With summer right around the corner, we can look forward to sunny days, time spent with friends, and a smattering of activities, festivals, and concerts.
Put simply, without the Grant Park Music Festival, summer in Chicago simply wouldn't be ... summer in Chicago. But even if you're not actually in Chicago, you can still tap in to the unique, indispensable institution that this free music series represents.
Earlier this year, we let you know about the festival's summer season, and today, we're announcing the complete lineup of WFMT live broadcasts from the stage of Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion. Spanning June 15 to August 19, we'll be bringing you a front row seat to eleven scintillating performances, with commentary, interviews, and more.
In June, you'll hear some of the most exciting artists in classical music: Michelle Cann, Simone Lamsma, and the ZOFO Piano Duo performing music spanning from the 1700s to today. Opening night alone features music by Mozart, Wagner, and Price, and subsequent concerts include contemporary composers Anna Clyne and Carl Vine, plus repertoire staples like Schubert's Unfinished Symphony and Korngold's classic Violin Concerto.
July kicks off with the festival's annual Independence Day Salute, where we'll hear patriotic highlights from John Williams, William Grant Still, Aaron Copland, and more. Then, we'll hear sweeping symphonic works by Haydn, Dvořák, Bartók, and Rachmaninoff with esteemed guests like Jonathon Heyward, David Chan, She-e Wu, and Simon Trpčeski.
The summer season will close out on a high note. Touchstone music by Berlioz and Handel will take over the marquee. But we'll also hear a world premiere by Christopher Theofanidis, a work by lesser-known composer Augusta Holmès, and an evening of fairy tale-inspired music by Tchaikovsky, Weber, and Suk. And with a roster of artists including Andreas Haefliger, Marina Piccinini, and Duke Kim to boot!
Peruse our exciting broadcast schedule below! Whether near or far, we hope you'll join us this summer.