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Associates Board Proves Music Matters In May 10 Event

The Ravinia Associates Board will host its annual fundraiser, Music Matters, on Saturday, May 10, at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago. In addition to raising funds for Ravinia’s REACH*TEACH*PLAY education programs, the event this year will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Associates and honor its founding president David Weinberg. Music Matters features silent and live auctions, raffle, cocktails, dinner, live music and dancing.


Ravinia Launches Pandora Station

Ravinia launches its first Pandora radio station this week. The station plays the biggest hits of artists on the 2014 season schedule, including Train, Carrie Underwood, American Authors, Hall & Oates, OneRepublic, Darius Rucker, James Taylor, Maxwell, Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson. Tune in at, then listen live this summer!


American Idol Live! Comes To Ravinia July 1

Just announced: The wildly popular American Idol Live! tour will come to Ravinia for the first time ever on July 1 as part of a 41-show national tour. Tickets go on sale, along with the rest of the Ravinia season, at 5 a.m. Thursday, April 24, exclusively at; Ravinia donors may purchase tickets today. Here’s the chance for fans of the iconic television show to experience a live concert by season 13 finalists Alex PrestonCaleb JohnsonC.J. HarrisDexter RobertsJena IreneJessica MeuseMajesty RoseMalaya WatsonMK Nobilette and Sam Woolf. Of course, by the time this concert occurs, one of the finalists will be the next American Idol. The two-part season finale will air on Fox on May 20 and May 21. One of the most successful American Idol winners, Carrie Underwood, also comes to Ravinia this summer with concerts on Sept. 6 and 7.


Contribute To Ravinia To Purchase Lawn Tickets Today

Ravinia is a not-for-profit that raises just over half the funds needed to run the festival and its REACH*TEACH*PLAY education programs from ticket sales; the rest comes from private donations. Supporters enjoy many benefits, including early park entry and the opportunity to purchase tickets in advance of the general public. Contribute now at the Bravo ($100) or Encore ($200) levels to purchase lawn tickets now through April 22, before tickets go on sale to the public on April 24.

Many of Ravinia’s hottest shows are expected to sell out quickly, including performances by James TaylorDarius RuckerZZ Top and Jeff BeckCarrie UnderwoodHeartYo-Yo MaItzhak PerlmanBilly CorganMatt Nathanson and Gavin DeGraw, and John Legend.


Guest Chefs Season Ravinia Menu

Ravinia will welcome guest chefs throughout the summer to bring new flavors to the Park View and Mirabelle restaurants. Spicing things up will be Erik Freeberg from Bar Toma, June 27 (James Taylor) and June 28 (Darius Rucker); Thomas Bowman of WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot, Aug. 7 and Aug. 8 (the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing the score to The Lord of the Rings—The Return of the King); Tony Mantuano from Spiaggia, Aug. 16 (James Conlon conducting the CSO in The Marriage of Figaro and Tony Bennett); and John Hogan of River Roast Social House,Aug. 19 (Buddy Guy) and Aug. 20 (Dawn Upshaw and The Knights).

For reservations, call 847-432-7550. Also Robin Rosenberg will introduce her new concept, Rosie’s BBQ, in Ravinia Market at the Amber Grill.