Ravinia Festival

Event Name : Ravinia Festival
Start Date: December 20 2014
End Date : January 3 2015
Venue : Highland Park, United States

Ravinia Festival is one of the ancient surviving music festivals of United States comprising a series of outdoor concerts and performances. This fest, held from the month of June to September is home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1936. Ravinia Festival takes place in Ravinia Park in Highland Park IL with a huge diversity of indoor and outdoor art performance facilities.

Held in North of America, Ravinia Festival completed its 11th century and is lauded for bringing to the public wide variety of music. Alluring more than 600,000 listeners to 120 to 150 events, this festival covers genres’ of music such as jazz to classical, opera, jazz, blues, folk, rock, ballet, drama as well as education programs.

Ravinia Festival 2014 Performance and Other Sites

The Pavilion- This Park accommodates 3200 people for big music events and concerts including the performance by Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Audiences can enjoy the program in an open-air-theater with excellent sound, video and light equipment or take pleasure of the picnic in the lawn area.

The Martin Theatre- This indoor hall comprises of 850 seats to be used as a chamber of music, semi-stage opera performance, cabaret series or other pleasing shows.

Bennett Gordon Hall- This hall has the facility of seating 450 people and is home of the Steans Institute for Young Artists, Rising Stars series and is also used for pre-concert discussions and preview concerts.

People Associated With Ravinia Festival

 Louis Armstrong, Joan Baez, The Ballet Russe, The Beach Boys, Tony Bennett, George Benson, Luciano Berio, Leonard Bernstein, Lucrezia Bori, Dave Brubeck, Sandip Burman, Montserrat Caballé, Pablo Casals, Chicago, Van Cliburn, Joe Cocker, Judy Collins, Aaron Copland, Bill Cosby, Elvis Costello, Deep Purple, Herbie Hancock, Isaac Hayes, Jascha Heifetz, John Houseman, Jennifer Hudson, Janis Joplin, The Judds, Gladys Knight, Diana Krall,Chaka Khan, Lyle Lovett, Sting, Elaine Stritch, Donna Summer, Carrie Underwood, Sarah Vaughan,Rufus Wainwright, Orson Welles, Frank Zappa, Denis Matsuev, Sanborn, Beverly Sills, Stephen Sondheim, and many others.

Ravinia Festival Artistic Leadership

  • James Conlon, Ravinia Festival Music Director (2005-)
  • Ramsey Lewis, Artistic Director, Jazz at Ravinia
  • Welz Kauffman, President and CEO

Ravinia Festival Past Artistic Leadership

  • Walter Hendl, artistic director (1959-1963)
  • Seiji Ozawa, music director (1964-1968) and principal conductor (1969)
  • István Kertész, principal conductor (1970-1972)
  • James Levine, music director (1973-1993)
  • Christoph Eschenbach, music director (1995-2003)

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