On June 28 and 30, Christopher Bell will conduct the Grant Park Chorus in a program featuring a cappella works by American composers that includes Del Tredici’s Acrostic Song and Rorem’s Seven Motets for the Church Year. Part of his larger work Final Alice, Del Tredici’s Acrostic Song is a setting of the concluding poem from the second of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice” books, Through the Looking Glass. The poem is an acrostic, in which the initial letters of the lines spell out the name of the real Alice (ALICE PLEASANCE LIDDELL), for whom the stories were written. Rorem’s Seven Motets for the Church Year is a modern setting of the texts from the Liber Usualis, the Catholic liturgical book of commonly-used Gregorian chants.
Celebrating U.S. Independence Day, the Grant Park Orchestra presents a concert on July 3 which includes music by American composer Aaron Copland, alongside other national favorites. The concert features Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and “Hoe Down” from Rodeo, both of which have come to represent a quintessential American sound. In a later concert on July 6, the orchestra will perform the Suite from Copland’s only full-length opera, The Tender Land.