Summer Concert Roundup Review- Music for free in Chicago

With summer at it’s mid-point, Splash presents this ROUNDUP OF FREE MUSIC

CONCERTS in Chicago:

Chicago Philharmonic at Ping Tom Memorial Park 8/1/2015

 

 Chicago Philharmonic at Chicago Park District's Night Out in the Parks

Join Chicago Philharmonic musicians for a unique outdoor concert experience, as an audience member or performer! These special programs are presented as part of the Chicago Park District's Night Out in the Parks series and made possible in part by generous support from The Pauls Foundation and the Music Performance Trust Fund. Instrumentalists of all ages and abilities are invited to play side-by-side with professional musicians, creating an orchestra for a fun symphonic concert. Don't play an instrument? Come as an audience member and enjoy great music in Chicago's backyard.

 

Side-by-Side Concerts: (rehearsal 3:30p – 5:30p)

Concerts: 6pm – 7pm

Saturday, July 30: Columbus Park Refectory (5701 W Jackson Blvd, Austin Community)

Saturday, August 20: Humbolt Park Boathouse (1301 N Sacramento Ave)

 

Free admission & participation rain or shine.

 

 Rushhour Concerts

Location: St. James Cathedral (65 E. Huron at Wabash)

Doors open at 5pm, pre-concert conversations at 5:15p, 30-minute concerts start at 5:45p.

Fifth Hour Ensemble at Rush Hour Concerts 2015

 

July 26th

Folk Songs and Fairytales

Leoš Janáček: Pohádka (Fairytale) Robert Schumann: Five Pieces in Folk Style, Op. 102   Brant Taylor, cello Kuang-Hao Huang, piano   Doors open at 5:00pm Pre-Concert Conversation at 5:15pm 30-minute concert at 5:45pm

 

 

August 2

Lyric Shorts

Selections from Mozart’s Magic Flute Featuring singers from the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago

 

August 9

Poems of Youth

Janacek: Mladi with Fifth House Ensemble

 

 August 16

Puzzle Pieces

Civitas Ensemble plays a variety of music for their unique instrumentation

Axiom Brass Ensemble at Rush Hour Concerts 2015

 

August 23

Here and Now II

Ear Taxi Festival Preview George Lewis: Hexis (2013) Mischa Zupko: Occupy(2012) Mischa Zupko: Rising (2009) Ensemble Dal Niente Fulcrum Point New Music Project 5:00pm – doors open 5:15pm – Pre-Concert Conversation 5:45pm – 30-minute concert

 

August 30

Season Finale

Music of Debussy and Poulenc with John Macfarlane, conductor and the RHC Chamber Orchestra

 

Grant Park Music Festival

The New World Symphony w/ Marin Alsop

Marin Alsop’s week-long residency continues with an exploration of immigration and assimilation, in a program that includes Dvořák’s New World Symphony and jazz violinist Regina Carter playing orchestral works by Duke Ellington.

July 23rd: Concert: Friday, July 22, 2016, 6:30pm – 9:00pm 

 Concert: Saturday, July 23, 2016, 7:30pm

Spektral Quartet at Rush Hour Concerts 2015

 

Grant Park Chorus: Shakespeare in the Park

Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Chorus go on the road with a concert of a cappella choral songs and settings of the Bard's verse, as part of Shakespeare 400 Chicago.

WHERE & WHEN

Columbus Park Refectory

Concert: Sunday, July 24, 2016, 3:00pm – 4:15pm 

South Shore Cultural Center

Concert: Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 7:00pm – 8:15pm

 

Ryan Opera Center: Of Mice and Men

Conductor Edwin Outwater makes his Festival debut with artists from the Ryan Opera Center performing Floyd’s dustbowl opera Of Mice and Men, based on John Steinbeck’s novella.

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Concert: Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 6:30pm – 8:00pm  

Rush Hour Concerts 7/21/2015

Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

Open Rehearsal: Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

 

Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony

Guest conductor Thomas Wilkins leads the Grant Park Orchestra in an international program that transports listeners from Vienna to the Middle East, culminating with Mendelssohn’s cheerful Italian Symphony.

WHERE & WHEN

South Shore Cultural Center

Concert: Friday, July 29, 2016, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Harris Theater for Music and Dance

Concert: Saturday, July 30, 2016, 7:30pm – 9:00pm 

 

Rachmaninov Rhapsody

Piano virtuoso and Festival favorite Stephen Hough brings his scintillating technique to Rachmaninov’s tour-de-force Rhapsody on a Theme of Pagnanini. The program also includes MacMillan’s orchestral fantasy Britannia and Ibert’s Escales.

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Concert: Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 3:00pm – 5:30pm 

Open Rehearsal: Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

 

Mozart Mass in C Minor

Carlos Kalmar conducts the world premiere of The Cosmic Garden in Bloom by Michael Gandolfi, inspired by the magnificent Garden of Cosmic Speculation in Scotland. Mozart’s Great Mass, with the Grant Park Chorus and soloists round out the evening.

