GRANT PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL – Preview

The Grant Park Music Festival opens its 2017 season on Wednesday, June 14th in Millennium Park. The annual festival offers Chicagoans a season of world-class music performed by the Grant Park Orchestra and Choir. The festival, which stages performances most Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, concludes on August 19th.

Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar and Chorus Director Christopher Bell will lead many of the Grant Park Orchestra and Choir in the festival’s ten-week session, which begins on Wednesday, June 14th with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. The opening night’s program also includes Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture, a medley of songs from George Gershwin’s classic operetta of the same name.

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Carlos Kalmar will conduct the Grant Park Orchestra during the 2017 season. Photo: Patrick Pyszka
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The first performance lecture will host Ukrainian-Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman, performing later that night with the Orchestra. Photo: Marco Borggreve

In addition to the work of composers such as Beethoven, Haydn, and Brahms, the festival will showcase a wide variety of music from John Williams’ film scores to traditional Mexican folk music to Broadway love songs.

Pre-concert lectures will be held an hour before each concert at Millennium Park’s Family Fun Tent just west of the Pritzker Pavilion. The lecture series offers concert-goers an in-depth look at each evening’s program with music commentators and guest artists.

One Night Membership Passes are available for those who wish to sit in the membership section of the Pritzker Pavilion. However, seating in all other areas is free to the public. For more information, a full schedule, and One Night Membership Passes, go to the Grant Park Music Festival Website.

When:

June 14 – August 19

Wednesdays and Fridays
6:30 PM

Saturdays
7:30PM

Where:

Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Michigan Ave. & Columbus Ave.
Chicago, IL 60601

Tickets:

$25 One Night Membership Passes available at GPMF website.
Seating in other areas is free to the public.

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