Mahler Symphony No. 8

The closing concert of the season.

Mozart Jupiter Symphony

Plus Copland’s quintessential Appalachian Spring.

Bruckner Symphony No. 4

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

Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

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

Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

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

Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

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

Independence Day Salute

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.

Songs of Freedom

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.

Opening Night: Dvořák Cello Concerto

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

Announcing: Grant Park Music Festival Broadcasts 2024

From world premieres to war horses, the exciting slate of concert broadcasts has something for everyone.

Karen Slack Named Lyric Unlimited Artist-in-Residence

In addition to her respected artistry, Slack’s industry-leading endeavors strive to make classical music and opera more accessible and inclusive.

With Summer Near, 25th Annual Rush Hour Concerts Announced

The series presents savvy commuters with free, approachable concerts at River North’s Saint James Cathedral.

CSO Cellist David Sanders to retire after nearly 50 years

Sanders was the last active member of the legendary Frank Miller-helmed CSO cello section.

90 Years: Grant Park Music Festival Announces 2024 Season

Another packed summer of live music awaits.

In Their Own Words: Remembering Those Who Died in 2023

Recognizing the Chicagoans, musicians, artists, and friends of WFMT who died this past year.

Season Finale: Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances

Closing out the 2023 Grant Park Music Festival season with music by Modest Mussorgsky, Felix Mendelssohn, and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Hough Plays Mendelssohn

Respected pianist Stephen Hough performs Felix Mendelssohn’s 1st Piano Concerto.

Hadelich Plays Prokofiev

Star violinist Augustin Hadelich makes a return to the festival to play Prokofiev’s 2nd Violin Concerto.

Valentina Peleggi

In a performance from June 29, 2023, Valentina Peleggi conducts music by Valerie Coleman, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Stewart Goodyear appears.

No Sounds Classical: Grant Park Broadcast

Due to various live broadcasts from the Grant Park Music Festival, the next 3 weeks of Sounds Classical have been cancelled. Tune in August 25th for the next episode!

The Pines of Rome

The exciting and innovative Eric Jacobsen makes his Grant Park Music Festival debut.

Elgar Cello Concerto

Zlatomir Fung perform a jewel of the cello repertoire.

Pictures at an Exhibition

Ken-David Masur — music director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and principal conductor of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago — takes the Millennium Park stage.

Grant Park Music Festival Vocal Fellows

Grant Park Music Festival Vocal Fellows soprano Taylor Mackenzie Adams, mezzo-soprano Miya Higashiyama, tenor Eric Botto, and baritone Anthony Pilcher sing the Liebeslieder Waltzes by Johannes Brahms and music by Margaret Bonds, Leonard Bernstein, and more.

An American Salute: Rhapsody in Blue

Michelle Cann returns to Pritzker Pavilion as soloist in George Gershwin’s dazzling Rhapsody in Blue.

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