According to the Grant Park Music Festival’s (GPMF) website, describes itself as “The nation’s only free, municipally funded, summer-long, classical music series, the Grant Park Music Festival has been a key part of the lakefront’s vibrant history.” That means it is a government sponsored, autonomous orchestra; yes, an organization thought to only exist mostly in Europe has been around right under our US noses for the past 75 years. To celebrate their 75th anniversary, the GPMF commissioned a publication that I was lucky enough to get my hands on a few days before it is officially released…
Written by Tony Macaluso (GPMF Dir. Of Marketing and Patron Services), Julia S. Bachrach (Chicago Park District Historian), and Neal Samors (celebrated author and Chicago historian) the 234 page book is simply gorgeous. I’ll be pouring through it over the next few days and plan to post a more comprehensive article shortly thereafter and I also hope to find the time to chat with the authors in order to learn more about the process used to bring the book to life.
In the meantime, this book is a perfect example of the sort of project I’ve been encouraging clients to embark on for years. Not only should you order a copy to learn more about this unique and fabulous orchestra and chorus but you should also pick up a copy to keep in your office as a reference for how a final product like this should look and feel.
You can also learn more about the GPMF at their new website as well as the institutional retrospective piece I authored for polyphonic.org back in 2006. In fact, the GPMF has been a frequent topic here at Adaptistration; here’s a list of GPMF related articles:
- A series of articles on the value of free: Part 1, Part 2
- GPMF Take A Friend To Orchestra month event: Part 1, Part 2
- Take A Friend To Orchestra month contributions from GPMF members: James W. Palermo, Carlos Kalmar