Music Matters 2024 supporting Ravinia and its Reach Teach Play programs, hosted by the Ravinia Associates Board

Saturday, May 11, 2024
at Ravinia Festival

Black Tie Optional

Dinner • Open Bar • Auction • Live Music

Buy Tickets Now

Tickets start at $300 per person.
Ticket prices increase by $50 per person after Thursday, March 28.

Standard tickets ($300 per person) include:

  • Cocktail hour with open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres
  • Exclusive program in the Martin Theatre, including live auction and entertainment
  • Three-course seated dinner
  • Complimentary parking in Ravinia’s North Lot

Upgrade to VIP tickets ($400 per person) for:

  • Exclusive access to premium VIP bar
  • Champagne toast at table
  • Priority program and dinner seating
  • Recognition in event program book

Supporting Music Education

All proceeds benefit Ravinia and its Reach Teach Play programs, which directly serve over 20,000 students annually in Lake and Cook Counties today. Ravinia opens doors where everyone can experience the positive impact of music through Reach Teach Play, providing underserved children and families with music education programs and live music performances in their schools and communities, as well as at Ravinia.

Make a Donation

Lead Reach Teach Play Sponsor: 

Richard W. Colburn
Richard W. Colburn

Honoring The Negaunee Foundation and its President, Richard W. Colburn

In addition to raising money and awareness for Ravinia’s music education programs, Music Matters annually recognizes inspirational philanthropic and educational leaders. This year, the Associates honor The Negaunee Foundation and its president, Richard W. Colburn, for their generous dedication to nonprofit organizations throughout the Chicago area.

We look forward to celebrating Richard in 2024, which marks his 20th year of service on the Ravinia Board of Trustees. The Negaunee Foundation’s significant support of Ravinia throughout and beyond these years—from a generational bond forged in the 1940s—has substantially helped advance the festival’s mission to ensure that music education remains accessible to all.

2024 Music Matters Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor:

Evergreen Real Estate Group

Challenge Sponsors:

Stephen & Susan Rappin
Jennifer W. Steans & James Kastenholz

Cocktail Reception Sponsor:

US Bank

Program Benefactors:


Community Benefactors:

Baker Tilly
Mid-America Real Estate
Miller Cooper and Co. Ltd.

School Benefactors:

Clark Baird Smith LLP
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

In-Kind Support:

Beam Suntory
Gold Coast Events

Media Support:

Sheridan Road

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact or 847‑266‑5052.