Wednesdays at 6:30 pm
The Grant Park Music Festival is back, and so are WFMT’s live broadcasts!
WFMT is bringing you the very best that the Grant Park Music Festival has to offer this summer, giving you a front-row ticket to the Chicago summertime institution. With live broadcasts featuring scintillating solo performances, rousing choral opuses, and beloved orchestral landmarks, WFMT is your ticket to a whole summer’s worth of great music.
Opening Night: Mozart Symphony No. 35
Carlos Kalmar kicks off the festival's 2022 season with music of Mozart, Wagner, and Price featuring guest soloist Michelle Cann.
Schubert Unfinished Symphony
Contemporary compositions by Anna Clyne and Carl Vine bookend Schubert's marquee symphony.
Shostakovich Symphony No. 11
Simone Lamsma takes the Pritzker Pavilion stage to perform Korngold's classic Violin Concerto alongside Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra.
Independence Day Salute
Festival chorus director Christopher Bell takes to the podium for a rousing concert of patriotic highlights by John Williams, William Grant Still, Aaron Copland, Glenn Miller, and John Philip Sousa.
Haydn Drum Roll Symphony
Chicago-based percussionist She-e Wu joins guest conductor David Chan for the multihued Percussion Concerto by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon.
Dvořák Symphony No. 8
Rising star Jonathon Heyward makes his Grant Park Music Festival debut conducting the exhilarating Symphony No. 8 by Antonín Dvořák.
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2
It's the ultimate 20th-century two-fer as Markus Stenz conducts Rachmaninoff's beloved Piano Concerto No. 2 and Bartók's sassy Concerto for Orchestra.
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique
Carlos Kalmar welcomes accomplished pianist Andreas Haefliger to perform Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, before we hear Berlioz's crowning opus, the Symphony fantastique.
Franck Symphony in D Minor
Carlos Kalmar welcomes Marina Piccinini for a world-premiere performance of Christopher Theofanidis' Flute Concerto.
Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty
Tchaikovsky's Suite from Sleeping Beauty headlines an evening of music inspired by fairy tales.
Season Finale: Haydn Creation
For the conclusion of the Grant Park Music Festival's 2022 season, Carlos Kalmar conducts an acclaimed roster of soloists: tenor Duke Kim, bass Douglas Williams, and soprano Maeve Högland.