Friday
Apr082016

Ravinia Makes It Rain Social Contests All April


April showers bring May flowers, so Ravinia’s going to “make it rain” all month long! Share this video link on Facebook, retweet this tweet on Twitter, or like this post on Instagram ‪between today and April 26 to be entered to win a 2016 Season Lawn Pass for two! The grand-prize winner will be announced ‪on April 28 in the Ravinia newsletter and also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Tuesday
Mar292016

Ravinia's Steans Institute Remembers David Baker

All of us at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute are still in shock about the sudden death of David Baker last Saturday. David had led the RSMI Program for Jazz since its inception in 2000, so naturally he had developed a certain way he expected things to be done. When I became director of RSMI in 2010, I was in a constant whirlwind with all three of the programs, grasping for any bit of knowledge I could try to retain as I learned on the fly, so of course things didn’t run exactly as David was accustomed to, of course I dropped a few balls here and there. So when he showed up in my doorway

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Wednesday
Mar162016

My Love Letter to Ravinia (or That Time I Met Renee Fleming)

The Ravinia Festival is the highlight of my summers, bar NONE.

The place has such atmosphere and a feeling of joyful camaraderie you just don't get anywhere else. People sometimes feel inhibited at Lyric Opera or the Chicago Symphony. But, at Ravinia, everyone's inhibitions are released and true joy seeps out of every pore of the place.

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Thursday
Mar032016

Ravinia 2016: As Seen On TV (and Radio)

On March 2 Ravinia announced its 2016 summer season, and in order to make sure everyone heard the good news, members of the communications team and CEO Welz Kauffman made the rounds at various media outlets both on radio and TV. Below you can view some clips from our appearances.

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Friday
Feb122016

Let The Countdown to Summer Begin

Ravinia is gearing up to announce its 2016 lineup on Wednesday, March 2, but if you’ve been following us on social media, you may already know a few of the hot shows coming to our stages this summer. In addition to the 80th-anniversary Chicago Symphony Orchestra residency outlined last August, the following dates have been circled on the calendar.

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Friday
Feb122016

Our First International Winner of Season Poster


The Ravinia Women’s Board today announced the first-ever international winner of its annual Ravinia season poster competition. The winning design came from 18-year-old Teodora Šćepanović, a senior at the Bogdan Šuput School of Design in Novi Sad, Serbia. She will receive a $1,000 cash prize and her design will be featured in the promotion of the upcoming 2016 Ravinia season, distributed among hundreds of Chicagoland stores and public spaces, and sold exclusively at Ravinia Gifts.

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Monday
Feb012016

Here’s Mindy Moore, Who Makes Ravinia Events Something, Well, More

Interview with Mindy Moore, Director of Group Events at Ravinia Festival and Here’s Chicago’s January 2016 Chicago Hospitality Professional of the Month!

What do you love about planning events in Chicago?
Planning events is Chicago is the greatest.  We have the most creative resources that are on the cutting edge and trendy with enough conservatism to get the messages across.  We  are centrally located, have the best hotels, best food and beverage and musical opportunities.  Our close-knit community will always welcome the newcomers and take the time to teach and share our experience.  Plus, they are all my friends!

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Friday
Jan152016

Ravinia Announces Its Final Live Broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion

Ravinia today announced what is expected to be the final live broadcast from the festival of the popular American Public Media radio show A Prairie Home Companion hosted by Garrison Keillor at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 11.

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Monday
Dec142015

Ravinia History Comes To Life In These Informative Videos


In October, distinguished local historian and author Art Miller gave a lecture on the history of Ravinia Festival and surrounding areas. He spoke on the beginnings of the festival, the people and culture of the area and the architecture of the park buildings.

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Wednesday
Nov182015

Louis Armstrong: Ravinia's Spartacus

Armstrong was the first great international star I ever saw in person. The press coverage of his Ravinia debut not only endorsed my choice, but befitted a larger occasion as well. Jazz was still very new to Ravinia then, and it still seemed utterly contradictory to mention the two words in the same sentence. When Benny Goodman had appeared at Ravinia in August 1938, fresh from his triumph at Carnegie Hall earlier that year, the young crowds seemed to frighten the park management, even as the dollars they brought in wiped away an entire season’s deficit in two hours. But it would be 17 years before jazz would be invited back to Ravinia.

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