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GRANT PARK SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Opening Night: Tchaikovsky Extravaganza 

Join Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra for the Festival’s 80th Anniversary Season opener, featuring the dazzling young piano sensation Natasha Paremski performing one of Tchaikovsky’s keyboard gems.

Berlioz Romeo and Juliet 

Extraordinary and thrilling — Shakespeare’s tragic love story is illuminated by Berlioz’ blazing orchestral colors. Featuring the Grant Park Chorus and renowned soloists.

WHERE & WHEN

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
Concert: Friday, June 13, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 
Concert: Saturday, June 14, 2014, 7:30pm – 9:30pm 

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 11:00am – 1:30pm 
Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 3:00pm – 5:30pm 
Open Rehearsal: Thursday, June 12, 2014, 10:30am – 1:00pm 

 

Mozart and Dvorak 

Violin virtuoso Stefan Jackiw makes his Festival debut with Mozart’s perennially popular Concerto No. 5. Dvořák’s joyous Symphony No. 3 and the rollicking Merry Wives of Windsor overture complete the program.

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Concert: Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 
Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 11:00am – 1:30pm 
Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 3:00pm – 5:30pm 
Open Rehearsal: Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

 

Water Music 

Summer solstice in the Park! Enjoy a weekend treat as Carlos Kalmar pairs Handel’s festive Water Music with Elgar’s exhilarating masterpiece and Weber’s jubilant overture.

Viva Mexico 

Revel in the festive and rhythmic music of Mexico’s mariachi when the Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Los Camperos join the Grant Park Orchestra.

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Concert: Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 6:30pm 
Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 11:00am – 1:30pm 
Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 3:00pm – 5:30pm 
Open Rehearsal: Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

 

Barber and Haydn 

The wistful music of Barber and the triumphant sounds of Haydn set the stage for Janáček’s powerful and emotionally charged Glagolitic Mass, featuring our own Grant Park Chorus and distinguished soloists.

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Concert: Friday, June 27, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 
Concert: Saturday, June 28, 2014, 7:30pm – 9:00pm 
Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 11:00am – 1:30pm 
Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 3:00pm – 5:30pm 
Open Rehearsal: Thursday, June 26, 2014, 10:30am – 1:00pm 
Open Rehearsal: Friday, June 27, 2014, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

 

Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto 

Guest conductor Giancarlo Guerrero leads the remarkable 21-year-old cellist, Chicago area native Gabriel Cabezas, as he performs one of the great virtuoso works of French repertoire.

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Concert: Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 
Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 11:00am – 1:30pm 
Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 3:00pm – 5:30pm 
Open Rehearsal: Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

 

Independence Day Salute 

Bring your family, friends, and most patriotic self to Chicago’s lakefront for an evening filled with American spirit, pride and song featuring the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Christopher Bell.

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Concert: Friday, July 4, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:15pm 
Open Rehearsal: Thursday, July 3, 2014, 10:30am – 1:00pm 
Open Rehearsal: Friday, July 4, 2014, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

Portland Youth Philharmonic 

America’s first youth symphony takes the stage as part of their 90th Anniversary tour with a program of Brahms, Dvořák and more, including a Chicago premiere by Kenji Bunch.

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Concert: Saturday, July 5, 2014, 7:30pm 
Open Rehearsal: Saturday, July 5, 2014, 3:30pm – 6:00pm 

 

Ella, Louis and All That Jazz 

Jeff Tyzik and the Grant Park Orchestra pay tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, featuring the sultry voice of Marva Hicks and the hot brass of Byron Stripling.

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Concert: Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 8:00pm 
Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 11:00am – 1:30pm 
Open Rehearsal: Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

Holst The Planets 

Don’t miss this special program of Gustav Holst’s beloved orchestral suite at two locations, led by Mei-Ann Chen, one of America’s most dynamic young conductors.

The Blue Planet In Concert 

After thrilling Festival audiences with Planet Earth and Frozen Planet in Concert, composer-conductor George Fenton returns with his symphonic score to accompany some of the most spectacular underwater images ever seen, from the BBC/Discovery Channel series.

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Concert: Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 6:30pm 
Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 11:00am – 1:30pm 
Open Rehearsal: Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

 

Grant Park Chorus: Choral Splendor 

The celebrated Grant Park Chorus travels to two of the city’s cultural gems for a concert of moving a cappella music.

