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Ravinia revamps dining options with the help of Michelin-starred Levy Restaurants

For the 2018 festival season, the Ravinia Festival is unveiling a newly designed Dining Pavilion run by award-winning Levy Restaurants, most famous for its Italian restaurant Spiagga, located on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

“I’m reclaiming my time” — Broadway’s Mykal Kilgore talks opera, activism, and singing for Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Did you know Broadway's Mykal Kilgore is a classically trained opera singer? He spoke about opera, activism, and singing for Maxine Waters backstage at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Beyond Barber — 11 more Rossini operas you should know

Rossini is one of the most successful opera composers in history. He made so much money from the 39 original operas he created between 1810 and 1829 that he retired in his late 30s. Here are a few Rossini operas worth exploring besides his most well known work, The Barber of Seville. Rossini made his professional debut at age 18 ...

“I’m a white composer, living in white privilege, setting the poetry of Langston Hughes”

In 2009, composer Laura Karpman unveiled a new work, Ask Your Mama, during Carnegie Hall’s HONOR! Festival that celebrated African American music and culture. Inspired by Langston Hughes’s poem of the same name, Ask Your Mama is a multimedia exploration of the black experience. But Karpman herself is not black. “I’m a white composer, living in white privilege, setting the ...

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Lute but Were Afraid to Ask – with Paul O’Dette

Paul O’Dette is one of the most sought-after lute players in the world. In addition to being an active soloist, O’Dette is the co-artistic director of the Boston Early Music Festival, teaches at the Eastman School of Music, and records extensively, with credits on over 120 albums. His recording of Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfer won the 2015 Grammy for Best Opera Recording. ...