Grant Park Music Festival Announces 2017 Season

By Stephen Raskauskas |

Today, Grant Park Music Festival announced its 2017 summer season. This year’s festival runs for 10 weeks from June 14 through August 19 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, and other city venues including the South Shore Cultural Center.

The opening night concert features Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Vadim Gluzman as the soloist. The world premiere of a newly-commissioned horn concerto by Aaron Jay Kernis will be given in August. The Grant Park Chorus joins the orchestra for performances including the festival finale, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

The Festival also announced that it renewed the contract of Carlos Kalmar, the Festival’s artistic director and principal conductor, through 2021.

All Grant Park Music Festival concerts are free. WFMT will have several live broadcasts from the festival, including opening night and the Beethoven Ninth concerts. See a full listing of performances below.

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Conductor Carlos Kalmar leads the Grand Park Orchestra


Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion Concert

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, Conductor; Vadim Gluzman, Violin

Alfvén: Festival Overture
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
Gershwin: Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture


A Sea Symphony
Friday, June 16, 2017, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, June 17, 2017, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus; Carlos Kalmar, Conductor; Christopher Bell, Chorus Director; Sara Jakubiak, Soprano; David John Pike, Baritone

Britten: Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia
Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony


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Soprano Susanna Phillips

Beethoven Symphony No. 4
Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, Conductor; Susanna Phillips, Soprano

Wagner: Overture: A Faust Overture
Copland: Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4


Stravinsky Firebird
Friday, June 23, 2017, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday, June 24, 2017, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, Conductor; Conrad Tao, Piano

Schiff: Infernal
Khachaturian: Piano Concerto
Stravinsky: The Firebird


Missa Latina
Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, June 30, 2017, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus; Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Guest Conductor; Christopher Bell, Chorus Director; Jessica Rivera, Soprano

Sierra: Missa Latina


Canada’s 150th Birthday Celebration With the Canadian Brass

Saturday, July 1, 2017, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Grant Park Orchestra; Lucas Waldin, Guest Conductor; Canadian Brass
A celebration of Canada’s diverse musical landscape


Independence Day Salute*
Tuesday, July 4, 2017, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Grant Park Orchestra; Christopher Bell, Conductor

An evening of patriotic favorites, including Stars and Stripes Forever, the 1812 Overture and more

*An encore performance will be held on Wednesday, July 5 at 6:30 PM at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive


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Conductor Thomas Wilkins

Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams
Friday, July 7, 2017, 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday, July 8, 2017, 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Grant Park Orchestra; Thomas Wilkins, Guest Conductor

Orchestral favorites from Star Wars, Superman, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and more


Haydn London Symphony
Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Grant Park Orchestra; Fawzi Haimor, Guest Conductor

Roustom: Ramal
Haydn: Symphony No. 104, “London”
Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis


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A perfect picnic at the 2016 Grant Park Music Festival

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2
Friday, July 14, 2017, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, July 15, 2017, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Grant Park Orchestra; Simone Young, Guest Conductor; Andrew Tyson, Piano

Hindson: Headbanger
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2
Strauss: Symphonia domestica


Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto
Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Grant Park Orchestra; Brett Mitchell, Guest Conductor; Angelo Xiang Yu, Violin

Bunch: Supermaximum
Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No. 3
Copland: The Red Pony


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Laura Osnes is featured in Festival’s summer Broadway concert.

A Broadway Romance
Friday, July 21, 2017, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, July 22, 2017, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus; Ted Sperling, Guest Conductor; Christopher Bell, Chorus Director

The ups and downs of romance with music from West Side Story, Carousel, Follies and more


Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1
Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, Conductor; Stephen Hough, Piano

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1
Kodály: Dances of Galánta
Brahms: Hungarian Dances Nos. 1, 3, 6


Mozart Linz Symphony
Friday, July 28, 2017, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday, July 29, 2017, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus; Carlos Kalmar, Conductor; Christopher Bell, Chorus Director; Colleen Daly, Soprano; Lauren Segal, Mezzo-Soprano; David Pomeroy, Tenor; James Westman, Baritone; Daniel Okulitch, Bass

Mozart: Symphony No. 36, “Linz”
Martin: In terra pax


The Spanish Guitar
Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, Conductor; Pablo Villegas, Guitar

Arriaga: Los esclavos felices: Overture
Bizet: Suite from Carmen
Rodrigo: Fantasía para un gentilhombre
Turina: Danzas fantàsticas


Debussy La Mer
Friday, August 4, 2017, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday, August 5, 2017, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Harris Theater for Music and Dance

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, Conductor; François Leleux, Oboe

Hindemith: Concert Music for Strings and Brass
Strauss: Oboe Concerto in D Major
Mendelssohn: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage
Debussy: La Mer


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Members of Mariachi Cobre perform at Disney World.

An Evening With Mariachi Cobre
Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Mariachi Cobre joins the Grant Park Orchestra for an evening of traditional Mexican folk music.


Manfred Symphony
Friday, August 11, 2017, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, August 12, 2017, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, Conductor; Jonathan Boen, Horn

Rimsky-Korsakov: Overture: The Tsar’s Bride
Kernis: Horn Concerto (World Premiere)
Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony


Haydn Cello Concerto
Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, Conductor; Harriet Krijgh, Cello

Resphigi: The Birds
Haydn: Cello Concerto in C Major
Chadwick: Symphonic Sketches


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Janai Brugger (Photo: Dario Acosta)

Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Friday, August 18, 2017, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, August 19, 2017, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus; Carlos Kalmar, Conductor; Christopher Bell, Chorus Director; Janai Brugger, Soprano; Allyson McHardy, Mezzo-Soprano; Brendan Tuohy, Tenor; Russell Braun, Bass

Brahms: Schicksalslied
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