2024 Season

Dvořák Cello Concerto

Wed, June 12, 2024 6:30 pm
Antonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto is one of the most beloved concertos in the orchestral canon and one of Dvořák’s most enduring works. But you may be surprised to learn that the composer initially wasn’t so keen on the idea of…

Tetzlaff Plays Elgar

Fri, June 14, 2024 6:30 pm
Sat, June 15, 2024 7:30 pm
British composer Edward Elgar had a penchant for puzzles and ciphers and understood their power in drumming up publicity for his compositions. Come watch Christian Tetzlaff and Lauren Decker perform. This program is generously supported as part of the Dehmlow…

Songs of Freedom

Wed, June 19, 2024 6:30 pm
Music and the struggle for freedom go hand in hand. Here, Carlos Kalmar pairs overtures written for Beethoven’s French Revolution-era drama Fidelio with two works championing freedom and social justice in our own country: Jessie Montgomery’s Five Freedom Songs, based…

Schumann Piano Concerto

Fri, June 21, 2024 6:30 pm
Sat, June 22, 2024 8:00 pm
The Grant Park Orchestra welcomes one of the greatest pianists of our time, Garrick Ohlsson, for Schumann’s exuberant and irresistible Piano Concerto. Carlos Kalmar conducts the stormy Symphony No. 6 by Prokofiev and Apu by the Northern California-native Gabriela Lena…

Broadway Rocks!

Wed, July 31, 2024 6:30 pm
From Jesus Christ Superstar to Tommy to Tina Turner, rock music has long been embedded in American musical theater. This time, the Grant Park Orchestra celebrates the jukebox musical, with everything from ABBA to Dolly Parton to Queen to Michael…

Choral Masterworks

Mon, June 17, 2024 6:30 pm
Thu, June 20, 2024 6:30 pm
Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar and Chorus Director Christopher Bell bring the acclaimed Grant Park Chorus to the neighborhoods with a gorgeous program devoted to the wonders of the human voice.

Haydn London Symphony

Wed, June 26, 2024 6:30 pm
Popular guest conductor Ludovic Morlot returns to conduct Haydn’s buoyant London Symphony alongside the suite from Richard Strauss’s hilarious comic opera Der Rosenkavalier and a world-premiere composition by the eclectic Brazilian-American composer Clarice Assad.

Dvořák Serenade for Strings

Tue, June 25, 2024 6:30 pm
Thu, June 27, 2024 6:30 pm
This time, we welcome alumni of the Festival String Fellowship to play a variety of works for string orchestra, including the popular Dvořák Serenade for Strings and Bartók’s zesty Romanianian Folk Dances. Fellowship alum Kyle Dickson, who’s gone on to…

Stravinsky Petrushka

Fri, June 28, 2024 6:30 pm
Sat, June 29, 2024 7:30 pm
Guest conductor Ludovic Morlot conducts Stravinsky’s high-octane ballet score Petrushka, with dazzling instrumental effects and orchestral oomph. Also, the acclaimed Grant Park Chorus joins the orchestra for two marvelous choral rarities by Brahms and Kodály.

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6

Wed, July 3, 2024 6:30 pm
Fri, July 5, 2024 6:30 pm
Savor Tchaikovsky’s haunting Symphony Pathétique, named for the French word for dramatic or moving. With soaring melodies and orchestral might, the Tchaikovsky Sixth always brings down the house. Also, the internationally acclaimed violin virtuoso Anne Akiko Meyers joins the Grant…

Independence Day Salute

Thu, July 4, 2024 6:30 pm
It’s everyone’s favorite old-timey holiday celebration: the Festival’s annual salute to America. With Christopher Bell decked in red, white, and blue, the Grant Park Orchestra presents Bernstein, John Williams, John Philip Sousa, and the ever-popular Armed Forces Salute. Bring family…

Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

Wed, July 10, 2024 6:30 pm
Guest conductor Giancarlo Guerrero conducts Shostakovich’s glorious Fifth Symphony, a piece packed with passion and thrills—and more than a little sarcasm. Written under threat by the tyrant Joseph Stalin, the Fifth Symphony is as satisfying as it is subversive. The…
Pianist Terrence Wilson

Beethoven Emperor Concerto

Fri, July 12, 2024 6:30 pm
Sat, July 13, 2024 7:30 pm
Guest conductor Giancarlo Guerrero brings two stunning masterworks to the Grant Park Orchestra: Beethoven’s monumental Emperor Concerto with soloist Stewart Goodyear and Maurice Duruflé’s soul-stirring Requiem featuring the renowned Grant Park Chorus. Adding to the evening’s gravitas, the concert opens…

Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Wed, July 17, 2024 6:30 pm
It’s an evening of tributes, with brilliant composers borrowing tunes by other brilliant composers to cast a spell of musical delights. Guest conductor Eric Jacobsen returns after acclaimed appearances in 2023 to lead the Grant Park Orchestra in one of…

Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams

Fri, July 19, 2024 6:30 pm
For generations, John Williams has provided the soundtrack to our lives, from Darth Vader’s menacing march to the soaring themes that hoisted E.T. and Harry Potter into the air. Don your favorite costume, be it a wizard or a wookie,…

Common with the Grant Park Orchestra

Sat, July 20, 2024 7:30 pm
Come celebrate when the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Grant Park Music Festival present Oscar, Emmy and GRAMMY-winning hip-hop artist Common in a free concert with the Grant Park Orchestra led by conductor Anthony…

Beethoven Fifth Symphony

Wed, July 24, 2024 6:30 pm
It has one of the most famous openings in all of music, appearing in everything from The Walking Dead to the The Simpson’s. Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is a thriller and a longtime audience favorite. Bring the whole family to enjoy…

Scheherazade

Fri, July 26, 2024 6:30 pm
Sat, July 27, 2024 7:30 pm
Wallow in the sweeping Romantic melodies of Rimsky-Korsakov’s enchanting tribute to the heroine of The Arabian Nights, the clever young queen who saves her own life by spinning a tale for 1001 nights. Guest conductor Eric Jacobsen leads the Grant…

Bruckner Symphony No. 4

Fri, August 2, 2024 6:30 pm
Sat, August 3, 2024 7:30 pm
Carlos Kalmar celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of fellow Austrian Anton Bruckner with the lush Symphony No. 4. The Grant Park Orchestra opens the program with Sibelius’ hauntingly beautiful Swan of Tuonela and includes the suite from Janáček’s…
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