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.”