Wednesday
Aug122009

Ravinia Creates Musical Oasis at the Hard Rock Hotel for Lollapalooza

This past weekend we created a mini Ravinia at the Hard Rock Hotel for Lollapalooza. The Music Lounge, introduced by BMF Media Group, is a three-day "VIP + Artist retreat." It has established itself as the ultimate relaxation oasis for artists, industry executives, media and invited guests during Chicago's Lollapalooza Music Festival. Over the past four years the Music Lounge and its late night parties have grown into the biggest "must attend" events during Lollapalooza.

"The Music Lounge draws an eclectic mix of music industry execs, talent, media and VIPs. Our hotel definitely is the place to be over the Lollapalooza weekend," said John Price, General Manager, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago.

 Ravinia's section of the Music Lounge was equipped with music, drinks, and a place to relax overlooking Chicago's famous Michigan Avenue. The space continued outdoors on the balcony where visitors could relax on fake grass or on giant beanbag chairs. When most people stepped into the room, they stopped to look down at their feet. They were surprised to feel the cusion of the grass below. Then they looked up and saw the Ravinia Festival gates on either end of the room and realized that they stepped into a mini-Ravinia.

So many people were thrilled to see the festival there and were surprised to find out more about our Education and Community Partnership programs we do. Ravinia isn't just about putting on concerts. We have music education programs all throughout Chicago Public Schools. We have a jazz scholar program. We are passionate about showcasing up and coming talent, like our Rising Stars concert series in the fall and winter. We offer a variety of things to the community such as free concerts, special programs and family space.

Most people don't realize that we're a non-profit organization. Our fundraising is key because it helps us to make the music education programs possible and it also helps to keep ticket prices affordable while bringing out great artists like John Legend, Jackson Browne, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and so much more.

This event was a way to connect with industry people to let them know all about Ravinia and offer information on how to plan a party, come to a concert or support our programs. It was truly successful in so many ways. It was so much fun to hear reaction from bands who have played Ravinia or have been to the festival for concerts. Ben Folds' band stopped by they were so excited and said, "We played there! We love Ravinia!" A bandmate from thenewno2 (which includes the late George Harrison's son) was in disbelief and exclaimed, "I grew up going to Ravinia! I know Ravinia!"

This year Lollapalooza artists Federico Abuele opened up for Diana Krall at Ravinia in June and Ralph's World will be appearing at the end of August. Over the years Ravinia has welcomed a number of artists who also performed at Lollapalooza including G. Love & Special Sauce, Feist, Matisyahu, Femi Kuti, Poi Dog Pondering, Nickel Creek, Ralph’s World, Cheap Trick, Ben Folds, The Wailers and Blues Traveler.


Adriana McClintock
Marketing Manager

Wednesday
Aug122009

This Week in Tweets: August 5 - 11

Each week this summer we post the top tweets of the week about Ravinia Festival under the heading This Week in Tweets. During the last week we scoured the depths of the twittersphere to bring you the best tweets that mention your favorite outdoor music festival. Log on to Twitter, follow @RaviniaFestival, tweet about us or twitpic your lawn set-up and you might wind up in our blog feature! 

  1. Kerry Shorr
    silvershorr 8/14: Yo-Yo Ma to pluck our heartstrings at Ravinia
  2. Rob Reinalda
    word_czar Told a co-worker that my wife and I will catch Yo-Yo Ma at Ravinia. "What's he playing?" I was asked. "The cello," I replied.
  3. Daniel Biss
    danielbiss So my brother comes to town, plays in Ravinia goes running in the rain, and then makes us dessert. So that's how you become a white sheep!
  4. Ann Tracy Mueller
    LincolnBuff2 Tony Bennett to sing at Ravinia Aug. 28 and 29. Poster of his Lincoln artwork for sale. http://bit.ly/p9qZ5
  5. Eduardo Carlos
    EC78 The Ravinia room. View from the beanbag. http://twitpic.com/d77jl
  6. Brianna Kloutse
    briannack ravinia entrance. pretty lights for bedtime http://flic.kr/p/6N4kLb
  7. Dylan Burdette
    dylanorion Hot damn the train is crowded. What's going on at ravinia tonight?
  8. Theresa Carter
    thelocaltourist VIDEO: Ravinia: More than just a venue http://tmogul.com/tweet/qdkr6
  9. Benjamin Lipsman
    blipsman Ravinia's so classy, the kids are drinking Gatorade from plastic champagne glasses.
  10. Wayne Cable
    selfmadephoto http://twitpic.com/dc1z6- Sir James Galway at Ravinia #music Twitpic o'da day

We had some amazing twitpics this week! We always love to see your lawn set-ups, too. If you are featured above, you can claim your prize by emailing your name and address to backstage@ravinia.org with the subject THIS WEEK IN TWEETS. Click on the tag 'This Week in Tweets' below this post to view all entries from this segment.

