Posted June 18, 2010
Summer in Chicago means many things to many people, but to Jell (and about 300,000 other fans), summer means 10 weeks of the Grant Park Music Festival. If you’re among the uninitiated, we’re talking about free classical music in Millennium Park at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion — two to three concerts per week. That doesn’t happen in any other city in the United States.
The media has been buzzing about the current season and the Festival’s ever-rising popularity. The Chicago Tribune recently gave the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus the edge over Ravinia performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. And Carlos was recently featured in an interview on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight, discussing his tenure and bubbling with excitement about the 2010 season.
The first concert of the season featured guest violinist Elina Vähälä. The program offered Vivaldi, Berlioz, and Respighi on what might have been the most beautiful night of this summer. Upwards of 15,000 — an overflow crowd — turned out.
Of course, planning for the season started much earlier, in the fall of 2009. Jell jumped in to help on a variety of marketing projects: the Annual Fund 2009 mailing, two versions of the 2010 Season Preview brochure, and finally, a series of 8-foot banners posted along side Millennium Park on Michigan Avenue.