Action-packed weekend at Ravinia!

Performances this past weekend featured the Bodeans, who are at Ravinia for the fourth season in a row, and Elvis Costello and the Imposters with Allen Toussaint.

The Saturday night performance of the BoDeans included their hit "Closer to Free" and an inventive cover that combined the Eurythmics "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" with Prince's "Little Red Corvette."

Allen Toussaint and his New Orleans Horn Section joined Elvis Costello and the Imposters for the only River in Reverse Tour 2006 performance in Chicago. It was great to hear songs from his new critically-acclaimed album "The River in Reverse," which was recorded in Toussaint's hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana.

The entire Ravinia staff donated their time during the performance on Sunday night to collect donations for the Louisiana Philharmonic Relief Fund. Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 the Louisiana Philharmonic was forced to suspend its operations. Direct contributions can be made through the Louisiana Philharmonic website

-Justin Brown, Communications Associate


Last chance to see UShaka.

The following pictures were taken during the first performance of UShaka last night. The cast arrived from South Africa last week and have spent their time in Chicago preparing for the American premier.

In addition to preparing for the performances, our guests from Opera Africa have been featured in community outreach and education events around the Chicagoland area.

These concerts are the first in this summer's series of large-scale vocal events, which include Mahler's Symphony No. 3 and Verdi's Requiem. The final performance is tonight (Friday, June 9) at 8:00 PM. See you there!

- Justin Brown, Communications Associate


Ravinia kicks off another great season.

It was a sell out! The 2006 season at Ravinia Festival kicked off in high gear on Saturday with Blondie and the New Cars.

The weather was perfect for the concert! The pavilion was full, and every green space on the lawn was completely covered.

The concert began with Blondie, who opened with her hit "Call Me." Just about everyone in the pavilion was standing by the end dancing along with Debra Harry. Her concert was energetic and exciting, featuring all of Blondie's greatest hits with audience participation and interaction. The band closed with "One Way or Another," one of their greatest hits, a great crowd pleaser.

The New Cars took the stage with a completely new setup that included audio-visual screens and lightning collaborations that made the concert visually stunning. The crowd was dancing right along with the band as they played. It was fantastic to see so many excited and happy fans enjoying themselves at Ravinia - the start to another great Ravinia summer full of more of the same!

-Nick Rego, Marketing Intern


Opera Africa Returns to Ravinia Festival

The creative forces behind Princess Magogo return to perform UShaka, the story of legendary Zulu King Shaka.


Behind the Scenes with Opera Africa

Get a closer look at Opera Africa and the incredible performers who will bring UShaka to Ravinia Festival on June 8 & 9.