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Conductor Gianandrea Noseda makes his Ravinia debut leading the CSO in an all-Rachmaninoff program featuring Nicole Cabell and Sean Botkin; Ted Sperling leads the CSO in a tribute to Harold Arlen

 Martin Theatre recitals feature separate performances by pianist Denis Matsuev in an all-Russian evening and violinist Miriam Fried with pianist Jonathan Biss

 Crosby, Stills & Nash return for a sold-out show; teenage superstar Demi Lovato makes her festival debut


Based on the Chicago Public Library’s One Book, One Chicago, Ravinia’s One Score, One Chicago endeavors to engage the entire community in a single musical masterpiece. This year’s selection is Holst’s The Planets, selected in recognition of the Solar System’s governing role today as in ancient civilizations, such as the Romans, who named the planets after their gods and goddesses. The work will be performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the women of the Chicago Symphony Chorus at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, under the baton of John Axelrod, on a program that also includes Gabriela Montero performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto and improvisations based on suggestions from the audience. In addition to the permanent screens flanking the pavilion stage, the festival will also install a temporary large screen on the north lawn for this show, which features a film accompaniment to The Planets created by astronomer and visual artist José Francisco Salgado.

Also on July 31, patrons can observe the stars when local astronomers will be on hand with telescopes around the park for a spectacular glimpse of the heavens. This NASA-sponsored program will include telescope observations of the sun prior to the concert and of the moon, Saturn, multi-colored double stars, star clusters, and nebulae at intermission and after the concert—combined with videos, posters, banners and hands-on activities including the sounds of the sun with a radio telescope. In addition a hands-on touch screen table, a model of the planets, and videos of the planets will be accessible in and around the Santa Fe tent without charge to all concertgoers.

Gianandrea Noseda, conductor laureate of the BBC Philharmonic, leads an all-Rachmaninoff evening with the CSO at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2, featuring Cardiff “Singer of the World” competition-winner soprano Nicole Cabell and award-winning pianist Sean Botkin. This performance marks the mainstage debuts of Noseda and Botkin. Prior to the CSO concert on Aug. 2, Steans singers will appear in a free concert at 5:45 p.m. in Bennett Gordon Hall. Ravinia’s summer music conservatory, theSteans Music Institute, brings together talented young musicians from around the world to make music coached by an internationally renowned faculty.

Popular cabaret singer and songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway and the acclaimed John Pizzarelli Quartet jazz ensemble join forces with the CSO conducted by Ted Sperling to pay tribute to master songwriter Harold Arlen in a program titled Over the Rainbow at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5. Prior to the concert, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Ravinia will host a special family space on the north lawn, where families can engage in activities that include music-related crafts, storytelling and an “instrument petting zoo” where kids can experience and play instruments.

On Monday, July 30, pianist Denis Matsuev returns to the festival for an intimate Martin Theatre all-Russian recital featuring Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons; Rachmaninoff’s Etudes Tableaux, Op. 39, Nos. 2, 6, and 9, Prelude in G Minor, Op. 23 No. 5, and Prelude in G-sharp Minor, Op. 32 No. 12; and Stravinsky’s Three movements fromPetrushka. Since winning the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Matsuev has performed in Russia, Asia and Europe and has appeared in recital at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Salle Gaveau and Théâtre de Champs Elysée in Paris, Royal Festival Hall in London, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. The concert also features a ticket and dining package for a special price of $75.

Violinist Miriam Fried, piano and strings program director for Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, performs an intimate Martin Theatre recital with her son, accomplished pianist Jonathan Biss. The program will feature Janáček’s Violin Sonata; Schumann’s Sonata No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 121; Schubert’s Sonata in A Minor, D. 385; and Beethoven’s Violin Sonata in F Major, Op. 24 (“Spring”). The concert also features a ticket and dining package for a special price of $75.

The Martinez-Urioste-Brey Trio makes its Ravinia Festival debut at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, in a concert featuring Beethoven’s Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1 (“The Ghost”); Arensky’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 32; and Ravel’s Piano Trio in A Minor. The group, which formed just a year ago, comprises three highly skilled chamber musicians who also enjoy thriving careers on the orchestral stage and a commitment to education; Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez, violinist and Ravinia Steans Music Institute alumna Elena Urioste and past cello chair of the New York Philharmonic Carter Brey. The concert also features a ticket and dining package for a special price of $75.

Teenage superstar Demi Lovato, known for both her acting roles on the Disney Channel as well as her solo music career and Billboard chart-topping hits including “Give Your Heart a Break” and “Skyscrape,” makes her festival debut at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4. Lovato recently hosted the televised Teen Choice Awards and is a celebrity judge on FOX’s The X Factor, which premieres in September.

