The sounds of classical music will once again fill the air this summer at Lake Chicago. The Grant Park Music Festival announced its full 2022 season in Millennium Park on Tuesday.
The 10-week series, June 15-August. 20, returns to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion with the Grant Park Orchestra under the direction of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar. Christopher Bell returns as director of Grant Park Chorus. Several performances will also be held at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance (205 E. Randolph), the South Shore Cultural Center (7059 S. South Shore Drive) and the Columbus Park Refectory (5701 W. Jackson Blvd.).
The in-person festival was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic, but returned last year for an eight-week run.
This year’s festival highlights focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, according to Tuesday’s announcement, with an increase in works by women and composers of color.
The festival will also feature three cross-genre commissions: Billy Child’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with renowned Chicago violinist Rachel Barton Pine (July 15-16); Mischa Zupko’s world premiere of “Blue Matter” (June 17-18) inspired by jazz, hip-hop, gospel and blues; and “A Gospel Jubilee” with Charles Floyd, conducting, (July 27) celebrating the music of Albertina Walker, Thomas A. Dorsey and more.
The annual “Lights on Broadway” program (8:00 PM, July 8-9) will feature “Sunday in the Park with George”, “Hamilton”, “South Pacific” and other iconic musicals. “A Mariachi Fiesta” (6:30 pm August 3) pays homage to the city’s Latin American communities and cultures. Tchaikovsky’s String Serenade (July 25 at the South Shore Cultural Center and July 28 at the Columbus Park dining hall) will feature members of the Grant Park Orchestra and the Project Inclusion String Quartet.
Other key events include the annual Independence Day Salute (7:30 p.m. on July 2 and the Circus Goes to Hollywood (8 p.m. on July 6), featuring aerials and jugglers from the Troupe. Vertigo performing choreographed movements to music from iconic films The Grant Park Chorus will celebrate its 60th anniversary with an a cappella concert (6:30 pm August 4) of choral classics in works by Samuel Barber, Eric Whitacre and Morten Lauridsen.
The festival closes the season with Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty” (6.30 pm August 17) and Haydn’s oratorio “The Creation” (August 19-20) featuring soprano Janai Brugger, tenor Duke Kim and bass Douglas Williams.
All concerts are free and most take place at 6.30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays and at 7.30 p.m.. Saturdays. For the full schedule, times and locations, visit gpmf.org.