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Experience Violent Femmes, Ben Platt, Fitz & the Tantrums and more live this summer at Ravinia!

The groundhog had his day, but a more predictable sign of warmer weather, not less than for North Shore residents, is the annual release of Ravinia Festival’s season lineup. The music venue announced its 2024 roster of entertainment on Thursday morning, providing details of greater than 100 live shows with greater than 60 Ravinia debuts between June 7 and Sept. 15. View the total lineup HERE. Tickets go on sale to the general public on April 24, but Ravinia donors can begin purchasing on March 19. Big-named artists from a wide range of genres will hit the Ravinia stage this season, similar to James Taylor (June 8-9), Michael Franti and Spearhead (June 15), Daryl Hall with Elvis Costello (July 6), Norah Jones (July 14), O.A.R. and Fitz and the Tantrums (Aug. 23), Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (Aug. 24), and Samara Joy (Aug. 25). Moreover, in special performances, the Violent Femmes shall be joined by the Chicago Philharmonic while they play their debut album (self-titled) in its entirety on June 21; and Big Boi (of OutKast) and Danielle Ponder will join Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue on June 19. Other popular artists include Ben Platt on June 28, The Beach Boys with John Stamos on July 7, Indigo Girls and Melissa Ethridge on Aug. 11, and The Roots on Aug. 24.

“With a rare range of live shows and artists, we’re excited to supply an inspiring and fascinating season for everybody who involves Ravinia,” said Jeffrey Haydon, Ravinia’s president and CEO. “Whether in Bennett Gordon Hall, Martin Theatre, Pavilion, Lawn, or Carousel, concertgoers will certainly experience the spirit of summer with incredible music under the celebrities.”

Family events include Divi Roxx Kids on June 15, Elena Moon Park and Friends on July 20, and a showing of Pixar’s “Up” with live music from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on Aug. 17. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra also returns for its six-week residency starting July 14. It’ll feature three weeks of programs led by chief conductor Marin Alsop and three weeks with distinguished guest conductors. Other events include the third 12 months of the Breaking Barriers festival — which is able to again have a good time women conductors with live shows, discussions, a workshop and more — on July 26-27; and the second National Seminario Ravinia: Orchestras for All, a gathering of greater than 100 students from across the globe from July 7-11.

Ravinia is well-known for its concert lawn space, where guests can bring their very own picnics, including food and liquor. Other dining options can be found on the park. For more information, visit www.ravinia.org.

Here is an entire list of the 2024 lineup as submitted by Ravinia Festival:

RECITALS, CHAMBER MUSIC, and GUEST ORCHESTRAS
A wide selection of classical music beyond the symphonic repertoire is obtainable this summer, from recitals to chamber music and uniquely curated presentations within the Martin Theatre, Bennett Gordon Hall, and the Pavilion.
Kronos Quartet celebrates its fiftieth anniversary with a program of recent commissions and pieces from the Kronos Fifty for the Future project. – June 13; Martin Theatre
Jonathan Biss, piano, surrounds a brand new piece by MacArthur Fellow Tyshawn Sorey with beloved works by Franz Schubert. – June 20; Martin Theatre
The Knights and Aaron Diehl Trio perform Mary Lou Williams’s Zodiac Suite, and the orchestra interprets Louise Farrenc’s Finale-Allegro from Symphony No. 3 in G minor and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 (“Pastoral”). – June 29; Martin Theatre Chamber orchestra A Far Cry returns with Kinan Azmeh, clarinet, and Dinuk Wijeratne, piano. The performance will feature music by Kareem Roustom and Leoš Janáček, in addition to by the 2 soloists. – July 2; Martin Theatre

The King’s Singers
will perform Northern Lights featuring Norse and Celtic folksongs, music by Grieg and Sibelius, and more. – July 3; Martin Theatre

Ravinia Steans Music Institute faculty Midori and Mihaela Martin, violin; Kim Kashkashian, viola; Frans Helmerson and Clive Greensmith, cello; and Marc-André Hamelin, piano, take the stage for music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Timo Andres, Carlos Simon, and Robert Schumann. – July 6; Martin Theatre

