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Review: Grant Park Chorus sings of the wonder, mystery of birth

Review: Grant Park Chorus sings of the wonder, mystery of birth

The success of James MacMillan's “Quickening,” in its Midwest premiere by the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus under Carlos Kalmar's direction Friday night at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, was all the more remarkable given the tribulations faced by the participants. Along with cold and rain that reduced attendance to a plucky band of audience members huddled under umbrellas at the front of the seating bowl, the Grant Park Music Festival had to cope with the abrupt loss of all four vocal soloists. Visa problems back in the UK meant that the British singers who were to have taken part in “Quickening” were unable to make it to Chicago in time...

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