Matthew Dolkart
Development Writer

Friday
Aug072009

From the Archives: Patti LuPone and Sweeney Todd Debut at Ravinia Festival

This weekend Patti LuPone made her long-awaited return to the Ravinia Festival stage in an all-Weill program, which included many of the versatile composer's Broadway hits. A lot has happened since LuPone's last appearance at Ravinia Festival in 2006--her first involvement as Mama Rose in Gypsy. In 2008, Patti LuPone received a Tony Award for the role originally played by Ethel Merman.


We are particularly fond of minute 2:47!

But this week's From the Archives focuses on Patti LuPone's 2001 Ravinia Festival debut as Mrs. Lovett in Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd. LuPone's performance as a meat-pie shop proprietress instantly cemented her as a Ravinia favorite; since, she has performed a staggering 20 times on the festival stage. If Ravinia Festival had a walk of fame, there would be little doubt that Patti LuPone would have a star. In honor of Patti's return to our stage, we dug up some slides from the archives and transferred them to our Backstage Gallery.

 

To see more pictures from Ravinia Festival's debut staging of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, head over to the Backstage Gallery. If you have your own piece of Ravinia Festival history or memorabilia, please share it with us at backstage@ravinia.org.

Matthew Dolkart
Development Writer

P.S. - No, you're not seeing things; that is Stephen Sondheim and that is Neil Patrick Harris as Tobias Ragg.

Thursday
Aug062009

Ravinia Pic of the Week

For my pic this week, panoramic is the word. This photo is a panoramic created by stitching together a series of long exposure pictures. I intended to capture the building's illuminating strength on a clear night. Though the dining pavilion has a massive glow, the green trees and vibrant blue sky hold it in balance.

I've recently started to really appreciate panoramic photos and their ability to capture larger than life ideas. Don't forget to check out the Backstage Gallery for more Ravinia Pics of the Week.

Russell Jenkins
Manager of Graphics and Photography

 

Wednesday
Aug052009

This Week in Tweets: July 29 - August 4

Each week this summer we post the top tweets of the week about Ravinia Festival under the heading This Week in Tweets. During the last week we scoured the depths of the twittersphere to bring you the best tweets that mention your favorite outdoor music festival. Log on to Twitter, follow @RaviniaFestival, tweet about us or twitpic your lawn set-up and you might wind up in our blog feature!   

  1. Robin Hall
    concertmarvel Wow! Hancock and Lang Lang shake up Ravinia Festival http://bit.ly/5hyi3
  2. Diane Rarick
    drarick Now following @raviniafestivalto get psyched up for tonite's Jackson Browne concert. Can't wait!
  3. brian bradley
    bbdadd Huff Riesling vege curry Garrett popcorn and Jackson Browne on the wet lawn at Ravinia http://twitpic.com/c77sx
  4. April Berkowski
    ElegantEnsemble Just picked up some tickets to see Pat Benetar and Blondie at #Ravinia on August 17th....maybe I should plan a big 80's hair night for that.
  5. Stephanie Coon
    stephcoon Working on Eyes on Fire - Blue Foundation. Piano. Fun times. Family ditched me and went to Ravinia. Have fun!
  6. Drew Schmitz
    drewschmitz Sarah and I are married 6 years today-enjoying a night of symphony at Ravinia
  7. Tori
    MethylMercury Awesome CSO day at Ravinia. Granted, I spent it with my ex and his family, but still.
  8. jefframone
    jefframone is watching an awesome Blondie concert on VH1 Classic. Getting me ready to see them at Ravinia in a couple weeks. I heart Debbie Harry.
  9. Jason Haefner
    jasonhaefner Beautiful night tonight at Ravinia for the Doobie Bros! http://twitpic.com/cp1e5


Thanks again for the tweets! Ravinia Festival does not endorse 'ditching' any family members to enjoy an evening with the CSO, rather, we believe it would be in your best interest to bring all of them along--children under 5 are admitted free-of-charge to the lawn on CSO nights. If you are featured above, you can claim your prize by emailing your name and address to backstage@ravinia.org. Click on the tag 'This Week in Tweets' below this post to view all entries from this segment.

Matthew Dolkart
Development Writer