Thursday, April 25, 2013
See who's performing this summer at the North Shore's biggest music festival.
Tickets are on sale for all shows at Ravinia in Highland Park this summer. From classical to pop to '90s rock, this season is overflowing with the acts you expected to see again at Ravinia and ones you never saw coming. Below is a list of the bands playing at Ravinia Festival during the 2013 season. Tickets will be available for purchase starting April 25 on the Ravinia Festival website. June Thursday, June 6, 7:30 p.m.—Bennett Gordon Hall $10 BGH Series Ruth Page Festival of Dance Concert Dance, Inc. Tickets: $10/No Lawn Sales/Park opens at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 6, 7:30 p.m.—Pavilion Judy Collins and Don McLean Tickets: $55-$45/Lawn $22**/Park opens at 5 p.m. Friday, June 7, 7:30 p.m.—Bennett Gordon Hall $10 BGH Series Ruth …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The Glenview museum will add a new note to its repertoir of musical education with the help of Highland Park's Ravinia Festival.
Ravinia Festival, Highland Park's summer music festival, announced today that it will sponsor an interactive music-making exhibit at Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago in Glenview. "Kohls has all the curatorial resources to teach kids as young as 5, we offer the musical expertise," said Ravinia Festival President and CEO Welz Kauffman. "Now that we're here it feels like a natural thing." The hands-on “Music Makers” exhibit is one of 17 permanent vignettes for children ages birth to eight, aligned with the Illinois State Learning Standards, at the Museum. The Ravinia-sponsored exhibit is designed to help children discover how sound is created in a variety of ways, how to recognize different types of sounds and the physical forces …
Friday, April 27, 2012
Festival sold 110,000 tickets on Thursday, selling out six concerts completely.
Ravinia Festival began selling tickets for its summer season Thursday morning, and by the end of the day had sold a record-breaking 110,000. Want more Ravinia news? Subscribe to Patch's newsletter. Six concerts completely sold out (meaning both pavilion and lawn seating), including Colbie Caillat and Gavin Degraw; Santana; both James Taylor shows and both Train shows. Pavilion seats sold out for Earth, Wind & Fire; Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers; Sarah McLachlan; Idina Menzel; and Duran Duran. "The season includes 50 artists who have never been to Ravinia before," said Ravinia Communications Director Nick Pullia in a statement. "That has attracted great attention, and could bring us new audiences as well." Some customers …
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Two renowned rockers help close out Ravinia's summer.
Last Labor Day weekend brought two lively shows to Ravinia: Jack's Mannequin with Guster and Carrie Underwood. Saturday night, Jack's Mannequin shared a bill with Guster, though the bands also played together briefly. Despite turbulent weather before the show, a mostly young audience braved the wet lawn with ponchos and umbrellas. Jack's Mannequin also lost power briefly during their set but played on regardless to loud cheers from those in the pavilion. Sunday night, Carrie Underwood made her third appearance at the outdoor venue and was joined on stage by the Ravinia Festival Orchestra. Young girls in country attire lined up outside the pavilion gates to catch a glimpse of the former American Idol contestant.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Country singer performs like a rock star at Ravinia.
Carrie Underwood may have received the loudest cheers of any performer at the Ravinia Festival this season. The singer thrilled fans during her third annual concert Sunday. She performed 17 songs accompanied by her band and the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, causing a rush to the stage near the end by numerous fans, many of them teenagers. Underwood did not disappoint them as she finished singing “Songs Like This” at the end of her performance and moved across the entire length of the stage, touching as many of the audience's hands as she could. The volume of Underwood’s voice, the guitar playing of Ed Beason, Shawn Tubbs, Mark Childers and Chad Jeffers along with the drumming of Garrett Goodwin added a distinct rock feel to the artist’s …
Friday, September 2, 2011
Mandy Patinkin brings son on stage as a score of relatives listen.
Mandy Patinkin and Nathan Gunn turned the Ravinia Festival stage into a family living room Wednesday night as the audience reacted with a standing ovation to the intimacy of their performance. This may not seem so unusual except Patinkin, a native of Chicago's Hyde Park area and a Kenwood Academy graduate, was singing to his family. The audience was full of relatives and they all had an opinion of his second Ravinia appearance. “All Patinkins are related,” Stuart Patinkin of Riverside said when asked about the coincidence of their common names. Patinkin and Gunn sang 31 songs between them ranging from Broadway tunes like “If I Loved You” and “If Ever I Would Leave You” that made Patinkin famous to numbers like “Shenandoah” that showcased…
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Singer celebrates 85th birthday in Highland Park.
Tony Bennett celebrated his 85th birthday Friday night at Ravinia in front of an exuberant, sold-out crowd. Read the review: Bennett Wows at 24th Ravinia Performance The legendary performer drew an audience of nearly 20,000 and eight standing ovations after he sang hits like “I Left My Heart In San Francisco,” “The Shadow of Your Smile” and “I Wanna Be Around.” The singer's daughter, Antonia, opened the show with several numbers before her father took the stage.
Veteran performer gets eight standing ovations at Friday concert.
Tony Bennett is ageless. There is no other way to describe a musical career that spans from the days of Charlie Chaplin through Lady Gaga. Bennett gave his 24th Ravinia performance since 1984 last Friday. “He sang with all of them,” Bob Soudan of Winnetka said after the performance referring to Chaplin, Lady Gaga and a host of others. Bennett’s voice was as ageless as his music. This writer was not there in 1984, but sat on the lawn for Bennett’s 1985 concert. His songs were as good as ever Friday. The sold out Pavilion audience of 3,200—14,000 more were on the lawn—gave Bennett eight standing ovations (Jennifer Hudson got three earlier this summer). He received his first when he walked on the stage, one at the end and six more after …
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
CSOs performs Oscar-winning score.
Ravinia Festival became an outdoor movie theater last week when it screened The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring on Thursday and Friday, with live musical accompaniment provided by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lakeside Singers, Chicago Chorale and Chicago Children's Choir. Ludwig Wicki conducted the orchestra for the performances. Howard Shore wrote the film's Academy Award-winning score. Doug Adams, author of the book The Music of the Lord of the Rings, was on hand to sign copies both nights. Check out photos from the performance above.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
The city's rich in cultural venues, and also has a beach and an artisanal distillery.
Patch is your guide as you become a tourist in Chicagoland. Whether you're new to town or want to explore the city you've loved for years, check out the Patch Passport series. Boredom and Highland Park go together like oil and water. Whether you feel like chowing down on a burger and some sushi or kicking back in a lawn chair and listening to jazz, Highland Park offers residents and visitors a plethora of opportunities to cure yourself from the self-inflicted plight of having nothing to do. With your passport to Highland Park it’s impossible to resist some of the tempting offerings: The Music Theatre Company Not only does The Music Theatre Company (TMTC) provide classes for novices as well as professionals, it also performs a vast …