The U.S. premiere of 'Linen and Lace,' a flute concerto by Bill Whelan, was an unusual and welcome event at Ravinia on Tuesday night. Whelan is best known as the composer of 'Riverdance,' the Irish music show that step-danced its way into music history 20 years ago.
Sir James Galway and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will present an unusual premiere at Ravinia on July 8: a flute concerto inspired by traditional Irish music, written by Bill Whelan, the composer who created Riverdance in 1995.
Ravinia has unveiled the newest addition to its sculpture collection, a monumental painted stainless-steel figure by celebrated Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa. Titled "Silent Music," the 2012 sculpture was inspired by Plensa’s musical experiences as a child growing up in Barcelona.
The Ravinia Festival recently announced its 2014 season, “Summer of Love/Season of Stars,” featuring music that expresses the theme of love in all its various manifestations.
Chicago's Ravinia Festival presents the midwest première of John Adams' oratorio 'The Gospel According to the Other Mary' on September 7.
The Ravinia Festival may earn more money from its pop acts, but the fest hasn't turned its back on its classical roots.
More and more U.S. orchestras are playing famous movie scores while the movie is shown above. But is this a positive or negative development in symphonic music?
The Ravinia Festival will present two firsts on its August 26 program: the première of David Lang's Pulitzer Prize-winning 'little match girl passion,' and the debut of Chicago-based contemporary music ensemble eighth blackbird.
Jazz legend Ramsey Lewis will unveil a new composition at his Ravinia Festival concert with Natalie Cole next week. This première is unusual because he is inviting fans to join him in the creative process and name the new tune. A video on the Ravinia site shows Lewis playing the new song and talking about what moved him to write it.
The Ravinia Festival will present a rarity at 6 p.m. on August 20: a piano recital in which the entire second half is devoted to improvisation. Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero will perform works by Brahms and Schumann on the first half, and then take suggestions from the audience of themes on which she will weave her mesmerizing improvisations.