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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…


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…


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…


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…


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….