Grant Park Music Festival 2017 Schedule

The Grant Park Music Festival is a free summer concert series. This year it begins on Wednesday, June 14, with a performance of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. Highlights this season include Stravinsky's Firebird, Canada's 150th Birthday Celebration with the Canadian Brass, and Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams. It's set to be another year of stellar music under the stars in downtown Chicago.

See the entire Grant Park Music Festival 2017 schedule below and start marking your calendar now.

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2017 Grant Park Music Festival

all programs subject to change

 

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra open the Festival's 2017 season with one of the most enduring violin concertos of all time featuring Vadim Gluzman. The evening gets started with Alfvén's Festival Overture and a medley of the best-known music from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.

WHERE & WHEN

  • Jay Pritzker Pavilion
  • Concert: Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 11:00am – 1:30pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 3:00pm – 5:30pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

WHO

  • Grant Park Orchestra
  • Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
  • Vadim Gluzman, Violin

WHAT

  • Alfvén: Festival Overture
  • Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
  • Gershwin: Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture

A Sea Symphony

The Grant Park Chorus join the Orchestra for Vaughan Williams' monumental A Sea Symphony, based on Walt Whitman's celebrated poetry collection, Leaves of Grass. Sweeping and bold, it is paired with orchestral works from Benjamin Britten's beautiful and terrifying opera, Peter Grimes.

WHERE & WHEN

  • Jay Pritzker Pavilion
  • Concert: Friday, June 16, 2017, 6:30pm – 9:00pm 
  • Concert: Saturday, June 17, 2017, 7:30pm – 10:00pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 11:00am – 1:30pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Thursday, June 15, 2017, 10:30am – 1:00pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Friday, June 16, 2017, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

WHO

  • Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
  • Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
  • Christopher Bell, Chorus Director
  • Sara Jakubiak, Soprano
  • David John Pike, Baritone

WHAT

  • Britten: Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia
  • Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony

Beethoven Symphony No. 4

Join the Orchestra for Beethoven's classic Fourth Symphony, along with American composer Aaron Copland's homage, Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson with soprano Susanna Phillips in her Festival debut. Wagner's orchestral interpretation of the Faust overture opens the program.

WHERE & WHEN

  • Jay Pritzker Pavilion
  • Concert: Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 6:30pm – 9:00pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 11:00am – 1:30pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 3:00pm – 5:30pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

WHO

  • Grant Park Orchestra
  • Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
  • Susanna Phillips, Soprano

WHAT

  • Wagner: Overture: A Faust Overture
  • Copland: Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 4

Stravinsky Firebird

The season heats up with Khachaturian's festive Armenian Piano Concerto with American pianist Conrad Tao, along with Stravinsky's heroic masterpiece, The Firebird. The evening begins with the Midwest premiere of David Schiff's Infernal, a jazzy tribute to Stravinsky's Firebird.

WHERE & WHEN

  • Jay Pritzker Pavilion
  • Concert: Friday, June 23, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 
  • Concert: Saturday, June 24, 2017, 7:30pm – 10:00pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 3:00pm – 5:30pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Thursday, June 22, 2017, 10:30am – 1:00pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Friday, June 23, 2017, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

WHO

  • Grant Park Orchestra
  • Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
  • Conrad Tao, Piano

WHAT

  • Schiff: Infernal
  • Khachaturian: Piano Concerto
  • Stravinsky: The Firebird

Missa Latina

Hear the Latin Mass transformed as Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducts the Festival premiere of Missa Latina, the large-scale choral work by Puerto Rican-American composer Roberto Sierra that mixes traditional Latin and contemporary concert music with the irresistible dance rhythms of the Caribbean.

WHERE & WHEN

  • Jay Pritzker Pavilion
  • Concert: Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 6:30pm – 9:00pm 
  • Concert: Friday, June 30, 2017, 6:30pm – 9:00pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 11:00am – 1:30pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 3:00pm – 5:30pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

WHO

  • Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus;
  • Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Guest Conductor
  • Christopher Bell, Chorus Director
  • Jessica Rivera, Soprano
  • Takaoki Onishi, Baritone

WHAT

  • Sierra: Missa Latina

Canada's 150th Birthday Celebration With the Canadian Brass

Oh Canada! The Canadian Brass join the Grant Park Orchestra for an evening of symphonic suites, blues and the Beatles, all with a Canadian flair, in honor of Canada's sesquicentennial. Lucas Waldin conducts.

