“Violinist Itzhak Perlman’s 75th birthday, conductor Christoph Eschenbach’s 80th and Beethoven’s 250th will be stage center when the Chicago Symphony Orchestra plays the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park next summer,” writes Howard Reich in Wednesday’s (11/13) Chicago Tribune. “Also prominent during the CSO residency, running July 10 through Aug. 16: A focus on women to honor the centennial of the Constitution’s 19th Amendment, which secured women’s right to vote; and a continuation of Ravinia’s exploration of composer-conductor-pianist Leonard Bernstein’s enormous oeuvre…. Ravinia President and CEO Welz Kauffman … will be stepping down after next season (completing his 20th year at the helm).” Programs marking the 19th Amendment will include Richard Einhorn’s oratorio Voices of Light, inspired by Theodore Dryer’s silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc, as the film is screened live, conducted by Marin Alsop; pianist Lara Downes performing Paola Prestini’s Piano Concerto, a Ravinia co-commission, on a program also featuring Florence Price’s Piano Concerto and Teddy Abrams’s The Order of Nature Suite of songs, conducted by Abrams and featuring vocalist Jim James of the band My Morning Jacket. Christoph Eschenbach, Ravinia’s music director from 1994 through 2003, will conduct the CSO in Berlioz, Beethoven, and Mahler.
Posted November 14, 2019