Your Ravinia Summer Is Just Around the Corner

100 Events, June 7 Through Sept. 9

  • Donors of $250 or more to the not-for-profit music festival can order tickets now
  • Public tickets go on sale April 26, but you can become a donor now to buy tickets today. You'll be helping Ravinia to maintain its beautiful family-friendly environment, sustain classical music and put music back into the schools.
  • Print out one-page season-at-glance listing of entire season lineup.
  • The 77th year of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra summer residency includes:
    • Music theater superstars Patti LuPone and Patricia Racette singing together for the first time with the CSO conducted by James Conlon in a gala benefit that celebrates the 50th anniversary of Ravinia's Women's Board.
    • Mozart operas return to intimate Martin Theatre with Conlon leading The Magic Flute and Idomeneo in repertory with Richard CroftMorris Robinson,Nathan Gunn and Michael York
    • Broadway stars Idina MenzelAshley Brown and Barbara Cook make their CSO debuts
    • The American premiere of Kurt Weill's long-lost Magical Night
  • Ravinia presents nearly 50 festival debuts including:
    • Grammy- and Oscar-telecast sensation Esperanza Spalding
    • Al Green with Chicago Children's Choir
    • Sarah McLachlan
    • Santana
    • Seal 
    • Glen Campbell in his "goodbye tour" along with Ronnie Milsap
    • Duran Duran
    • Tedeschi Trucks Band
    • Natalie Merchant with solo songs and 10,000 Maniacs hits
    • Chart-topper Gavin DeGraw with Colbie Caillat
    • The Blues Brothers, with Jim Belushi and Dan Aykroyd
  • Returning Ravinia favorites include:
    • James Taylor
    • Crosby, Stills & Nash
    • Train
    • Sergio Mendes and Ramsey Lewis in a Latin jazz night
    • Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers
    • Diana Krall
    • Earth, Wind & Fire
    • Tony Bennett
  • Four concerts pay tribute to music legends: Nnenna Freelon sings the songs of Lena HorneStephanie Blythe honors Kate SmithAnn Hampton Callaway and John Pizzarelli pay tribute to Harold ArlenArlo Guthrie and Mary Chapin Carpenter celebrate Woody Guthrie’s centennial.
  • The exciting chamber orchestra The Knights closes the season with three classical superstars, Yo-Yo MaItzhak Perlman and Dawn Upshaw.
  • Chamber music concerts and recitals include:
    • Philip Glass in celebration of his 75th birthday
    • Midori presenting Bach's complete sonatas and partitas for unaccompanied violin
    • Kiri Te Kanawa, who will also give a free master class as part of our summer conservatory, The Steans Music Institute
    • More than 20 concerts with reserved seats priced at $10, including performances by Zuill BaileyDaniil TrifonovJade SimmonsJohannes MoserSara Davis Buechner and Behzod Abduraimov.
  • Family opportunities include kids 15 and younger admitted free to the lawn for classical concerts; high school and college students with student I.D. admitted free to the lawn for classical concerts.
  • Get complete details of the 2012 season at www.ravinia.org