OneRepublic Returns in 2014

We are happy to announce the return of OneRepublic as part of the Native Summer Tour with The Script, making its debut, as part of OneRepublic's headline tour Native Summer Tour during the our “Summer of Love/Season of Stars” 2014 season on Wednesday, June 18, and Thursday, June 19. Tickets to these events and all Ravinia summer concerts go on sale to donors on March 5 and to the public on April 24, exclusively at 

Recent Ravinia Artists Receiving Top 2014 Honors

Every season we are proud to bring you the best artists from all over the world. It's amazing to see our artists honored year after year for their hard work and this year is no different. Here is just a sample of the recent Ravinia artists receiving top honors for their work in the past year. Congratulations on the Grammy nominations and good luck!

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Ziering-Conlon Lead Initiative Recieves $1 Million Gift

Sel Kardan, President and CEO of The Colburn School, announced today the establishment of The Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices at the Colburn School. Los Angeles philanthropist Marilyn Ziering has made the Initiative possible with a generous $1 million gift to Colburn. The Initiative builds upon the Recovered Voices project at LA Opera, established to support conductor James Conlon’s long-term commitment to bring attention to the works of important composers whose music was suppressed during the Nazi years in Europe.

Mr. Kardan said, “The Ziering-Conlon Initiative’s primary focus will be performance, advocacy and dissemination of music by suppressed composers. Research and academic activities will be explored through creative collaborations, conferences, concerts and publishing. In addition, we hope that Internet, public radio and television broadcasting will provide opportunities to reach international audiences.”

He continued, “The Ziering-Conlon Initiative will give Mr. Conlon, whose leading advocacy of this repertoire is acknowledged throughout the world, the unprecedented opportunity to share his insights on this important music, literature and the history of music in the first half of the twentieth century with Colburn students and the Colburn community at large."

For the full release click here.

Two For Two This Year for Hans Christian Andersen

2013 has definitely been a good year for the works of novelist Hans Christian Andersen. David Lang's pulitzer prize-winning The Little Match Girls Passion made its Ravinia debut this season to rave reviews and just last weekend the Disney took elements of Andersen's The Snow Queen and transformed it into what some have called "the best Disney movie since 'Lion King'"Frozen staring Kristen Bell, 2012 Ravinia alum Idina Menzel, and recent Ravinia artist Jonathan Groff is in theaters now.

Lincoln Trio Receives 2014 Grammy Nod

Congratulations to the Lincoln Trio on their 2014 Grammy nomination for Whitbourn's Annelies! They have received a nomination in the Best Choral Performance category for their collaboration with Arianna Zukerman and the Westmister Williamson Voices. This work had its Chicago premiere as part of our BGH Classics series back on February 24! The Lincoln Trio was formed in 2003 by Desirée Ruhstrat, David Cunliffe and Marta Aznavoorian, and is a nod to being based in the Land of Lincoln. We wish them the best of luck!

Include Ravinia In Your Charitable Year-End Giving

Only about half the money it takes to run Ravinia is raised through ticket sales. The rest comes from donors. Not only does your contribution help maintain Ravinia’s 36 beautifully landscaped acres, support and sustain classical music and the great Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and put music programs into schools and neighborhoods that need them most, but it also brings such special perks (depending on giving level) as priority on-site parking, access to special events, and the opportunity to purchase tickets in advance of the general public and at a 20 percent discount. Learn more.

Tickets for Houston Ballet's Aladdin at Auditorium On Sale Dec 6


As part of its annual Ruth Page Festival of Dance, Ravinia will co-present Houston Ballet’s magical take on the ageless Aladdin in the acclaimed production choreographed by David Bintley. The full-length production, originally created for the New National Ballet of Tokyo in 2008 with scenery by Dick Bird and original score by Carl Davis, will be performed at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 22, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23. Tickets are $30-$90 and go on sale to the general public tomorrow, Dec. 6The Daily Telegraph says, “Aladdin is a full-blown piece of three-act splendor and looks absolutely astonishing. . . a delightful family show and an ideal first outing to the ballet.