WHERE & WHEN

  • Jay Pritzker Pavilion
  • Concert: Saturday, July 1, 2017, 7:30pm – 10:00pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Thursday, June 29, 2017, 10:30am – 1:00pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Friday, June 30, 2017, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

WHO

  • Grant Park Orchestra
  • Lucas Waldin, Guest Conductor
  • Canadian Brass

 

WHAT

  • Lavallée: O Canada
  • Hétu: Légendes, Opus 76
  • Traditional: Just a Closer Walk With Thee
  • Various (Arr. Write/Orch. Cable): Westward Ho!
  • Traditional (Arr. Farnon): Farrago of British Folksongs
  • Claman (Arr. Toth): Hockey Night in Canada
  • Campbell/Harron (Arr. Farnon): Excerpt from Symphonic Suite from Anne of Green Gables
  • Various (Arr. Waldin): Canadian Trivia Medley
  • Koffman (Arr. Waldin): Swingin' Shepherd Blues
  • Hemsworth (Arr. Pellett): Log Driver's Waltz
  • Lennon/McCartney (Arr. Dedrick): Tribute to the Beatles
  • Cohen: Hallelujah
  • Traditional/Handel (Arr. Henderson): Saints’ Halleluiah

Independence Day Salute

Bring your family and friends and celebrate the Fourth of July under the stars in Millennium Park with an evening of patriotic favorites, including Stars and Stripes Forever, the 1812 Overture and more. An encore performance will be held on Wednesday, July 5 at 6:30 PM at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive.

WHERE & WHEN

  • Jay Pritzker Pavilion
  • Concert: Tuesday, July 4, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, July 4, 2017, 11:00am – 1:30pm 
  • South Shore Cultural Center
  • Concert: Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

WHO

  • Grant Park Orchestra
  • Christopher Bell, Conductor

WHAT

  • An evening of patriotic favorites, including Stars and Stripes Forever, the 1812 Overture and more

Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams

The music from your favorite films is brought to life in an epic evening featuring classics from Academy Award-winning composer John Williams. Enjoy the orchestral soundtrack from Star Wars, Superman, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Raiders of the Lost Ark and more. Thomas Wilkins conducts.

WHERE & WHEN

  • Jay Pritzker Pavilion
  • Concert: Friday, July 7, 2017, 8:00pm – 11:00pm 
  • Concert: Saturday, July 8, 2017, 8:00pm – 11:00pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Thursday, July 6, 2017, 10:30am – 1:00pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Friday, July 7, 2017, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

WHO

  • Grant Park Orchestra
  • Thomas Wilkins, Guest Conductor

WHAT

  • Superman March from Superman
  • Main Title from Star Wars
  • Raiders March from Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Theme from Jurassic Park
  • March from 1941
  • Theme from Far and Away
  • The Flight to Neverland from Hook
  • The Imperial March from Star Wars
  • Duel of the Fates from Star Wars: Episode I
  • Yoda’s Theme from The Empire Strikes Back
  • Viktor’s Tale from The Terminal
  • Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Excerpts from Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Haydn London Symphony

Conductor Fawzi Haimor leads the Grant Park Orchestra in a tour-de-force program featuring Haydn's final symphony, London, Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphosis and the Midwest premiere of Syrian-born composer Kareem Roustom's Ramal.

WHERE & WHEN

  • Jay Pritzker Pavilion
  • Concert: Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 11:00am – 1:30pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

WHO

  • Grant Park Orchestra
  • Fawzi Haimor, Guest Conductor

WHAT

  • Roustom: Ramal
  • Haydn: Symphony No. 104, London
  • Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis

Rachmaninov Vespers

Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Chorus head out to the neighborhoods with an a cappella concert of Rachmaninov’s Vespers, as part of Mayor Emanuel’s Night Out in the Parks program.

WHERE & WHEN

  • South Shore Cultural Center
  • Concert: Thursday, July 13, 2017, 7:00pm – 8:00pm 
  • Columbus Park Refectory
  • Concert: Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 7:00pm – 8:00pm 

WHO

  • Grant Park Chorus
  • Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

WHAT

  • Rachmaninov: Vespers (All Night Vigil)

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2

The award-winning conductor Simone Young takes the podium, leading the orchestra and guest artist Andrew Tyson in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2. The evening opens with the U.S. premiere of Matthew Hindson's Headbanger and closes with Strauss' powerful Symphonia domistica.

