Ravinia 2012 Schedule

March 8, 2012 by staff 

Ravinia 2012 Schedule, In the spirit of the 76th anniversary of its summer residency at the Ravinia Festival, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will play its first 2012 concert in Highland Park on the Fourth of July.

The all-American program will be led by Steven Reineke, music director of the New York Pops, and will feature music by John Williams, Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern, George M. Cohan, and Irving Berlin, as well as an Armed Forces Salute.

The 2012 Ravinia Festival season was announced by Welz Kauffman, festival president
and CEO. It opens June 7 with a dance program and continues through Sept. 9 with more than 100 events, including classical concerts for $10 in the intimacy of 450-seat year-round Bennett Gordon Hall.

Ravinia’s music director since 2005, James Conlon, whose contract has been extended through the summer of 2014, arrives July 19 to conduct more than a dozen concerts, at least half of which will be in the Martin Theatre.

Found music

His initial program will be “Magical Night,” Kurt Weill’s first stage work, which history initially jinxed. After a performance in Berlin and another in London, the orchestral score dropped out of sight and only by chance was discovered in 2006 after being misfiled for 80 years at Yale University.

It is part of Conlon’s singular series “Breaking the Silence,” which presents works by composers, such as Weill, who were forced to flee Nazi Germany or whose careers or lives were damaged or ended during the Third Reich.

Conlon will be on the podium of the pavilion for the Women’s Board gala on July 21, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the board’s founding. The program, titled “Leading Ladies,” stars Broadway’s Patti Lupone, a perennial festival favorite, and soprano Patricia Racette from the Metropolitan Opera.

Conlon, who is music director of the Los Angeles Opera, will also conduct two performances each of two Mozart operas in the Martin Theatre: “The Magic Flute” with Nathan Gunn and Morris Robinson Aug. 16 and 18, and “Idomeneo” with Susanna Phillips on Aug. 17 and 19.

Superstars will illuminate the summer nights. Closing the season will be cellist Yo-Yo Ma on Sept. 7, violinist Itzhak Perlman on Sept. 8 in the pavilion and soprano Dawn Upshaw on Sept. 9 in the Martin Theatre. Each will appear with the Knights, an innovative chamber orchestra which drew acclaim when it made its debut at the festival in 2010.

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