Grant Park Music Festival 2013: Concert Calendar and Highlights

Grant Park Music Festival 2013: Concert Calendar and Highlights
Carlos Kalmar (credit Norman Timonera)

The Grant Park Music Festival opens its 79th season on Wednesday, June 12 with Carlos Kalmar conducting Tchaikovsky’s passionate Fourth Symphony at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The 10-week concert season continues Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) through August 17, 2013. All concerts are free.

In addition to the evening concerts, the Grant Park Music Festival offers Open Rehearsals that are free to the public in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.  The daytime rehearsals take place on most Tuesdays through Fridays (usually at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.) throughout the season. (check the Grant Park Musical Festival calendar for times and performances).  Those who visit open rehearsals are invited to sit up close in the Seating Bowl where they can get a bird’s eye view of what goes on before showtime. During breaks in the rehearsals, docents lead discussions with attendees about the history of the Grant Park Music Festival, Millennium Park, and the art of classical music.

Another activity presented by the Grant Park Music Festival is the Club 615 Pre-concert Lectures.  Club 615 programs provide informative ways to learn about the Festival’s music, guest soloists, conductors, and musicians of the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus as well as the history of the Grant Park Music Festival. The Club 615 pre-concert lectures takes place every Saturday during the season at 6:15 p.m. in the Choral Hall located on the upper east side of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.  Lectures are hosted by Derek Matson, along with other guest lecturers.  No reservations are required. Doors open at 6 p.m. and seating is limited.

Grant Park Music Festival Schedule of Events

OPENING NIGHT
Wednesday, June 12 at 6:30PM
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Stefan Jackiw, violin

Norman: Drip
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5, Turkish
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

ALEXANDER NEVSKY 
Friday, June 14 at 6:30PM
Saturday, June 15 at 7:30PM
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Christopher Bell, chorus director
Barber
Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance
Copland
Suite: Billy the Kid

PINK MARTINI
Wednesday, June 19 at 6:30PM
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Pink Martini

IRIS DÉVOILÉE
Friday, June 21 at 6:30PM
Saturday, June 22 at 7:30PM
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Xiaoduo Chen, soprano; Meng Meng,
soprano; Wei-Yang Andy Lin, erhu; Yang Wei, pipa; Yang Yi, zheng
Chen
Iris dévoilée
Fauré
Pelléas and Mélisande: Suite
Ravel
La Valse

NIELSEN CLARINET CONCERTO
Wednesday, June 26 at 6:30PM
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, Conductor; Martin Frost, clarinet
Vaughan Williams
Symphony No. 5
Nielsen
Clarinet Concerto
Martinu
Thunderbolt P47

BRITTEN WAR REQUIEM
Friday, June 28 at 6:30PM
Saturday, June 29 at 7:30PM
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Grant Park Chorus; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Christopher Bell, chorus director; Erin Wall,
soprano; Jeremy Ovenden, tenor; Alan Held, bass; Chicago Children’s Choir, Josephine Lee,
artistic director

INDEPENDENCE EVE CELEBRATION
Wednesday July 3 at 6:30PM
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Grant Park Orchestra; Christopher Bell, conductor, Janai Brugger, soprano

DVOŘÁK’S NEW WORLD SYMPHONY
Friday July 5 at 6:30PM
Saturday July 6 at 7:30PM
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Grant Park Orchestra; Eugene Tzigane, guest conductor; Alessio Bax, piano
Bolcom
Ragomania, A Classic Festival Overture
Barber
Piano Concerto
Dvořák
Symphony No. 9, From the New World

GRANT PARK POPS—LET’S DANCE  (Note starting time)
Wednesday, July 10 at 8:00PM
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Grant Park Orchestra; Jeff Tyzik, guest conductor

SAINT-SAËNS ORGAN SYMPHONY
Friday, July 19 at 6:30PM
Saturday, July 20 at 7:30PM
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Grant Park Orchestra; Thierry Fischer, guest conductor
Berlioz
Overture: King Lear
Martin
Concerto for Seven Winds
Saint-Saëns
Symphony No. 3, Organ Symphony

SHOSTAKOVICH 5th SYMPHONY
Wednesday, July 24 at 6:30PM
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Grant Park Orchestra; Hannu Lintu, guest conductor; Kirill Gerstein, piano
Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 1
Shostakovich
Symphony No. 5

SIBELIUS VIOLIN CONCERTO
Friday, July 26 at 6:30PM
Saturday, July 27 at 7:30PM
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Grant Park Orchestra; Hannu Lintu, guest conductor; Karen Gomyo, violin
Sibelius
Pohjola’s Daughter
Glazunov
Symphony No. 4
Sibelius
Violin Concerto

GRANT PARK CHORUS: SONGS OF PRAISE AND PASSION
(Note date and starting time)
Tuesday, July 30 at 7:00PM
Location:  South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr.
Grant Park Chorus; Christopher Bell, chorus director

CAMINOS DEL INKA     (Note starting time)
Friday, July 12 at 8:00PM
Saturday, July 13 at 8:00PM
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Grant Park Orchestra; Miguel Harth-Bedoya, guest conductor; Mary Stolper, flute; Walter
Haman, cello
Featuring works by Daniel Alomía Robles, Gabriela Lena Frank, Osvaldo Golijov, Ary Barroso
and more.

KALMAR CONDUCTS BRUCKNER
Wednesday, July 31 at 6:30PM
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Bruckner
Symphony No. 2

GRANT PARK CHORUS: SONGS OF PRAISE AND PASSION
(Note location, date and starting time)
Thursday, August 1 at 7:00PM
Location:  Columbus Park Refectory, 5701 W. Jackson Blvd.
Grant Park Chorus; Christopher Bell, chorus director

THE FIDDLER’S CHILD (Note location)
Friday, August 2 at 6:30PM
Saturday, August 3 at 7:30PM
Location:  Harris Theater for Music and Dance
Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Elgar
Nursery Suite
Janáček
The Fiddler’s Child
Carpenter
Adventures in a Perambulator

CONCERTO FOR SAXOPHONES
Wednesday, August 7 at 6:30PM
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; James Carter, saxophones
Piazzolla (arr. Castagna)
Milongón Festivo
Ginastera
Pampeana No. 3
Sierra
Concerto for Saxophones
Villa-Lobos
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 7

A RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN CELEBRATION
Wednesday, July 17 at 6:30PM
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus; Christopher Bell, conductor; Rebecca Luker, soprano; Doug
LaBrecque, tenor; William Michals, baritone

Featuring works from Oklahoma, South Pacific, The King and I, Carousel and The Sound of
Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein, along with favorites from Kern and Hammerstein and
Rodgers and Hart.

SCHUBERT MASS IN E FLAT
Friday, August 9 at 6:30PM
Saturday, August 10 at 7:30PM
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Christopher Bell, chorus director;
Guest artists from the Lyric Opera’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center
Messiaen
Les offrandis oubliées
MacMillan
Confessions of Isobel Gowdie

Schubert
Mass in E Flat Major

RACHMANINOV SECOND PIANO CONCERTO
Wednesday, August 14 at 6:30PM
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Valentina Lisitsa, piano

Shchedrin
The Naughty Limericks

Borodin
Symphony No. 2

Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No. 2

THE RITE OF SPRING
Friday, August 16 at 6:30PM
Saturday, August 17 at 7:30PM
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Donald Nally, guest chorus
director

Adams
Black Gondola

Adams
Harmonium

Stravinsky
The Rite of Spring

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