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June 6 — Judy Collins with Don McLean

June 7-8 — Sting

June 9 — Joan Baez with Indigo Girls

June 13 — Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band

June 16 — Jewel

June 20 — The BoDeans

June 25 — James Hunter with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

June 26 — Jackson Browne with Sara Watkins

June 27 — Los Lonely Boys with Los Lobos and Alejandro Escovedo

June 28 — Darius Rucker with Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer

June 29 — Melissa Etheridge with Joan Osborne and Paula Cole

June 30 — The Go-Go’s with the B-52s

July 2-3 — Goo Goo Dolls with Matchbox Twenty

July 6 — David Byrne & St. Vincent

July 13 — Anita Baker

July 14 — Willie Nelson & Family with Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R.

July 19 — Sheryl Crow with Kristen Kelly

July 20 — Under the Sun Tour with Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon and Fastball

July 22 — Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson

July 26 — Brian Wilson with Al Jardine and David Marks

July 29 — Heart with Jason Bonham

Aug. 1-2 — Steely Dan

Aug. 11 — Gipsy Kings

Aug. 17 — George Thorogood & the Destroyers with Buddy Guy

Aug. 18 — The Goat Rodeo Sessions

Aug. 20-21 — Journey

Aug. 23 — Lyle Lovett

Aug. 24-25 — Chicago

Aug. 27 — John Hiatt & The Combo with the Robert Cray Band

Aug. 30 — Alabama

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Updated: April 25, 2013 7:43AM

Forget the calendar. Summer runs from June 6 through Sept. 15 at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, with more than 120 events, including more than 80 festival debuts.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra will be in residence July 11-Aug. 17 and tickets for 2,500 of the festival’s pavilion 3.400 seats will be a modest $25 each, even on the Gala Benefit night.

The complete Ravinia schedule has been announced by Welz Kauffman, president and CEO of the festival, who called Ravinia-goers a “cultural-omnivore audience” and has expanded programming to reach music lovers of all tastes. Tickets are now on sale at

Opera lovers will hear a concert version of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Aida” on Aug. 3, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ravinia’s music director James Conlon, with soloists Latonia Moore, Michelle DeYoung and Roberto Alagna. The program is a tribute to the bicentennial of the composer’s birth and “Aida” is this summer’s “One Score, One Chicago,” a festival initiative which distributes information about a particular masterpiece though area public libraries.

Conlon and the CSO mark the 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner’s birth and the 100th of Benjamin Britten with music by both composers July 17 in the pavilion. Additional classical concerts include Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 with Conlon conducting on July 25.

The Ravinia Women’s Board’s annual Gala Benefit Concert July 27 includes music by Verdi, Britten, Prokofiev and Wagner, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Conlon and pianist superstar Lang Lang as soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Lang Lang skyrocketed to stardom after debuting at the 1999 Ravinia Gala, as a last-minute substitute for an ailing Andre Watts.

The Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Chicago Philharmonic conducted by Grant Gershon will present the Midwest premiere of “The Gospel According to the Other Mary” by John Adams in the pavilion Sept. 7.

The Martin Theatre, the only building on the festival grounds remaining from the park’s original 1904 construction, hosts more than 20 events. Soprano Patricia Racette will present a program titled “Diva On Detour” June 22. Jane Glover leads the Music of the Baroque Orchestra and Chorus in Handel’s “Israel in Egypt” on July 9, and soprano Nicole Cabell will sing Ricky Ian Gordon’s song cycle “Silver Rain” in the Martin July 30 with the composer on the piano.

The Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Chicago Philharmonic conducted by Grant Gershon will present the Midwest premiere of “The Gospel According to the Other Mary” by John Adams in the pavilion Sept. 7.

Lawn admission for all classical concerts is free to children and students through college.

Ravinia is setting up numerous special offers for festival fans, with $10 tickets for 26 shows, from classical to jazz, in Bennett Gordon Hall. Kauffman began the $10 pricing in 2011 and it was such a success that it has continued for the festival’s BGH concerts in fall and spring.

Aug. 16 will mark the return of locally-based Lincoln Trio, which is trio-in-residence at the Winnetka-based Music Institute of Chicago. The musicians will celebrate their 10th anniversary at the festival with a night of classical requests.

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine will perform the complete Paganini: Caprices over two nights at Bennett Gordon Hall on Aug. 17-18.

Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. In addition to the $10 concerts in Bennett Gordon Hall, Steans fellows will present 17 free afternoon and early evening concerts in the year-round 450-seat auditorium throughout the summer. The festival has commissioned eight songs to be given their world premieres by Steans vocal artists the evening of Aug. 12. Composers include Jake Heggie, Aaron Jay Kernis, Ramsey Lewis, Stephen Paulus, Roberto Sierra, Augusta Read Thomas and David Ludwig.


Even before the arrival of the Chicago Symphony the pavilion is filled with a varied line-up of concerts.

Judy Collins and Don McLean share billing June 6; Sting returns on June 7 and 8, and Joan Baez and the Indigo Girls appear June 9. The Ravinia debut of Celtic Woman takes place June 12.

Stage, television and film star Gary Sinise, a graduate of Highland Park High School, returns June 13 for the Ravinia Festival debut of The Lt. Dan Band, named for the character he played in “Forrest Gump” with Tom Hanks.

The Chicago Jazz Orchestra will present a tribute June 14 to Benny Goodman in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Ravinia debut of legendary Chicago-born clarinetist and conductor during the summer of 1938. Artistic director is Jeff Lindberg and performers include former CSO clarinetist Larry Combs and vocalist Sylvia McNair.

The massive Mormon Tabernacle Choir, accompanied by the orchestra at Temple Square, return to the festival pavilion June 15.

Ever popular Jackson Browne with guest artist Sara Watkins performs in the Pavilion on June 26.

Ravinia debuts include Darius Rucker, Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer on June 28, Melissa Etheridge Live, Jessie Payo and Paula Cole join returning Joan Osborne on June 29.

Country music singer-songwriter Willie Nelson returns to present a program with his Family July 14 in the pavilion and Sheryl Crow returns July 19 with special guest Kristen Kelly. Brian Wilson, co-founder of the Beach Boys will present a concert July 26 with Al Jardine and David Marks, making Ravinia debuts.

Steely Dan sings in the pavilion Aug. 2.

Swiss conductor Ludwig Wicki, noted for presenting film scores, will lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Howard Shore’s score for “The Lord of the Rings — The Two Towers” as the film is being shown on pavilion and lawn screens Aug. 15 and 16. With the orchestra will be the Lakeside Singers, Chicago Chorale and Chicago Children’s Choir, with Kaitlyn Lusk, vocalist.

Classical superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who has a well-know interest in every type of music, will be joined by fiddler Stuart Duncan, bass Edgar Meyer, mandolinist Chris Thile in the Midwest premiere of music from “The Goat Rodeo Sessions,” which is the title of their 2011 album.

The indomitable Tony Bennett returns to the festival pavilion Aug. 22 and perennial favorite Lyle Lovett performs Aug. 23.

For a complete list of every program in the 2013 season, visit

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