The Grant Park Music Festival, which takes place in Millennium Park with Chicago’s dramatic skyline as a backdrop, runs eight weeks instead of the usual ten this year, and music director Carlos Kalmar has put the same emphasis on new and adventuresome works as he has in recent years. Among the highlights is the debut of emerging flutist Anthony Trionfo, who recently won First Prize at the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. He will perform Saverio Mercadante’s rarely heard Flute Concerto on a program that also includes Also on the program, Carlos Kalmar conducts Debussy’s haunting classic Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and Saint-Saëns’ Second Symphony.
At that point, the annual lively (and very loud!) Lollapalooza Festival takes over the entire Chicago central lakefront area for the weekend, so the Grant Park Music Festival moves indoors to the nearby Harris Theater for a weekend of live-streaming free for all. That program includes Haydn’s Symphony No. 8, Le soir, Caroline Shaw’s Entr’acte, and Rodion Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite.