Grant Park Music Festival

Grant Park Music Festival provides free outdoor concerts in Millennium Park in downtown Chicago

The Grant Park Music Festival is a free summer concert series showcasing classical music performed by the Grant Park Orchestra, and it’s back in 2021!

Taking place at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Part, the series begins July 2nd and 3rd, 2021, with an Independence Day Salute.

Listeners are the ones who “score” with this season, with favorites like Dvořák’s New World symphony and Rossini’s William Tell overture. The August 4th concert is dedicated to Ireland. Be sure to bring the kids for Family Night, when the Grant Park Orchestra performs Camille Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals.

While the Great Lawn and Seating Bowl in front of the pavilion are free and first come first served, Members and One Night Pass holders get the best seats in the house. The only downside to their return is that this year there will be no public access to the rehearsals.

Still, it’s set to be another year of stellar music under the stars in downtown Chicago!

See the entire Grant Park Music Festival 2021 schedule below and start marking your calendar now.

Before you go, check out our complete guide to Millennium Park and find a place to stay near Millennium Park

2021 Grant Park Music Festival

All programs subject to change. For more information on the Grant Park Music Festival, visit www.grantparkmusicfestival.com.

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Independence Day Salute

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Friday, July 2 and Saturday, July 3, 6:30pm – 8pm 

FEATURING

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Christopher Bell, conductor

PROGRAM

John Williams: Summon the Heroes
Scott Joplin: Overture to Treemonisha
Arr. Robert Lowden: Armed Forces Salute
Florence Price: Dances in the Canebrakes
Leonard Bernstein: Selections from West Side Story
George Walker: Lyric for Strings
Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
John Philip Sousa: Stars and Stripes Forever

William Tell Overture

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 7, 6:30pm – 8pm  

FEATURING

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar
, conductor
Joyce Yang, piano

PROGRAM

Julia Perry: Short Piece for Orchestra
Georges Bizet: Suite from L’Arlésienne
Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto
Gioachino Rossini: Overture to William Tell

Picnic at Millennium Park

Brahms Symphony No. 3

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Friday, July 9 and Saturday, July 10, 6:30pm – 8pm 

FEATURING

Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus
Carlos Kalmar
, conductor
Christopher Bell, chorus director
Susan Nelson, soprano
Sarah Ponder, mezzo-soprano
Corinne Wallace-Crane, mezzo-soprano

PROGRAM

Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria
Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3

Beethoven Symphony No. 1

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 14, 6:30pm – 8pm 

FEATURING

Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus
Carlos Kalmar
, conductor
Christopher Bell, chorus director
Katelyn Lee, soprano
Sarah Ponder, mezzo-soprano
Hoss Brock, tenor
Dan Richardson, bass-baritone

PROGRAM

Anna ClyneSound and Fury
Franz Joseph HaydnNicolai Mass
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 1

Millennium Park Summer Music Series

Sibelius Symphony No. 5

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Friday, July 16 and Saturday, July 17, 6:30pm – 8pm 

FEATURING

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar
, conductor
Masumi Per Rostad, viola

PROGRAM

Leonard Bernstein: Three Dance Episodes from On the Town
Margaret Brouwer: Viola Concerto
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5

Bruckner E Minor Mass

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 21, 6:30pm – 8pm 

FEATURING

Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus
Carlos Kalmar
, conductor
Christopher Bell, chorus director

PROGRAM

Lili Boulanger: Psalm 24
Jonathan DoveThe Passing of the Year
Anton Bruckner: Mass No. 2 in E minor

Dvořák New World Symphony

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Friday, July 23 and Saturday, July 24, 6:30pm – 8pm 

FEATURING

Grant Park Orchestra
Eun Sun Kim
, conductor
Natasha Paremski, piano
David Gordon, trumpet

PROGRAM

Texu KimBlow, Fly, Pop!!
Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1
Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, From the New World

Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, July 28, 6:30pm – 8pm  

FEATURING

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar
, conductor
Anthony Trionfo, flute

PROGRAM

Claude DebussyPrelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Saverio Mercadante: Flute Concerto
Camille Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 2

Haydn Symphony No. 8 (Live Stream Only)

WHERE & WHEN

Harris Theatre for Music and Dance

Friday, July 30 and Saturday, July 31, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

FEATURING

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, conductor

PROGRAM

Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 8, Le soir
Caroline Shaw: Entr’acte
Rodion Shchedrin: Carmen Suite

From Ireland with Love

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, August 4, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

FEATURING

Grant Park Chorus
Christopher Bell, conductor

PROGRAM

arr. Ēriks Ešenvalds: “O Danny Boy” 
Charles Villiers Stanford: Three Motets 
David Fennessy: 
chOirland 
Sean Doherty: “I am the World”
Michael McGlynn: “Aisling”
arr. Mark Sirett: “Wild Rover”
arr. Leslie Hewlett: “Paddy McGinty’s Goat”
arr. Earlene Rentz: “To Work Upon the Railway”
arr. Joseph Martin: “The Last Rose of Summer”
arr. Teena Chinn: “Irish Eyes are Smiling”
arr. C. Courtney Lorenz: “Three Irish Folksongs”
arr. Desmond Earley: “The Parting Glass”
arr. Erik Jones: “I’ll Tell My Ma”

Sibelius Violin Concerto

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Friday, August 6 and Saturday, August 7, 6:30pm – 8pm

FEATURING

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar
, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin

PROGRAM

Jean Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1, Winter Daydreams

Family Night: Carnival of the Animals

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Wednesday, August 11, 6:30pm – 8pm 

FEATURING

Grant Park Orchestra
Norman Huynh
, conductor
Ashley Kim, piano
Colin Song, piano

PROGRAM

Jacques Offenbach: Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld
Camille Saint-SaënsCarnival of the Animals
Edvard Grieg: Suite from Peer Gynt

Classic Broadway

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Friday, August 13 and Saturday, August 14, 6:30pm – 8pm 

FEATURING

Grant Park Orchestra
Lawrence Loh
, conductor
Mamie Parris, vocals
Madison Claire Parks, vocals
Bronson Norris Murphy, vocals
Doug LaBrecque, director

PROGRAM

Rodgers and Hammerstein: “Wonderful Guy” from South Pacific
Leonard Bernstein: “Maria” from West Side Story                                 
Alan Menken: “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast                  
Claude-Michel Schönberg: “Why God, Why?” from Miss Saigon
Andrew Lloyd Webber: “Memory” from Cats 
Andrew Lloyd Webber: “All I Ask of You” from The Phantom of the Opera            
Stephen Schwartz: “Defying Gravity” from Wicked  

Schubert Mass in G Major

WHERE & WHEN

FEATURING

Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus
Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Christopher Bell, chorus director
Laura Anderson, soprano
Kaitlin Foley, soprano
Lindsey Adams, mezzo-soprano
John Concepcion, tenor
Joe Shadday, tenor
John Orduña, baritone
Ryan Cox, baritone

PROGRAM

Felix Mendelssohn: Sinfonia No. 8
Franz Schubert: Mass in G Major
Benjamin BrittenRejoice in the Lamb

Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Friday, August 20 and Saturday, August 21, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 

FEATURING

Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus
Carlos Kalmar
, conductor
Christopher Bell, chorus director
Vadim Gluzman, violin
David Govertsen, bass-baritone

PROGRAM

Gabriela Lena Frank:Elegía Andina
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3
George Frideric HandelDettingen Te Deum

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