Classics For The Masses
Grant Park Music Festival
Formerly known as the Grant Park Concerts, the Grant Park Music Festival has been a Chicago summer tradition since the 1930s, when then mayor Anton Cermak partnered with musicians’ union president James C. Petrillo to stage a classical musical event that would help lift the sagging spirits of the Great Depression era. In the following years the Grant Park Orchestra would form, the event would call several different locations home, but each year the show would go on with an ever-growing reputation for world-class programming, free of charge, for the people of Chicago to enjoy.
With the 2013 season having opened on June 12 at the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion with Carlos Kalmar conducting Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, the festival continues through July and August with a roster of sensational performers scheduled each week. July 5 and 6 see guest conductor Eugene Tzigane and pianist Alessio Bax join the orchestra to lead and perform Dvořák's New World Symphony, Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducts a multimedia tribute to South American culture on July 12 and 13, and a selection of beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein songs will be lead by Christopher Bell on July 17. The stellar program of the 79th season culminates with performances of Stravinsky’s The Rite Of Spring on August 16 and 17, along with a choral homage to poems by John Donne and Emily Dickinson. Classics for the masses!