Chicago's Grant Park Music Festival Announces 2005 Season

Classic Arts News   Chicago's Grant Park Music Festival Announces 2005 Season
The 2005 Grant Park Music Festival, Chicago's free outdoor summer festival, will include the city premiere of Leonard Bernstein's A White House Cantata and visits from Christian Tetzlaff and Jennifer Larmore.

The two August performances of A White House Cantata, a concert version of Bernstein's musical 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, will feature baritone Nathan Gunn and soprano Rebecca Luker.

The festival opens on June 15 with a performance of Mendelssohn's incidental music for A Midsummer Night's Dream led by principal conductor Carlos Kalmar. It ends on August 20 with a gala performance featuring bass-baritone Samuel Ramey and mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer.

Other highlights include performances of Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony, Ravel's "choreographic symphony" Daphnis et Chlo_, and an evening of bel canto arias, featuring Larmore.

The festival moved last July to the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, a high-tech outdoor performance space with speakers suspended from a trellis over the audience.

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