If you’re looking for something amazing (and free) to do this summer, look no further than the Grant Park Music Festival – the only outdoor classical music concert series of its kind in the nation! Grab a cozy blanket, some gourmet cheeses, and a bottle of wine for a relaxing evening.

Check out the June schedule:


Wednesday, June 12 at 6:30PM
Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Stefan Jackiw, violin

Norman, Drip Blip Sparkle Spin Glint Glide Glow Float Flop Chop Pop Shatter Splash
Mozart, Violin Concerto No. 5, Turkish
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4

The 2013 Season opens with Carlos Kalmar conducting Tchaikovsky’s passionate Fourth Symphony. Captivating young violinist Stefan Jackiw makes his Festival debut with Mozart’s Turkish Concerto.


Friday, June 14 at 6:30PM
Saturday, June 15 at 7:30PM
Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Christopher Bell, chorus director; Emilia Boteva, mezzo-soprano

Barber, Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance
Copland, Suite: Billy the Kid
Prokofiev, Alexander Nevsky

Immerse yourself in an evening filled with history and myth with Copland’s wild west bandit Billy the Kid, Barber’s ancient sorceress Medea, and Prokofiev’s cinematic cantata Alexander Nevsky.

Wednesday, June 19 at 6:30PM
Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Pink Martini

The internationally acclaimed Pink Martini reunites with Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra, bringing their unique blend of classical, jazz, and pop sounds to the stage.


Friday, June 21 at 6:30PM
Saturday, June 22 at 7:30PM
Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Wu Yanyu, soprano; Meng Meng, soprano; Wei-Yang Andy Lin, erhu; Yang Wei, pipa; Yang Yi, zheng

Chen, Iris dévoilée
Fauré, Pelléas and Mélisande: Suite
Ravel, La Valse

Eastern and western musical traditions entwine in the Chicago premiere of the sensuous Iris dévoilée by Chinese composer Qigang Chen.


Wednesday, June 26 at 6:30PM
Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, Conductor; Martin Fröst, clarinet

Vaughan Williams, Symphony No. 5
Nielsen, Clarinet Concerto
Martinu, Thunderbolt P47

Discover three works that capture the eclectic sounds of early 20th century music: Vaughan Williams’ romantic symphony inspired by The Pilgrim’s Progress, Nielsen’s stormy Clarinet Concerto and Martinu’s tribute to an iconic World War II fighter plane.

Friday, June 28 at 6:30PM
Saturday, June 29 at 7:30PM
Grant Park Chorus; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Christopher Bell, chorus director; Erin Wall, soprano; Jeremy Ovenden, tenor; Alan Held, bass; Chicago Children’s Choir, Josephine Lee, artistic director

Britten, War Requiem

The Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus honor the Benjamin Britten centenary with two performances of his powerful masterwork that juxtaposes anti-war sentiment with the timeless Roman Catholic Requiem Mass.

For more details, visit www.grantparkmusicfestival.com