This is it! Tickets to more than 100 events from Sting to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra that make up Ravinia's 2013 season go on sale for the first time to the general public at 5 a.m. tomorrow—Thursday, April 25—exclusively atravinia.org. Note that phone sales do not begin until May 20. Some shows may sell out quickly, including lawn tickets. Ravinia anticipates the heaviest traffic on its site between 6 and 10 a.m. and recommends that anyone intending to purchase tickets familiarize themselves with the site in advance, making sure their accounts and contact information are updated and that they know or reset their passwords. Each customer is allowed to purchase up to 10 tickets per concert, pending availability. There is a $7 service fee per total order (not per ticket). Print-at-home ticketing is the default setting. Be aware that several secondary-market sites with no affiliation to Ravinia will claim to be selling tickets, so customers should be careful that they are actually on www.ravinia.org.
The season features 80 debuts, including Josh Groban, OneRepublic, Heart, Darius Rucker, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Melissa Etheridge, Jewel, Journey, Alabama, Matchbox Twenty and the Goo Goo Dolls. Plus catch Smash Mouth, Gin Blossoms, Sugar Ray, Vertical Horizon and Fastball all on one bill! Returning favorites include Sting, Tony Bennett,Sheryl Crow, Anita Baker, Jackson Browne, Steely Dan, Chicago, Cheap Trick, Willie Nelson, Ian Anderson and Natalie Cole and Ramsey Lewis. Pink Floyd’s milestone album, The Dark Side of the Moon, which was just named to the Library of Congress National Recording Registry, will be recreated by Classic Albums Live. One of the biggest names in classical music, Yo-Yo Ma, brings his Grammy-winning Goat Rodeo Sessions to Ravinia.
$25 CSO Seats and More
This year Pavilion seats to all Ravinia's great Chicago Symphony Orchestraconcerts are only $25 including the gala with Lang Lang; the complete opera Aida in concert with Latonia Moore, Michelle DeYoungand Roberto Alagna, conducted by James Conlon; the return of violinistMaxim Vengerov to the United States; and our special movie nights with the CSO performing the score live as The Lord of The Rings—The Two Towers is shown on screens in the Pavilion and on the lawn. Other classical events include Max Richter's The Four Seasons Recomposed, the Midwest premiere of the new John Adams "masterpiece" (The New York Times) The Gospel According to the Other Mary, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Little Match Girl Passion. Kids and students through college are admitted free to the lawn for all classical performances.