Bernstein MASS: Join Marin Alsop, Paolo Szot, and WFMT’s George Preston for a Live Panel Discussion

Paulo Szot, Marin Alsop, and the cast of Ravinia’s presentation of Bernstein’s MASS (Photo: Ravinia Festival) In the hour leading up to the premiere of the Ravinia Festival recording of Bernstein‘s MASS on PBS‘s Great Performances, we invite you to join us for this panel, hosted by WFMT General Manager and Vice President George Preston. In a stream starting at 8:15 …

Ravinia Cancels 2020 Season

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ravinia has canceled its 2020 season, a festival-issued statement announced this morning. The summer season was to feature more than 120 events, including concerts featuring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which takes its summer residency at the venerable, Chicago-area music festival. In the statement, Ravinia Festival President and CEO Welz Kaufman says that after “lengthy …

5 Questions with Marin Alsop [Video]

“I think that art needs to serve the public… not just to be comforting and familiar, but to push the envelope,” declares Marin Alsop. Speaking on the need for classical music to evolve and change, the celebrated conductor proudly admits that she’s “not very good with all the rules of what falls into what category.” Earlier this month, the Ravinia …

Ravinia Appoints Marin Alsop Chief Conductor and Curator

Welz Kauffman, president and CEO of the Ravinia Festival, announces today that Marin Alsop will become the festival’s Chief Conductor and Curator beginning in the summer of 2020. The two-year appointment was created especially for Alsop, who curated Ravinia’s multi-season celebration of the Leonard Bernstein centennial. READ MORE: Conductor, MacArthur ‘Genius’ Marin Alsop Explains Why There Aren’t More Women on …

Every 2020/21 Season Release, All in One Place

The first few months of a new calendar year customarily usher in a flurry of season announcements. We’ve already heard from a couple distinguished Chicago music organizations, and we can expect more from other area arts and music organizations in the coming weeks and months. On this page, we’ll keep you updated with a rolling list of season announcements as …