There’s still time to enter a Grant Park Music Festival’s cruise contest

July 18, 2015 - Picnic Time

Music can ease a soul, or so it’s said, though can it assistance pleasure a tummy? Find out Jul 25 by entering a fourth annual Grant Park Music Festival Picnic Contest in Millennium Park.

The challenge: Throw a cruise desirous by a competition theme, A Danceable Feast — a curtsy to a folk dances that span with exemplary song of France, Italy and Austria.

Listen to one of a many famous examples: a tarantella that caps Camille Saint-Saens’ Piano Concerto No. 2., that a Grant Park Orchestra, led by guest conductor Emmanuel Villaume, will perform that evening.

Franz von Suppe’s proposition to Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 31, also famous as a Paris Symphony; and Georges Bizet’s Roma are also on a bill.

Picnic judges (from Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Grant Park Music Festival, Macy’s and Time Out Chicago) will collect a leader formed on who best embraces a Danceable Feast thesis by food, decorations and a crafty organisation name. Look to a pieces performed, a time period, a enlightenment of Paris, Vienna and Rome, and folk dances like a tarantella.

Last year, a organisation led by Chicago proprietor Meegan Scovell won for a “Cuckoo for Beethoven” cruise widespread to salute a master’s Symphony No. 6. This work, famous as a Pastoral Symphony, incorporates song that sounds like bird calls. That’s what a organisation honed in on, going so distant as to conform birds nests from chocolate and Chinese noodles.

Grant Park Music Festival Picnic Contest
Meegan Scovell, left, and friends with their winning picnic. (Bonnie Rezabek)

“Going over a top, being a small exaggerated, goes a prolonged way,” Scovell says. “Get to know a square of music. It’s unequivocally about, we think, doing a small bit of work bargain because a composer wrote a piece.” She also suggests looking during what dishes were renouned in a time and place a composer was composing.

The leader will get a $100 present label from Macy’s, a cruise contest’s sponsor, and a tradition present basket from The Wine Shop during Macy’s. Two runners-up will any get a $50 present label to Macy’s and festival merchandise.

Both a unison and a competition are free.

Register by Jul 23 with this form. Setup starts during 4 p.m., and judging takes place during 6 p.m. before a unison starts during 7:30 p.m. Winners will be announced during intermission.

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