Timeless rock group Crosby, Stills & Nash returns to the festival following their sold-out 2010 show for a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3. The Grammy Award-winning group of singer/songwriters has worked in a creative partnership for over four decades. All pavilion and lawn tickets for this show are completely sold out.

As part of Ravinia’s ongoing “Guest Chefs” series, the festival welcomes Levy Restaurants Chef Thomas Bowman to run the festival kitchens. Bowman, who added a dash of mad scientist to the kitchen while leading iNG Restaurant, has been dabbling in “pop up” restaurants recently, and he will pop in at Ravinia as guest chef July 31. Bowman opens his new restaurant, Baume & Brix, in Chicago next month. 

Ravinia Festival is located at Lake Cook and Green Bay roads in Highland Park. Tickets are available by visiting or calling the Ravinia Festival Box Office at 847-266-5100. A $7 service fee is added to all online and phone ticket orders. Ravinia welcomes all festival fans to follow, connect and interact online at, (search Ravinia Festival) and Ravinia Festival is a not-for-profit organization.

Monday, July 30, 8 p.m. —Martin Theatre
Denis Matsuev
, Piano
           All-Russian program
              Tchaikovsky:               The Seasons *
              Rachmaninoff:             Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39, Nos. 2, 6 and 9
                                                 Prelude in G Minor, Op. 23, No. 5
                                                 Prelude in G-sharp Minor, Op. 32, No. 12
              Stravinsky:                 Three movements from Petrushka
Program Sponsor: Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation
Tickets: $60-$40/Lawn $10/Ticket & dining package $75/Park opens at 5 p.m.

Tuesday, July 31, 8 p.m. —Pavilion
One Score, One Chicago
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
John Axelrod
, Conductor
Women of the Chicago Symphony Chorus
Gabriela Montero
, Piano
           Grieg:              Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16
           Montero:         Improvisation (based on suggestions from the audience)
           Holst:              The Planets, Op. 32 (with film by astronomer and visual artist José Francisco Salgado)
Featured Sponsor: The Dancing Skies Foundation
Media Support: Chicago Sun-Times
Tickets: $70-$40/Lawn $10/Ticket & dining package SOLD OUT/Park opens at 5 p.m.
Video screen on the lawn

Wednesday, August 1, 8 p.m. —Martin Theatre
Miriam Fried
, Violin
Jonathan Biss
, Piano
           Janáček:          Violin Sonata
           Schumann:      Sonata No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 121
           Schubert:         Sonata in A Minor, D. 385 *
           Beethoven:      Violin Sonata in F Major, Op. 24 (“Spring”)
Program Sponsor: Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation
Tickets: $60-$40/Lawn $10/Ticket & dining package $75/Park opens at 5 p.m.

Thursday, August 2, 5:45 p.m. —Bennett Gordon Hall
           Vocal Preview Concert
Artists from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute

Admission: FREE with paid ticket for evening concert

Thursday, August 2, 8 p.m. —Pavilion
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Gianandrea Noseda
, Conductor +
Nicole Cabell
, Soprano
Sean Botkin
, Piano +
         All-Rachmaninoff program
 in E minor, Op. 34, No. 14
               Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Minor, Op. 40
               Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
Season Sponsor: Serge Rachmaninoff Foundation
Tickets: $70-$40/Lawn $10/ Ticket & dining package SOLD OUT/Park opens at 5 p.m.

Friday, August 3, 7:30 p.m. —Pavilion
Crosby, Stills & Nash

Season Sponsors: Jenner & Block; PNC Bank
Media Support: WDRV
Tickets: SOLD OUT/Park opens at 5 p.m.

Saturday, August 4, 7 p.m. —Pavilion
Demi Lovato 
Tickets: $50/Lawn $27**/Park opens at 5 p.m.

Sunday, August 5, 5 p.m. —Pavilion
           A Tribute to Harold Arlen

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Ted Sperling
, Conductor
Ann Hampton Callaway
, Vocalist
John Pizzarelli Quartet

Featured Sponsor: Women’s Board of Ravinia Festival
Media Support: WCIU
3-4:30 p.m. Family Space on the north lawn (music-related crafts, storytelling, and “instrument petting zoo")
Tickets: $70-$40/Lawn $10/Park opens at 3 p.m.

Sunday, August 5, 8 p.m. —Martin Theatre
Martinez-Urioste-Brey Piano Trio 
            Beethoven:      Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1 (“The Ghost”)
            Arensky:          Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 32
            Ravel:              Piano Trio
Tickets: $60-$40/Lawn $10/Ticket & dining package $75/Park opens at 3 p.m.

Note that artists and programs are subject to change. Repertoire being performed at Ravinia for the first time is marked with an asterisk (*). Artists making their Ravinia debut are marked with a plus sign (+). 



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