Ravinia Festival Association
Rating: 5 stars 1 reviews
Issues: Arts & Culture
Location: 418 Sheridan Road Highland Park IL 60035 USA
Mission: Ravinia is an internationally renowned, not-for-profit music festival that presents outstanding performances by the world''s greatest artists. Ravinia''s principal objectives are: 1. to present performances of a full range of classical music in its open-air pavilion and enclosed recital halls, by the world''s greatest composers and musicians, along with a variety of other kinds of light classical, jazz, and popular music; 2. to maintain a beautiful park that is welcoming to all and attractive to families in which the music experience is enhanced by the environment and excellent dining opportunities; 3. to enable gifted young performers to study under great teachers and perform in concert settings; and, 4. to develop broader and more diverse audiences for classical music through education and outreach programs and by maintaining affordable ticket prices.
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Ravinia does so much in the Chicago area to promote music education and performance. Contrary to the belief of some, Ravinia is not just a venue where rock bands and classical music acts come to play. Ravinia has programs that give back to the community in a huge way. One is their Reach*Teach*Play program that gives underserved students the opportunity to see world class acts right in their schools. They also collaborate with these schools to have them all learn the same music, then they go to a private concert just for them in the massive band shell - last year 2,700 students were bussed in for a concert by Midwest Young Artists. They played Holst's "The Planets" and the students in the crowd had worked on creating dances and costumes to go along with the movements, and they had a chance to be on a big stage in their own special event. Talk about instilling wonder, confidence, hope, and solid values. The people that work there are also extremely passionate and make sure everything is of the best quality. A+ for Ravinia.
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