22 FREE Concerts at the Free 2017 Grant Park Music Festival in Downtown Chicago

If its summer 2017 in Chicago, then it is time for the Free Grant Park Music Festival in downtown Chicago. There will be free classical concerts all summer long at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park in this free summer classical concert 10-week series on Chicago’s lakefront featuring the Grant Park Orchestra & Chorus, conductor Carlos Kalmar, and chorus director Chris Bell. (click link at bottom for schedule)   The Grant Park Music Festival is the nation’s only remaining free, outdoor classical music series. Each summer, the Festival is committed to providing free classical music to all of Chicago in its new venue — the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Free concerts are every Wednesday and Friday at 6:30pm, and Saturdays at 7:30pm. Beginning June 14th, you can see world class performances by the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus and guest artists.



The grand opening night centers on Tchaikovsky’s comfortable-as-your-old-sweats Violin Concerto, followed by music from “Porgy and Bess.” This weekend’s program admirably ties two ocean-themed 20th-century British works, the Four Sea Interludes from Benjamin Britten’s opera “Peter Grimes” and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “A Sea Symphony,” wherein the chorus sets sail for the season. A week from today, a one-night-only concert heads for Beethoven’s shiny Symphony No. 4, but the jewel is Aaron Copland’s “Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson,” featuring the sterling soprano Susanna Phillips. June 14-21 (fest ends Aug. 19). Free. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Randolph Street and Michigan Avenue.




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CLICK HERE for a full schedule of 2017 performances







A Sea Symphony

The Grant Park Chorus join the Orchestra for Vaughan Williams’ monumental A Sea Symphony, based on Walt Whitman’s celebrated poetry collection, Leaves of Grass. Sweeping and bold, it is paired with orchestral works from Benjamin Britten’s beautiful and terrifying opera, Peter Grimes.


Beethoven Symphony No. 4

Join the Orchestra for Beethoven’s classic Fourth Symphony, along with American composer Aaron Copland’s homage, Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson with soprano Susanna Phillips in her Festival debut. Wagner’s orchestral interpretation of the Faust overture opens the program.


Grant Park Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor

Susanna Phillips, Soprano


Wagner: Overture: A Faust Overture

Copland: Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson

Beethoven: Symphony No. 4


Stravinsky Firebird

The season heats up with Khachaturian’s festive Armenian Piano Concerto with American pianist Conrad Tao, along with Stravinsky’s heroic masterpiece, The Firebird. The evening begins with the Midwest premiere of David Schiff’s Infernal, a jazzy tribute to Stravinsky’s Firebird.


Missa Latina

Hear the Latin Mass transformed as Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducts the Festival premiere of Missa Latina, the large-scale choral work by Puerto Rican-American composer Roberto Sierra that mixes traditional Latin and contemporary concert music with the irresistible dance rhythms of the Caribbean.


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