Hailing from Chicago's South Side, flutist Demarre McGill and clarinetist Anthony McGill return home this weekend to make their Grant Park Music Festival debuts performing the works of Saint-Saëns and Joel Puckett. That's not to say that Demarre, the principal flutist for the Seattle Symphony, and Anthony, the principal clarinetist for the New York Philharmonic, don't get back to their hometown — they are both active alumni of the Merit School of Music and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras. In fact, the duo recorded their most recent album, Winged Creatures, with the CYSO.
During their interview with WFMT, the brothers discussed their first forays into their respective instruments, explained the importance of actively supporting young arts organizations, and previewed their performances at the Grant Park Music Festival.
Demarre and Anthony McGill make their Grant Park Music Festival debut under the director of David Danzmayr. Attend the free concert in person on Friday, July 26 at 6:30 pm or Saturday, July 27 at 7:30 pm, or listen on 98.7 FM, wfmt.com, or the WFMT app on Friday evening.