Ravinia Announces Two-Season Leonard Bernstein Celebration, Curated by Conductor Marin Alsop

On May 9, 2017, The Leonard Bernstein Office announced “Leonard Bernstein at 100,” a two-year global celebration of Bernstein’s life and career. Following up on that announcement, the Ravinia Festival has announced its plans for a two-season Bernstein centennial celebration during the summers of 2018 and 2019. Conductor Marin Alsop, a Bernstein protégé, will be the musical curator for the …

Ravinia Festival Announces Schedule for Summer 2017

Ravinia Festival president and CEO Welz Kauffman has announced the lineup for this summer’s festival, anchored by the eighty-second annual residency of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The festival and the CSO have extended their summer-residency contract through 2026. James Levine returns to conduct the orchestra and the CSO Chorus in Haydn’s oratorio, The Creation. Also returning is guest conductor Susanna …

Star Soprano Karita Mattila’s Secrets to a Long, Successful Career

Finnish soprano and two-time Grammy Award winner Karita Mattila is celebrating her 33rd season as a professional performer. What are the secrets to her enduring success?

Ramsey Lewis, 80, on His Long Overdue CSO Debut

“It’s only taken 80 years for me to write the piece for them, but it’s a good feeling,” he said with pride. WFMT spoke with Lewis about his first forays composing large-scale works, his 80-year journey to the CSO, and his new album.

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