Grant Park Music Festival

Various dates and times
Grant Park Music Festival

Every summer, hear Grant Park Music Festival broadcasts live from the Pritzker Pavilion.

WFMT continues a longstanding summer tradition of bringing you live concerts from the Grant Park Music Festival. Under the direction of Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar and Chorus Director Christopher Bell, the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus feature renowned guest artists and numerous collaborations with Chicago artists and cultural organizations. Concerts are broadcast from the Pritzker Pavilion in the heart of downtown Chicago.

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23

June 19, 2019

Pianist Inon Barnatan joins conductor Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra in a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23. The program also features works of Weber and Busoni.

Brahms Violin Concerto

June 21, 2019

Violinist Augustin Hadelich makes his Grant Park Music Festival debut with this performance of Brahms’ Piano Concerto. The program also features a Shostakovich symphony and the world premiere commission of a work by GPMF composer-in-residence Stacy Garrop.

Independence Day Salute

July 4, 2019

Conductor Christopher Bell leads the Grant Park Orchestra and guest artists Mary Stolper, flute, and John Orduña, baritone, in a program of lively and patriotic music celebrating Independence Day.

Ravel Mother Goose

July 17, 2019

Works by Ravel, Ginastera, and Bizet are featured as Emmanuel Villaume leads the Grant Park Orchestra and guest harpist Yolanda Kondonassis in this week’s program.

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3

July 19, 2019

Conductor Martyn Brabbins makes his US debut as pianist Stephen Hough returns to the Grant Park Music Festival to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. This program also features works by Vaughan Williams and James MacMillan.

Dvořák Symphony No. 7

July 26, 2019

Brothers Anthony, clarinet, and Demarre McGill, flute, who hail from Chicago, join guest conductor David Danzmayr and the Grant Park Orchestra to perform Saint-Saëns’ Tarantelle and Joel Puckett Concerto Duo, which was written for them by Joel Puckett. Also featured in this performance are works by Jimmy López and Dvořák.

Copland Rodeo

July 31, 2019

Pianist Conrad Tao joins Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra for a performance of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Also featured in this program are works by MacDowell and Copland.

Flight of the Bumblebee

August 14, 2019

Maestro Carlos Kalmar leads the Grant Park Orchestra in a mixed program featuring works by Amy Beach, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and Morton Gould.

Mahler Symphony No. 2

August 16, 2019

The Grant Park Music Festival’s 2019 season comes to a close with Mahler’s colossal Symphony No. 2. Soprano Amanda Majeski and mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges join Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus for this performance of the Resurrection Symphony.