Did you know that on This Sunday August 14th, Ravinia hosts Rufus Wainwright’s first performance with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra? The Canadian singer/songwriter’s pop music has always hinted that he would play with the top orchestras of the world, and on the 14th, he gets to display those talents for the world with the Midwest premiere of his Five Shakespeare Sonnets with the CSO.
The premiere is juxtaposed with other music inspired by the bard: the overture to Berlioz’s Béatrice and Bénédict and the Scherzo and Nocturne from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream conducted by Jeffrey Kahane. Following intermission, Wainwright returns sans CSO in a more familiar guise, a solo folk-rock concert demonstrating why he’s been a festival sell-out in previous seasons.
So on August 14th, make sure to come see a man who has written songs for major movies like Moulin Rouge, Brokeback Mountain, Shrek, Meet The Robinsons, and the Leonard Cohen biopic I’m The Man perform with the world’s greatest orchestra!