The Mambo Kings and Grant Park Orchestra Together at Millennium Park

The Mambo Kings and the Grant Park Orchestra join forces for a night highlighting Afro-Cuban sounds inspired by Tito Puente, American jazz from Dave Brubeck, pop styles inspired by The Beatles and a Cuban overture by Gershwin all titled The Mambo Kings: Hot Latin Nights. The concert will be led by Carlos Kalmar on Wednesday, August 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. 

The concert is accompanied by a pre-concert lecture, from 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. at Chase Promenade North Tent on the west end of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, as well as an Associates Council Concert After Party, from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. at Jay Pritzker Pavilion, which will bring Chicago’s young professionals together for an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and mingling after the performance.

Patrons can order One Night Member Passes for reserved seats, starting at $26, by calling 312.742.7647 or going online to and selecting their own seat down front in the member section of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Membership support helps to keep the Festival free for all. For every Grant Park Music Festival concert, there are seats that are free and open to the public in Millennium Park’s Seating Bowl and on the Great Lawn, available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The open rehearsal of The Mambo Kings: Hot Latin Nights will take place on Wednesday, August 7 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Millennium Park. Audiences are welcome to sit in the Pavilion Seating Bowl during rehearsal, and Festival docents will be on site to talk about the program during rehearsal breaks.

Concert Program
George Gershwin: 
Cuban Overture
Richard DeLaney: 
Dave Brubeck, arr. DeLaney: 
Blue Rondo à la Turk
John Lennon and Paul McCartney, arr. DeLaney: 
Day Tripper
Richard DeLaney: 
Michel Camilo: 
Richard DeLaney: 
Danzón a la Antigua
Rafael Hernandez, arr. DeLaney: 
El Cumbanchero
Tito Puente, arr. DeLaney: 
Oye Como Va

The City of Chicago has implemented a security perimeter and bag check policy for all concerts and events that take place at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Entrances and bag check lines will open at 4:30 p.m. for this concert. For a complete list of prohibited items, visit

For more than 80 years, the Grant Park Music Festival has been Chicago’s summer musical sensation, demonstrating that classical music, performed by a world-class orchestra and chorus can have a transformative impact on the city. Showcased in the city’s most spectacular setting, the Festival continues to be the summer gathering place for all of Chicago. The Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park is the official home of the Grant Park Music Festival, with free seats available for every concert. The 2019 season began on June 12 and runs through August 17.

The Festival is led by Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar, along with Grant Park Chorus Director Christopher Bell, Grant Park Orchestral Association President and CEO Paul Winberg, and Board Chair Stephen Smith.  

The Grant Park Music Festival is presented by the Grant Park Orchestral Association with key support from the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.The Festival gratefully acknowledges the generous support from its 2019 sponsors: AbelsonTaylor, American Accents Series Sponsor; BMO Harris Bank, Festival HD Series Sponsor; William Blair, Classic Series Sponsor; Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, Official Hotel; Macy’s, Official Picnic Sponsor; CIBC USA, Concert Sponsor; and ComEd, Concert Sponsor; with additional support from Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Walter E. Heller Foundation, Julius N. Frankel Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Sage Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency. The Mambo Kings: Hot Latin Nights is presented with support from American Accents Sponsor AbelsonTaylor and from Colleen and Lloyd Fry at the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation.

The Associates Council is a volunteer group comprised of young professionals dedicated to promoting the Festival’s free music experiences in Millennium Park and throughout Chicago. Members receive invitations to exclusive events, participate in fundraising efforts to support the Festival’s programs, and provide fresh perspectives to help engage the next generation of music lovers.

For more information about the Grant Park Music Festival, including membership, One Night Passes and group seating, visit or call 312.742.7647. For additional information, visit the Grant Park Music Festival Facebook page or follow the Festival on Twitter @gpmf.