Tuesday
Jun202017

Rewind: June 28, 2012


There are goodbyes, and then there are farewells. When Glen Campbell embarked upon his career-concluding tour in 2012, which included a stop at Ravinia on June 28, there was a sense that he really wanted to do his fare well for his generations of fans, and also for himself.

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Friday
Jun162017

Don't Blink: Unintimidated, Lila Downs Casts Danger to the Wind


Lila Downs sings in many languages, but her listeners need only be fluent in the language of the heart to understand her.

You can hear it throughout her new release, Salón Lágrimas y Deseo (Room of Tears and Desire), just released at the end of May. “It’s also the most emotional album we’ve ever done,” Downs observes. “It’s not from the brain; it’s from the heart. And”—she adds with a modest chuckle—“from below.”

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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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