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Thursday
Jun252015

Music means everything to Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

He’s been putting a masterful spin on the Great American Songbook since the 1950s, earning the unparalleled distinction of landing albums on the Billboard charts in every decade from then through the present, selling over 50 million titles, and scooping up 18 Grammy Awards, a pair of Emmy Awards, plus a plethora of other esteemed distinctions too numerous to mention. She’s been one of the most provocative and creative presences in pop music since

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Wednesday
Jun242015

Conductor James Levine Returns To Ravinia For First Time In Over Two Decades


James Levine will celebrate the 45th anniversary of his Ravinia debut by returning to the festival for the first time since completing his music directorship in 1993. On July 23, 2016, Levine will conduct the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Mahler’s Second Symphony, the first piece he conducted at Ravinia on

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Tuesday
Jun232015

Ravinia Staff Reviews Fantasia Video Game

There are many video-game aficionados here at Ravinia and our team jumped at the chance to play games at work! To prepare for the CSO's performance of Disney's Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 on July 12, we tried out the new Fantasia video game, which allows you to "conduct" the iconic music from the movie using

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Monday
Jun152015

Ravinia Mixtape: Cover Songs by 2015 Artists

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and in the music world, a hit is bound to be covered. When an artist creates their version of a well-known song, they get to recreate it while putting their own stamp on it. Our 2015 Artists Covers Mix contains a wealth of these worthwhile covers by artists performing in our 2015 season. To start, check out Aretha Franklin’s cover of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” and listen to how the Gipsy Kings add a flamenco flavor to The Eagles’ “Hotel California.” The playlist is organized so that similar genres of music are presented together. It starts off with pop and rock and then settles into calming classical and jazz towards the end. 

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Saturday
Jun132015

Igudesman and Joo are in the vanguard of growing an audience through YouTube

There are two current trends in classical music presentation that are driven by a desire to connect with younger audiences, a reflection of the fear among many that the graying of contemporary audiences bodes ill for the future of the genre. There is ever-increasing adoption of visual media like YouTube to extend lines of communication beyond the live concert experience or traditional audio-only, hard-copy studio recordings. Another is

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