Wednesday July 26, 2017 • 6:30 p.m. • Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1
The evening kicks off with the return of British piano virtuoso Stephen Hough to GPMF. This world-renowned musician will perform Brahms’ fiery and exciting Piano Concerto No. 1 under the baton of one of his favorite conductors, festival music director Carlos Kalmar. The balance of the evening will showcase another side of Brahms with a performance of his Hungarian Dances, preceded by another work inspired by Eastern European folk tradition, Kodály’s Dances of Galánta.
Friday July 28, 2017 • 6:30 p.m. & Saturday July 29, 2017 • 7:30 p.m. • Mozart Linz Symphony
The first of Mozart’s five great final symphonies, the Linz Symphony (No. 36 in C Major) will open the program. Swiss composer Frank Martin’s luminous and eloquent In terra pax (Peace on Earth), written to mark the end of the World War II, will round out the performance, as Maestro Kalmar and the Orchestra are joined by the 110 voice Grant Park Chorus conducted by Christopher Bell.
(2017 Grant Park Music Festival, runs through August 19 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. 312-742-7647)