Music by Featured Artists at Ravinia, June-mid July 2019

By Mary Simon

Ready to relax, engage with friends and neighbors in the beautiful setting we call Ravinia? Chicagoan's suffer through what sometimes seems to be an endless winter, so the Ravinia schedule is relished every year. Who doesn't long to hear some of the great stars of today, see some of the finest dancers, or view movies accompanied by the world-famous Chicago Symphony? Preview or embellish your enjoyment of this year's presentations, and get out and support and enjoy great, live music.

  • Ramsey Lewis

    2002 by Lewis, Ramsey

    Come on! Who doesn't love this artist? Our own Chicagoan, the multi-talented jazz musician once again graces the Ravinia stage. His performance is usually sold out, so get your tickets early.

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  • COPLAND, A.: Rodeo / Dance Panels / El Salon Mexico / Danzon Cubano (Detroit Symphony, Slatkin)


    The Detroit Symphony is currently one of the hottest U.S. orchestras. Fresh, robust, and exuberant are terms many aficionados use to describe their performances. El Salon Mexico will be featured at Ravinia, so get your dancing shoes out in anticipation of the performance.

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  • Bridges Live: Masidon Square Garden

    2019 by Groban, Josh

    According to Groban, he's produced sad albums in the past, and it was time for an album that had an uplifting spirit, for his psyche and those of listeners. Bridges is the eighth studio album by Groban, and Ravinia audiences are in for a treat to hear selections from this new album.

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  • ZAIMONT, J.L.: String Quartet, "The Figure" / Piano Trio No. 2, "Zones" / ASTRAL / Serenade (Eternal Evolution) (Harlem Quartet, Pratt)


    If you have never heard the Harlem Quartet, you are in for a true treat. The group's mission is to advance diversity in classical music, engaging young and new audiences through varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers. If you normally aren't interested in string quartets, give this ensemble a try. You will be amazed by their fresh, bracing, enthusiastic repertoire and performance.

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  • Spirityouall

    2013 by McFerrin, Bobby

    This album embraces McFerrin’s folk, rock, and blues influences, weaving classic folk tunes with down-and-dirty blues ballads. And yes, his incomparable improvisational approach as well as his exploration of the richness and depth of the human voice come through triumphantly. Be ready to be moved by McFerrin's mastery.

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  • The Blues Is Alive and Well

    2018 by Guy, Buddy

    I love Buddy Guy for good reasons--his music, his on-stage personae, and his incredible personality. He has been through good times and bad and still he endures--bringing audiences the thrill of a true blues artist. So many blues legends have passed, so go to Ravinia to experience this legend who happens to call Chicago home.

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  • Need You Now

    2010 by Lady Antebellum (Musical group)

    This Grammy-Award winning country music band will perform at Ravinia for the first time this summer. In March 2019, the band headlined the C2C: Country to Country festival in London, Dublin, and Glasgow. Their overseas concert included two new songs, Never Get Over You and Be Patient with My Love. Fingers crossed that they will include these new gems when they play the Ravinia stage.

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  • Greatest Hits

    2004 by Queen (Musical group)

    "Bohemian Rhapsody" captured the spirit, joy, panache, and energy of Freddie Mercury and the rock band Queen. Riding on the success of the Oscar-nominated film, Ravinia brings to the stage The Music of Queen performed by the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, conducted by Brent Havens, with Brody Dolyniuk, as vocalist. Dolyniuk tells audiences that he’s not an impersonator and doesn’t characterize Freddie Mercury on stage. He see himself as a fan of the songs he’s performing and tries to channel the original singer’s voice. He's accomplished this with several national symphonies to rave reviews.

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  • Erik Satie: the Complete Solo Piano Music

    2016 by Thibaudet, Jean-Yves

    One of my favorite recordings ever is the soundtrack to the 2005 film, Pride & Prejudice, composed by Dario Marianelli and performed by Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the English Chamber Orchestra. Thibaudet's nuanced, sensitive adaptation of Beethoven (and others) proved that Thibaudet is a master of tone coloring. Pair his playing with compositions of Erik Satie, and one can only imagine the pure joy audiences will enjoy from this concert.

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