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20 Feet From Stardom Star Lisa Fischer Says It Rejuvenated her

You may not know her name, but you know her voice. As documented in the Academy Award–winning film 20 Feet from Stardom, the mutlitalented R&B singer Lisa Fischer has sung backup for everyone from Tina Turner to Nine Inch Nails, and many know her as the growler who steals the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” from Mick Jagger himself. Fischer said the film has given both her outlook and her career a boost. So much so that she is taking center stage at Ravinia on Sept. 10 when she’ll open for blue-eyed-soul star Joss Stone.


August 28 Concert by ZZ Top and Jeff Beck Canceled

Ravinia regretfully announces that the Aug. 28 concert by ZZ Top and Jeff Beck has been canceled due to injury. ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill slipped and fell on his hip while aboard his tour bus last night. As a result of Hill’s injury which requires immediate attention, all ZZ Top performance dates have been temporarily suspended while he recovers.  Tour dates affected by the suspension include all of the scheduled concert bills shared with Jeff Beck through September 13.

Ravinia President and CEO Welz Kauffman said, "I, like so many people I've heard from, marked the debuts of ZZ Top and Jeff Beck together on a single night as one of the summer's must-see events. We certainly hope to welcome them back in a future season."

Those who have already purchased tickets to the ZZ Top/Jeff Beck concert need do nothing. Refunds will be automatically refunded to the original method of payment. Customers will be notified by email once this transaction is completed. 

The 6 p.m. performance by saxophonist Ashu will continue as planned in Bennett Gordon Hall.



Celebrating James Conlon In 2015

From the multiyear Mahler cycle, traversal of the complete Mozart Piano concertos, taking the Chicago Symphony into the Martin Theatre for a collection of Mozart operas and numerous other works, James Conlon has brought us many magical moments at Ravinia. James Conlon announced today that 2015 will be his final season as a music director of our CSO residency. Conlon and Ravinia President and CEO Welz Kauffman have shaped the 2015 season as a celebration of Conlon’s long association with Ravinia, where he has been a guest conductor since 1977.


Bailey Preps For '80s Tour Playing Thompson Twins Hits At British Club

His sound helped define an era and supply a new-wave soundtrack to more than a few teen-angst comedies, but Tom Bailey has not performed his old Thompson Twins songs in 27 years. Now that he’s on the ’80s tour “Retro Futura”—an all-synth-pop revue that also features Howard JonesUltravox’s Midge UreChina Crisis and Katrina (ex–Katrina and the Waves)—Bailey took the old tunes out for a spin in preparation for his return to America by playing them to an enthusiastic crowd at the small club Sub89 in Reading, England. Fan video taken at the gig can be found on YouTube.


Ravinia Presents Encore Screening Of Oscar-winning The Lady In Number 6

Ravinia will present an encore screening of this year’s Oscar winner for Best Documentary Short Subject, The Lady in Number 6, in Bennett Gordon Hall with free general admission to ticket holders for the Monday, Aug. 25, performance by Pedja Muzijevic featuring Chopin’s complete Op. 28 preludes. The film tells the riveting, true story of the world’s oldest pianist, who also happened to be the world’s oldest concentration camp survivor, Alice Herz-Sommer. Chopin was a particular favorite of the 101-year-old, who died just one week before the film won the Oscar. The 38 minute film begins at 4:45 p.m. with the concert starting at 6:00 p.m.