WHERE & WHEN

South Shore Cultural Center
Concert: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 7:00pm 

Columbus Park Refectory
Concert: Sunday, July 20, 2014, 3:00pm 

 

Dvorak and Beethoven 

Revered former Festival Principal Conductor Hugh Wolff partners with British piano sensation Stephen Hough for Dvořák’s Piano Concerto. Beethoven’s wondrous paean to country life, the “Pastoral” symphony, opens the program.

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Concert: Friday, July 18, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:15pm 
Concert: Saturday, July 19, 2014, 7:30pm – 9:15pm 
Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 3:00pm – 5:30pm 
Open Rehearsal: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 10:30am – 1:00pm 
Open Rehearsal: Friday, July 18, 2014, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

 

Musical Thrills! 

Get ready for a mid-summer family “spooktacular” when the Grant Park Orchestra performs a concert of chilling favorites including Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre, and Stookey’s The Composer is Dead—a zany orchestra mystery by author Lemony Snicket narrated by film and television star Damon Gupton.

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Concert: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:15pm 
Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 11:00am – 1:30pm 
Open Rehearsal: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

 

Slatkin Conducts Shostakovich 

Esteemed former Festival Principal Conductor Leonard Slatkin reunites with the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus to conduct the magnificent Execution of Stepan Razin, Michel Camilo’s flamboyant Piano Concerto, and more.

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Concert: Friday, July 25, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 
Concert: Saturday, July 26, 2014, 7:30pm – 9:30pm 
Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 3:00pm – 5:30pm 
Open Rehearsal: Thursday, July 24, 2014, 10:30am – 1:00pm 
Open Rehearsal: Friday, July 25, 2014, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

 

National Youth Orchestra 

As an added treat, the Festival presents the National Youth Orchestra at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion on a Monday night, featuring the renowned Grammy Award-winning violinist Gil Shaham.

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Concert: Monday, July 28, 2014, 6:30pm 
Open Rehearsal: Monday, July 28, 2014, 2:30pm – 4:30pm 

 

Symphonie Espangnole 

Violinist extraordinaire Christian Tetzlaff returns for a fiery performance of Lalo’s vibrant homage to Spain.

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Concert: Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:15pm 
Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 11:00am – 1:30pm 
Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 3:00pm – 5:30pm 
Open Rehearsal: Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

 

Brahms Symphony No. 4 

Join the Grant Park Orchestra inside the Harris Theater for an evening of beloved works by Brahms, Bartók and more, featuring the internationally acclaimed pianist Markus Groh.

WHERE & WHEN

Harris Theater for Music and Dance
Concert: Friday, August 1, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:15pm 
Concert: Saturday, August 2, 2014, 7:30pm – 9:15pm 
 
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 11:00am – 1:30pm 
Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 3:00pm – 5:30pm 

 

The Seven Deadly Sins 

Vocalist Storm Large, of Pink Martini fame, dares us to fall prey to temptation in a blockbuster performance of Kurt Weill’s sultry one act opera. Schubert’s hauntingly beautiful Unfinished Symphony and the shocking Dance of the Seven Veils complete the night.

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Concert: Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:15pm 
Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 11:00am – 1:30pm 
Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 3:00pm – 5:30pm 
Open Rehearsal: Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

 

Northern Lights 

Inspired by a children’s story on the origins of the aurora borealis, this work takes viewers on a spectacular journey to the beautiful and desolate arctic and subarctic, with original music by Grammy-nominated composer Christopher Theofanidis, and awe-inspiring images by astronomer Dr. José Francisco Salgado.

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Concert: Friday, August 8, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:15pm 
Concert: Saturday, August 9, 2014, 7:30pm – 9:15pm 
Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 11:00am – 1:30pm 
Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 3:00pm – 5:30pm 
Open Rehearsal: Thursday, August 7, 2014, 10:30am – 1:00pm 
Open Rehearsal: Friday, August 8, 2014, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

 

Bolcom and Mozart 

The final week of the Festival’s 80th Season includes the enchanting Cabaret Songs by Pulitzer Prize winner, William Bolcom, the Festival’s 2014 Composer-in-Residence, and Mozart’s iconic Symphony No. 25, featured in the movie Amadeus.