This week is your last chance to hear the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra as its 76th season wraps up on Saturday. You can choose from two performances over three evenings as well as open rehearsals during the day.
Wednesday evening, Cuban-born pianist Horacio Gutiérrez joins the orchestra in an interpretation of Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Also on the program are Saint-Saëns’s Marche Militaire Francaise and Bizet’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major. This concert begins at 6:30 p.m.
The final two concerts of the season celebrate conductor Carlos Kalmar’s 10th anniversary with the orchestra by showcasing Mahler’s masterpiece Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection.” Friday’s concert begins at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday’s concert starts at 7:30 p.m. The public can also attend open rehearsals for these performances on Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and Friday from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
All concerts and open rehearsals will be held at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.
If you come to the concert hungry, you can purchase food from 312 Park on the east side of the Pavilion and then enjoy a picnic on the Great Lawn. You can also purchase food at other places in the Park, such as hot dogs and drinks near the Bean (Cloud Gate), or you can head to the ground level of the park, just below Cloud Gate, for three dining options. For a picnic lunch and ice cream that you can eat anywhere in the park, go to Park Café. If you want something a little fanicer, then Park Grill, an indoor restaurant, would be your choice. You can also choose to dine outdoors at The Plaza at Park Grill. All three are located together, so they are easy to find.
Millennium Park is located between Randolph Street (north) and Monroe Avenue (south) and Michigan Avenue (west) and Columbus Drive (east) in downtown Chicago. Click here for driving directions, public transportation options, and information about car and bicycle parking.
Looking for more to do? Check out free days at Chicago museums this week, Vet Art Project Performance Series at Chicago Cultural Center August 18-22, kayaking tour of Chicago architecture August 21-22, Dusk Variations Series at Millennium Park every Monday through August 23, Sound & Vision Friday Night Performance Series at the Art Institute of Chicago through August 27, Emerald City Theatre’s The True Story of the Three Little Pigs at Millennium Park every Sunday through August 29, Summerdance at Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park through August 29, The Emperor’s New Clothes at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre through August 29, Jazzin’ at the Shedd through September 1, Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz at Millennium Park every Thursday through Sept. 2, Family Fun Festival at Millennium Park through September 3, international films at Chicago Cultural Center through September 6, concerts at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park through September 7, Movies in the Parks at various Chicago parks through September 10, outdoor jazz concerts every Tuesday at Museum of Contemporary Art through September 28, African Presence in Mexico exhibition at DuSable Museum through November 14, Sue Escapes! exhibit at the Field Museum through January 2, and Adler After Dark at Adler Planetarium recurring the third Thursday of every month.
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