WFMT announces Grant Park Music Festival broadcast schedule for summer 2016


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Eleven live broadcasts, between June 15 and August 17 to air on WFMT, on, and via mobile apps

CHICAGO – June 1, 2016 – WFMT, Chicago’s classical and fine arts radio station, today announced its broadcast schedule for Grant Park Music Festival’s 2016 season, from opening night on June 15 through August 17. All broadcasts will begin at 6:30 pm on WFMT, and all concerts (except July 4 as noted below) feature the Grant Park Orchestra.

In a first for the series, on Friday, July 29, the live broadcast will originate from Chicago’s South Shore Cultural Center, led by guest conductor Thomas Wilkins, music director of the Omaha Symphony. Mr. Wilkins also serves as principal conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and is the Germeshausen Family and Youth Concert Conductor chair with the Boston Symphony.

All performances will also be live-streamed on, and will be available on WFMT’s mobile apps for iPhone and Android devices.

“Again this year, WFMT is proud to bring this homegrown music festival to audiences here in Chicago and around the world via the web,” said program director David Polk. “This is a vital part of WFMT’s mission: to present the best classical music and fine arts programming that Chicago has to offer, and to provide a showcase for talented local artists.”

Scheduled artists and repertoire are as follows:

Wednesday, June 15 (opening night)
Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Anne-Marie McDermott and Andrew von Oeyen, pianos
PROGRAM: Barber: Essay #2; Poulenc: Two-Piano Concerto; Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Wednesday, June 29
Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Juho Pohjonen, piano
PROGRAM: Rimsky-Korsakov: Antar Symphony; Chopin: Piano Concerto #2; Christopher Rouse: Thunderstruck

Monday, July 4
Independence Day Salute
Christopher Bell conducts the Chicago Youth Symphony and the National Youth Choir of Scotland

Wednesday, July 13
Michal Nesterowicz, conductor
Rachel Barton Pine, violin
PROGRAM: Lutoslawski: Little Suite; Bruch: Violin Concerto in G Minor; Schumann: Symphony #4

Friday, July 15
Christopher König, conductor
PROGRAM: Haydn: Symphony #55, Schoolmaster; Bruckner: Symphony #4, Romantic

Friday, July 22
Marin Alsop, conductor
Regina Carter, violin
PROGRAM: Johnson: Harlem Symphony; Ellington: Slave Song/Come Sunday, Imagine My Frustration; Dvorak: Symphony #9, New World; Johnson: Victory Stride

Friday, July 29 (from South Shore Cultural Center)
Thomas Wilkins, conductor
PROGRAM: Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture; Lehar: Gold and Silver Waltzes; Daugherty: Desi; Saint-Saens: Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah
Mendelssohn: Symphony #4, Italian

Wednesday, August 3
Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Stephen Hough, piano
PROGRAM: MacMillan: Britannia; Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on A Theme by Paganini; Ibert: Escales (Ports of Call)

Friday, August 5
Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi, soprano (Ryan Opera Center)
Janai Brugger, soprano; Hoss Brock, tenor; Daniel Eifert, bass; Grant Park Chorus (Christopher Bell, director)
PROGRAM: Michael Gandolfi: New work, world premiere; Mozart: Mass in C Minor, Great

Friday, August 12
Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano
PROGRAM: Tchaikovsky: Marche Slave: Piano Concerto #1, original version; Orchestra Suite #3

Wednesday, August 17
Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Christian Tetzlaff, violin
PROGRAM: Mozart: Ballet music from Idomeneo; Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor; Schubert: Symphony #4

About WFMT
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