Inspired by the Chicago Public Library’s One Book, One Chicago, Ravinia’s One Score initiative promotes the enjoyment of classical music and creates a cultural touchstone to enable people of diverse backgrounds to engage in community-wide discussion of selected masterworks.


One Score, One Chicago 2013

Verdi's Aida

This year’s One Score selection is the grand opera Aida, one of the most beloved scores by operatic genius Giuseppe Verdi, whose 200th birthday is being celebrated this year. Aida tells of an explosive love-triangle in ancient Egypt, set to a score celebrated for its ravishing emotional intimacy as well as sonically spectacular
“grand opera” pageantry.


Public School Students Experience Verdi's Aida

Ravinia’s One Score, One Chicago introduces thousands of public school students to classical music through the study of a selected work each year. This year’s selection, Giuseppe Verdi’s grand opera epic, Aida, was explored by children in hundreds of classrooms throughout the Chicago area through live performances, school residencies and teacher workshops.
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This project is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment For The Arts.


 

One Score, One Chicago 2011

Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet

The subject of Ravinia's One Score, One Chicago program this year is Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet. If there were a ratings system for great love affairs in history, chances are the highest rank would be given to those two. Our culture is rife with references to those two "star-cross'd lovers," and even the least well-read individual who has no idea who King Lear is or thinks that Hamlet is an omelet made with ham, will recognize the title of what is arguably Shakespeare's best-known play.

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Public School Students Experience Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet

Thousands of public school students in Chicago and Waukegan were introduced to classical music through Ravinia’s One Score, One Chicago program. Romeo & Juliet, the great ballet written by Sergei Prokofiev in 1935, is this year’s selection. Prokofiev extracted music from the ballet into three orchestral suites and a 10-piece piano work. Students learned about the piece through various educational formats. Click here to learn more.

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Public School Students Receive a Trio of Experiences with Pictures at an Exhibition

Thousands of public school students in Chicago, Highland Park, North Chicago and Waukegan are being introduced to classical music through Ravinia’s One Score, One Chicago program this year. Pictures at an Exhibition, the 10-part work originally written for piano by Modest Mussorgsky in 1875 and then arranged for orchestra by Maurice Ravel, is this year’s selection, and students are learning about the piece in three stages. Click here to learn more.


One Score, One Chicago 2010

Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition

Mussorgsky’s only large work for piano, Pictures at an Exhibition was inspired by an 1874 art exhibit of works by Victor Alexandrovitch, a close friend of Mussorgsky’s who had recently died.

The piano work has also become famous in a version orchestrated by Maurice Ravel which you can discover on an mp3 recording available free of charge.

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Four Score, For Chicago 2009

Works Inspired by Abraham Lincoln

Discover four works inspired by our 16th president and download complete mp3 recordings of each.

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