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Concert: Friday, August 5, 2016, 6:30pm – 9:00pm  

Concert: Saturday, August 6, 2016, 7:30pm – 10:00pm  

Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 3:00pm – 5:30pm 

Open Rehearsal: Thursday, August 4, 2016, 10:30am – 1:00pm 

Open Rehearsal: Friday, August 5, 2016, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

 

Shostakovich Cello Concerto

Acclaimed Swiss cellist Christian Poltéra makes his Festival debut performing Shostakovich’s 1959 Cello Concerto. Two American masterworks round out the evening.

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Concert: Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 3:00pm – 5:30pm 

Open Rehearsal: Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

 

Rush Hour Concerts Chamber Orchestra

 

Tchaikovsky Spectacular

World-renowned pianist Kirill Gerstein “rediscovers” the 1879 version of Tchaikovsky’s joyful Piano Concerto No. 1, in a weekend devoted to Russia’s most popular composer.

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Concert: Friday, August 12, 2016, 6:30pm – 9:00pm 

Concert: Saturday, August 13, 2016, 7:30pm – 10:00pm 

Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 3:00pm – 5:30pm 

Open Rehearsal: Thursday, August 11, 2016, 10:30am – 1:00pm 

Open Rehearsal: Friday, August 12, 2016, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

 

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

Violinist Christian Tetzlaff returns to the Pritzker Pavilion, bringing his signature style to Mendelssohn’s lyrical and flowing Violin Concerto in E Minor.

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Concert: Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 3:00pm – 5:30pm 

Open Rehearsal: Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

 

 

Damnation of Faust

The Festival’s 2016 Season comes to a thrilling close with Berlioz’s masterpiece, The Damnation of Faust, featuring the Grant Park Chorus and an all-star line-up of vocalists.

WHERE & WHEN

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Concert: Friday, August 19, 2016, 6:30pm – 9:00pm 

Concert: Saturday, August 20, 2016, 7:30pm – 10:00pm

Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

Open Rehearsal: Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 3:00pm – 5:30pm 

Open Rehearsal: Thursday, August 18, 2016, 10:30am – 1:00pm 

Open Rehearsal: Friday, August 19, 2016, 11:00am – 1:30pm 

 

Millennium Park Concert Series

Monday, August 1, 6:30pm

Jose Gonzalez + Tall Heights

Jose Gonzalez is Swedish indie folk singer-songwriter renowned for his mix of autumnal indie pop and intimate acoustics. Formed in Boston in 2010, Tall Heights are known for their captivating vocal harmonies driven by a folk-inspired accompaniment of cello and acoustic guitar.

 

Thursday, August 4, 6:30pm

Sinkane + Mark de Clive-Lowe

Sinkane is solo recording artist who sings and plays numerous instruments blending krautrock, free jazz and funk rock with Sudanense pop. Although born in London, Sinkane spent his early childhood in Sudan followed by Ohio after his family fled to the United States. Mark de Clive-Lowe is a musician, composer and producer originally from New Zealand, and now based in Los Angeles, after living for ten years in London. He is a veteran of the UK's broken beat movement, blending jazz, electronic dance music, funk and percussion heavy world music into a unique sound.

Brant Taylor and Kuang-Hao Huang at Rush Hour Concerts

 

Monday, August 15, 6:15pm

Broadway in Chicago Summer Series

Broadway in Chicago returns to Millennium Park for the fifth time this August for their annual FREE Broadway In Chicago Summer Concert, hosted by ABC 7 Chicago’s Janet Davies.

 

Thursday, August 11, 6:30pm

Mbongwana Star + Dos Santos Antibeat Orchestra

Mbongwana Star is a psychedelic African dance band from Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Chicago-based Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orchestra rocks the sounds of popular pan-Latin American dance genres—from cumbia to salsa.

 

Thursday, August 18, 6:30pm

Elephant Revival + Mandolin Orange

Elephant Revival are a quintet from Colorado whose sound encompasses elements of gypsy, rock, Celtic, alt-country and folk. Mandolin Orange is an Americana folk duo from Chapel Hill, North Carolina whose music has received critical acclaim from NPR, American Songwriter others.

 

Thursday, August 25 ,6:30pm

Tortoise + Homme

Throughout its 25-year history, Chicago-based post-rock instrumental quintet Tortoise has nodded to dub, rock, jazz, electronica and minimalism throughout its revered and influential, six-album discography, but the group’s resulting sound continues to defy easy categorization. HOMME is an experiment in voice and sound by Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart who joined forces in 2014, inspired by the free improvisational music scene in Chicago, and influenced by folk and avant-garde rock.

 

Be sure and set aside time from work and other leisure-time activities for some wonderful music experiences! Enjoy!

Lyric Opera's Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Rush Hour Concerts

All photos courtesy of Elliot Mandel

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