WHERE & WHEN

  • Jay Pritzker Pavilion
  • Concert: Friday, July 14, 2017, 6:30pm – 9:00pm 
  • Concert: Saturday, July 15, 2017, 7:30pm – 10:00pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 3:00pm – 5:30pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Thursday, July 13, 2017, 10:30am – 1:30pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Friday, July 14, 2017, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

WHO

  • Grant Park Orchestra
  • Simone Young, Guest Conductor
  • Andrew Tyson, Piano

WHAT

  • Hindson: Headbanger
  • Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2
  • Strauss: Symphonia domestica

Saint-Saens Violin Concerto

Conductor Brett Mitchell leads the orchestra and rising star Angelo Xiang Yu in Saint-Saëns' romantic Violin Concerto. The evening opens with Kenji Bunch's uplifting Supermaximum and closes with The Red Pony, Aaron Copland's film score adapted from the John Steinbeck 1933 novella.

WHERE & WHEN

  • Jay Pritzker Pavilion
  • Concert: Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 6:30pm – 9:00pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 11:00am – 1:30pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

WHO

  • Grant Park Orchestra
  • Brett Mitchell, Guest Conductor
  • Angelo Xiang Yu, Violin

WHAT

  • Bunch: Supermaximum
  • Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No. 3
  • Copland: The Red Pony

A Broadway Romance

Ted Sperling takes the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus and Broadway stars Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana through the ups and downs or romance, with music from classic and contemporary shows, including West Side Story, Carousel, The Light in the Piazza, Promises Promises, Follies and more.

WHERE & WHEN

  • Jay Pritzker Pavilion
  • Concert: Friday, July 21, 2017, 6:30pm – 9:00pm 
  • Concert: Saturday, July 22, 2017, 7:30pm – 10:00pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 3:00pm – 5:30pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Thursday, July 20, 2017, 10:30am – 1:00pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Friday, July 21, 2017, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

WHO

  • Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
  • Ted Sperling, Guest Conductor
  • Christopher Bell, Chorus Director
  • Laura Osnes And Santino Fontana, Vocalists

WHAT

  • The ups and downs of romance with music from West Side Story, Carousel, Follies and more

Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1

Virtuoso Stephen Hough returns to the Festival with intensity to perform Brahms' turbulent Piano Concerto No. 1. Then journey from Vienna to Budapest as Kodály's Dances of Galánta and Brahms' Hungarian Dances round out the evening.

WHERE & WHEN

  • Jay Pritzker Pavilion
  • Concert: Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 11:00am – 1:30pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

WHO

  • Grant Park Orchestra
  • Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
  • Stephen Hough, Piano

WHAT

  • Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1
  • Kodály: Dances of Galánta
  • Brahms: Hungarian Dances Nos. 1, 3, 6

Mozart Linz Symphony

Carlos Kalmar conducts one of Mozart's great symphonies, the Linz Symphony. Then, the Grant Park Chorus joins the Orchestra for Frank Martin's emotional and spirited In terra pax, written to mark the end of the Second World War.

WHERE & WHEN

  • Jay Pritzker Pavilion
  • Concert: Friday, July 28, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 
  • Concert: Saturday, July 29, 2017, 7:30pm – 9:00pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 3:00pm – 5:30pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Thursday, July 27, 2017, 10:30am – 1:00pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Friday, July 28, 2017, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

WHO

  • Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
  • Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
  • Christopher Bell, Chorus Director
  • Colleen Daly, Soprano
  • Lauren Segal, Mezzo-Soprano
  • David Pomeroy, Tenor
  • James Westman, Baritone
  • Daniel Okulitch, Bass

WHAT

  • Mozart: Symphony No. 36, Linz
  • Martin: In terra pax

The Spanish Guitar

The Festival pays tribute to the music of Spain with a sizzling program that includes orchestral highlights from one of the most popular operas ever written, Georges Bizet's Carmen. Internationally-renowned guitar virtuoso Pablo Sáinz Villegas makes his debut with Joaquin Rodrigo's Fantasía par un gentilhombre, and the sounds of Arriaga and Turina complete the program.

