• Music Without Borders: shuttered

This morning the city announced the highlights of the summer music programs in Millennium Park, and there are plenty of good-looking concerts among them. But the biggest news is what wasn’t announced. Music Without Borders, which began in 2006 and was the first of the high-profile concert series at the Pritzker Pavilion, isn’t happening this year, a city spokesperson confirms. For fans of international music, this is a depressing blow. Many world-music artists tour the U.S. in the summer months, and this series has been the Chicago stop for the best of them. Over the years Music Without Borders, created by the imminently departing Michael Orlove, presented Senegal’s Orchestra Baobab, Brazil’s Carlinhos Brown, Mali’s Bassekou Kouyate, Nigeria’s Seun Kuti, Egypt’s Hakim, India’s Anoushka Shankar, and Serbia’s Goran Bregovic, among many others—often in their Chicago debuts.