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Ravinia expands $10 recitals to off-season


Arianna Zukerman

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Updated: October 10, 2012 6:14AM

The Ravinia Festival’s “BGH $10 Classics” series has been such a success that it will be extended year-round.

The series, which features recitals at Ravinia’s 450-seat Bennett Gordon Hall, with tickets priced at just $10, will move into the summer festival’s off-season. Eight concerts have been announced for October to April, including the Chicago premiere of the oratorio “Annelies: The Choral Setting of the Diary of Anne Frank” (2004) by British composer James Whitbourn.

Scored for chorus and chamber ensemble, “Annelies” will be performed Feb. 24 by the Chicago Children’s Choir, the Lincoln Trio, clarinetist Bharat Chandra and soprano Arianna Zukerman.

The rest of the “BGH $10 Classics” lineup consists of cellist Sebastian Baverstam with pianist Pei-Shan Lee, Oct. 13; violinist Tessa Lark, Oct. 20; pianist Daria Rabotkina, Oct. 27; a Christmas program with the Empire Brass, Dec. 6; musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Institute, March 16; baritone John David Boehr, April 13, and pianist Michael Brown, April 20.

Tickets will go on sale later this month. All concerts start at 8 p.m., except for the Feb. 24 program at 3:30 p.m.

There’s also a dining option for $40 before the Dec. 6 and Feb. 24 concerts.

For more information, go to or call (847) 266-5100.

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