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The Spring Thaw? Ravinia Announces 2014 Festival


Like the first crocuses that pop through the icy earth, the Ravinia Festival announces a new season.

Surely, spring is coming.

The programs are set; the wall calendars are ready for shipping. The Ravinia Festival is about to launch. Fans will find this year’s Festival promises something for everyone, and even some ticket incentives for the classically curious: $10 concerts for select events.

James Conlon, music director of the Ravinia Festival

James Conlon, music director of the Ravinia Festival


In keeping with recent seasons, music director James Conlon reasserts his close connection to opera this Festival with three landmark works: Richard Strauss’ Salome, with a role debut by Patricia Racette, plus Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni in the Martin Theatre.

Ravinia’s Gala concert brings Joshua Bell together with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for the Bruch Violin Concerto No.1. Kiri Te Kanawa returns to Chicago to celebrate her 70th birthday (fresh off her run on Downton Abbey). This year, Midori joins the faculty at the Steans Institute, promising two recitals. Ravinia also brings round some perennial favorites, including a screening of The Lord of the Rings with the CSO doing a live film score to the last of the three films; and The Knights return, that young, virtuosic, New York-based chamber orchestra; they will be joined by Yo-Yo Ma and Dawn Upshaw.

View Ravinia’s 2014 summer festival: Season_at a Glance_2014

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