Ravinia Festival announces 2015 season

Posted on: March 6, 2015

In Wednesday’s (3/5) Chicago Tribune, John von Rhein writes that at the 2015 Ravinia Festival, “James Conlon will conclude his 11-year tenure as music director of the CSO’s summer residency weeks with a concert performance of an opera new to the Ravinia repertory: Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman.… Additional Conlon programs will highlight repertory he has conducted during his three-decade association with Ravinia. Highlights include symphonies by Mahler and Shostakovich, and Alexander Zemlinsky’s tone poem ‘Die Seejungfrau’ (‘The Mermaid’), part of the music director’s Breaking the Silence series…. The summer’s guest conductor roster [will include] Carlos Miguel Prieto, Pablo Heras-Casado, Rafael Payare, Bobby McFerrin, David Alan Miller, Ted Sperling, Justin Freer and Steven Reineke…. The CSO will provide live musical accompaniment to movies projected onto giant screens in the pavilion and lawn.… Ravinia reports that, in 2014, for the first time in more than two decades, the festival exceeded its goal of attracting new audiences to its CSO concerts, selling an average of 2,100 seats in the 3,400-seat pavilion. Of the 590,000 visitors Ravinia tallied last summer, about 150,000 were classical music attendees, according to a study by an independent research firm.”

Posted March 6, 2015