Reviews

August 02, 2010

Profound Sounds from Down Mexico Way 

The program's century-long survey ranged broadly from pleasing nationalism to plucky modernism, and the Grant Park Orchestra and guest conductor Enrique Barrios were energized partners on the Pritzker pavilion stage. more

July 30, 2010

Lintu Brings Bracing Energy 

A program that began with adapted Tchaikovsky ended with authentic Tchaikovsky, his tone poem "Capriccio italien." If nothing else, Lintu proved there's life in this pops potboiler yet. more

July 30, 2010

A Rare Stravinsky Kiss 

In the case of the Grant Park Music Festival this summer, there has rarely been that one sure bet for comfort-food programming. Instead, each week is more like a collective civic discovery, and such was the case more

July 26, 2010

Bell Leads Deep Reading of 'A Child of Our Time' 

Conductors often have treated the spirituals as abstract meditations on the living drama of the story of Kristallnacht, one of the worst pogroms in history; Bell did not. With strength and sweep... more

July 26, 2010

Bell Carries Grant Park Musicians Through Downpour 

Astonishingly, Bell and his forces -- a chorus of 175 or so, full orchestra, and four major vocal soloists -- kept going along. Those who stayed seemed spellbound equally by the alternately powerful and hypnotic work and by the musicians' imperviousness to distraction... more

July 19, 2010

Grant Park Debut Smacks of Child's Play 

It generally succeeded in entertaining a contemporary audience in a way that was common a half century or more ago. more

July 17, 2010

Grant Park Orchestra Offers Taste of Sophisticated Whimsy 

Young families thronged to Millennium Park's Great Lawn as the Grant Park Orchestra performed whimsical works by Respighi, Britten and Brahms....the Grant Park Music Festival has engaged its mass audiences without forsaking creativity. more

July 15, 2010

Cellist Gerhardt Sparks Russian Program at Grant Park 

There was outstanding playing by the Grant Park musicians throughout with especially inspired work from trumpeter David Gordon, pianist Andrea Swan, and flutist Mary Stolper. more

July 11, 2010

A Woman Conductor on The Grant Park Podium? Yes, and A Most Talented One 

The gifted Chinese-American conductor, Xian Zhang, made an impressive debut with the Grant Park Orchestra at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park more