The Grant Park Music Festival




Opening Night: Tchaikovsky Extravaganza

Jay Pritzker Pavilion    June 11, 2014, 6:30pm

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.

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Natasha Paremski, Piano

Corigliano: Tournaments

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 2

Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini


Berlioz Romeo and Juliet 

Jay Pritzker Pavilion     June 13, 2014, 6:30pm     June 14, 2014, 7:30pm

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

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Julie Boulianne, Mezzo Soprano

Paul Appleby, Tenor

 Mozart and Dvorak

Jay Pritzker Pavilion   June 18, 2014, 6:30pm

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.

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Stefan Jackiw, Violin

Nicolai: Overture: The Merry Wives of Windsor

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5, Turkish

Dvořák: Symphony No.3

Water Music

Jay Pritzker Pavilion     June 20, 2014, 6:30pm    June 21, 2014, 7:30pm

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.

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Handel (arr. Harty): Suite: Water Music

Weber: Jubel Overture

Elgar: Symphony No.1

Viva Mexico

Jay Pritzker Pavilion   June 25, 2014, 6:30pm

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

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Mariachi Los Camperos De Nati Cano

Program TBA

Barber and Haydn

Jay Pritzker Pavilion   June 27, 2014, 6:30pm    June 28, 2014, 7:30pm

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.

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Christine Goerke, Soprano

Jill Grove, Mezzo-soprano

Garrett Sorenson, Tenor

Shenyang, Bass

Barber: Fadograph of a Yestern Scene

Haydn: Symphony No. 98 in B Flat

Janáček: Glagolitic Mass

Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto

Jay Pritzker Pavilion July 2, 2014, 6:30pm

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.

Grant Park Orchestra

Giancarlo Guerrero, Guest Conductor

Gabriel Cabezas, Cello

Tracy Cantin, Soprano

Danielpour: Darkness in the Ancient Valley

Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto in A Minor

Poulenc: Suite from Les Biches

Independence Day Salute

Jay Pritzker Pavilion    July 4, 2014, 6:30pm

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.

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Christopher Bell, Conductor

An evening full of American spirit and song.

Portland Youth Philharmonic

Jay Pritzker Pavilion  July 5, 2014, 7:30pm

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.

Portland Youth Philharmonic

David Hattner, Conductor

(The Grant Park Orchestra Does Not Perform)

Bunch: Super-maximum

Cowell: Ancient Desert Drone

Theofanidis: Visions and Miracles

Dvořák: Symphonic Variations, Op. 78

Brahms: Academic Festival Overture

Ella, Louis and All That Jazz

Jay Pritzker Pavilion  July 9, 2014, 8:00pm

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.

Grant Park Orchestra

Jeff Tyzik, Guest Conductor

Marva Hicks, Vocalist

Byron Stripling, Trumpet

Holst The Planets

South Shore Cultural Center   July 11, 2014, 6:30pm

Jay Pritzker Pavilion   July 12, 2014, 8:00pm

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.

Grant Park Orchestra

Mei Ann Chen, Guest Conductor

Leshnoff: Starburst

Price: Dances in the Canebreaks

Holst: The Planets

The Blue Planet In Concert

Jay Pritzker Pavilion   July 16, 2014, 6:30pm

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.

Grant Park Orchestra

George Fenton, Guest Conductor

The Blue Planet in Concert

Grant Park Chorus: Choral Splendor

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

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

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

The Grant Park Chorus

Christopher Bell, Conductor

Tavener: Funeral Ikos

Tavener: The Lamb

Whitacre: Leonardo Dreams

Macmillan: Data est mihi omnis potestas

Macmillan: In splendoribus sanctorum (from the Strathclyde Motets)

Tchaikovsky: The Cherubic Hymn (No. 7 from Liturgy of St. John Chystosto)

Tchaikovsky: The Legend

Dvorak and Beethoven

Jay Pritzker Pavilion   July 18, 2014, 6:30pm    July 19, 2014, 7:30pm

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.

Grant Park Orchestra

Hugh Wolff, Guest Conductor

Stephen Hough, Piano

Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 Pastoral

Dvořák: Piano Concerto

Musical Thrills!

Jay Pritzker Pavilion   July 23, 2014, 6:30pm

Bring your family for Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre, and Stookey’s The Composer is Dead, a zany orchestra mystery by children’s author Lemony Snicket.

Grant Park Orchestra

Andrew Grams, Guest Conductor

Damon Gupton, Narrator

Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries

Gounod: Funeral March of a Marionette

Mozart: Overture: Abduction from the Seraglio 

Bolcom: Commedia for (almost) 18th century orchestra

Saint-Saëns: Danse Macabre

Schifrin: Theme from Mission Impossible

Stookey: The Composer is Dead

Slatkin Conducts Shostakovich

Jay Pritzker Pavilion   July 25, 2014, 6:30pm    July 26, 2014, 7:30pm

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.

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Leonard Slatkin, Guest Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Michel Camilo, Piano

Alfred Walker, Bass

Chabrier: España

Camilo: Piano Concerto No. 2 Tenerife

Shostakovich: The Execution of Stepan Razin 

Borodin: Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor

National Youth Orchestra

Jay Pritzker Pavilion   July 28, 2014, 6:30pm

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.

National Youth Orchestra

David Robertson, Conductor

Gil Shaham, Violin

(The Grant Park Orchestra Does Not Perform)

S.C. Adams: World premiere commission

Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Britten: Violin Concerto

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Symphonie Espangnole

Jay Pritzker Pavilion  July 30, 2014, 6:30pm

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

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Christian Tetzlaff, Violin

Chausson: Symphony in B-flat Major

Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole

Halffter: Tiento

Brahms Symphony No. 4

Harris Theater for Music and Dance August 1, 2014, 6:30pm  August 2, 2014, 7:30pm

Join the Grant Park Orchestra inside the Harris Theater for an evening of beloved works by Brahms, Bartók and more, featuring the renowned French pianist Jean-Philippe Collard.

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Jean-Phillipe Collard, Piano

Widmann: Con Brio

Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3

Brahms: Symphony No. 4

The Seven Deadly Sins

Jay Pritzker Pavilion  August 6, 2014, 6:30pm

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.

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Storm Large, Vocalist

Male Quartet From The Grant Park Chorus

Weill: Seven Deadly Sins

Schubert: Symphony No. 8 Unfinished

R. Strauss: Dance of the Seven Veils from Salome

Northern Lights

Jay Pritzker Pavilion   August 8, 2014, 7:30pm    August 9, 2014, 7:30pm

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.

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Norman: Drip

Theofanidis: Northern Lights (World Premiere)

Rachmaninov: Symphony No.2

Bolcom and Mozart

Jay Pritzker Pavilion    August 13, 2014, 6:30pm

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.

Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Artists From Lyric Opera’s Patrick G. And Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center

Mozart: Symphony No. 25

Bolcom: Cabaret Songs

Piston: Suite: The Incredible Flutist

Daphnis and Chloé

Jay Pritzker Pavilion   August 15, 2014, 6:30pm     August 16, 2014, 7:30pm

The Festival’s 80th Anniversary celebration concludes with the world premiere of the symphonic showcase written for the Grant Park Orchestra by William Bolcom. Maurice Ravel’s sumptuous ballet score for Daphnis and Chloé and John Adams’ orchestral fanfare complete this grand finale!

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

Adams: Tromba Lontana

Bolcom: World premiere concerto for orchestra

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé