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In the Spotlight

June 23, 2018

Many hAPPY RETURNS: CELEBRATING WILLIAM BOLCOM 

IN 2014, WILLIAM BOLCOM HELPED MARK THE GRANT PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL’S 80TH ANNIVERSARY with a week long residency that culminated in the world premiere of Millennium: Concerto-Fantasia, specially commissioned by the Festival. more

June 08, 2018

A Pastoral Picnic in White 

It's Our Backyard Party for the City! On the evening of Saturday, July 28, people from all over Chicago will be dressed in white, enjoying dinner on the Great Lawn in Millennium Park, listening to Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony played by the Grant Park Orchestra. more

May 17, 2018

Welcome to Our New Musicians 

From familiar faces in new places, to new faces in old places, the Grant Park Music Festival has some introductions to make! Get to know a little bit more about the people behind the music you love—from the longtime Festival violinist who became our Assistant Concertmaster this year, to the newcomers who spend their summer break with us after a year of performing around Chicago and all over the world. To our new orchestra and chorus members: welcome to the Festival! more

May 17, 2018

Important Information for Our Audiences 

WHILE MUSIC IS OUR MISSION, PATRON SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY. Here are some important things to know when attending the Grant Park Music Festival: more

May 11, 2018

Open Rehearsals Begin Tuesday, June 12 

The sounds of the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus come alive on Tuesday through Fridays at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion when the Festival is in season. Each summer, more than 23,000 Chicagoans and visitors spend their lunch break watching rehearsals and listening to docent-led talks about the Festival's concert programs. more

April 16, 2018

Celebrate the Fourth! 

Everyone is invited to the Grant Park Music Festival's Annual Independence Day Salute! Each year, conductor Christopher Bell puts on the greatest show in town with a program full of rousing marches and patriotic anthems, including Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever and the Armed Forces Salutemore

April 03, 2018

CONCERTMASTER JEREMY BLACK'S TOP PICKS FOR SUMMER 

When Jeremy Black's friends asked which concerts to see this summer, he created a Choose Your Own package that included some of his favorite music and guest artists.  more

April 02, 2018

live from WFMT 

Listen to select Festival concerts on 98.7WFMT throughout the summer. more

April 01, 2018

2018 Year of Creative Youth 

When you get to Millennium Park early on a Friday night this summer, be sure to check out the performers at the front of the Great Lawn. more

March 13, 2018

City Announces Updated Security Plan for Millennium Park 

Beginning in May and running through September, the City of Chicago and the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) will be implementing a new security perimeter and bag check policy for all concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. more

February 05, 2018

Become a Festival Member 

HOW GOOD DOES MEMBERSHIP SOUND? Become a member today and help support free classical music in Millennium Park. more

February 05, 2018

An Epic Season Finale: Carmina Burana 

The fully orchestrated version of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana will return to the Grant Park Music Festival for the first time since 2006. more

December 05, 2017

Marlea Simpson Returns to Chicago 

Last month, Festival Impresario members were treated to a performance on the stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion by the accomplished violist, Marlea Simpson, the youngest member of the Grant Park Orchestra. more

November 06, 2017

On Being a Festival Docent 

This year I begin my 13th season as a Grant Park Music Festival docent and I can say, “I have loved every minute!” more

October 27, 2017

2017 Advocate for the Arts Awards Benefit 

Four hundred of Chicago's civic leaders and cultural elite gathered for a festive evening of musical entertainment in support of our city's cultural gem--the Grant Park Music Festival.  more

September 29, 2017

Sponsor Spotlight: ComEd 

Thank you to our friends at ComEd-Exelon who have been a sponsor of the Grant Park Music Festival for the past 14 years more

August 11, 2017

Children's book Electric Angel Celebrates Beethoven, The Blues, Buskers and all things Chicago 

Order a copy of Electric Angel for only $15 by calling 312.742.7647 Monday through Friday between 10am-4pm. more

August 03, 2017

A Classic Chicago Benefit 

You're invited, so save the date. more

July 28, 2017

A World Premiere Legacy 

“It’s pretty special when you can communicate with a high-level composer like that,” said Jonathan Boen, the Festival’s principal horn. more

July 14, 2017

Stephen Hough, Renaissance Man 

He's a Renaissance man of his time. Named by The Economist as one of 20 Living Polymaths, Stephen Hough has secured his reputation as a leading concert pianist, as well as a writer, composer, and painter. more

July 11, 2017

A Broadway Romance 

True love, crushes, bitter breakups and eternal amour are all fair game in this warm and witty concert that traces the path of romance through unforgettable Broadway classics. more

July 08, 2017

The Stunning Sounds of the Grant Park Chorus 

There's nothing quite like the unexpected brilliance of an outdoor performance, when music and song soar beyond the concert space and can be heard throughout the city. more

