Continuing its penchant for innovative programming, the Grant Park Orchestra is encoring a lesser-known contemporary work—Australian composer, arranger and film scorer Carl Vine’s Symphony No. 5 “Percussion” for percussion ensemble and orchestra—alongside Carl Orff’s warhorse “Carmina Burana,” a bombastic guilty pleasure that choruses love to perform almost as much as audiences love to 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. Bell and the Grant Park percussion section will take part in a 6:30pm pre-concert “Coffee Talk” in the Pritzker Pavilion Choral Room. (Dennis Polkow)
July 22 at Pritzker Pavilion, Michigan Ave. between Randolph and Monroe. (312) 742-7638. 7:30pm. Free.