Takács Quartet performs music by Dvořák and Ravel alongside the Ravinia premiere of Nokuthula Ngwenyama’s Flow. – July 17; Martin Theatre
Miloš Karadaglić, guitar, and the Viano String Quartet explore themes of migration, identity, and belonging with music by Vivaldi, Glass, Lena Frank, Piazzola, The Beatles, and more. – July 18; Martin Theatre Karen Slack, soprano, joins Kevin Miller, piano, for African Queens, a brand new project celebrating the history and legacy of seven acclaimed African queens who were revered as rulers and warriors. – August 1; Martin Theatre Conductor Gustavo Dudamel leads the National Children’s Symphony of Venezuela in John Adams’s Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Alberto Ginastera’s Dances from Estancia, Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, and Antonio Estévez’s Mediodía en el llano (Midday on the Plain). – August 6; Pavilion Matthias Goerne, baritone, returns to Ravinia with Anton Mejias, piano, for a night of Schubert songs. – August 13; Martin Theatre Apollo’s Fire returns to Ravinia with artistic director, conductor, and harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell for his or her curated program Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons Rediscovered. The group presents Vivaldi’s revolutionary acts of musical storytelling, bringing his pictorial descriptions to life. – August 15; Martin Theatre Matthew Polenzani, tenor, and Kevin Murphy, piano – August 20; Martin Theatre Stella Chen, violin, and Matthew Lipman, viola, join Brannon Cho, cello, for a day of string trios by Beethoven, Klein, and Mozart. – August 25; Bennett Gordon Hall Third Coast Percussion, reconnect with Sérgio Assad, guitar, and Clarice Assad, multi-instrumentalist, for his or her Archetypes program, which features 12 musical portraits of character types that appear in stories throughout the world. – August 27; Martin Theatre Zlatomir Fung, cello, and Dina Vainshtein, piano, join together for a program of chamber music. – August 28; Bennett Gordon Hall David Kaplan, piano, presents Quasi una fantasia, with works by composers as varied as György Ligeti, Christopher Cerrone, Kaija Saariaho, and Johannes Brahms along with the 2 famed Beethoven sonatas within the fantasy style. – September 1; Bennett Gordon Hall Yevgeny Kutik, violin, and Renana Gutman, piano, perform selections from Kutik’s Music from the Suitcase in addition to Mendelssohn’s F-major sonata, Bloch’s Baal Shem, Milhaud’s The Ox on the Roof, and more – September 5; Bennett Gordon Hall Music of the Baroque, led by Dame Jane Glover, conductor, and Anthony McGill, clarinet, present music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and George Frideric Handel. – September 10; Martin Theatre Aznavoorian Duo, comprising sisters Ani Aznavoorian, cello, and Lincoln Trio’s Marta Aznavoorian, piano, perform selections from their 2022 debut album, Gems from Armenia, and works by American composers – September 12; Bennett Gordon Hall

FAMILY AND FILM Ravinia continues to supply a wide range of programs for all ages, with some events specifically geared toward children and families. Performances happen within the Pavilion unless otherwise noted. Divi Roxx Kids, June 15; Carousel Stage Birdman tenth Anniversary: The whole film is shown while its solo jazz percussion rating is performed live by composer Antonio Sánchez. – June 26; Martin Theatre Elena Moon Park & Friends – July 20; Martin Theatre Chicago Philharmonic performs Dan Brown’s Wild Symphony – July 27; Bennett Gordon Hall Laurie Berkner – August 3, two performances The Princess Bride, complete film with live rating performed by the CSO – August 16 Disney and Pixar’s Up, complete film with live rating performed by the CSO, led by conductor Anthony Parnther – August 17 Fyütch – August 31; Bennett Gordon Hall Big Drum / Small World – September 7; Bennett Gordon Hall

JAZZ, BLUES, FOLK, GOSPEL, and AMERICAN SONGBOOK Ravinia continues to prepared the ground with its signature mixture of programming across a wide selection of genres, with an expanded set of offerings on the Carousel, each as opening acts and stand-alone events. All performances happen within the Pavilion except when noted. Jazz in June: Battle of the Big Bands featuring Adonis Rose & the Latest Orleans Jazz Orchestra and Orrin Evans & the Captain Black Big Band, with special guests Kurt Elling and Rufus Reid, plus Ravinia Steans Music Institute Jazz Fellows. The scholar and skilled musicians of the Ravinia Jazz Mentor Program, considered one of the Reach Teach Play programs, open the night on the Carousel Stage. – June 16 Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Big Boi and Danielle Ponder – June 19 Due to You starring Michael Feinstein and the Carnegie Hall Big Band in A Tribute to the Legendary Tony Bennett– June 23 Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper – June 27; Carousel Stage Norah Jones and really special guest Mavis Staples – July 14 Victor Wooten & the Wooten Brothers – August 7; Carousel Stage Samara Joy – August 25

GLOBAL MUSIC and LATIN All performances happen within the Pavilion except when noted. Little Feat and Los Lobos on the Can’t Be Satisfied Tour – June 22 The Reset: An Immersive Sound Experience with Davin Youngs – July 11; Carousel Stage Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes and Choco Orta with Caribe Project, July 31 Conductor Gustavo Dudamel leads the National Children’s Symphony of Venezuela in two works by South American composers –Alberto Ginastera’s Dances from Estancia and Antonio Estévez’s Mediodía en el llano (Midday on the Plain)– amongst other pieces on this system. – August 6 Eighth annual Fiesta Ravinia, with Julieta Venegas and La Santa Cecilia featured for the main-stage performance of the day – September 15

POP, ROCK, R&B, INDIE, HIP-HOP, COUNTRY, and DJs All performances happen within the Pavilion except when noted. The Flock featuring Jerry Goodman – June 7; Carousel Stage James Taylor & His All-Star…

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