June 29, 2017

concert tips for star wars and more july 8 

Whether you’re attending Star Wars and More on July 8 to show off your Star Wars costume or to hear the famous music of John Williams, we can’t wait to see you at the Festival! more

June 28, 2017

Summer Holidays at the Festival 

The Grant Park Music Festival will feature two holiday celebrations in July, beginning with an appearance by the world-renowned brass quintet, Canadian Brass, for Canada's 150th Birthday Celebration on Saturday, July 1. Then, on the Fourth, guests are invited to don their favorite red, white and blue apparel for our nations's 241st birthday. more

June 26, 2017

May the Force Be With You 

Our Great Lawn is like one giant block party, where the neighbors change every week, and on Saturday, July 8, Festival audiences will be in the company of Jedi, Stormtroopers, and Droids at Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams. more

June 23, 2017

David Schiff on the Origin of Infernal 

The seed for Infernal was planted in the summer of 1959, just before I turned 14, when I heard Stravinsky's Firebird Suite for the first time, performed outdoors at the Baths of Caracalla in Rome. more

June 19, 2017

A "Vintage" Carlos Kalmar Program 

It’s a “vintage Carlos Kalmar program,” a patron told me when he looked at the description for the Stravinsky Firebird concert on our website. And it’s true…it is. more

June 15, 2017

Meet the 2017 Project Inclusion Fellows 

The Festival's Project Inclusion is a professional development program that guides young musicians from diverse backgrounds, traditionally underrepresented in the music industry, towards careers in music. New this year, the Festival will launch the Project Inclusion Vocal Fellowship initiative. The Project Inclusion String Fellowship program is now in its fifth year. more

June 12, 2017

LIVE FROM WFMT 

Listen to select Festival concerts live on 98.7WFMT throughout the summer. more

June 06, 2017

Set Sail with "A Sea Symphony" 

Opening weekend is always a favorite when the Grant Park Chorus joins the orchestra for their first concert of the summer. This year will be no exception. more

May 02, 2017

Chicagoan Vadim Gluzman Comes Home 

When Chicagoan Vadim Gluzman returns to the Festival to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, he will be playing on the Stradivarius once owned by the great violinist Leopold Auer, to whom Tchaikovsky originally dedicated the concerto. more

April 27, 2017

Getting Ready for Summer 

Sunny skies, blossoming flowers, and the increase in the number of visitors flooding the streets of downtown Chicago are sure signs that warm weather is approaching, but for the team at Millennium Park, it's time to get the Park ready for summer. more

April 04, 2017

Murasaki Duo Performs for the Impresario SoirÉe 

Last month's Impresario Society Soirée featured an intimate concert with the Murasaki Duo on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage. Over 70 Festival supporters and friends gathered as Grant Park Orchestra cellist Eric Kutz and pianist Miko Kominami performed selections by Schumann, Cassado, De Falla and Castelnuovo-Tedesco. more

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 02, 2017

PLAN AN EVENT TO REMEMBER 

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

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

June 07, 2016

A Picnic in the Cosmos 

Creative Chicagoans are invited to recruit their friends, choose a team name, pack a festive picnic and show off their clever, elaborate and imaginative feasts in the fifth annual Grant Park Music Festival Picnic Contest on the Great Lawn of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. more

May 31, 2016

Crazy, Passionate Storm 

Festival favorite Storm Large returns to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion to perform The Crazy Arc of Love with her band Le Bonheur on Wednesday, June 22. more

March 28, 2017

We're Classic Chicago 

Celebrate Chicago's summer music sensation in the city's most spectacular setting—Millennium Park. Relive the season and enjoy our video. more

May 17, 2016

Lunchtime Learning 

Docent Susan Fauer shares her insights at an open rehearsal. more

April 29, 2016

From Project Inclusion to Grant Park Orchestra 

The Festival welcomes one of its newest—and youngest—musicians. more

April 27, 2016

Today's Grant Park Music Festival 

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

April 27, 2016

Getting Ready for Summer 

Millennium Park prepares for an estimated 3 million visitors this summer. more

April 29, 2016

An International Independence Day Salute 

The National Youth Choir of Scotland and the Chicago Youth Symphonies take stage. more

June 15, 2016

WFMT Brings the Festival to You 

Listen to select Festival concerts live on 98.7WFMT throughout the summer.  more

June 16, 2016

Rising Talent 

After a rigorous audition process, four young women—Alexandra Switala, Caitlin Edwards, Rita Andrade and Diana Flores Barquero—have been selected to spend their summer rehearsing and performing with Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra. more

April 14, 2017

Pick 3 Concerts, Get the 4th for free! 

Support free concerts in Millennium Park and get a reserved seat up close in the member section of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. more

September 01, 2017

Thank you for a spectacular 2017 Festival season 

Every concert is a note of gratitude for this generous-hearted city. We're Classic Chicago. more