Ravinia Festival announces Bernstein celebrations for 2018

Posted on: January 31, 2017

“A very special new relationship has been forged between the Ravinia Festival and the office that oversees the legacy of the famed composer Leonard Bernstein,” writes Bill Zwecker in Thursday’s (1/26) Chicago Sun-Times. “Last week, Ravinia hosted more than 20 Chicago cultural institutions—including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera, the Goodman Theatre and the Grant Park Music Festival—at a planning summit to celebrate the 2018 centennial of Bernstein’s birth. There Ravinia management announced that its two-year celebration of the longtime New York Philharmonic conductor will include having one of his final protégés, Marin Alsop, curate the 2018 Ravinia season and conduct Bernstein’s music-theater piece, ‘Mass,’ which she has championed … In addition, Ravinia will present the composer’s ‘Trouble in Tahiti.’ … Ravinia also announced it will open a new venue in 2019 with a major Bernstein museum exhibit.… The new building being added to Ravinia’s North Shore campus will include both museum spaces and a small theater venue.” Said Ravinia President and CEO Welz Kauffman, “I wanted to tap into the brilliance of the Chicago arts community to make sure we’re presenting a well-rounded remembrance of both the common man and the superstar artist.”

Posted January 31, 2017