GLENCOE, IL (May 6, 2014) – The summer season brings a full schedule of free, live outdoor concerts for all tastes and ages to the Chicago Botanic Garden beginning June 9 and continuing through September 1. The Summer Evenings series offers visitors diverse types of music Monday through Thursday evenings, while our popular Tuesday morning music series moves outdoors to take advantage of the warm weather.
Monday evening Carillon Concerts ring in the Summer Evenings musical week, followed by Music on the Esplanade on Tuesday evenings. The Dancin’ Sprouts concerts on Wednesday evenings cater to the youngest visitors of the Garden, and Hot Summer Nights bring high-energy music and dance to the McGinley Pavilion on Thursdays.
The Garden View Café and Grille will serve snacks, beverages and meals during Summer Evenings, and picnicking will be allowed during the events at the concert sites.
Musical performers from around the world play the four-octave Theodore C. Butz Memorial Carillon, one of the few hand-played carillons in America. Concerts begin at 7 p.m., and visitors can also take part in carillon tours and demonstrations from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
French carillonneur Stefano Colletti will open the season on June 9. Colletti is carillonneur for the city of Douai and professor of carillon music at the Douai conservatory, the only one in France to offer a course for aspiring professional carillonneurs. He will be followed on June 16 by Jim Brown, assistant city carillonneur of Naperville, Illinois, who plays regularly at the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. For a complete schedule of carillon concerts go to chicagobotanic.org/carillon.
Experience a range of musical genres through the Music on the Esplanade series from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday evenings. The series begins on June 10 with swing and jazz music brought to life by the band Bopology. On June 17, classic American jazz combines with Latin jazz, bossa nova and samba in a performance by Rio Bamba. For a complete schedule go to chicagobotanic.org/evenings/esplanade_evenings.
Families with young children flock to the Esplanade from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings to dance and play to the music of such entertainers as Duke Otherwise, coming June 11, and Wendy Morgan & DB on June 18. The Dancin’ Sprouts concert series is part of the Garden’s participation in the Leave No Child Inside initiative. The Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America, another popular family destination, will remain open until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays from June 11 to August 27. For a complete Dancin’ Sprouts schedule go to chicagobotanic.org/interest/music/dancin_sprouts.
Bring your dancing shoes to Hot Summer Nights from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, or simply sit back and watch participants take mini-dance lessons from professional instructors, who will teach dance steps corresponding to the genre of the evening. The series begins on June 12 with Proyecto Sur, featuring Chilean guitarist and singer Nelson Sosa, who will be joined by two tango dancers. The Mike Knauf Quartet will play dance standards from some of America’s finest composers on June 19. For a complete schedule go to chicagobotanic.org/evenings/hot_summer_nights.
Summer Evenings is generously supported by Make It Better. The official beer sponsor of Music on the Esplanade and Hot Summer Nights is Lagunitas Brewing Company. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs to these events as the Garden has limited seating.
Tuesday Morning Music continues at the Garden through the summer. The series, generously supported by NorthShore University HealthSystem, starts the season at 10 a.m. June 10 with a performance by acclaimed cellist and composer Ian Maksin. For a complete schedule, go to chicagobotanic.org/interest/music/tuesday_morning_music.