The Grant Park Music Festival

Wednesdays at 6:30 pm
Grant Park Music Festival

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: Dvořák Cello Concerto

June 12, 2024, 6:30 pm

Alban Gerhardt plays Dvořák's deeply moving Cello Concerto, and we hear works by Britten and Clyne.

Songs of Freedom

June 19, 2024, 6:30 pm

Music and the struggle for freedom go hand in hand. The program pairs Beethoven overtures with two works championing freedom and social justice in our own country.

Haydn London Symphony

June 26, 2024, 6:30 pm

Plus the suite from Richard Strauss's hilarious Der Rosenkavalier and a world-premiere by Brazilian-American composer Clarice Assad.

Independence Day Salute

July 4, 2024, 6:30 pm

With Christopher Bell decked in red, white, and blue, the Grant Park Orchestra presents Leonard Bernstein, John Williams, John Philip Sousa, and the ever-popular Armed Forces Salute in a glorious summer tradition.

Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

July 10, 2024, 6:30 pm

Written under threat by the tyrant Joseph Stalin, the Fifth Symphony is as satisfying as it is subversive. Giancarlo Guerrero conducts.

Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

July 17, 2024, 6:30 pm

It's an evening of tributes, with brilliant composers borrowing tunes by other brilliant composers to cast a spell of musical delights.

Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

July 24, 2024, 6:30 pm

Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is a thriller and a longtime audience favorite.

Bruckner Symphony No. 4

August 2, 2024, 6:30 pm

Plus Sibelius' hauntingly beautiful Swan of Tuonela and the suite from Janáček's piquant opera The Cunning Little Vixen.

Mozart Jupiter Symphony

August 7, 2024, 6:30 pm

Plus Copland's quintessential Appalachian Spring.

Mahler Symphony No. 8

August 16, 2024, 6:30 pm

The closing concert of the season.