WHERE & WHEN

  • Jay Pritzker Pavilion
  • Concert: Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 11:00am – 1:30pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 3:00pm – 5:30pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

WHO

  • Grant Park Orchestra
  • Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
  • Pablo Sáinz Villegas, Guitar

WHAT

  • Arriaga: Los esclavos felices: Overture
  • Bizet: Suite from Carmen
  • Rodrigo: Fantasía para un gentilhombre
  • Turina: Danzas fantàsticas

Debussy La Mer

Join the Grant Park Orchestra indoors at the Harris Theater for Debussy's orchestral masterwork, La mer, along with Strauss' lyrical Oboe Concerto featuring guest artist François Leleux, recognized worldwide as the pre-eminent oboist of his generation.

WHERE & WHEN

  • Harris Theater for Music and Dance
  • Concert: Friday, August 4, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 
  • Concert: Saturday, August 5, 2017, 7:30pm – 9:00pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Thursday, August 3, 2017, 10:30am – 1:00pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Friday, August 4, 2017, 11:00am – 1:30pm 
  • Jay Pritzker Pavilion
  • Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 3:00pm – 5:30pm 

WHO

  • Grant Park Orchestra
  • Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
  • François Leleux, Oboe

WHAT

  • Hindemith: Concert Music for Strings and Brass
  • Strauss: Oboe Concerto in D Major
  • Mendelssohn: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage
  • Debussy: La Mer

An Evening With Mariachi Cobre

¡La tradición de la charrería viene a Millennium Park! Mariachi Cobre, one of America's best-known mariachi bands, joins the Orchestra for an evening of traditional Mexican folk music and an appeal that transcends ethnic groups and national borders.

WHERE & WHEN

  • Jay Pritzker Pavilion
  • Concert: Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

WHO

  • Grant Park Orchestra
  • Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

WHAT

  • Mariachi Cobre joins the Grant Park Orchestra for an evening of traditional Mexican folk music.

Manfred Symphony

The Grant Park Orchestra tackles two monumental Russian pieces—Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony and the overture from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Tsar’s Bride; along with a world premiere commission by the Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer, Aaron Jay Kernis.

WHERE & WHEN

  • Jay Pritzker Pavilion
  • Concert: Friday, August 11, 2017, 6:30pm – 9:00pm 
  • Concert: Saturday, August 12, 2017, 7:30pm – 10:00pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 11:00am – 1:30pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 3:00pm – 5:30pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Thursday, August 10, 2017, 10:30am – 1:00pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Friday, August 11, 2017, 11:00am – 11:30am 

WHO

  • Grant Park Orchestra
  • Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
  • Jonathan Boen, Horn

WHAT

  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Overture: The Tsar's Bride
  • Kernis: Horn Concerto (World Premiere)
  • Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony

Haydn Cello Concerto

Harriet Krijgh, the 25 year old Dutch-born and Vienna-trained cellist, makes her Festival debut with Haydn's rediscovered Concerto in C Major. Rounding out the program are lively and lyrical vignettes from Respighi's The Birds and the Festival premiere of Chadwick's complete Symphonic Sketches.

WHERE & WHEN

  • Jay Pritzker Pavilion
  • Concert: Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 11:00am – 1:30pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

WHO

  • Grant Park Orchestra
  • Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
  • Harriet Krijgh, Cello

WHAT

  • Respighi: The Birds
  • Haydn: Cello Concerto in C Major
  • Chadwick: Symphonic Sketches

Beethoven Symphony No. 9

The Festival's 83rd season comes to a thrilling close with one of the best-known works in classical music: Beethoven's glorious masterpiece, Symphony No. 9, culminating in the famous movement, "Ode to Joy." The evening opens with Brahms' finest choral work, Schicksalslied.

WHERE & WHEN

  • Jay Pritzker Pavilion
  • Concert: Friday, August 18, 2017, 6:30pm – 9:00pm 
  • Concert: Saturday, August 19, 2017, 7:30pm – 10:00pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 3:00pm – 5:30pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Thursday, August 17, 2017, 10:30am – 1:00pm 
  • Open Rehearsal: Friday, August 18, 2017, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

WHO

  • Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
  • Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
  • Christopher Bell, Chorus Director
  • Janai Brugger, Soprano
  • Allyson McHardy, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Brendan Tuohy, Tenor
  • Russell Braun, Bass

WHAT

  • Brahms: Schicksalslied
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

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