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Concert Wed Apr 18 2012

Millennium Park Free Summer Concert Lineup

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs announced its free summer concert lineup for The Jay Pritzker Pavilion within Millennium Park. This year we get four series: the electronic and new music heavy Loops and Variations, indie rock star studded Downtown Sound, the classical-leaning Grand Park Music Festival, and Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz.

Downtown Sound

Monday, May 28, 6:30 pm
Kelly Hogan + Scott Lucas and the Married Men

Monday, June 4, 6:30 pm
Jonathan Richman + Joel Paterson and the Modern Sounds

Monday, June 11, 6:30 pm
The Eternals + Wild Belle

Monday, June 18, 6:30 pm
Cloud Cult + Judson Claiborne

Monday, June 25, 6:30 pm
Occidental Brothers Dance Band International + Chico Trujillo

Monday, July 2, 6:30 pm
Joan of Arc + Daniel Knox

Monday, July 9, 6:30 pm
The Sadies + James Vincent McMorrow

Monday, July 16, 6:30 pm
Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires + Abigail Washburn

Monday, July 23, 6:30 pm
Ana Tijoux + Sidi Touré

Monday, July 30, 6:30 p.m.
SMOD + M.A.K.U. Soundsystem

Loops And Variations

Thursday, June 7, 6:30 pm
Chris Clark, Jan Jelinek and Andrew Pekler, and Casino Versus Japan

Thursday, June 14, 6:30 pm
Deerhoof and Ensemble Dal Niente

Thursday, June 28, 6:30 pm
eighth blackbird

Thursday, July 5, 6:30 pm
A Winged Victory for the Sullen and ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble)

Thursday, July 12, 6:30 pm
Third Coast Percussion

Sunday, August 26, 5:30 pm
John Luther Adams' Inuksuit

Grant Park Music Festival

Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 6:30pm
Opening Night
Grant Park Orchestra perform Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance No. 1, Elgar: Cello Concerto, and Dvořák: Symphony No. 8

Friday, June 15, 2012, 6:30pm and Saturday, June 16, 2012, 7:30pm
An Exaltation of Place
Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus perform Liszt: Les Préludes, Schuman: A Free Song
Handel: Royal Fireworks Music, and Gandolfi: Only Converge: An Exaltation of Place

Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 6:30pm and Friday, June 22, 2012, 6:30pm
Mozart's Jupiter Symphony
Grant Park Orchestra perform Strauss: Don Juan, Britten: Piano Concerto, and Mozart: Symphony No. 41, Jupiter

Saturday, June 23, 2012, 7:30pm
An American in Paris
Grant Park Orchestra perform Bizet: L'Arlésienne, Lalo: Namouna, Gershwin: An American in Paris, and Ravel: Bolero

Friday, June 29, 2012, 6:30pm and Saturday, June 30, 2012, 7:30pm
Golden Anniversary Choral Spectacular
Grant Park Chorus perform Stravinsky: Les Noces, Whitacre: Cloudburst, Tormis: Raua Needmine, and Orff: Carmina Burana

Wednesday, July 4, 2012, 6:30pm
Independence Day Celebration
Grant Park Orchestra perform Bernstein: Candide: Overture, Gould: Amber Waves
Williams: Olympic Fanfare and Theme, Copland: Old American Songs, Grofé: Mississippi Suite, Gershwin: Girl Crazy: Overture, Wendell: Sea to Shining Sea, Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture, andSousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever

Friday, July 6, 2012, 6:30pm and Saturday, July 7, 2012, 7:30pm
Sleepers and Dreamers
Grant Park Orchestra perform Brahms: Tragic Overture, Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs, Strauss: Death and Transfiguration, and Currier: Sleepers and Dreamers

Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 8:30pm
Frozen Planet in Concert
Grant Park Orchestra perform Fenton: Frozen Planet

Friday, July 13, 2012, 8:00pm and Saturday, July 14, 2012, 8:00pm
Perfectly Frank: From Broadway to Hollywood
Grant Park Orchestra and Members Of The Grant Park Chorus perform a selection of works by Frank Loesser

Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 6:30pm
Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances
Grant Park Orchestra perform Khachaturian: Violin Concerto and Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances

Friday, July 20, 2012, 6:30pm and Saturday, July 21, 2012, 7:30pm
Rossini: Stabat Mater
Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus perform Rossini: William Tell: Overture, Leighton: Hymn to Matter and Rossini: Stabat Mater

Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 6:30pm
Frozen in Time
Grant Park Orchestra perform Dorman: Frozen in Time, and Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5

Friday, July 27, 2012, 6:30pm and Saturday, July 28, 2012, 7:30pm
Beethoven's Fifth Symphony
Grant Park Orchestra perform Debussy: Khamma, Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 5, Egyptian, and Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

Wednesday, August 1, 2012, 6:30pm
Grant Park Orchestra perform Carpenter: Adventures in a Perambulator, and
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Friday, August 3, 2012, 6:30pm and Saturday, August 4, 2012, 7:30pm
The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Grant Park Orchestra perform Ginastera: Estancia: Four Dances, Piazzolla: Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, and De Falla: Three-Cornered Hat

Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 6:30pm
Brahms' Double Concerto
Grant Park Orchestra perform Beethoven: Coriolan Overture, Brahms: Double Concerto, and Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 1

Friday, August 10, 2012, 6:30pm and Saturday, August 11, 2012, 7:30pm
Haydn: The Seasons
Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus perform Hydn: The Seasons

Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 6:30pm
Ryan Opera Center: Mozart and Strauss
Grant Park Orchestra perform Mozart: Cosi fan tutte, and Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (Final Scene)

Friday, August 17, 2012, 6:30pm and Saturday, August 18, 2012, 7:30pm
Dvorák: The Spectre's Bride
Grant Park Orchestra And Chorus perform Dvorák: The Spectre's Bride

Made In Chicago: World Class Jazz

Thursday, July 19, 6:30 pm
Blowing in From Chicago

Thursday, July 26, 6:30 pm
Erwin Helfer: A Life in Boogie and Blues

Thursday, August 2, 6:30 pm
Roots of Routes: Makaya McCraven's Global Unit

Thursday, August 16, 6:30 pm
By a Little Light: Matt Ulery's Loom with special guests

Thursday, August 23, 6:30 p.m.
Frank Rosaly's ¡Todos de Pie! (Everyone Stand Up!)

Thursday, August 30, 6:30 pm (Opening Night of the 34th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival)
Exquisitely For Ella: A Songbook Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald: Jeff Lindberg's Chicago Jazz Orchestra

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Doug / April 18, 2012 3:04 PM

Great job. I wish the Millennium Park website listed everything as nicely and in one place like this.

Mike Harris / April 23, 2012 6:30 PM

"the classical leaning Grand Park Music Festival"

the classical-leaning Grant Park Music Festival


Mike Harris / April 23, 2012 7:33 PM

Here is all of it in a Google calendar.

joanne knetl / June 15, 2012 7:03 PM

I like the line-up for the summer but it is not complete. The brochure I picked up has more info. What about July 4 in the afternoon. There has been a concert in the afternoon and it is not in the brochure. We always go to Chicago Historical for theirs and then hike over to Mil.Park for the afternoon. My friends and I really enjoyed the past years.
Once you had reserved seating in the public area and it was really a bad idea with so many people getting very angry and the ushers had to take their abuse. Please don't do that again in the general seating,

nate / July 5, 2012 12:31 PM

Agree with Doug!!
"Great job. I wish the Millennium Park website listed everything as nicely and in one place like this."

Elyse Lagarenne / April 26, 2013 9:42 AM

Would love this list for 2013!

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