This photograph was taken at the dedication of the then new
Petrillo band shell at Grant Park, on July 4, 1978. The shell
was named after James Petrillo, who was president of the local
musician's union for many years, and probably had more to do
than anyone else with creating the Grant Park summer concert
Masses of people turned out to see the combined Grant Park
Symphony and Chicago Symphony orchestras play Tschaikowsky's
1812 Overture together on the same stage. The
crowds you see here were comparable to what I experienced the
two nights Van Cliburn played back in the late fifties.
My brother Dale began playing cello in the Grant Park Symphony
in 1974, so both my father (as a Grant Park musician, but recent
CSO alum), and my brother played this concert together.