Paying Our Respects to Former CSO Trombonist

Former Chicago Symphony Orchestra trombonist Edward Kleinhammer passed away on Nov 30 at the age of 94. He was a well-respected member of the orchestra for 45 year until his retirement in 1985, spending many summers here at Ravinia. He is survived by his wife, Dessie.

“What a joy it is to work with Ed; he is the most conscientious musician I have ever met. He is a fanatic about practicing. He arrives hours before rehearsals and concerts to make sure his preparation is as good as it can be. Because his personal standards of playing and conduct are so high, Ed never tries to compete with anyone but himself. He is humble about his own talents and generous in praising others.... There was only one way he could be a musician, and that was by giving 110 percent of himself.” — Jay Friedman, principal trombone of the CSO in 1985

via Chicago Tribune

Ingenuity Inc. Honored For Work With CPS

Ingenuity Inc., a clearing-house placing arts programs in Chicago Public Schools, has received two honors for fulfilling its mission. Ravinia President and CEO Welz Kauffman, who has expanded Ravinia’s own REACH*TEACH*PLAY education programs in CPS, serves on the board of Ingenuity Inc., which has helped the school system develop an overall arts curriculum policy.

Ingenuity has been awarded the Chicago Innovation Award for Collaboration for its public-private partnership with the City of Chicago, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and Chicago Public Schools in putting the arts back into Chicago’s public schools.

Ingenuity also received the Boeing Chicago Game-Changer award, which recognizes innovative ideas and approaches for serving neighborhoods that need it most. 

Ravinia Makes Record Donation to Highland Park in 2013

Ravinia Festival, a not-for-profit that raises about half its annual budget through ticket sales and the rest through private donations, has contributed $1,054,573 to its hometown of Highland Park. This is the city’s share of a record-breaking 2013 season. Ravinia President and CEO Welz Kauffman, a Highland Park resident, presented the check at the Nov. 12 Highland Park City Council meeting. This is the fifth year of a 10-year agreement through which the festival donates 5 percent of its annual gross ticket revenue to the city. The amount of the contribution to the city has increased in each successive year of the program’s life for a total of more than $4 million at the halfway mark of the 10-year plan.

“We are grateful to have this world-class venue in our own backyard. Ravinia Festival is a perfect blend of culture and economic development,” said Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering, noting that Ravinia attracts about $7 in local spending for every dollar spent at the venue. “In addition, Ravinia is a good neighbor and works collaboratively with the City of Highland Park to share costs for its city services, such as hiring our police officers to not only patrol and protect the ground, but also to manage traffic in the community on
concert nights.”

You can find a copy of the full press release here.

Pulitzer Prize Winner Earns Raves On Way To Midwest Premiere at Ravinia

In April violinist/singer Caroline Shaw became the youngest composer in history to win the Pulitzer Prize. She scored this honor with Partita for Eight Voices, a piece she wrote for the innovative ensemble, Roomful of Teeth, which explores a wide range of vocal techniques. Though the four movements of this acclaimed work have been heard separately in various performances, they came together for a first complete performance at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge last week, and audiences went wild. The New York Times called it “exhilarating, sensual and playful.” (Read the full review.) Shaw and Roomful of Teeth will perform the Midwest premiere of her Partita at Ravinia on Saturday, March 29. A complete package including parking, dinner and concert ticket is only $40 when you enter promo code DINING. For information, call 847-266-5100.

RSMI Alum Paul Appleby Stars in Met Opera World Premiere

Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute alumnus tenor Paul Appleby is starring in the Metropolitan Opera’s world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys as the 16-year-old protagonist, Brian. Listen to a Preview.

Appleby’s other engagements this season include Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Washington National Opera and Così fan tutte with the Canadian Opera Company and Oper Frankfurt, and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings and Spring Symphony with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic. 

Social Upgrade: A Far Cry Date Night

Acclaimed internationally for its easy-going talent for combining classical and contemporary styles, A Far Cry returns to Ravinia—where it made a stunning 2012 debut alongside Jake Shimabukuro—as part of the $10 BGH Classics series at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. To win a pair of complete packages including concert ticket, parking and dinner by City Park Grill in Ravinia’s Freehling Room, adjacent to the theater—just sign up on Ravinia’s Facebook page. The program will include works by Ives, Gershwin, Kip Jones, Ljova and Dvořák. For tickets and information, call 847-266-5100.Watch part of A Far Cry’s workshop with Ravinia’s REACH*TEACH*PLAY students.

