The annual Gala Benefit Evening hosted by Ravinia’s Women’s Board to support the festival and its Reach Teach Play education programs grossed more than $1.1 million, making it one of the most successful in the 53-year history of the event. Chicago’s own Oscar- and Grammy-winning Jennifer Hudson made her Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut, headlining the only concert fundraiser Ravinia puts on for itself. George Hanson, who had served as an assistant to Leonard Bernstein, conducted the CSO for the July 14 concert. Nearly 800 guests attended the black-tie-optional gala, which proceeded with cocktails on Ravinia’s famous Lawn after the concert.Read More
In just the years since her Ravinia debut in 2011—“One of my favorite experiences performing onstage,” she said—she became a coach/mentor on the American and British incarnations of The Voice and has landed two hotly anticipated projects, an Aretha Franklin biopic (“I’m literally sitting at the piano right now practicing for the role,” she quipped) and the screen adaptation of Cats in which she will portray Grizabella. The film is scheduled for release this December.Read More
Don’t wait to get the concert tickets you want for the 2011 season! Reserved seats are already gone for Moody Blues on June 11, Daryl Hall & John Oates on June 26, Maroon 5 on June 30 and July 1, Jennifer Hudson on July 16, Steely Dan for both August 12 and 13, Chicago for August 27 and Carrie Underwood on September 4. Lawn tickets are still available for these concerts but they won’t last long. Maroon 5 is sold-out on July 1 for lawn and pavilion. The pavilion is also sold-out for Maroon 5 on June 30 but limited lawn seats are available.
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Jennifer Hudson (July 17)
Five for Fighting
CSO — All Tchaikovsky
Chicago (August 28)
John Hiatt/Big Head Todd
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