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 www.grantparkmusicfestival.com.