Grant Park Music Festival to renew focus on neighborhoods

Posted on: February 22, 2013

Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival has announced details of its 2013 season, which opens on June 12 with the Grant Park Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 (“Turkish”) with soloist Stefan Jackiw, and Drip, a 2005 work by Andrew Norman at the Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park. Other highlights will include two 100th-anniversary celebrations: the War Requiem (marking Britten’s 100th birthday) and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring (100 years since the Paris world premiere). The Grant Park Chorus will perform a program of a cappella music in two spaces new to the festival: the South Shore Cultural Center (July 30) and the Columbus Park Refectory (August 1), part of the festival’s renewed focus in Chicago’s neighborhoods. Under Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar, the festival’s ten-week season will partner for the first time with the Chicago Sinfonietta on Project Inclusion, a professional development program for young minority musicians; the selected quartet of musicians in the program comprises violinists Amyr Joyner and Sarah Martin, violist Yvonne Smith, and cellist Jocelyn Butler. As in previous years, the festival will offer advanced training opportunities for pre-professional vocal students through a collaboration with DePaul and Roosevelt universities, and will continue its Classical Campers half-day music-and-arts immersion program in collaboration with the Chicago Park District.

Posted February 22, 2013