Ravinia has announced its 2013 season with more than 120 events, June 6 - Sept. 15, including the 78th summer residency of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and more than 80 debuts.
Special projects include premieres:
-John Adams’s Passion The Gospel According to the Other Mary receives Midwest premiere
-David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Little Match Girl Passion gets Ravinia premiere on program with Eighth Blackbird in its Ravinia debut
-Yo-Yo Ma and friends give Midwest premiere of The Goat Rodeo Sessions
-Record sensation The Four Seasons Recomposed by Max Richter comes to life with violinist Daniel Hope in his Ravinia debut
-Benny Goodman tribute celebrates 75th anniversary of his Ravinia debut
-Pilobolus dance troupe returns for first Ravinia appearance in 34 years
-360-voice Mormon Tabernacle Choir returns with Orchestra at Temple Square
-Rachmaninoff Vespers performed in two different venues
Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, the festival’s summer music conservatory, celebrates its 25th anniversary:
-Eight works commissioned from Jake Heggie, Aaron Jay Kernis, Ramsey Lewis, David Ludwig, Stephen Paulus, Roberto Sierra and Augusta Read Thomas
-RSMI singers perform Britten’s The Burning Fiery Furnace at nearby church
-2013 fellows give 17 concerts, six open master classes and are in events all season, including the CSO’s performance of Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music
Ravinia debuts include Matchbox Twenty, Goo Goo Dolls, Melissa Etheridge, Josh Groban, Alabama, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Journey, Darius Rucker, Celtic Woman, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Smash Mouth, Rodney Atkins, Sugar Ray, Jana Kramer, Jewel, Paula Cole, Gin Blossoms, Gary Sinise and The Lt. Dan Band, Vertical Horizon, Heart, Fastball, Alejandro Escovedo, Brian Wilson with Al Jardine and David Marks and Aaron Diehl.
Sting, Sheryl Crow, Chicago, Don McLean, Go-Go’s, Gipsy Kings, Jackson Browne, Joan Baez, John Hiatt, Indigo Girls, Los Lonely Boys, Robert Cray, The B-52s, Willie Nelson, Ramsey Lewis, Los Lobos, Tony Bennett, James Hunter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lyle Lovett, Anita Baker, George Thorogood, Buddy Guy, Steely Dan, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, return to the festival.
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