Lawrence A. Johnson
In the penultimate summer, as the Grant Park Music Festival’s Guiding Artist, Carlos Kalmar remains on the podium, even as the lakeside festival seeks a successor with an increasing number of guest conductors. will continue.
From June 14th to August 19th, this 10-week festival offers a clever mix of orchestral favorites, rare pieces and contemporary works.
More than in previous years, the City Festival seems to focus mainly on what it calls Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB).
“Promoting impartial representation in the field of classical music is a priority for the Grant Park Music Festival,” the statement read. “For the 2023 season, we aim to better reflect our community by showcasing more female and Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) work.”
This also applies to guest artist bookings. This season, the Grant Park Music Festival welcomes many talented women and her BIPOC artists. ”
Of course, playing more music by non-European composers would be commendable. But booking soloists based primarily on ethnic or gender bean counts risks crossing the line from “fairness” to race-conscious discrimination itself.
Kalmar will lead the Grant Park Orchestra on Schumann’s Fourth Symphony and Robert Muczynski’s Fourth Symphony, kicking off the 10-week season on June 14th. symphonic dialogue Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 with concertmaster Jeremy Black as soloist.
Kalmar will dedicate the first weekend (June 16-17) to one solo work. Starbat Martell With the respected Grant Park Chorus. A program of Shakespeare-inspired music will take place on his June 23-24.Other works directed by Kalmar include the rarely heard work of Mendelssohn Walpurgis Night, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8 by William Dawson Black Folk Symphony, Joel Thompson Unarmed last seven words, and Brahms’ German Requiem.
Two conductors worthy of consideration as Kalmar’s successors return this summer. Gemma New (July 12th), leading the program for Barber, Tchaikovsky, and Vivian Fong, and David Dansmeier (Beethoven, Rodrigo, Unsuk Chin (August 2nd)).
Conductors debuting at the festival this summer are Jordan De Souza, Valentina Pereggi, Ludovic Morlot, Kevin John Edusei, Eric Jacobson and Ken-David Masur.
This summer’s soloists include pianists Michelle Kang, Stewart Goodyear, Joyce Yang, Stephen Hough, violinists Augustine Haderich, Stephen Jackie, Ty Murray, Esther Yu and cellist Zlatmir Zlatmir. Fon, guitarist Aniello Desiderio and violalist Masumi Per Rostad.
Festival memberships are now on sale. Visit grantparkmusicfestival.com