Grant Park Music Festival 2019 Schedule

Grant Park Music Festival Schedule - free outdoor concerts in Millennium Park in downtown Chicago
Monday, February 25, 2019 - 12:29pm

The Grant Park Music Festival is a free summer concert series showcasing classical music performed by the Grant Park Orchesra. This year the series begins on Wednesday, June 12, with a performance of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2.

Highlights this season include A Night in Vienna, Gershwin Piano Concerto, and The Wizard of Oz, complete with a screening of the classic film.

It's set to be another year of stellar music under the stars in downtown Chicago!

See the entire Grant Park Music Festival 2019 schedule below and start marking your calendar now.

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2019 Grant Park Music Festival

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Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 2

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 

WHO

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor
Benjamin Beilman, Violin

WHAT

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Jubilation
Serge Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2, Little Russian

 

Beethoven Symphony No. 8

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Friday, June 14, 2019, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 
Saturday, June 15, 2019, 7:30pm 

WHO

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor
Christopher Bell, Chorus Director
Kareem Roustom, Compose-in-Residence
 

WHAT

Jean Sibelius: Karelia Overture
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8
Kareem Roustom: World Premiere, Turn To The World, a Whitman Cantata
Carl Vine: Symphony No. 6, Choral Symphony

Picnic at Millennium Park

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 

WHO

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor
Inon Barnatan, Piano

WHAT

Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to Preciosa
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23
Ferruccio Busoni: Symphonic Suite

 

Brahms Violin Concerto

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Friday, June 21, 2019, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 
Saturday, June 22, 2019, 7:30pm – 9:30pm 

WHO

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor
Stacy Garrop, Composer-In-Residence
Augustin Hadelich, Violin

WHAT

Stacy Garrop: World Premiere
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1
Johannes Brahms: Violin Concerto

Millennium Park Summer Music Series

A Night in Vienna

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 

WHO

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor

WHAT

Johann Strauss Jr.: Explosions Polka
Johann Strauss Jr.: Gypsy Baron Overture
Johann Strauss Jr.: Emperor Waltzes
Josef Strauss: Fireproof! Polka
Josef Strauss: Chatterbox Polka
Johann Strauss Jr.: Accelerations Waltz
Johann Strauss Jr.: Egyptian March
Johann Strauss Jr.: Morning Papers Waltz
Johann Strauss Jr.: Praise of Women Polka-Mazurka
Johann Strauss Jr.: Overture to Indigo and the Forty Thieves

 

Beethoven Missa Solemnis

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Friday, June 28, 2019, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 
Saturday, June 29, 2019, 7:30pm – 9:30pm 

WHO

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor
Christopher Bell, Chorus Director
Susanna Phillips, Soprano
Siena Miller, Mezzo-Soprano
Andrew Owens, Tenor
Michael Sumuel, Bass

WHAT

Ludwig van Beethoven: Missa Solemnis

 

Independence Day 2019

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Thursday, July 4, 2019, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 

WHO

Grant Park Orchestra
Christopher Bell, Conductor
 

WHAT

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

 

Gershwin Piano Concerto

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Friday, July 5, 2019, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 
Saturday, July 6, 2019, 7:30pm – 9:30pm 

WHO

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor
Jeffrey Kahane, Piano
Alicia Hall Moran, Soprano
Holland Andrews, Vocalist
Holcombe Wallers, Vocalist
Gabriel Kahane, Vocalist And Composer-In-Residence

WHAT

George Gershwin: Concerto in F
Gabriel Kahane: emergency shelter intake form

 

Appalachian Spring

WHERE & WHEN

South Shore Cultural Center
Monday, July 8, 2019, 7:00pm – 8:00pm 

Columbus Park Refectory
Thursday, July 11, 2019, 7:00pm – 8:00pm 

WHO

Members Of The Grant Park Orchestra
Jeremy Black, Leader And Violin
Anne Bach, Oboe

WHAT

Gustav Holst: St. Paul's Suite
Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto for Violin and Oboe
Aaron Copland: Suite from Appalachian Spring

 

The Wizard of Oz

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 8:00pm – 10:00pm 

WHO

Grant Park Orchestra
Norman Huynh, Conductor

WHAT

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and experience the Oscar-winning classic The Wizard of Oz on a giant HD screen as the Grant Park Orchestra performs the score live. This event is part of the Festival HD series.

