Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival has announced details of its summer 2010 season of free concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, with the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus in residence. The season opens on June 16 with performances of Berlioz’s Roman Carnival, Respighi’s Roman Festivals, and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons; it will end on August 21 with Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”), with soprano Karina Gauvin and mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy. Carlos Kalmar will serve as the Grant Park Orchestra’s principal conductor, his tenth year in that role. Guest conductors will include Xian Zhang, former associate conductor, New York Philharmonic; Julian Kuerti, assistant conductor, Boston Symphony Orchestra; Hans Graf, music director, Houston Symphony; and Miguel Harth-Bedoya, music director, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. The season will include Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time with the Grant Park Chorus and vocal soloists; Memoria del Fuego, an evening of poetry and music featuring Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano’s work about the history of North and South America, set to Latin music; and Malian kora player Toumani Diabaté and his ensemble performing selections with the Grant Park Orchestra from his recent Mandé Variations recording. Also scheduled are an all-Russian program of Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky; an all-Polish program of music by Wojciech Kilar, Chopin, and Lutoslawski, with pianist Krzysztof Jablonski; and Beethoven’s Mass in C Major.
Posted February 19, 2010