We had a very special treat tonight prior to the Ramsey Lewis/Pink Martini concert. Ravinia's President and CEO Welz Kauffman took the stage and welcomed park guests. He then introduced to the stage Illinois Governor Pat Quinn who read a proclamation devoted to Ramsey Lewis and declared July 10, 2011, "Ramsey Lewis Day" in the state of Illinois. Lewis came out and thanked the governor and said a few words; the packed park cheered.
We are so proud to have Lewis as our artistic director of jazz and for him to perform exciting works on our stage such as tonight's U.S. premiere of Colors: The Ecology of Oneness. Congratulations, Ramsey, you deserve it!
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