Ravinia Is Back: Festival Announces Plans For Live Music in 2021 Season

By Keegan Morris |

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The CSO in performance at the Ravinia Pavilion (Photo courtesy of Ravinia Festival)

The Ravinia Festival today announced its plans to reopen in July for a summer music season comprised of classical, popular, and chamber music. The 2020 season was canceled because of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

In light of the pandemic, Ravinia has adopted a series of changes — this summer, all concerts are to take place in the open-air Pavilion with a reduced audience capacity and distanced seating. The number of artists on stage will also be reduced, the announcement states. Ravinia says it has been in consultation with state and local health officials as well as those from Northwestern Medicine.

“Ravinia believes that music and the arts are an essential part of the personal, artistic, and economic recovery from this past year,” says president and CEO Jeff Haydon, who is entering his first season with the festival. “Our 36 acres of outdoor space provide the perfect setting for a healthy and inspiring experience for all of our guests.”

The CSO will return to Ravinia for its six-week residency. The season will also mark Marin Alsop’s first as the festival’s chief conductor and curator — Alsop will conduct seven concerts.

The full concert lineup and attendance protocols will be announced in April. Visit ravinia.org for more details.