RAVINIA’S SEASON-LONG FRANZ LISZT BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION BEGINS, FOCUSING ON HIS PIANO WORKS WITH A RECITAL BY VLADIMIR FELTSMAN
Garrison Keillor returns with his live radio broadcast
A Prairie Home Companion
Miriam Fried and friends present a Martin Theatre chamber recital
Daryl Hall & John Oates and k.d. lang bring their hits to the pavilion stage on separate nights
With more than 30 Franz Liszt pieces programmed, Ravinia’s summer-long celebration of the composer’s bicentennial focuses on his pianism—largely through recitals and chamber concerts—and puts the man and his music in context by presenting works by composers who surrounded, interacted with and were influenced by him. The first of these concerts is at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 24, featuring pianist Vladimir Feltsman in a Martin Theatre recital. Feltsman, whose teacher’s teacher’s teacher studied with Liszt himself, provides an aural expression of Liszt’s spiritual link to Beethoven, who kissed Liszt on the forehead at the age of 11. The program features Beethoven’s “Pathétique” and “Moonlight” sonatas as well as Liszt’s monumental Sonata in B Minor. This concert also features a ticket and dining package for $70.
Just as people enjoyed Robert Altman’s film inspired by Garrison Keillor’s radio classic, audiences enjoy the real show at Ravinia. A Prairie Home Companion, the cornerstone
of public radio from American Public Media, will be broadcast live nationally from the pavilion at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 25. Fans who only know the show from the airwaves can get up close and personal with characters like gumshoe Guy Noir, the neighbors from Lake Wobegon and such sponsors as Powder Milk Biscuits. This sly variety show effortlessly blends eclectic musical performances with old-time sketches and local humor, all swirling around the amiable and versatile former English major, Garrison Keillor.
Violinist Miriam Fried, former member of the Mendelssohn String Quartet and piano and strings program director for Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, presents a Martin Theatre recital at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, with fellow Steans faculty members, violinist Don Weilerstein, violists Paul Biss and Atar Arad, cellist Frans Helmerson and pianist John O’Conor. The program features a trio of compositions including Beethoven’s Op. 16 quintet, Shostakovich’s second piano trio and Brahms’s final composition, his Op. 111 Quintet. This concert also features a ticket and dining package for $60.
Known as one of the most successful duos in rock history, selling more than 60 million albums, Daryl Hall and John Oates have written eight number-one-singles, including “She’s Gone,” “Rich Girl” and “Kiss on My List.” They take the Ravinia stage at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, as part of their Do What You Want, Be What You Are Tour 2011. Pavilion tickets are sold out, but lawn is still available.
Four-time Grammy® Award-winner k.d lang returns to Ravinia with her new band the Siss Boom Bang at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 23. In 2010 lang celebrated the 25th anniversary of her recording debut and recently released her latest album, Sing It Loud, in the spring of 2011. Brother and sister duo The Belle Brigade make their Ravinia debut opening for lang.
Ravinia Festival is located at Lake Cook and Green Bay roads in Highland Park, IL. For more information or to purchase tickets visit Ravinia.org or call the Ravinia Box Office at 847-266-5100. All summer long, Ravinia will accept donations of non-perishable food and toiletry items for local food depositories; donations can be dropped off in the plaza of the main entrance of the park. Ravinia welcomes all festival fans to follow, connect and interact online at backstage.ravinia.org, facebook.com (search Ravinia Festival) and twitter.com/raviniafestival. Ravinia Festival is a not-for-profit organization.
Thursday, June 23, 8 p.m. – Pavilion
k.d. lang and The Siss Boom Bang
with special guest The Belle Brigade +
Program Sponsor: On Behalf of Waterkeeper Alliance
Tickets: $55/Lawn $22**/Park opens at 5 p.m.
Friday, June 24, 8 p.m. – Martin Theatre
Vladimir Feltsman, Piano
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 (“Pathétique”)
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2
Liszt: Sonata in B Minor, S. 178
In Memory of Lawrence D. Pinsof
Tickets: $60-$40/Lawn $10/Ticket & dining package $70/Park opens at 5 p.m.
Saturday, June 25, 4:45 p.m. – Pavilion
Live National Broadcast
A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor
Media Support: WBEZ
Tickets: $65-$35/Lawn $10/Park opens at 3 p.m.
Saturday, June 25, 8 p.m – Martin Theatre
Miriam Fried, Violin
Don Weilerstein, Violin
Paul Biss, Viola
Atar Arad, Viola
Frans Helmerson, Cello
John O’Conor, Piano +
Beethoven: Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 16
Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 67
Brahms: Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111
Program Sponsor: Aaron Alt and Jennifer Konz-Alt
Tickets: $50-$30/Lawn $10/Ticket & dining package $60/Park opens at 3 p.m.
Sunday, June 26, 7 p.m. – Pavilion
Do What You Want, Be What You Are Tour 2011
Daryl Hall & John Oates
With special guest Company of Thieves +
Season Sponsor: Illinois Tool Works
Media Support: WILV
Tickets: SOLD OUT/Lawn $27**/Park opens at 4 p.m.
Repertoire being performed at Ravinia for the first time is marked with an asterisk (*). Artists making their Ravinia debut are marked with a plus sign (+). Lawn ticket prices are increased by $5 on the day of the show when marked by a double asterisk (**).