Video: The McGill Brothers Return Home for Grant Park Music Festival Debut

By Keegan Morris |

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Hailing from Chicago's South Side, the McGill brothers — flutist Demarre McGill and clarinetist Anthony McGill — return home this weekend to make their debuts on one of their hometown's brightest — and most striking — stages.

Demarre and Anthony will make first appearances at the Grant Park Music Festival, performing the works of Camille Saint-Saëns and Joel Puckett.

But in spite of this debut, 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 McGill brothers reflected on their first forays into music, how they found their instruments, their ongoing support of young arts organizations, and their debut performances at their hometown Grant Park Music Festival.

Demarre and Anthony McGill make their Grant Park Music Festival debut under the direction of condcutor David Danzmayr. Attend the free concert in person on Friday, July 26, 2019, at 6:30 pm or Saturday, July 27, 2019, at 7:30 pm, or listen on 98.7 FM,, or the WFMT app on Friday evening.