Music Is Transforming Chicago's Austin Neighborhood

In 2012 Ravinia launched an El Sistema orchestra for kids in grades 4–6 at Circle Rock Charter School in Austin, an underserved neighborhood on Chicago's West Side. Student excitement and interest was so high that a second orchestra was launched a year later. Watch this video to see how music can transform an entire community. To find out more or to donate, please visit

Introducing the 2014 Jazz Scholars

Bringing together some of the best student jazz musicians in the city, Ravinia is proud to announce the selections for the 2014 Jazz Scholars program. Through Ravinia's Jazz Scholar program, students will be mentored and coached by some of Chicago's finest jazz musicians including Pat Mallinger, Willie Pickens and Audrey Morrison. Beyond their school band instruction, Ravinia will provide inspiration, advice and intensive training through masterclasses, audition-based ensembles and individualized instruction.

Marnicia Johnson, baritone – Northside College Prep, Senior
Kevin King, tenor – Lincoln Park High School, Sophomore
Joe Paukstys, alto – Jones College Prep, Junior

Sterling Harris – Whitney Young Magnet High School, Senior
Pier Sharke – Lake View High School, Senior

Bart Coyle – Lincoln Park High School, Senior
GianCarlo Jerry – Kenwood Academy, Junior
Kathryn Kuropas – Lane Tech College Prep, Senior
Luis Lara – Curie Metro High School, Junior

Justin Caldwell – Chicago High School for the Arts, Senior
Austen Goebel – Whitney Young Magnet High School, Senior
Tavier Robinson – Chicago High School for the Arts, Freshman

Oscar Brown – Lincoln Park High School, Senior
Ryan Pieniacha – Chicago High School for the Arts, Junior
Julian Richey – Northside College Prep, Freshman

Alexis Lanier – Whitney Young Magnet High School, Junior
Josiah Maddox – Kenwood Academy, Junior

Everett Reid – Whitney Young Magnet High School, Senior
Yardayn Watkins – Morgan Park High School, Senior

Christopher Sanchez – Northwest Middle School, 8th Grade
Jeffrey Wittah – Lake View High School, Senior

The Jazz Scholars will receive numerous performance opportunities including the Music Matters benefit and at Ravinia’s Martin Theatre in June. In addition, the ensemble is often invited to perform at events throughout the city. Each summer the Jazz Scholars are sent to the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Camp in Louisville, KY, a prestigious training center for pre-professionals. Many alumni from this program have gone on to study music at such colleges as Juilliard, Oberlin, Manhattan School of Music and NYU. Several alumni are now professional musicians and educators themselves.

Ravinia Throwback: Frank Zappa 8/6/1969

The legendary Frank Zappa performed at Ravinia only twice in 1969 and 1970. In his career, Zappa produced an astounding 60 plus albums between his work with The Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist. We lost this amazing talent at only 52 years old, but post-mortem honor after honor rolled in solidifying him as the true music icon that his fans already knew he was.
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Ravinia Treasurer Named One Of 25 Most Powerful Women In Finance

Ravinia congratulates Jennifer Steans, a second-generation Ravinia trustee and head of the festival's finance committee, for being named one of the “25 Most Powerful Women in Finance” by American Banker. Steans is CEO of Financial Investments Corp., which she co-founded with her father, Ravinia Life Trustee Harrison Steans. The Northwestern MBA sits on the boards of both USAmeriBank and Cole Taylor and also serves on the board of the Chicago Foundation for Women.

Apply Through Oct. 25 for RSMI Program for Singers

Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute is accepting applications through Oct. 25 for its prestigious Program for Singers headed by Kevin Murphy. For information and instructions on how to apply go to

Each year Ravinia provides 60 fully paid fellowships to its summer conservatory. Auditions will be held in the coming months in Toronto, New York and at Ravinia.