The 85th season of the Grant Park Music Festival continues in July with Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar leading the Grant Park Orchestra, along with Chorus Director Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Chorus, in Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Concerts are held Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The July program schedule is below. A complete Grant Park Music Festival schedule is accessible at www.gpmf.org.
Patrons can order One Night Member Passes for reserved seats, starting at $26, by calling 312.742.7647 or going online to www.gpmf.org and selecting their own seat down front in the member section of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Membership support helps to keep the Festival free for all. For every Grant Park Music Festival concert, there are seats that are free and open to the public in Millennium Park’s Seating Bowl and on the Great Lawn, available on a first-come, first-served basis.
July begins with the Festival’s popular annual Independence Day Salute (July 4), part of Festival HD, conducted by Christopher Bell, with Grant Park Orchestra principal fluteMary Stolper and Grant Park Chorus baritone John E. Orduña. The same weekend brings Gershwin Piano Concerto (July 5-6) with piano soloist Jeffrey Kahane and theMidwest premiere of Gabriel Kahane’s emergency shelter intake form with mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran and vocalists Holland Andrews, Holcombe Waller, and Gabriel Kahane with members of the Harmony, Hope, & Healing choir, conducted by Carlos Kalmar. Norman Huynh leads the Grant Park Orchestra as they provide the live soundtrack for the classic film The Wizard of Oz (July 10) which celebrates the 80th anniversary of its big screen premiere; Lawrence Loh is at the helm for The Envelope Please: A Tribute To Broadway and Hollywood’s Best, an evening of song from the best of musical theatre and beyond (July 12-13) featuring vocalists Susan Egan (the original Belle in the Broadway adaptation of Beauty and the Beast), Doug LaBrecque (Phantom of the Opera), and Madison Claire Parks. During the Ravel Mother Goose concert (July 17), audiences will hear harpist Yolanda Kondonassis in Ginastera’s Harp Concerto led by guest conductor Emmanuel Villaume.
Festival favorite Steven Hough returns for Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 (July 19-20), led by Martyn Brabbins. Next, conductor Cristian Măcelaru makes his Festival debut with Tchaikovsky Swan Lake (July 24), along with Gulda’s Cello Concerto featuring cello soloist Edgar Moreau, followed by Dvořák Symphony No. 7 (July 26-27) led by conductor David Danzmayr, a homecoming concert for brothers Demarre and Anthony McGill featuring Puckett’s Concerto Duo which was written for the McGills. July concludes with the return of young pianist Conrad Tao to perform Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in a concert titled Copland Rodeo (July 31) led by Kalmar.
Members of the Grant Park Orchestra led by violinist Jeremy Black bring Copland Appalachian Spring to the South Shore Cultural Center (July 8) and the Columbus Park Refectory (July 11). Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Chorus return to the Columbus Park Refectory (July 18) and South Shore Cultural Center (July 22) for an a cappellaconcert celebrating the legacy of music written by women, featuring the world premiere performance of Hands by Lori Laitman.
The Festival’s new Festival Next initiative, a series of programs to reimagine the concert-going experience in the 21st century, continues throughout summer 2019. On July 7 at 2 p.m., songwriter Gabriel Kahane presents an unflinching look at America in the wake of the 2016 presidential election and performs songs from his new album Book of Travelersas well as his back catalogue as part of CenterStage, free intimate Sunday afternoon recitals held onstage in the enclosed Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Visiting Masters, master classes led by Festival guest artists, continues with Yolanda Kondonassis, harp (July 16, 5:30 p.m.); Anthony McGill, clarinet, and DeMarre McGill, flute (July 27, 11 a.m.); and Conrad Tao, piano (July 30, 5:30 p.m.).
Special events in July begin with family activities on July 4 one hour before the Independence Day Salute concert in Millennium Park’s Chase Promenade North tent located just west of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. A The Wizard of Oz costume party and group photo shoot, followed by trivia contests, prizes, and a sing-along, will be held on Wednesday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m. in front of Cloud Gate before Classic Movie Night with the Grant Park Orchestra begins at 8:00 p.m. The Festival’s Pastoral Picnic in White takes place on Saturday, July 27 at 6 p.m. on the Great Lawn before the Grant Park Orchestra takes the stage for Dvořák Symphony No. 7. This year’s free picnic invites everyone to dress in white from head to toe, and gather on the lawn before the music begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit gpmf.org/picnic.
CSO’s Sounds and Stories contributor Laura Sauer, theatre producer/director Gary Zabinski, and conductor Stephen Alltop host free pre-concert lectures one hour before select concerts in Millennium Park’s Chase Promenade North tent. Special guests at these lectures include Gabriel and Jeffrey Kahane (July 5-6), Lawrence Loh and Doug LaBrecque (July 12), Lawrence Loh and Susan Egan (July 13), Yolanda Kondonassis (July 17), Martyn Brabbins and Steven Hough (July 19-20), Edgar Moreau (July 24), and Anthony and Demarre McGill (July 26-27).
Open lunchtime rehearsals of the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus continue through August 16 and typically take place Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m.‒1 p.m. Audiences are welcome to sit in the Pavilion Seating Bowl during rehearsals, and Festival docents will be on site to talk about the week’s concerts during rehearsal breaks.
Many of the summer’s concerts, including July 4, July 17, July 19, July 26, and July 31, all at 6:30 p.m., will be broadcast on 98.7WFMT, Chicago’s classical and fine arts radio station, and online at wfmt.com/streaming.
