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Grant Park Music Festival 2019 Season Announced

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Posted  6 months ago  in  Arts and Culture  by  Jessica Cabe

For its 85th season, the Grant Park Music Festival will bring classical music superstars and some of the canon’s most beloved repertoire to the Loop. Highlights include pianists Inon Barnatan, Stephen Hough, and Conrad Tao; violinists Augustin Hadelich and Vadim Gluzman; soprano Susanna Phillips; and more performing works by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Mahler, Tchaikovsky, and countless other greats.

Each summer, the Grant Park Music Festival presents 10 weeks of free classical concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Founded in 1935, it remains the nation’s only free, outdoor, municipally-supported classical music festival, presented in partnership with the Grant Park Orchestral Association and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

Check out the festival’s 2019 season below:

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 2

Wednesday, June 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Who:
Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor
Benjamin Beilman, Violin

What:
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Jubilation
Serge Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2, Little Russian

Beethoven Symphony No. 8

Friday, June 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 15, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Who:
Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor
Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

What:
Sibelius: Karelia Overture
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8
Roustom: World Premiere
Vine: Symphony No. 6, Choral Symphony

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23

Wednesday, June 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Who:
Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor
Inon Barnatan, Piano

What:
Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to Preciosa
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23
Ferruccio Busoni: Symphonic Suite

Brahms Violin Concerto

Friday, June 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 22, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Who:
Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor
Stacy Garrop, Composer-In-Residence
Augustin Hadelich, Violin

What:
Stacy Garrop: World Premiere
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1
Johannes Brahms: Violin Concerto

A Night in Vienna

Wednesday, June 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Who:
Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor

What:
Johann Strauss Jr.: Explosions Polka
Johann Strauss Jr.: Gypsy Baron Overture
Johann Strauss Jr.: Emperor Waltzes
Josef Strauss: Fireproof! Polka
Josef Strauss: Chatterbox Polka
Johann Strauss Jr.: Accelerations Waltz
Johann Strauss Jr.: Egyptian March
Johann Strauss Jr.: Morning Papers Waltz
Johann Strauss Jr.: Praise of Women Polka-Mazurka
Johann Strauss Jr.: Overture to Indigo and the Forty Thieves

Beethoven Missa Solemnis

Friday, June 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 29, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Who:
Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus
Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor
Christopher Bell, Chorus Director
Susanna Phillips, Soprano
Siena Miller, Mezzo-Soprano
Andrew Owens, Tenor
Michael Sumuel, Bass

What:
Ludwig van Beethoven: Missa Solemnis

Independence Day 2019

Thursday, July 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Who:
Grant Park Orchestra
Christopher Bell, Conductor
Alicia Hall Moran, Vocalist

What:

Robert Wendell: From Sea to Shining Sea

Arr. Robert Lowden: Armed Forces Salute

Arr. Carmen Dragon: America the Beautiful

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

John Philip Sousa: Stars and Stripes Forever

Gershwin Piano Concerto

Friday, July 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 6, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Who:

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor

Jeffrey Kahane, Piano

Alicia Hall Moran, Soprano

Holland Andrews, Vocalist

Holcombe Wallers, Vocalist

Gabriel Kahane, Vocalist And Composer-In-Residence

 

What:

George Gershwin: Concerto in F

Gabriel Kahane: Emergency Shelter Intake Form

Appalachian Spring

Monday, July 8, 7-8 p.m. at South Shore Cultural Center

Who:

Members Of The Grant Park Orchestra

Jeremy Black, Conductor And Violin

 

What:

Gustav Holst: St. Paul's Suite

Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto for Two Violins

Aaron Copland: Suite from Appalachian Spring

The Wizard of Oz

Wednesday, July 10, 8-10 p.m. at Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Who:

Grant Park Orchestra

Norman Huynh, Conductor

 

What:

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and experience the Oscar-winning classic The Wizard of Oz on a giant HD screen as the Grant Park Orchestra performs the score live.

The Envelope Please

Friday, July 12, 8-10 p.m. and Saturday, July 13, 8-10 p.m. at Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Who:

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Larry Loh, Conductor

Susan Egan, Vocalist

Doug LaBrecque, Vocalist

 

What:

TBA

Ravel Mother Goose

Wednesday, July 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Who:

Grant Park Orchestra

Emmanuel Villaume, Conductor

Yolonda Kondonassis, Harp

 

What:

Maurice Ravel: Suite from Mother Goose

Alberto Ginastera: Harp Concerto

Georges Bizet: Symphony No. 1

Grant Park Chorus in the Parks

Thursday, July 18, 7-8:15 p.m. at South Shore Cultural Center and Monday, July 22, 7-8:15 p.m. at Columbus Park Refectory

Who:

Grant Park Chorus

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

 

What:

Thea Musgrave: Rorate coeli

Stacy Garrop: Sonnets of Desire, Longing, and Whimsy

Caroline Shaw: And the Swallow

Louise Talma: A Wreath of Blessings

Thea Musgrave: Songs from On the Underground, No. 2, The Strange & The Exotic

Melinda Wagner: From a Book of Early Prayers

Caroline Shaw: World Premiere

Lori Laitman: The Earth and I

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3

Friday, July 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 20, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Who:

Grant Park Orchestra

Martyn Brabbins, Conductor

Stephen Hough, Piano

 

What:

James MacMillian: Stomp

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 2, A London Symphony

Tchaikovsky Swan Lake

Wednesday, July 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Who:

Grant Park Orchestra

Christian Macelaru, Conductor

Edgar Moreau, Cello

 

What:

Friedrich Gulda: Cello Concerto

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Suite from Swan Lake

Dvorak Symphony No. 7

Friday, July 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 27, 8:30-10:30 p.m. at Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Who:

Grant Park Orchestra

David Danzmayr, Conductor

Anthony McGill, Clarinet

Demarre McGill, Flute

 

What:

Jimmy López: Fiesta!

Joel Puckett: Concerto Duo

Camille Saint-Saëns: Tarantelle

Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 7

Copland Rodeo

Wednesday, July 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Who:

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor

Conrad Tao, Piano

 

What:

Edward MacDowell: Suite No. 2, Indian

Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2

Aaron Copland: Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo

 

Mozart Prague Symphony

Friday, August 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 3, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Harris Theater for Music and Dance

Who:

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor

Vadim Gluzman, Violin

 

What:

Jennifer Higdon: blue cathedral

Leonard Bernstein: Serenade

Ole Schmidt: Hommage à Stravinsky

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 38, Prague

Mambo Kings

Wednesday, August 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Who:

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor

Mambo Kings

 

What:

George Gershwin: Cuban Overture

Richard Delaney: Melodia

Dave Brubeck, arr. Delaney: Blue Rondo à la Turk

John Lennon and Paul McCartney, arr. Delaney: Day Tripper

Richard Delaney: Marinera

Michel Camilo: Caribe

Richard Delaney: Danzón

Rafael Hernandez, arr. Delaney: El Cumbanchero

Tito Puente, arr. Delaney: Oye Como Va

A Mass of Life

Friday, August 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 10, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Who:

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Melody Moore, Soprano

Ewa Plonka, Mezzo-Soprano

Andrew Staples, Tenor

Nathan Berg, Bass-Baritone

 

What:

Frederick Delius: A Mass of Life

Flight of the Bumblebee

Wednesday, August 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Who:

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor

 

What:

Amy Beach: Variations on a Balkan Theme
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Suite from The Tale of Tsar Saltan
Morton Gould: Cowboy Rhapsody

Mahler Resurrection Symphony

Friday, August 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 17, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Who:

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Amanda Majeski, Soprano

J'Nai Bridges, Mezzo-Soprano

 

What:

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2, Resurrection