The Chicago Symphony may be on strike, but it’s going through with this free concert in Grant Park celebrating “Daniel Barenboim Day,” named after the maestro charged with the daunting task of keeping the orchestra invigorated for its second century. Billed as the orchestra’s thanks to the people of Chicago for their first century of support, the lengthy program is designed to boost civic pride in the city’s multiethnic heritage with a medley of overtures and dance tunes by Verdi (Italian), Brahms (one of his Hungarian dances), Wagner (German), Dvorak (Czech), Percy Grainger (an Irish melody by the Australian American), Alberto Ginastera (Argentine), Stanislaw Moniuszko (Polish), and Adolphus Hailstork (African American). (Asians, for some reason, are overlooked.) Concluding the program will be the last movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, famous for its triumphant affirmation of universal brotherhood–a sentiment that seems like wishful thinking as long as the strike lingers. With soloists Tina Kiberg (soprano), Waltraud Meier (mezzo), Jon Fredric West (tenor), and Robert Holl (bass) and the Chicago Symphony Chorus under the direction of the soon-to-retire Margaret Hillis. Saturday, 6 PM, Petrillo Music Shell, Grant Park, Columbus and Jackson; 435-6666 or 435-8122.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Jim Steere.