Chicago's Grant Park Music Festival Announces 2007 Program

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The program of this summer's Grant Park Music Festival, announced today by the City of Chicago, includes appearances by Marc-Andr_ Hamelin, Christian Tetzlaff, Ingrid Fliter, Jennifer Larmore and Nathan Gunn and repertoire from Mendelssohn's Elijah to Tan Dun's Heaven Earth Mankind symphony.

The 73rd Grant Park season, led by principal conductor Carlos Kalmar and chorus director Christopher Bell, runs from June 13 through August 18 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion (a landmark designed by Frank Gehry) in Millennium Park on the Lake Michigan waterfront, and at other Chicago locations.

The festival opens with Marc-Andr_ Hamelin performing Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Grant Park Orchestra. Other soloists scheduled to appear with the orchestra include Valentina Lisitsa performing both of Shostakovich's Piano Concertos, Ingrid Fliter playing Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2, and Christian Tetzlaff in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto.

A program called "Looking East" features the "Overture: Dragon and Phoenix" from Tan Dun's Symphony 1997: Heaven Earth Mankind, composed to celebrate the return of Hong Kong from British to Chinese control. Another concert, titled "Bernstein's Broadway," will feature the composer/conductor's music for the Great White Way.

Throughout the summer season, the orchestra will perform all of Beethoven's even-numbered symphonies, as well as such choral works as Mendelssohn's Elijah, Durufl_'s Requiem, Poulenc's Gloria (led by guest cnductor Emmanuel Villaume of Spoleto Festival USA) and Vaughan Williams's Dona Nobis Pacem.

Vocal soloists scheduled to appear include Jennifer Larmore singing Ravel, Kernis and Schumann with the orchestra, Russell Braun in the title role of Elijah, and Nathan Gunn singing Britten and John Adams.

A program called "American Icons" features choral works by Lauridsen, Copland, Whitacre, Barber and Bernstein, while further concerts focus on Sibelius, Tchaikovsky and Mahler.

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