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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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Ravinia’s 2016 CSO residency brings Levine, podium debuts and ‘Titanic’

Next season, the Ravinia Festival will mark the 80th anniversary of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s annual residency, and it also…

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Jeffrey Kahane comfortable in the dual role of pianist-conductor

During the early years of his career, Jeffrey Kahane was known primarily known as a top-rank pianist whose reputation was…

World premiere performance of "Titanic Live" in April 2015

‘Titanic Live’ docks at Ravinia for a two-night cruise with the CSO

“Titanic” (1997), James Cameron’s blockbuster about the ill-fated maiden voyage of the world-class vessel deemed “unsinkable,” remains a cultural phenomenon….