 

The Envelope Please

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Friday, July 12, 2019, 8:00pm – 10:00pm 
Saturday, July 13, 2019, 8:00pm – 10:00pm 

WHO

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
Larry Loh, Conductor
Susan Egan, Vocalist
Doug LaBrecque, Vocalist

WHAT

An evening of Grammy, Tony and Academy Award-winning music, including songs from The Lion King, Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera and more, plus tributes to Marvin Hamlisch and John Williams. Featuring conductor Lawrence Loh and the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus, with Broadway veterans Susan Egan and Doug LaBrecque.

 

Ravel Mother Goose

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 

WHO

Grant Park Orchestra
Emmanuel Villaume, Conductor
Yolonda Kondonassis, Harp

WHAT

Maurice Ravel: Suite from Mother Goose
Alberto Ginastera: Harp Concerto
Georges Bizet: Symphony No. 1

 

Grant Park Chorus in the Parks

WHERE & WHEN

Columbus Park Refectory
Thursday, July 18, 2019, 7:00pm – 8:15pm 

South Shore Cultural Center
Monday, July 22, 2019, 7:00pm – 8:15pm 

WHO

Grant Park Chorus
Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

WHAT

An evening of a cappella works by female composers, including a world premiere by Lori Laitman. The repertoire will be announced soon.

 

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Friday, July 19, 2019, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 
Saturday, July 20, 2019, 7:30pm – 9:30pm 

WHO

Grant Park Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins, Conductor
Stephen Hough, Piano

WHAT

James MacMillan: Stomp
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 2, A London Symphony

 

Tchaikovsky Swan Lake

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 

WHO

Grant Park Orchestra
Christian Macelaru, Conductor
Edgar Moreau, Cello

WHAT

Friedrich Gulda: Cello Concerto
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Suite from Swan Lake

 

Dvorak Symphony No. 7

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Friday, July 26, 2019, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 
Saturday, July 27, 2019, 8:30pm – 10:30pm 

WHO

Grant Park Orchestra
David Danzmayr, Conductor
Anthony McGill, Clarinet
Demarre McGill, Flute

WHAT

Jimmy López: Fiesta!
Joel Puckett: Concerto Duo
Camille Saint-Saëns: Tarantelle
Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 7

 

Copland Rodeo

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 31, 2019, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 

WHO

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

WHAT

Edward MacDowell: Suite No. 2, Indian
Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2
Aaron Copland: Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo

 

Mozart Prague Symphony

WHERE & WHEN

Harris Theater for Music and Dance
Friday, August 2, 2019, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 
Saturday, August 3, 2019, 7:30pm – 9:30pm 

WHO

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

WHAT

Jennifer Higdon: blue cathedral
Leonard Bernstein: Serenade
Ole Schmidt: Hommage à Stravinsky
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 38, Prague

 

Mambo Kings

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 

WHO

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor
Mambo Kings

WHAT

George Gershwin: Cuban Overture
Richard Delaney: Melodia
Dave Brubeck, arr. Delaney: Blue Rondo à la Turk
John Lennon and Paul McCartney, arr. Delaney: Day Tripper
Richard Delaney: Marinera
Michel Camilo: Caribe
Richard Delaney: Danzón
Rafael Hernandez, arr. Delaney: El Cumbanchero
Tito Puente, arr. Delaney: Oye Como Va

 

A Mass of Life

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Friday, August 9, 2019, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 
Saturday, August 10, 2019, 7:30pm – 9:30pm 

WHO

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor
Christopher Bell, Chorus Director
Melody Moore, Soprano
Ewa Plonka, Mezzo-Soprano
Andrew Staples, Tenor
Nathan Berg, Bass-Baritone

WHAT

Frederick Delius: A Mass of Life

 

Flight of the Bumblebee

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 

WHO

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor

WHAT

Amy Beach: Variations on a Balkan Theme
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Suite from The Tale of Tsar Saltan
Morton Gould: Cowboy Rhapsody

 

Mahler Resurrection Symphony

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Friday, August 16, 2019, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 
Saturday, August 17, 2019, 7:30pm – 9:30pm 

WHO

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor
Christopher Bell, Chorus Director
Amanda Majeski, Soprano
J'Nai Bridges, Mezzo-Soprano

WHAT

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2, Resurrection

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