In the Spotlight

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

July 28, 2016

A Homecoming 

The next three weeks will be a homecoming for a series of internationally acclaimed soloists, as the Festival welcomes back pianists Stephen Hough and Kirill Gerstein, and violinist Christian Tetzlaff. more

July 15, 2016

Celebrating 35 Years of the MacArthur Fellowship 

In 2016, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation celebrates 35 years of its iconic MacArthur Fellows Program. Dubbed "genius grants" by the media, the MacArthur Fellowship recognizes exceptionally creative individuals with a track record of achievement and the potential for significant contributions in the future. more

July 08, 2016

Rachel Barton Pine Comes Home 

Chicago's own hometown violin virtuoso Rachel Barton Pine makes a long-overdue return engagement to the Grant Park Music Festival on Wednesday, July 13 to solo on Bruch's flashy Concerto in G Minor, an audience favorite beloved for its flowing melodies and graceful rhythms. more

July 03, 2016

Rising Stars with the Ryan Opera Center 

For more than 25 years, the Grant Park Music Festival has been presenting rising stars from Lyric Opera of Chicago's Ryan Opera Center as part of the Festival's summer concert season. What started as a night of operatic highlights at the Petrillo Bandshell has blossomed into an integral part of the Grant Park Orchestra's rich offerings. more

July 02, 2016

Author Nathan Hill Joins the Festival as Special Guest Lecturer 

Nathan Hill explores Bruch's Violin Concerto as a central theme in his debut novel, The Nix. Join him on Wednesday, July 13 at 5:30 pm in the Family Fun Tent as he reads an excerpt from The Nix and discusses Bruch with host Laura Sauer. more

June 30, 2016

Chicago’s Cole Porter Celebration 

To celebrate the red-hot-and-blue songbook of musical theater legend Cole Porter on the 125th anniversary of his birth, the Grant Park Music Festival welcomes sought-after Broadway music director Kevin Stites and an all-star lineup of guest soloists. more

June 27, 2016

Under the City Lights 

Pack a picnic in the Park and enjoy a movie under the Chicago skyline. The Grant Park Orchestra, led by guest conductor Andrés Franco, will perform a live orchestral screening of Charlie Chaplin's City Lights (1931) at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Wednesday, July 6 at 8 PM. more

June 23, 2016

Telling the Oldest Story in the World 

The Grant Park Orchestra tackles Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu's rarely performed heroic English-language oration, The Epic of Gilgamesh. more