Ravinia’s 2014 season, dubbed “Summer of Love/Season of Stars,” was announced today by Ravinia President and CEO Welz Kauffman. Brimming with talent and romance, the festival’s 2014 schedule brings some the biggest names in the world of music as well as repertoire that explores the theme of great love in its various manifestations. No fewer than three musical incarnations of the most famous love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet, will be featured, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s Overture-Fantasy (July 27), a suite from Prokofiev’s ballet setting of the story (July 16) and the score of West Side Story as the classic film is shown (July 17–18). In other examples of love, soprano Deborah Voigt describes it as “Something Wonderful” on a Broadway evening (July 13), the legendary Broadway team of Lerner and Loewe will be celebrated (July 20), and Chanticleer even jabs at the battle of the sexes in an evening titled “She Said/He Said” (July 6). In fact, love lurks, longs and lingers across genres in most of the more than 130 events that Ravinia will present in 2014, its 110th year and its 78th as the summer residence of the CSO.
Most Pavilion tickets to all CSO concerts are only $25. Lawn tickets for most classical concerts are only $10. Children and students through college are admitted free to all classical performances. Tickets to all events go on sale to Ravinia donors on March 5 and to the general public on April 24, exclusively at Ravinia.org.