Tributes marking the centennial of the 19th Amendment, the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth and the milestone birthdays of classical-music icons Itzhak Perlman and Christoph Eschenbach are among the programs to be performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival next summer.
The schedule for the CSO’s annual residency, which consists of 15 concerts from July 10 to Aug. 16, was announced Nov. 13 by Welz Kauffman, president and CEO of the Ravinia Festival. Among the guest conductors will be Marin Alsop, who will lead five concerts; Eschenbach, four; Perlman, one, and Edo de Waart, one. Making their CSO debuts will be conductors Louis Langrée and Teddy Abrams, and Wayne Marshall in his Ravinia debut.
“Ravinia prides itself on presenting something for everyone, and nowhere is this more evident than in our CSO residency, which boasts an appealing variety of options for music lovers of every walk of life,” Kauffman said. “We’re proud to welcome the world’s finest artists. … Marin Alsop is at the top of that list of artists who have made the Ravinia experience so appealing, and we’re thrilled to welcome her back.”
To mark the 100th anniversary of the ratification of 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed women’s suffrage, Ravinia will celebrate the talents and cultural achievements of women. The festival’s annual gala is devoted to “Legendary Women’s Voices,” featuring vocalist Cynthia Erivo, star of Broadway’s “The Color Purple” and the just-released film “Harriet.” Hindsight, a new piano concerto by Italian-born composer Paola Prestini, will receive its Midwest premiere. Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 1 (CSO premiere), written by Joan Tower, winner of the 1990 Grawemeyer Award for Music, will be performed on the same program.
Ravinia’s multi-season salute to the Bernstein centennial concludes with the Chicago premiere of A White House Cantata: Scenes from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Beethoven’s 250th will be marked with performances of his Ninth Symphony, Triple Concerto and Piano Concerto No. 3. And the birthdays of Ravinia favorites Itzhak Perlman (75) and Christoph Eschenbach (80) will be celebrated with special programs.
The CSO schedule:
July 10, 8 p.m.: Conductor Marin Alsop and violinist Midori. Bernstein’s Slava! (A Political Overture), Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 (Leningrad).
July 11, 7:30 p.m.: Alsop and pianist Lukáš Vondráček (CSO debut). All-Rachmaninov program of Vocalise for Orchestra, Piano Concerto No. 3 and Symphonic Dances.
July 12, 6 p.m.: Alsop and vocalist Cynthia Erivo (CSO debut). Ravinia’s annual gala, “Legendary Women’s Voices,” featuring songs popularized by Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Nina Simone and others.
July 16, 8 p.m.: Alsop and the ensemble Vocality, with vocal soloists TBA. Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light, with Carl Dreyer’s silent film “The Passion of Joan of Arc” (1928) projected on video screens in the pavilion and on the lawn.
July 17, 8 p.m.: Alsop and pianist Jorge Federico Osorio. Brahms’ Variation on a Theme by Haydn, Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini and Elgar’s Enigma Variations.
July 22, 8 p.m.: Conductor TBA. “The Lion King” (2019), with the CSO performing Hans Zimmer’s score, featuring songs by Elton John and Tim Rice.
July 25, 7:30 p.m.: Conductor Teddy Abrams, vocalist Jim James and pianist Lara Downes (all CSO debuts). Joan Tower’s Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 1 (CSO premiere), Hindsight for Piano and Orchestra (Midwest premiere, a Ravinia co-commission), Florence Price’s Piano Concerto in One Movement (CSO premiere) and James/Abrams’ The Order of Nature (Midwest premiere).
July 29, 8 p.m.: Conductor Louis Langrée (CSO debut) and pianist Daniil Trifonov. Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4.
July 30, 8 p.m.: Conductor Wayne Marshall, the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, baritone Rod Gilfry, soprano Patricia Racette. Bernstein’s A White House Cantata: Scenes from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (Chicago premiere).
Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m.: Conductor Michael Stern, violinist Joshua Bell, pianist Jeremy Denk and cellist Steven Isserlis. Beethoven’s Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano, rest of the program TBA.
Aug. 7, 8 p.m.: Conductor Christoph Eschenbach, flutist Stathis Karapanos (CSO debut). Khachaturian’s Flute Concerto and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique.
Aug. 8, 7:30 p.m.: Eschenbach, Chicago Symphony Chorus, soprano Erin Wall, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, tenor Paul Appleby, baritone Matthias Goerne, flutist Stathis Karapanos. Theodorakis’ Zobra Suite and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
Aug. 9, 5 p.m.: Eschenbach, violinist William Hagen (CSO debut). Korngold’s Violin Concerto and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.
Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m.: Conductor Edo de Waart, violinist Itzhak Perlman. John Adams’ The Chairman Dances, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7.
Aug. 16, 5 p.m.: Conductor Itzhak Perlman, pianist Garrick Ohlsson. All-Tchaikovsky program of Symphony No. 5, Piano Concerto No. 1 and the 1812 Overture.
The full Ravinia lineup will be announced on March 12. Ticket sales begin March 17 for donors, and for the general public, April 28-29, at ravinia.org.