CSO Performs 'Greatest Hits' Evening of All-Time Masterpieces

The Chicago Tribune has long “admired this truly gifted violinist,” and on July 21 James Ehnes returns to Ravinia with James Conlon conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on a program of time-tested favorites that includes Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, overtures to Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and The Thieving Magpie and Bernstein’sCandide, and Mendelssohn’s Overture, Scherzo and Wedding March fromA Midsummer Night’s Dream. Ehnes will perform Chausson’s Poème and Saint-Saëns’s Introduction and Rondo capriccioso. The concert begins at 5 p.m. and, as with all classical concerts at Ravinia, admission on the lawn is free to children and students through college. Ravinia President and CEO Welz Kauffman advises this popular fare, combined with free-offer on a Sunday afternoon, make this the perfect opportunity to introduce young listeners to symphonic music.