Despite all of the controversy that surrounded former Chicago Symphony music director Daniel Barenboim’s ban-breaking performances of Wagner in Israel due to Wagner’s reputation as Hitler’s favorite composer, Orff was the true Führer favorite and “Carmina Burana” was his favorite piece. Continuing its penchant for innovative programming, the Grant Park Orchestra is presenting a lesser known contemporary work—Australian composer, arranger and film scorer Carl Vine’s Symphony No. 5 “Percussion” for percussion ensemble and orchestra —alongside of Orff’s warhorse “Carmina Burana,” a bombastic guilty pleasure that choruses love to scream, er, sing, almost as much as audiences love to endure, uh, hear. The Grant Park Chorus, recent recipients of the prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence for 2006, will roar away, conducted by its director Christopher Bell and with the help of the Grammy Award-winning Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus and soprano Harolyn Blackwell, tenor Thomas Dymit and baritone Quinn Kelsey. (Dennis Polkow)
July 19 at Pritzker Pavilion, Michigan Ave. between Randolph and Monroe, (312) 742-7638. 6:30pm. Free.