James Levine Returns!
James Levine celebrates the 45th anniversary of his Ravinia debut by returning to the festival for the first time since 1993. On July 23, 2016, Levine will lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Mahler’s Second Symphony, the piece he first conducted at Ravinia on June 24, 1971.
Levine made his Ravinia debut as a last-minute replacement, fresh from his Cleveland Orchestra apprenticeship. Two years later, in 1973, he was named Ravinia’s music director. Over his tenure, he presented an array of symphonic, chamber, and operatic programs; exhibited his talents as an acclaimed concert pianist in recitals; and introduced new artists to Ravinia.