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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Tuesday
Apr182017

Ravinia Artists Use Virtual Reality In Creative Ways

With the technology surrounding it getting less and less expensive, virtual reality is quickly becoming the new trend for musicians and artists looking to create unique experiences both in their concerts and music videos.

If you’ve never experienced VR before, you can get a sense of what the experience is like by taking a look at the 360 degree videos available online on YouTube. A number of 2017 Ravinia Artists have created VR experiences and the 360 feature on YouTube allows you to click and drag the video to pan around in 360 degrees which simulates the VR experience. See how your favorite Ravinia artists are using this new medium:

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Monday
Apr172017

Summer Shuffle: Songs for the Heart(land)

From blues chords to bluegrass, Chris Thile takes listeners of his genre-bending quintet the Punch Brothers on as immersive an adventure as listeners of A Prairie Home Companion. “The question of genre becomes one of orchestration and texture,” Thile says of writing for and with his bandmates.

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Monday
Apr172017

Summer Shuffle: Some Kind of Blue

What Motown was to Detroit, Stax was to Memphis, developing a signature soul sound for the South, melding blues, jazz, and funk. But unlike its northern companion and competitor, Stax had a house band that became so intimately involved in recording that they began cutting their own tracks as Booker T.

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Monday
Apr172017

Summer Shuffle: Living Harmoniously

The living legacy of some artists, however, is just as much in the sound as much as the songs. Few have achieved such universal recognition as Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, who were an early highlight of Ravinia’s 2016 season in their festival debut.

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Monday
Apr172017

Summer Shuffle: Rock of Ages

Before there was glam rock, there was “progressive rock,” that nebulous genre that saw the music of ’60s psychedelia taken to new, expansive dimensions of lyrical poetry and symphonic instrumentation. The groundwork was perhaps laid by the sweeping sonorities of Pet Sounds and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, but if a single album were to have firmly established what “prog rock” was, that album was The Moody Blues’ Days of Future Passed.

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Monday
Apr172017

Summer Shuffle: Music Without Frontiers

In the 30 years since they fired up the world’s collective imagination with the vivacious flamenco spirit of “Bamboléo,” the Gipsy Kings have kept kindling the heated fervor for Spanish and South American rhythm, recently earning their first Grammy Award for Savor Flamenco. On the long-awaited album of all-original material, “the group’s trademark virtuosity and verve are as engaging as ever. …

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