Time Names CSO Concerts Must-Sees Of The Summer

Time magazine has singled out Ravinia Festival’s July 14 and 15 performances of both Brahms piano concertos as must-see events this summer. Christoph von Dohnányi conducts the great Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Emanuel Ax at the piano. Best seats for both shows can be obtained for the combined price of only $100.


Jennifer Hudson is Coming!

While it’s true that Chicago’s Oscar- and Grammy-winning artist had to cancel much of her summer tour, the hometown champ is coming through for Ravinia, performing two dates, July 16 and 17, with special
guest Miguel.


Bell Rings In New Role

Joshua Bell, Musical America's 2010 Instrumentalist of the Year, is the new music director of Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, a title not bestowed since 1958, when the organization was founded by Sir Neville Marriner, now the Academy's Life President. The acclaimed violinist returns to Ravinia July 2 in a concert celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Summer Festival Orchestra of Indiana University, his alma mater.


Underpass Official Opening June 9

Next week we open the gates to the 2011 season at Ravinia Festival! Tickets are available now to see the Emmy Award©-winning Chicago Children’s Choir on Thursday, June 9. Plus you can join us early to enjoy special events in the park. Festivities start at 5:00 p.m. Be one of the first to walk through the new underpass with Ravinia President/CEO Welz Kauffman in a grand opening celebration. It will be an evening to remember with plenty of family fun!

Win prizes, sample food from Levy Restaurants and enjoy activities for kids before the concert. Kids can enjoy free train rides in the park with our friends from Kohl Children’s Museum. Visit the Kids Club table for coloring activities and free membership sign-up. Spin the prize wheel to win great gifts from Ravinia such as tickets, picnic items, playing cards, T-shirts and more.

Metra will also be on site providing safety tips for the family. Ravinia’s own REACH*TEACH*PLAY will provide an instrument petting zoo along with the Highland Park Strings.

Activities will end at 7:15 p.m. just before the concert. While the activities are free, patrons must purchase a ticket to attend the concert in order to enter the park. For more park information, visit our website



Encourage Your Kids' Love of Music

Kids 12 years old and under are invited to join the Kids Club at Ravinia. It’s free! Kid’s Club members enjoy:

* Welcome Kit for new members
* Kids Club Membership Card
* E-mail updates with special offers and discounts
* Invitations to special family related activities
* Birthday Greeting
* 10% off select merchandise at Ravinia Gifts with membership card
* 10% off any ONE ice cream product per visit at Ravinia Market with membership card
* FREE PIZZA coupon from participating Whole Foods® Market location

Kids (and parents!) can enjoy kid-friendly concerts all summer, including the Dirty Sock Funtime Band and Ralph’s World. Also this summer, young performers appear on our stage, including 11-year-old America’s Got Talent phenomenon Jackie Evancho and the Chicago Children’s Choir.

Get the older kids in the fun too. High school students now get FREE LAWN tickets to see the Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts at Ravinia now too. Visit the box office to get your ticket and learn more about our Classical Youth Inititiave program.



Be Prepared for Summer Picnics!

You're headed to a concert under the stars at Ravinia. You've packed a delicious picnic paired with the perfect wine for your evening on the lawn. Make sure there’s a place to put it all! A handy Table-in-a-Bag is available at Ravinia’s gift shop. It’s lightweight and comes in blue canvas carrying bag...making it easy to carry!


REACH Students Enjoy Music at Ravinia 

The first visitors to Ravinia's 2011 season were students from Ravinia's REACH*TEACH*PLAY programs. Close to 2,900 children (K-6) from Chicago and Waukegan public schools came to Ravinia on Tuesday, May 24 to enjoy a performance in the main Pavilion by the Midwest Young Artist Orchestra. The day's program included excerpts from Prokoviev's Romeo & Juliet Ballet Suites which represents this year’s selection for the festival's One Score, One Chicago initiative.

Schools that attended the performance were visited by an ensemble or a pianist during the school year to experience a more intimate and introductory performance of Prokofiev's music. These visits served both as an educational activity and as a prelude to the larger performance by the orchestra at Ravinia. Last week's performance began with presentations by students (K-3) who participated in one of Ravinia's emblematic efforts in Chicago's elementary schools, the Music Discovery Program - a residency based music education program that serves over 2,300 students per year. At the end of the day's concert, students enjoyed lunch on the park's lawn as a way to have the ultimate Ravinia experience.

See photos of their day at Ravinia!



Do North: Writers' Theatre

Ravinia members can enjoy a special discount at Writers' Theatre. Take $10 off tickets to preview performances and $5 off tickets to regular-run performances when purchased online with the code DONORTH.


Ravinia Wine Club: Formal Wine Tastings & CSO Packages

Enjoy sampling a variety of luxury wines at the Ravinia Wine Club. Join Terlato Wines International and Kerrygold at Ravinia on July 24, July 31 and August 14 for a pre-concert tasting with cheese pairings. Your ticket per concert includes the wine tasting and a reserved pavilion seat for just $40. Or, if you have already purchased your tickets, you can add the Wine Club for just $15. Click here for tickets and more information.


Ravinia President Honored

Pianist Adam Marks and Ravinia Festival President and CEO finish performing at The Arts Center’s Red Hot Gala.

Ravinia President and CEO Welz Kauffman was honored with The Art Center’s Arts Inspiration Award at the Center’s Red Hot Gala, For the Love of Art on May 5, for being a teacher and visionary as an artistic leader. Building on three decades of artistic leadership, Kauffman has dedicated his Ravinia tenure to educational goals including the festival’s REACH*TEACH*PLAY programs.

With 300 people in attendance, Kauffman, also an accomplished pianist, took the stage with pianist Adam Marks to perform for guests. After the performance, Kauffman said to Highland Park Patch, “It's very flattering and very humbling at the same time. What people are doing is they’re honoring Ravinia.”