Millennium Park Chicago: Musical Performance Calendar for May through September 2011.

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Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park.

Mark Your Calendars.

Music will be in the air this summer at Chicago’s Millennium Park Summer Music Series kicking off with Downtown Sound on Monday, May 23 and continuing into September with the 33rd annual Jazz Festival. All performances are free.

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Bonnie Prince Billy featuring the Cairo Gang plus Special Guest.

Downtown Sound.
May 23-July 25, Mondays

Now in its third year, Downtown Sound features an eclectic mix of music discoveries, including cutting-edge indie rock, pop bands and rock veterans. Some of the highlights for Summer 2011 include Iron and Wine, Blonde Redhead, Low, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Ted Leo, the UK’s Seefeel, France’s Ben L’Oncle Soul and Niger’s Bombino, along with Chicago favorites Rachel Ries and Andre Williams.  6:30p.m., Jay Pritzker Pavilion, North Michigan Avenue and East Randolph Street. 312 742 1186.

Music Without Borders.
June 9-July 21, Thursdays.

Music Without Borders explores the world from cultures spanning 5 continents:  Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America will be represented in this global series. with 7 groups making their Chicago debut. 6:30p.m. Jay Pritzker Pavilion. 

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Otis Clay will perform at World Class Jazz on August 4.

World Class Jazz.
July 28-September 1, Thursdays.

Come hear jazz featuring Chicago’s leading artists with concerts that explore jazz connections to Africa, Latin America and the rhythm and roots of the South side of Chicago. The 2011 series includes tribute concerts and retrospectives, along with opening night of the 33rd Annual Chicago Jazz Festival.

All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. with a short set by young, aspiring musicians from Chicago-area high schools as part of the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s Jazz Links Student Ensembles followed by the main act. Jay Pritzker Pavilion. 

Dusk Variations.  
August 1-22, Mondays.

Discover a new wave of music, mixing pop and alternative genres with classical music. 6:30p.m. Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

Grant Park Music Festival.
June 15-August 20, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 6:30p.m.
Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

Experience Grant Park Music Festival’s eclectic 77th Season under the leadership of Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar. The Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park is the official hotel and American Airlines is the official airline of Grant Park Music Festival.

The Festival opens its season with pianist Jean-Philippe Collard performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major, on a program that also includes one of the most important pieces of the early Romantic period, Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique.

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