All in the family: McGill brothers travel home for Grant Park Music Festival concert

Posted on: July 26, 2019

“Once excels on flute, the other on clarinet, and both love performing together. Anthony and Demarre McGill are classical music’s Chicago guys,” writes Kyle MacMillan in Wednesday’s (7/24) Chicago Sun-Times. “The two brothers grew up in the city’s Chatham neighborhood. Both pursued music and have gone on to major solo and orchestral careers,” with Anthony currently principal clarinet at the New York Philharmonic and Demarre principal flute at the Seattle Symphony. “They are coming back to their hometown for their first appearances at the Grant Park Music Festival … as soloists in two works with the Grant Park Orchestra in concerts Friday and Saturday [including] the Concerto Duo by Joel Puckett…. The two performed the premiere with music director Allen Tinkham and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2012, and they recorded it with same ensemble … Featured as well will be Camille Saint-Saëns’ seven-minute Tarantelle for Flute, Clarinet and Orchestra [which] the two first performed … on … ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ when they were still teenagers…. Both brothers [perform] 10-20 concerts a year in addition to their work with their respective orchestras. They try to perform at least a few concerts each year together.”

In photo: Demarre McGill and Anthony McGill perform with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by CYSO Music Director Allen Tinkham, at the League of American Orchestras’ 2018 Conference in Chicago. Photo by Dan Rest.

Posted July 26, 2019