Wednesday August 9, 2017 • 6:30 p.m. • Mariachi Cobre
For the first time since 1997, MARIACHI COBRE returns to the Grant Park stage in collaboration with Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra. Established in Tucson in 1971, Mariachi Cobre was formed by several former members of the United States’ first youth mariachi band. Promoting this musical art form, which was first developed in the Mexican state of Jalisco for ensembles featuring the vihuela, two violins, and the guitarrón (horns were added in the early days of recorded music), Mariachi Cobre has been in the forefront of the American mariachi music movement, delighting audiences with their unique blend of orchestral and mariachi sounds. Wednesday evenings’ program will feature a mix of ten traditional and contemporary pieces, arranged especially for mariachi band and symphony orchestra by composers such as Augustin Lara, Maria Grever and Ruben Fuentes.
Friday Aug. 11, 2017 • 6:30 p.m. & Saturday Aug.12, 2017 • 7:30 p.m.
Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony & Pastoral Picnic in White
This weekend, the festival program features the world premiere of a concerto by contemporary American composer Aaron Jay Kernis, sandwiched between the works of 19th Century Russian masters Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The program will open with Rimsky-Korsakov’s relatively brief overture to his opera The Tsar’s Bride, followed by Kernis’ Legacy (featuring solo horn by Jonathan Boen). The evening will be dominated however, by Tchaikovsky’s lesser-known Manfred Symphony Op. 58, a gripping, 57 minute symphonic poem based on Lord Byron’s work of the same name. On Saturday, the entertainment factor will be ramped up with the addition of the festival’s annual themed picnic. This year’s event, dubbed PASTORAL PICNIC IN WHITE, takes its inspiration from a Parisian phenomenon dating to 1988, when friends gathered at the Bois de Boulogne for dinner parties and dressed in white so they could see each other in the dark. Beginning at 6 pm Saturday evening on Millennium Park’s Great Lawn, festival patrons are encouraged to dress in their finest summer whites, and enjoy their pre-concert picnics in elegant, white-themed surroundings of their own design. To RSVP on Facebook and invite friends, use this link:
(2017 Grant Park Music Festival, runs through August 19 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. 312-742-7647)