whitman, Chorus Director

What

A program of gospel favorites


A picnicker at the annual Independence Day Salute

Independence Day Salute

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Saturday, July 4, 2020, 7:30pm – 9:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Christopher Bell, Conductor

Katelyn Lee, Soprano

Nicholas Boettcher, Double Bass

What

John Philip Sousa: The Liberty Bell

Arr. Robert Lowden: Armed Forces Salute

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

John Philip Sousa: Stars and Stripes Forever
and more

Gene Kelly in "Singin in the Rain"

Classic Movie Night: Singin' in the Rain

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 8:00pm – 10:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Norman Huyhn, Conductor

What

Film: Singin' in the Rain

Singer and actress Mamie Parris

Broadway Tonight!

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Lawrence Loh, Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Mamie Parris, Vocals

Madison Claire Parks, Vocals

Bronson Norris Murphy, Vocals

What

Selections from Wicked, CatsPhantom of the Opera, The Lion King, South Pacific, West Side Story and more.

Cellist Alban Gerhardt

Sibelius Finlandia

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
David Chan, Conductor
Alban Gerhardt, Cello 

What

Jean Sibelius: Finlandia
Samuel Barber: Cello Concerto
Aram Khachaturian: Suite from Spartacus


Violinist Rachel Barton Pine

Beethoven Eroica Symphony

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor

Rachel Barton Pine, Violin

Billy Childs, Composer-in-Residence


What

Victor Agudelo: La Madre de Agua

Billy Childs: Violin Concerto No. 2  (World Premiere)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, Eroica


Pianist Andreas Haefliger

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Nicole Paiement, Conductor

Andreas Haefliger, Piano

What

Ludwig van Beethoven:Piano Concerto No. 4

Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 8

Guest conductor Markus Stenz

Haydn Surprise Symphony

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Markus Stenz, Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Mary Feminear, Soprano

Susan Platts, Mezzo-Soprano

Eric Ferring, Tenor

Zachary Altman, Bass-Baritone



What

Joey Roukens: Chase

Franz Josef Haydn: Symphony No. 94, Surprise

Ludwig van Beethoven: Mass in C Major


Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar

Family Night: Peter and the Wolf

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor 

What

Francis Poulenc: The Story of Babar,  The Little Elephant 

Camille Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals 

Sergei Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf

Pianist Simon Trpceski

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 4

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Simon Trpčeski, Piano 

What

Elena Kats-Chernin: Mythic 

Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 4 

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5

Violinist Simone Lamsma

Handel Royal Fireworks

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Simone Lamsma, Violin 

What

George Frideric Handel: Royal Fireworks Music 

Max Bruch: Scottish Fantasy 

Peter Maxwell Davies: An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise


Grant Park Music Festival Chorus Director Christopher Bell

From Ireland with Love

Where & When

South Shore Cultural Center
Thursday, August 6, 2020, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Columbus Park Refectory
Monday, August 10, 2020, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Chorus

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

What

An a cappella choral program of classic Irish tunes

Violinist Christian Tetzlaff

Mozart Jupiter Symphony

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Christian Tetzlaff, Violin 

What

Edward Elgar: Violin Concerto 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 41, Jupiter

Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisory Carlos Kalmar

Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Who

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

What

Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to Oberon 

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Suite from Sleeping Beauty 

Josef Suk: Fairy Tale 

Soprano Jane Archibald

Mendelssohn Elijah

Who

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Jane Archibald, Soprano

Lauren Decker, Mezzo-Soprano

Joseph Dennis, Tenor

Nathan Berg, Bass-Baritone

What

Felix Mendelssohn: Elijah