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      Grant Park Music Festival

      Grant Park Music Festival; Photo: Christopher Neseman

      WFMT continues a longstanding summer tradition of bringing you live concerts from the Grant Park Music Festival. Concerts are broadcast from the Pritzker Pavillion in the heart of downtown Chicago and hosted by Suzanne Nance.

      Under the direction of Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar and Chorus Director Christopher Bell, the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus' 2015 Season will feature a host of renowned guest artists and will include a world premiere commission, a Midwest premiere, and numerous collaborations with Chicago artists and cultural organizations.

      See photo galleries of recent Grant Park Music Festival concerts.

      Program Schedule | Summer 2015  

      Wednesday, June 17, 6:30 pm

      Beethoven Symphony No. 7

      Join Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra for a spectacular opening night featuring Russian piano sensation, Yevgeny Sudbin, making his Festival debut. The evening concludes with Beethoven's rhythmically charged Seventh Symphony.

      Grant Park Orchestra
      Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
      Yevgeny Sudbin, Piano

      Norman: Drip Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 1 Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

      Friday, July 3, 6:30 pm

      Schumann Rhenish Symphony

      Acclaimed cellist Tanja Tetzlaff returns to perform Lalo's Cello Concerto. Schumann's joyful and exuberant Rhenish Symphony and David Diamond's Rounds for String Orchestra complete the program.

      Grant Park Orchestra
      Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
      Tanja Tetzlaff, Cello

      Diamond: Rounds for String Orchestra
      Lalo: Cello Concerto in D Minor
      Schumann: Symphony No. 3, Rhenish

      Saturday, July 4, 7:30 pm*

      Independence Day Salute

      Christopher Bell leads the Grant Park Orchestra for its annual Independence Day Salute, full of patriotic favorites including Gershwin's soaring Piano Concerto in F with pianist Terrence Wilson.

      Grant Park Orchestra
      Christopher Bell, Conductor
      Terrence Wilson, Piano

      Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F
      Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
      Copland: Appalachian Spring
      Sousa: Stars and Stripes Forever
      and more!

      *Please note the later start time of this broadcast.

      Friday, July 10, 8:00 pm*

      A Sondheim Celebration

      Enjoy a little night music and celebrate the award-winning master of the Broadway musical, Stephen Sondheim. Led by conductor and long-time Sondheim collaborator Paul Gemignani, the Grant Park Orchestra and renowned vocalists perform Sondheim favorites, including selections from Sweeney Todd, Company, Into the Woods, and more. An evening not to be missed!

      Grant Park Orchestra
      Paul Gemignani, Guest Conductor
      Elizabeth Stanley, Vocalist
      Alex Gemignani, Vocalist
      Tedd Firth, Piano

      Songs and Suites from Sondheim's greatest and most popular repertoire

      *Please note the later start time of this broadcast.

      Friday, July 24, 6:30 pm

      Saint-SaŽns Piano Concerto

      Guest conductor Emmanuel Villaume returns to conduct an evening of European fare. You'll be transported by Saint-SaŽns' keyboard gem with pianist Andrew von Oeyen, along with music celebrating the cities of Vienna, Paris, and Rome.

      Grant Park Orchestra
      Emmanuel Villaume, Guest Conductor
      Andrew Von Oeyen, Piano

      Suppť: Overture to Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna
      Mozart: Symphony No. 31, Paris
      Saint-SaŽns: Piano Concerto No. 2
      Bizet: Roma

      Wednesday, July 29, 6:30 pm

      DvořŠk Symphony No. 6

      Thomas Wilkins conducts the Sunday Symphony by the prolific William Grant Still, the "Dean of all African-American composers." The evening concludes with DvořŠk's beautiful large-scale work, his Sixth Symphony, which recalls the Czech folksongs of his native Bohemia.

      Grant Park Orchestra
      Thomas Wilkins, Guest Conductor

      Goldsmith: Fireworks
      Still: Symphony No. 3, Sunday Symphony
      DvořŠk: Symphony No. 6

      Wednesday, August 5, 6:30 pm

      Mozart Piano Concerto

      A true poet of the keyboard, Inon Barnatan presents his insightful interpretation of the shining star of Mozart's piano repertory. The evening also includes works by George Antheil and Randall Thompson.

      Grant Park Orchestra
      Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
      Inon Barnatan, Piano

      Thompson: Symphony No. 2
      Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 17
      Antheil: A Jazz Symphony

      Friday, August 14, 6:30 pm

      Strauss Ein Heldenleben

      After an impressive Festival debut in 2014, the award-winning pianist Natasha Paremski returns to perform the ferociously technical Four Parables. Strauss' monumental tone poem completes the program.

      Grant Park Orchestra
      Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
      Natasha Paremski, Piano

      Wolf-Ferrari: Overture to The Secret of Suzanne
      Schoenfield: Four Parables
      Strauss: Ein Heldenleben

      Wednesday, August 19, 6:30 pm

      Beethoven Violin Concerto

      Grammyģ Award-winner and violinist extraordinaire James Ehnes returns for a fiery performance of Beethoven's exquisite Violin Concerto in what promises to be a truly stunning evening.

      Grant Park Orchestra
      Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
      James Ehnes, Violin

      Hanson: Elegy
      Beethoven: Violin Concerto
      Lindberg: Aventures

      Friday, August 21, 6:30 pm

      Elgar The Kingdom

      The Festival's 2015 season comes to a thrilling close with Elgar's epic oratorio The Kingdom, featuring the Grant Park Chorus and an all-star line-up of vocalists.

      Grant Park Orchestra
      Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
      Erin Wall, Soprano
      Jill Grove, Mezzo-Soprano
      Garrett Sorenson, Tenor
      Brian Mulligan, Bass-Baritone

      Elgar: The Kingdom