“The Grant Park Music Festival is one of this city’s greatest summertime treasures,” writes Hedy Weiss in Tuesday’s (1/12) Chicago Sun-Times. “And the vast array of programming just announced for the coming season, which will run June 15 – Aug. 20 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, suggests why. Thirty concerts, including a week-long collaboration with the MacArthur Foundation, led by conductor Marin Alsop, along with a world premiere commission by American composer Michael Gandolfi, are among the events scheduled. Other highlights include the Midwest premiere of Bohuslav Martinü’s ‘Epic of Gilgamesh’; ‘The Crazy Arc of Love,’ a concert featuring vocalist Storm Large; a Cole Porter Celebration led by Broadway conductor Kevin Stites; and the return of Festival favorites Stephen Hough, Christian Tetzlaff, Rachel Barton Pine and many more. In addition, the Festival has renewed its commitment to Festival Connect, its music education and engagement initiative staged in many parts of Chicago.… Grant Park Music Festival artistic director and principal conductor Carlos Kalmar, and chorus director Christopher Bell have assembled a roster of … premieres and revivals of important classical works from the 20th century to present day … and collaborations with Chicago cultural organizations. All concerts are free.”

Posted January 14, 2016

Pictured: The Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park, home to the Grant Park Music Festival. Photo by Christopher Neseman