Get your calendars ready! The festival today presents a “sneak peek” at its 2013 classical music concert season which includes a performance of Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and vocalists from the festival’s summer conservatory along with Itzhak Perlman on the same program; the return of pianist Lang Lang to the gala stage that launched him to superstardom; a commemoration of Verdi’s bicentennial with Ravinia Festival Music Director James Conlon conducting the CSO and Chorus in a complete concert performance of Aida, this year’s One Score, One Chicago selection; and the CSO performing Howard Shore’s score to The Lord of the Rings—The Two Towers, while the entire film is broadcast on video screens in the pavilion and on the lawn. Other highlights include the return of Christoph von Dohnányi conducting the CSO in two evenings of Beethoven with pianist Emanuel Ax; Conlon conducting Mahler’s Symphony No. 7; The Juilliard String Quartet presenting the final performance of violist Samuel Rhodes and the first by his successor Roger Tapping in a single concert; a program of audience requests performed by The Lincoln Trio; and the return of the massive and massively popular Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Tickets will go on sale to these events next spring, excluding the Mormon Tabernacle Choir concert which is on sale now at www.ravinia.org. Ravinia will announce its complete lineup, including the remaining concerts on its 2013 summer residency of the CSO in March.