April 27, 2016

Today's Grant Park Music Festival

The Festival celebrates its 82nd season, still going strong.

Look around at tonight’s concert and you’ll see a rich rainbow of concert-goers from all over. 

You’ll see Chicagoans who work in the Loop and tourists who just happened upon Millennium Park and decided to stay for the concert. There are families with toddlers getting their first taste of classical music; picnickers on a first date and couples who have been coming to the Grant Park Music Festival since its earliest days on the south end of Grant Park.

Today, in the beautiful, state-of-the-art Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the Festival is indeed a gathering place for residents and visitors in the heart of downtown Chicago. They’ll share the setting with the Festival’s Artistic Director Carlos Kalmar, Chorus Director Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus, who offer ten weeks of diverse and innovative symphonic programming…all for free.

The Grant Park Music Festival is also an incubator for emerging talent, and each year it expands its professional training programs for young musicians. As part of its Festival Connect initiative, Project Inclusion fellows and Apprentice Chorale singers are mentored and provided with performance opportunities, both on the Pritzker stage as well as in the neighborhoods.

The Orchestra and Chorus also head out to the parks each summer, as part of Mayor Emanuel’s Night Out in the Parks program, and will no doubt play to packed houses at the South Shore Cultural Center and Columbus Park Refectory in July. 

Whether in the neighborhood parks, or downtown at the Pritzker Pavilion, over 300,000 people will gather each summer to hear the music presented by the Grant Park Music Festival.  For those who can’t make it, eleven concerts will be broadcast on 98.7WFMT and streamed live online. Once again, the Grant Park Music Festival will create a shared community, connecting people of all backgrounds to symphonic music.