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Violinist-conductor Itzhak Perlman ready to play two at Ravinia

If his Twitter feed is any indication, violinist-conductor Itzhak Perlman is enjoying a busy summer. He’s conducted Mozart in Berlin,…


Ravinia’s 2017 CSO bill brings Levine, Lang Lang and ‘Lord of the Rings’

Returns by favorites James Levine, Lang Lang, Joshua Bell and Christopher Eschenbach are among the highlights of the Ravinia Festival’s…


Wynton Marsalis trumpets connections in his concerto for Nicola Benedetti

Trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis has worn many musical hats across his remarkable career. So the idea that Ravinia would…


It’s Astronomy Night, with CSO in ‘The Planets’ and telescopes on the lawn

Here’s a program that’s out of this world. For a specially themed Astronomy Night on July 13, Ravinia has programmed…


Puppeteer Janni Younge crafts a new ‘Firebird,’ no strings attached

Janni Younge believes in the power of puppetry. Although the centuries-old art form might seem passé in a world dominated…

James Levine. | Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

James Levine returns to Ravinia, where his star was born in 1971

Forty-five years ago, Ravinia found itself in a predicament. Revered maestro Eugene Ormandy, scheduled to open the festival’s 1971 season…


Gil Shaham cherishes his history with Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto

Violinist Gil Shaham, a Chicago favorite and Urbana native, returns to the Midwest for a concert Aug. 10 with the…


Declaring ‘True Love’ for Cole Porter, on his 125th anniversary

Cole Porter, one of the most cherished contributors to the Great American Songbook, lives on through his many standards, from…


Jean-Yves Thibaudet explains why he loves performing Liszt

French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet believes 19th-century virtuoso Franz Liszt often has been unfairly dismissed as a Liberace of his era….

Gustavo Gimeno |Photo: Marco Borggreve

Gustavo Gimeno one of four conductors making CSO debuts at Ravinia

For up-and-coming conductors, debuts with major orchestras are critical career milestones. If all goes well and they pass muster with…


Paul Lewis reflects on his favorite things, Ligeti, Kleiber — and bagpipes

British pianist Paul Lewis, who will appear twice with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra over the next 10 months, shares some…