Principal conductor to leave Chicago

Principal conductor to leave Chicago


norman lebrecht

June 22, 2021

Grant Park Music Festival has extended the contract of Carlos Kalmar as artistic director and principal conductor to the summer of 2024, after which he will leave.

He will have served the festival for a quarter of a century.




  • Anon says:


  • Peter San Diego says:

    All conductors leave eventually. Why doesn’t the headline announce, instead, a 3-year contract extension?

  • Plush says:

    He rarely offered anything special at all at the Grant Park Orchestra. His programming was good, however. Performances were led with lackluster talent. Over paid.

  • perturbo says:

    He will be the principal conducting instructor at Cleveland Institute of Music.

  • Not Kalmar says:

    Calmar in French means squid

  • Mary Carroll says:

    Skaneateles loves Hilary Hahn.

  • Patrick says:

    We’ll miss him. Great programming and an excellent orchestra. Alway enjoyed his performances.

  • Edgar Self says:

    He’s the only Vienna-trained Uruguayan conductor I know and has greatly diversified Grant Park’s fare with Lyric Opera singers and unusual choral works. .