Chicago Symphony Orchestra to Celebrate Burnham Plan Centennial at Ravinia July 15

Classic Arts Features   Chicago Symphony Orchestra to Celebrate Burnham Plan Centennial at Ravinia July 15
In honor of 100th Anniversary of The Burnham Plan - which helped shape the greater Chicago area over the past century - Garrick Ohlsson will join James Conlon and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra July 15 for a Ravinia Festival performance of Schumann, Wagner and Prokofiev.

"In 1909," according to historical background notes, "Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett collaborated with the Commercial Club of Chicago and others to create a new plan for the greater Chicago region. The year 2009 is a time to look back 100 years for inspiration, and appreciate the big dreams that led to Chicago's sweeping lakefront, the "emerald necklace" of County Forest Preserves, and a tradition of thinking comprehensively about the region's development, always looking to the future."

The 8 PM performance at the Ravinia Pavilion will present the following program:

Wagner: "Siegfried's Funeral March" from G‹tterd‹mmerung (in memory of Daniel Burnham)
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, Op. 100

Lawn tickets are priced at $10, with reserved seats for $25.


This week's Ravinia schedule also boasts:

July 16- "250 Years of American Song" with Thomas Hampson and Craig Rutenberg

July 17- An Evening with Steve Miller Band

July 18- "Four Score For Chicago" Gala Benefit Evening
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Erin Wall, Soprano
Kelley O'Connor, Mezzo-soprano
Anthony Dean Griffey, Tenor
Morris Robinson, Bass

July 19- Mahler's Symphony No. 9 in D Major
Chicago Symphony Orchestra

The annual Festival continues to offer eclectic fare through September 19.

For a full calendar and tickets, visit Ravinia Festival.


Since 1904, Ravinia has been Chicago's "sound of summer," a place where you can meet up with your friends, have a wonderful time and hear some of the greatest music in the world. We've got stars on the stage and stars in the sky, and it's all within your reach. But there's more to Ravinia than merely the world's greatest music. For as many people who walk through Ravinia's gate each summer, there are just as many ways to enjoy what we call "The Ravinia Experience." For some, it all starts with a picnic picked up along the way, followed by a hop on the train and greeting your friends at your favorite spot on the lawn. Gradually, day turns into evening, and from the comfort of your perfect lawn spot, it culminates in a great concert by candlelight as you gaze at the stars above.

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