Chicago's July 3rd Grant Park Music Festival's Independence Celebration 2011.

Chicago's July 3rd Grant Park Music Festival's Independence Celebration 2011.

Celebrate the True Meaning of Independence Day.

Chicago, Friday, July 1, 2011.  The Grant Park Music Festival's Independence Celebration will kick off Sunday, July 3rd at 5:30p.m. with a reading of the Declaration of Independence followed by a musical salute to our nation's Independence.  The celebration, presented by Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, in association with the Grant Park Music Festival, will feature over 100 theater and cultural leaders as readers followed by the Grant Park orchestra performing 12 musical pieces honoring America.

Remy Bumppo Theatre Company's new artistic director, Timothy Douglas, explains the decision to read the document aloud. "The document is written in a wonderful language art, which is now almost defunct, called the art of rhetoric." Douglas continues, "the art of rhetoric was developed in order to be able to persuade and influence people. As theatre practitioners we inherit this language art".  Douglas concludes, "Remy Bumppo invites audiences to experience the power of our nation's birthing document," and hopes that, "in the spirit of the Independence Day holiday, the public reading will stir up the most authentic of patriotic feelings."

Local theater luminaries confirmed to read include Tony Award-winning actress Deanna Dunagan, Lookingglass Theatre Company ensemble members Andrew White (artistic director) and Raymond Fox, Victory Gardens Theater Executive Director Jan Kallish, League of Chicago Theaters Executive Director Deb Clapp, and Remy Bumppo Artistic Director Timothy Douglas. Confirmed cultural leaders to date include Chicago Public Radio contributor and "Dueling Critic" Kelly Kleiman and Grant Park Music Festival Chorus Director Christopher Bell.


Admission: Free with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

When: Sunday, July 3rd at 5:30 p.m.

Where:  Jay Pritzker Pavilion, located at 201 E. Randolph Street.

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