In the Spotlight

March 07, 2017

Experience a Festival Season to Remember 

In February, Festival Circle and Impresario Society members attended an exclusive Season Preview event on the stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, in which WFMT's Candice Agree interviewed Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar and Chorus Director Christopher Bell about the 2017 Festival season. more

March 06, 2017

Replay: Thomas Wilkins Conducts Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony 

Guest conductor Thomas Wilkins leads the Grant Park Orchestra in an international program that transports listeners from Vienna to the Middle East, culminating with Mendelssohn's cheerful Italian Symphonymore

March 02, 2017


When a Chicago businessman decided to throw a surprise birthday party for his wife, he reached out to Lou Ann Hayes, the Festival’s group sales associate, to help organize the perfect celebration for 50 of the couple’s family and friends. more

February 07, 2017

Soprano Susanna Phillips Returns to Chicago 

The Festival is excited to feature guest soloist Susanna Phillips in Aaron Copland's Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson. This piece will be part of the program featuring Beethoven's Fourth Symphony on Wednesday, June 21. more

February 02, 2017

Catching Up with Christopher Bell 

After leading the Grant Park Chorus in another outstanding season and directing the National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCoS) and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras during the Festival’s 2016 Independence Day Salute, Chorus Director Christopher Bell has been busy making music in Scotland and Ireland. We had a chance to catch up with him and learn what he’s currently working on and what he’s the most excited for this summer with the Grant Park Chorus. more

January 03, 2017

Catching up with the 2016 Project Inclusion Fellows 

As the Grant Park Music Festival prepares for auditions for the next cohort of Project Inclusion Fellows, we had the opportunity to catch up with the 2016 String Quartet. more

September 02, 2016

Remembering Deborah Guscott 

The Chicago singing community mourns the loss of Grant Park Chorus member Deborah Guscott, who passed away from an illness on August 10, 2016. more

August 01, 2016

A World Premiere Unites Science, Nature and Religion 

On August 5 and 6, The Cosmic Garden in Bloom, composed by Michael Gandolfi and commissioned by the Grant Park Music Festival, premiered at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. more

July 29, 2016

Advocate for the Arts Awards Benefit—The Last Picnic of the Summer 

Save the date for the last picnic of the summer—Monday, September 12 at 6PM—for the Grant Park Music Festival's signature fundraising event, the Advocate for the Arts Awards Benefit, when Chicago's civic leaders and cultural elite gather at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park to celebrate the Grant Park Music Festival's extraordinary 2016 season. more