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Austria Week at the Grant Park Music Festival

August 11, 2011

Mozart & Strauss celebrated at free concert

On August 10 the Grant Park Music Festival's 77th season of free summertime classical music in Millennium Park with the Grant Park Orchestra, led by Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar, headed to Austria for a delightful evening of music by Mozart, and marches, polkas and waltzes by Strauss. Mr. Kalmar was born in Montivideo, Uruguay to Austrian parents and grew up studying music in Vienna.

The evening’s program together with perfect weather resulted in an excellent turnout. The audience delighted in the crowd-pleasing music after being welcomed by Austrian Consul General Thomas Schnoell. Following the performance Austrian Trade Commissioner Franz Roessler contributed to the celebration of Austria by hosting a dinner reception at his residence.