Artist Icebreaker: Bass-baritone David Govertsen

By Adela Skowronski |

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Some call it luck. Some call it being prepared. After an unusual career trajectory — from trombonist to elementary school music teacher to bass-baritone soloist — David Govertsen thinks it's a little bit of both that has guided him to some of the city's biggest stages.

The Chicago-born artist is also active as a teacher, an advisor to budding young vocalists, and a collaborator with some of the area's most versatile and intriguing artists.

Learn more about Govertsen before he sings Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum during the final days of the Grant Park Music Festival: Friday, August 20th (in a performance that will also be broadcast live on WFMT) and Saturday, August 21st.

Friday, August 20 at 6:30 pm: In the 2021 season finale of the Grant Park Music Festival, WFMT shares this performance of Handel's Dettingen Te Deum in a live broadcast from Millennium Park.