The City of Chicago has implemented a security perimeter and bag check policy for all concerts and events that take place at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. For most Grant Park Music Festival concerts, security entails a bag check screening for weapons and other Millennium Park prohibited items. For theIndependence Day Salute on July 4, patrons will not be able to bring alcohol into the Park. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at concession tents inside the Park. Generally, entrances and bag check lines are open to the public 2 hours before the concerts start; for the Independence Day Salute (July 4)and Pastoral Picnic in White (July 27), entrances and bag check lines will open 3 hours before the concert starts. For a complete list of prohibited items, visit gpmf.org/prohibited.
For more than 80 years, the Grant Park Music Festival has been Chicago’s summer musical sensation, demonstrating that classical music, performed by a world-class orchestra and chorus can have a transformative impact on the city. Showcased in the city’s most spectacular setting, the Festival continues to be the summer gathering place for all of Chicago. The Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park is the official home of the Grant Park Music Festival, with free seats available for every concert. The 2019 season began on June 12 and runs through August 17.
The Festival is led by Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar, along with Grant Park Chorus Director Christopher Bell, Grant Park Orchestral Association President and CEO Paul Winberg, and Board Chair Stephen Smith.
The Grant Park Music Festival is presented by the Grant Park Orchestral Association with key support from the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. The Festival gratefully acknowledges the generous support from its 2019 sponsors: AbelsonTaylor, American Accents Series Sponsor; BMO Harris Bank, Festival HD Series Sponsor; William Blair, Classic Series Sponsor; Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, Official Hotel; Macy’s, Official Picnic Sponsor; CIBC USA, Concert Sponsor;and ComEd, Concert Sponsor; with additional support from Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Walter E. Heller Foundation, Julius N. Frankel Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Sage Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
For more information about the Grant Park Music Festival, including membership, One Night Passes and group seating, visit www.gpmf.org or call 312.742.7647. For additional information, visit the Grant Park Music Festival Facebook page or follow the Festival on Twitter @gpmf.
GRANT PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL
all programs subject to change
INDEPENDENCE DAY SALUTE
Thursday, July 4 at 6:30 PM
Grant Park Orchestra; Christopher Bell, conductor; Mary Stolper, flute; John Orduña, baritone
An evening of patriotic favorites and a Grant Park Music Festival tradition!
GERSHWIN PIANO CONCERTO
Friday, July 5 at 6:30 PM
Saturday, July 6 at 7:30 PM
Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Jeffrey Kahane, piano; Alicia Hall Moran, soprano; Holland Andrews, Holcombe Waller, Gabriel Kahane, vocalists
Gershwin – Piano Concerto
Kahane – emergency shelter intake form
Sunday, July 7 at 2 PM, CenterStage concert with Gabriel Kahane
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Reservations recommended at www.gpmf.org
COPLAND APPALACHIAN SPRING (Note Location)
Monday, July 8 at 7 PM; South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive
Thursday, July 11 at 7 PM; Columbus Park Refectory, 5701 W. Jackson Boulevard
Members of the Grant Park Orchestra; Jeremy Black, leader and violin; Anne Bach, oboe
Holst – St. Paul’s Suite
Bach – Concerto for Violin and Oboe
Copland – Suite from Appalachian Spring
CLASSIC MOVIE NIGHT: THE WIZARD OF OZ (Note Time)
Wednesday, July 10 at 8 PM
Grant Park Orchestra; Norman Huynh, conductor
The Grant Park Orchestra provides the live soundtrack to one of the greatest films in cinema history, on the large Millennium Park screen.
THE ENVELOPE PLEASE: A TRIBUTE TO BROADWAY AND HOLLYWOOD’S BEST (Note Time)
Friday, July 12 at 8 PM
Saturday, July 13 at 8 PM
Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus; Lawrence Loh, conductor; Susan Egan, Doug LaBrecque and Madison Claire Parks, vocalists
An evening of Grammy, Tony and Academy Award-winning music, including songs from The Lion King, Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera and more, plus tributes to Marvin Hamlisch and John Williams. Featuring the Grant Park Chorus and stars from Broadway.
RAVEL MOTHER GOOSE
Wednesday, July 17 at 6:30 PM
Grant Park Orchestra; Emmanuel Villaume, conductor; Yolanda Kondonassis, harp
Ravel – Suite from Mother Goose
Ginastera – Harp Concerto
Bizet – Symphony No. 1
GRANT PARK CHORUS IN THE PARKS (Note Location)
Thursday, July 18 at 7 PM; Columbus Park Refectory, 5701 W. Jackson Boulevard
Monday, July 22 at 7 PM; South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive
Christopher Bell, conductor
An evening of a cappella works, celebrating the legacy of music written by women and will feature a world premiere commission by composer Lori Laitman.
BEETHOVEN PIANO CONCERTO NO. 3
Friday, July 19 at 6:30 PM
Saturday, July 20 at 7:30 PM
Grant Park Orchestra; Martyn Brabbins, conductor; Stephen Hough, piano
MacMillan – Stomp
Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 3
Vaughan Williams – Symphony No. 2, A London Symphony
TCHAIKOVSKY SWAN LAKE
Wednesday, July 24 at 6:30 PM
Grant Park Orchestra; Cristian Măcelaru, conductor; Edgar Moreau, cello
Gulda – Cello Concerto
Tchaikovsky – Suite from Swan Lake
DVOŘÁK SYMPHONY NO. 7
Friday, July 26 at 6:30 PM
Saturday, July 27 at 7:30 PM
Grant Park Orchestra; David Danzmayr, conductor; Anthony McGill, clarinet; Demarre McGill, flute
López – Fiesta!
Puckett – Concerto Duo
Saint-Saëns – Tarantelle
Dvořák – Symphony No. 7
Wednesday, July 31 at 6:30 PM
Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Conrad Tao, piano
MacDowell – Suite No. 2, Indian
Shostakovich – Piano Concerto No. 2
Copland – Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo