Thursday
Jun152017

Rewind: June 17, 1957

You can’t miss it. Nestled in the center of Ravinia and gazing upon the festival’s grand entrance is the Martin Theatre, the immaculate Arts and Crafts–style concert hall that has stood since the park first opened in 1904. But over Ravinia’s 113-year history, it hasn’t always been a stage for the premier chamber musicians—and even small orchestras—of the world. During the first decade of the park’s existence, it was largely used for motion pictures.

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Thursday
Jun082017

Rewind: June 8, 2007


In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of its original Broadway staging, Leonard Bernstein’s omni-theatrical masterpiece West Side Story came to life at Ravinia in a version devised especially for the occasion by the North Carolina School of the Arts. The school’s chancellor, John Maucieri, was an assistant to Bernstein for 18 years, and he was on hand as

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Wednesday
May312017

Pixel Perfect: Become virtually part of the music in The Virtual Orchestra

In today’s high-tech world of digital sampling and music streaming, the symphony orchestra is a wonderful if curious anachronism, with many of its instruments and much of its repertoire dating back centuries. Even for regular attendees of symphony concerts, the alchemy of how 80 to 100 or more diverse musicians come together under a conductor to produce one coordinated body of sound remains something of a mystery.

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Friday
May262017

DeLaria Announced as Grand Marshal of Pride Chicago


PRIDEChicago, the organizers of Chicago’s annual LGBTQ pride parade, announced Wednesday that Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria will be the grand marshal in the lead car for the 48th Annual Chicago Pride Parade on June 25, followed by the man who booked her performance later that night, Ravinia President and CEO Welz Kauffman.

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Friday
May262017

Nadine Sierra en Vogue


Soprano
Nadine Sierra (a 2012 RSMI alum) was featured in the May edition of Vogue alongside other young divas of the Metropolitan Opera. “Her voice is soaring out into the black cave of the theater, filling every inch of it with beauty and heartache, when James Levine, the legendary conductor, stops the orchestra […] and asks his soprano to do it again.

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Thursday
May182017

Ravinia To Host Two-Season Celebration of Bernstein Centennial With Music, Mementos, and Marin Alsop


To borrow the name of one of his popular tunes: Something’s coming! In 2018 Ravinia will launch a two-season centennial tribute to one of the all-time legends of American music, conductor/composer Leonard Bernstein, and in 2019 will open the Ravinia Music Box experience center with an exhibit of important mementos from Bernstein’s life and storied career, including his personal piano.

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Thursday
May112017

Now Ravinia Diners Can Use OpenTable With No Reservations


One of the most exciting changes in the dining pavilion this summer is the ability to make Mirabelle and Park View reservations through OpenTable. While it may seem a small change for some, we will now be utilizing the most advanced reservation software out there. Not only will this help create more awareness of dining opportunities, but, more important, it will tremendously improve the ease of access to reservation information for our guests.

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Tuesday
Apr252017

Be Ready To Buy Your Tickets On May 9


Have your account ready: Ravinia puts more than 140 summer concerts on sale, beginning at 5 a.m. on May 9. Those who do not already have a myRavinia account are advised to create an account before this date. Ravinia also advises patrons to verify their personal information, including mailing address and phone number, once they log on.

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Tuesday
Apr182017

Ravinia Artists Use Virtual Reality In Creative Ways

With the technology surrounding it getting less and less expensive, virtual reality is quickly becoming the new trend for musicians and artists looking to create unique experiences both in their concerts and music videos.

If you’ve never experienced VR before, you can get a sense of what the experience is like by taking a look at the 360 degree videos available online on YouTube. A number of 2017 Ravinia Artists have created VR experiences and the 360 feature on YouTube allows you to click and drag the video to pan around in 360 degrees which simulates the VR experience. See how your favorite Ravinia artists are using this new medium:

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Monday
Apr172017

Summer Shuffle: Songs for the Heart(land)

From blues chords to bluegrass, Chris Thile takes listeners of his genre-bending quintet the Punch Brothers on as immersive an adventure as listeners of A Prairie Home Companion. “The question of genre becomes one of orchestration and texture,” Thile says of writing for and with his bandmates.

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