AUGUST AT THE GRANT PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL
INCLUDES MUSIC BY TCHAIKOVSKY, CHOPIN,
PROKOFIEV, HAYDN, DEBUSSY AND MORE
PLUS ORFF’S “CARMINA BURANA” AUGUST 17 AND 18,
CLOSING WEEKEND OF THE FESTIVAL’S 2018 SEASON
Summer in Chicago wraps up in August with the final weeks of the Grant Park Music
Festivals 84th season, led by Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar with Chorus Director Christopher Bell and the award winning
Grant Park Orchestra and
Chorus at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The 2018 season concludes on August 18 with Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, featuring the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus and guest soloists.
All concerts take place on Wednesday and Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (Concerts on August 3 and 4 move indoors to the Harris Theater during Lollapolooza). The August program schedule is below and www.gpmf.org.
Patrons can order One Night Member Passes for reserved seats, starting at $26, by
312.742.7647 or going online at gpmf.org and selecting their own seat down front in the member section of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.
All memberships, including One Night Member Passes, are tax-deductible and help to support the Festival’s mission of keeping classical music accessible for all. For every Grant Park Music Festival concert, there are seats that are free and open to the public in the Seating Bowl and on the Great Lawn, available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Carlos Kalmar conducts the final three weeks of the Festival beginning with Tchaikovsky’s
Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy, Dvořák’s Othello Overture, Strauss’ Macbeth and Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde (August 1). Then, the Festival heads indoors to the Harris Theater for Debussy’s
Nocturnes and Haydn’s Theresa Mass featuring the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus and Janai Brugger, soprano;
Lauren Segal, mezzosoprano;
Brendan Tuohy, tenor; and
Michael Sumuel, bass (August 3 and 4).
The Grant Park Orchestra returns to the Pritzker Pavilion for Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring 25-year-old guest artist George Li in his Festival debut (August 8). On Friday and Saturday, audiences will hear
Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante featuring Pablo Ferrández, also making his Festival debut, along with
Symphony No. 4 (August 10 and 11).
The Festival continues its long collaboration with Lyric Opera’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center when their artists
Ann Toomey, soprano;
Whitney Morrison, soprano;
Lauren Decker, contralto and Christopher Kenney, baritone, join the Grant Park Orchestra for Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief (August 15).
The season comes to a close with Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana featuring the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus, along with guest artists Claire de Sévigné, soprano; Michael Maniaci, tenor; James Westman, baritone and members of the Anima-Young Singers of Greater Chicago
(August 17 and 18).
WFMT’s Relevant Tones host Seth Boustead and CSO’s Sounds and Stories contributor Laura Sauer host the Bertha Goodman Rabin Pre-Concert Lectures Series one hour before the concert in the Chase Promenade North Tent, located just west of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. On August 3 and 4, the lectures take place in the Harris Theater
Donor Lounge. Special guests include Janai Brugger and Brendan Tuohy (August 3) Lauren Segal and Michael Sumuel (August 4), pianist
George Li (August 8), cellist
Pablo Ferrández (August 10 and 11), artists from the Ryan Opera Center (August 15), Michael Maniaci (August 17) and Claire De Sévigné (August 18).
Open lunchtime rehearsals of the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus continue through August 18 and typically take place Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m.‒1 p.m. Audiences are welcome to sit in the Pavilion Seating Bowl during rehearsals, and Festival docents will be on site to talk about the week’s concerts during rehearsal breaks. There will be no open rehearsals on August 2 and 3.
Ten of this summer’s concerts, including August 1, 8 and 17 at 6:30 p.m., will be broadcast on 98.7 WFMT, Chicago’s classical and fine arts radio station, and also online wfmt.com/streaming.
NEW THIS YEAR: The City of Chicago has implemented a security perimeter and bag check policy for all concerts and events that take place at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. For most Grant Park Music Festival concerts, bag checks are limited to matters of security, with firearms, knives and other weapons being prohibited to ensure the public’s safety.
For information about the Grant Park Music Festival, visit gpmf.org or 312.742.7647.
For additional information, visit the Grant Park Music Festival Facebook page or follow the Festival on Twitter @gpmf.
GRANT PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL
TCHAIKOVSKY ROMEO AND JULIET
Wednesday, August 1, 6:30 pm
HAYDN AND DEBUSSY NOTE LOCATION
Friday, August 3, 6:30 pm
Saturday, August 4, 7:30 pm
Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Street
CHOPIN PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1
Wednesday, August 8, 6:30 pm
PROKOFIEV AND VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Friday, August 10, 6:30 pm
Saturday, August 11, 7:30 pm
RYAN OPERA CENTER: THE OLD MAID AND THE THIEF
Wednesday, August 15, 6:30 pm
Friday, August 17, 6:30 pm
Saturday, August 18, 7:30 pm