Grant Park Music Festival kicks off summer in Chicago

Grant Park Music Festival

The sun has been peeking out of the grey clouds and the weather has reached beyond 45 degrees. It’s officially spring in Chicago, but it’s never too early to start thinking about summer. Though giant music festivals like Lollapalooza and Riot Fest are coming up, there are plenty of events that won’t break the band. One is the Grant Park Music Festivals, which kicks off June 15th at 6:30 pm. Come and watch the Grant Park orchestra, led by principal conductor Carlos Kalmar and chorus director Christopher Bell, play a string of classical music favorites all for free.

The orchestra will be performing all summer from June 15th – August 20th at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park and venues throughout the city. You can find the complete summer schedule with dates and times here.

There will also be a pre-concert series that looks at the park’s programs and performers. These lectures will occur each Wednesday and Friday at 5:30pm, and Saturday at 6:15pm in the Family Fun Tent of Millennium Park.  Pre-Concert Lectures feature guest speakers discussing the evening’s performance.

For more information visit the Grant Park website.

Ashley Perez

Ashley Perez

Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on Examiner, The Crypt 1331, Chicago Innerview, Kitty Whipp, and Reality-Comics. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Marilyn Manson, and Green Day.

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