Grant Park Music Festival Offers Something for Everyone in 2016

Grant Park Festival 2015 by Norman Timonera Grant Park Music Festival 2015. Photo by Norman Timonera Carlos Kalmar returns to his 17th season with the Grant Park Music Festival for an interesting and varied program for the summer of 2016. From an opening display of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, on Wednesday, June 15, through the closing extravaganza of Berlioz’s Damnation of Faust on Saturday, August 20, music lovers will be treated to orchestral, vocal, and operatic works by composers from the 18th to 21st centuries—all emanating from Frank Gehry’s cornucopia in Millennium Park. Highlight concerts include Mahler’s sixth symphony (Tragic) on Friday and Saturday, June 24-25, and a night of Americana featuring orchestral works by Duke Ellington and the New World Symphony by Antonin Dvorak on Friday and Saturday, July 22-23. Also scheduled are performances of fourth symphonies by Mendelssohn (the Italian Symphony), Schumann, Schubert, and Bruckner. Piano works in the offing include Chopin’s second concerto and Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme Paganini; violin concertos include Mendelssohn’s and Bruch’s. Choral music aficionados will have several opportunities to hear the Grant Park Chorus, especially on Friday and Saturday, August 5-6, when Mozart’s Mass in c-minor will be performed. Modern and contemporary works will feature in almost every concert throughout the summer. Sharing the program with Mozart’s Mass is the world premiere of a new symphonic work by Michael Gandolfi, and, on Wednesday, July 20, Phillip Glass’ A Journey Through Time will resonate through Millennium Park. Other events include the annual Fourth of July concert and, later in the week, a Cole Porter celebration on Friday and Saturday, July 8-9. Sandwiched in between, film buffs will enjoy Charlie Chaplin’s silent comedy City Lights with a live orchestra soundtrack on Wednesday, July 6. The Grant Park Music Festival has performances every Wednesday and Friday at 6:30 pm, and Saturday at 7:30 pm. Lectures take place in the family fun tent an hour before the concert. Free seating is available in the rear of the pavilion and on the lawn. Festival subscribers get reserved seating up front. Check out the complete program at  
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Louis Harris

A lover of music his whole life, Louis Harris has written extensively from the early days of punk and alternative rock. More recently he has focused on classical music, especially chamber ensembles. He has reviewed concerts, festivals, and recordings and has interviewed composers and performers. He has paid special attention to Chicago’s rich and robust contemporary art music scene. He occasionally writes poetry and has a published novel to his credit, 32 Variations on a Theme by Basil II in the Key of Washington, DC. He now lives on the north side of Chicago, which he considers to be the greatest city in the country, if not the world. Member of the Music Critics Association of North America.