Super Orient Courser Direct from China performs at Ravinia

Celebrate Asian-American Heritage Month by seeing a thrilling performance by Super Orient Courser at Ravinia at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, in Bennett Gordon Hall. Tickets are just $10 (cash only) at the door or purchase tickets In advance.

Super Orient Courser is a group of young musicians who have brought contemporary flair to the Mongolian Morin Khurr or horse head fiddle. They performed for President Obama during his official state visit to China and have toured around the world. Overtone singing is a physical phenomenon in which the singer truly uses the body and especially the mouth to produce unique melodic tones.

Ravinia is proud to support this event hosted by the Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute. Admission is paid to the institute to help underwrite the cost of the program


A Party with a Purpose: Music Matters

Mix and mingle with friends and meet new people who share your interest in Ravinia and supporting music education at the Music Matters Benefit hosted by Ravinia's Associates Board at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at Venue One, 1044 W. Randolph St., Chicago. The evening begins with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and silent auction followed by dinner, live auction and entertainment and dancing. This 19th annual event is not only one of the season’s hottest parties, it’s your opportunity to give back to the schools. Find tickets online.


Ravinia Calendars Available

Would you like to receive calendars for your home or office? Let us know and we’ll deliver them to you. Email us at ravinia@ravinia.org and please specify the number of copies you would like to receive.


Plan Your Lawn Party

We’ve got your ticket to Ravinia’s HOTTEST SHOWS! We’ll take care of your lawn space, food, beverage, and planning needs. Lawn parties are the perfect solution for corporate events, birthdays and reunions with packages starting at $25 per person. Contact Hilary Saurer at 847-266-5406 or hsaurer@levyrestaurants.com.


Tickets Available Now

Don’t wait to get the concert tickets you want for the 2011 season! Reserved seats are already gone for Moody Blues on June 11, Daryl Hall & John Oates on June 26, Maroon 5 on June 30 and July 1, Jennifer Hudson on July 16, Steely Dan for both August 12 and 13, Chicago for August 27 and Carrie Underwood on September 4. Lawn tickets are still available for these concerts but they won’t last long. Maroon 5 is sold-out on July 1 for lawn and pavilion. The pavilion is also sold-out for Maroon 5 on June 30 but limited lawn seats are available.

Don't miss out on...
Robert Plant
Garrison Keillor
Peter Frampton
Lang Lang
Jennifer Hudson (July 17)
Five for Fighting
CSO — All Tchaikovsky
Itzhak Perlman
Lyle Lovett
Tony Bennett
Chicago (August 28)
Doobie Brothers
John Hiatt/Big Head Todd

Tickets Selling Fast. Get your tickets now at Ravinia.org.


Book group events by May 15 to win free prizes

Book your special event at Ravinia, and we’ll do the work for you. Act fast and be entered to win prizes including dinner, tickets and backstage passes to meet Carrie Underwood! For more information, call 847-266-5087.


Ravinia Engages Pianist Kevin Murphy as Director of the Vocal Program at the Steans Music Institute

Ravinia Festival has named renowned pianist, music administrator and educator Kevin Murphy director of the festival’s summer music conservatory, the Steans Music Institute. He replaces Brian Zeger, who steps down in August after six years in the position. Murphy’s duties will include selecting 15 singers and five pianists from a worldwide pool of applicants to participate in the program each summer as well as securing faculty who will work with these artists over an intensive three-week residency. In consultation with the faculty, he will program four concerts of art song and three master classes each summer. 

Murphy has been director of music administration at New York City Opera since September of 2008. Before that time, he was director of musical studies at the National Opera of Paris. In 1992 he was the first pianist invited by Maestro James Levine (former Ravinia music director) to participate in the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and continued as an assistant conductor from 1993 through June 2006. In addition to his on- and off-stage partnership with his wife, soprano Heidi Grant Murphy, he has collaborated in concert and recital with many of today’s leading artists, including Steans Music Institute alumna Michelle DeYoung, Nathan Gunn, Bryn Terfel, Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming and others. Additional credits include performances of Mozart operas with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia.

“I can think of no better fit for Ravinia and the Steans Music Institute than Kevin, a truly respected and talented pedagogue who will spark and inspire the young professional musicians who will study with him,” said Ravinia Festival Music Director James Conlon. “Kevin is a friend, and I look forward to having him as a festival colleague.”


Come See What Ravinia's REACH*TEACH*PLAY Is All About

Not only does Ravinia present concerts, but as a not-for-profit the festival connects music to thousands of families around Chicago through multi-tiered education programs called REACH*TEACH*PLAY. Please join us for a showcase of these programs that is free and open to the public, featuring performances by Chicago Public School students, guest artists, teaching artists and musicians from the festival’s community partnerships, at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 in Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. in Chicago.

Brian Peck, morning disc jockey at 100.3FM, will serve as master of ceremonies and the event features performances by Chicago Public School students of all ages from the kindergarten level to high school and also includes adult singers who take part in Ravinia’s community conservatory in Lawndale. The showcase will include a presentation by Ravinia Jazz Scholars, high school students who have studied with some of Chicago’s great jazz artists, including jazz mentor Willie Pickens. Ravinia’s newest education effort, the REACH Orchestra, a student-training orchestra and after school program for 8 to 12-year olds, will also perform. The event also includes a performance by pianists Marta Aznavoorian and Ravinia President and CEO Welz Kauffman, who have appeared as guest artists in classrooms.

Please join us to support these incredible programs!

Amy Schrage
Associate Director of Communications




Chicago Children’s Choir stars in BlackBerry Commercial

One of Ravinia’s favorite cultural partners, the Chicago Children’s Choir, and its vivacious director Josephine Lee star in the new “BlackBerry Bold Choirmaster” commercial. Sure, the spot is meant to sell phones, but hopefully it brings some attention to our local treasure. See the Chicago Children’s Choir at Ravinia on June 9. Until then, use your BlackBerry, iPhone or smoke signals if you must, to let everyone know that Josephine and her talented youngsters are on the air and on stage.


Chinese Fine Arts Society Shares Music with REACH Students

In honor of celebrating the Chinese New Year, students from the University of Chicago Donoghue Charter, Polaris Charter Academy and Brownell elementary schools were able to experience traditional Chinese music provided by the Chinese Fine Arts Society. Authentic ethnic instruments were used in this educational performance. Students were able to participate in this experience through Ravinia's REACH*TEACH*PLAY educational program, Guest Artist in the Classroom. Through this initiative, live performances are brought into schools throughout the Chicagoland area.