Ravinia Festival’s Welz Kauffman to step down in 2020

Posted on: October 22, 2019

“Welz Kauffman, the Ravinia Festival president and CEO who has helmed the world-renowned music behemoth in Highland Park for nearly two decades, will be stepping down from his post … after the 2020 season,” writes Miriam Di Nunzio in Saturday’s (10/19) Chicago Sun-Times. “The RaviniaMusicBox experience center (a new structure adjacent to the dining pavilion that will house a 65-seat immersive, 360-degree theater, a lobby/foyer and a gallery) is one of the milestones in Kauffman’s tenure as full-time director of the summertime destination … which has been the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1936. Highlights of Kauffman’s tenure have also included a $65 million investment in Ravinia’s infrastructure … and the expansion of Ravinia’s music education program Sistema Ravinia, which provides the curriculum, funding for teachers and musical instruments to create student orchestras at Chicago and Lake County elementary schools…. Prior to Ravinia, Kauffman worked for the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Olympic Arts Festival, the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra…. He is only the third person to helm Ravinia … following pianist Edward Gordon (1974-1989) and Zarin Mehta (1990-2000).”

Posted October 22, 2019