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Monday
Apr272015

Step-By-Step Guide to Buying Tickets

For security purposes, anyone who intends to purchase tickets must change his or her password before Ravinia puts more than 100 summer concerts on sale, beginning at 5 a.m. on April 28. Those who do not already have a myRavinia account are advised to create an account. Ravinia also advises patrons to verify their personal information, including mailing address and phone number, once they log on.

Ravinia manages its own box office, so make sure you are at www.ravinia.org. Ravinia cannot vouch for any secondary-market sellers. One $7 service fee will be added to each order (not to each ticket). Ravinia anticipates the heaviest traffic between 5 and 10 a.m. If there is a wait, please do not log in with multiple devices, as it could cause further delays.

  • Click Login at the top of the home page and log in to your account with your myRavinia e-mail address and password.
  • From the calendar, navigate to the first concert for which you wish to buy tickets. Click on the calendar box to view the performance information. Click “Learn More” to see the concert page and available ticket options. Click on the relevant “BUY NOW” button and specify how many tickets you want to buy. You may purchase up to a maximum of 10 tickets per concert, per order. Remember, everyone needs a ticket, regardless of age.
  • Repeat the previous step for each concert for which you wish to buy tickets.
  • Select Print@Home tickets or choose to have paper tickets mailed to you.
  • Complete and pay for your order. You will receive a detailed order confirmation by e-mail.

See you on the lawn!

Monday
Apr062015

Ramsey Lewis Performs as He’s Feted at Highland Park's Focus On The Arts

Highland Park High School’s acclaimed biennial arts-immersion program, “Focus on the Arts,” kicks off its 25th anniversary at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, with a special event honoring lifelong Chicagoan Ramsey Lewis. The jazz legend himself will perform with the Ramsey Lewis Quartet(guitarist Henry Johnson, organist William Kilgore, bassist Joshua Ramosand drummer Charles Heath) for the second half of the program. The concert, sponsored by Ravinia, is one of several special events the festival has planned to celebrate Lewis’s 80th birthday, including Lewis’s long-awaited debut as soloist and composer with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on August 8

Focus on the Arts begins with talented students from the HPHS orchestra and jazz ensemble entertaining Lewis with standards arranged by Duke Ellington and Count Basie as well as premiering new arrangements and orchestrations of Lewis’s own greatest hits by Andrew Chukerman, commissioned by Ravinia, where Lewis is artistic director of jazz. Pianist/composer Paul Johnston, an alumnus of Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, will perform his new tribute to Ramsey—which emulates Lewis’s smooth, cool style—with pianist Alexis Lombre, an alumna of the Ravinia Jazz Scholars (a REACH*TEACH*PLAY education program). Mary Jo Papich, founder of the Jazz Education Network and former arts chairman of Highland Park High School, will emcee the evening. The event is free, but tickets are required and can be obtained through Highland Park High School.

Thursday
Mar262015

Allstate Named Ravinia's First-Ever Lead Classical Sponsor

Ravinia, North America’s oldest and most programmatically diverse music festival, is proud to welcome Allstate Insurance Company as its Lead Classical Sponsor. This is the first time in the festival’s 111-year history that one organization has received this designation.

“It’s no secret that classical music presenters around the world are struggling to keep this historically invaluable music viable in a world where so many forms of entertainment and technology are competing for people’s leisure time and money,” Ravinia President and CEO Welz Kauffman said. “While Ravinia is like an outdoor Carnegie Hall in that it presents the best artists from all genres, making classical music accessible to the entire population—particularly children and other first-time listeners—is crucial to Ravinia’s mission. And that’s not a money-making proposition. That is why Allstate’s generous support is so well-directed, desperately needed and infinitely appreciated.”

In addition to inhabiting a naturally inviting, family-friendly environment free of the trappings and formality of most classical music venues, Ravinia—with Allstate’s support—helps build audiences for classical music through several initiatives. This includes low, attractive pricing, with most reserved seats to all CSO concerts in the Pavilion costing only $25. Lawn admission to all classical concerts (excluding movie nights) is only $10 and is free for children and students attending a college or university. The festival also works to entice new listeners with pre-concert videos; guest chefs in its restaurants; marketing materials that describe classical events in greater, reader-friendly detail; program notes available online in advance of concerts; parties hosted by the Ravinia Associates Board; and programming an attractive array of symphonic, recital, chamber music, and special events for new ears and connoisseurs alike.

Allstate is also lending support to the Ravinia Women’s Board’s annual gala dinner following the Aug. 1 “Tchaikovsky Spectacular” concert, which features James Conlon conducting the CSO and violin soloist Maxim Vengerov. The annual gala is Ravinia’s only concert fundraiser.

Monday
Jan122015

John Legend Takes Home 2015 Golden Globe

John Legend is certainly living up to his surname taking home American Music, BET, Grammy, MOBO and Soul Train awards throughout his music career. Now he's now added a 2015 Golden Globe for Best Original Song for his collaboration with hip hop artist Common for their song "Glory," which appeared in the movie Selma. What will he win next!?

Tuesday
Jan062015

Buyer Beware: 2015 Ravinia Tickets Not Released Yet

You may have seen online advertisements for tickets for Ravinia’s 2015 summer season. Beware of websites that promise tickets to these events, as Ravinia has not begun any ticketing yet. Ravinia donor ticket sales begin as early as March 10, public online ticket sales will begin on April 28 and in-person sales at the Ravinia Box Office start in May. For more information, please visit Ravinia.org or call us at 847-266-5000.