Today’s entry for the 175 Days to Love Chicago celebrates the Grant Park Chorus, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. To kick off this season, the Chorus will give two performances (tonight at 6:30 p.m. and tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park) of An Exhalation of Place, which is inspired by Chicago history. According to the the Chicago Tribune article Grant Park premiere brings newsy note to chorus’ golden anniversary celebration (dated June12, 2012) the chorus will actually be singing headlines at its performances. The article also says that this is one of two pieces commissioned specifically to celebrate the golden anniversary. I also learned about the Grant Park Orchestra, which was founded in 1943. Looks there might have to be 70 year celebration for that group next year.
On a sidenote (and in full disclosure that I am a member of this organization), if you are looking to learn more about Millennium Park, my personal recommendation is to take the Chicago Architecture Foundation‘s Millennium Park Revealed walking tour. It takes about 2 hours, but really walks you through both the lively, engaging spaces like Crown Plaza and Cloudgate, but also the quieter spaces of Lurie Gardens and the BP Bridge (which if you are looking for a workout, run up and down that a few times). The view of the new Modern wing of the Art Institute of Chicago is also amazing from the base of the new bridge to that space.
And to think this all came out from Mayor Richard M. Daley’s dental visits. If only my dental visits were so inspiring!