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2022 Was A Success!
Join Us Again Next Year

Music Matters is an evening of cocktails, dinner, auctions, and live music celebrating and raising funds for Ravinia’s music education programs. The 2022 guest of honor was Ravinia Trustee and Women’s Board member Venita Fields, in recognition of her dedicated stewardship and support of Reach Teach Play.

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Support Music Education

All proceeds benefit Ravinia and its Reach Teach Play programs, which provide music education opportunities to over 75,000 students and family members annually in budget-strapped communities throughout Chicagoland.

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Lead Reach Teach Play Sponsor:  


Honoring Venita Fields

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This year, the Associates are thrilled to honor Ravinia Trustee Venita Fields. As the Reach Teach Play committee chair from 2017 through 2021, Venita was instrumental in strengthening Ravinia’s connection to the communities the festival serves with music education programs, including the vital partnership in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood. Venita’s work led to the naming of the Sistema Ravinia Auditorium in the Kehrein Center for the Arts, a beacon in the Austin community for arts and culture that provides much-needed opportunities for families and residents to engage with live performance. We are so fortunate to have had her leadership and look forward to sharing a special tribute with her and all Music Matters guests.

2022 Music Matters Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor:


Challenge Sponsors:

Stephen & Susan Rappin
Jennifer Steans & James Kastenholz

Cocktail Reception Sponsor:

Program Benefactor:

Community Benefactors:

School Benefactors:

BNY Mellon
Clark Baird Smith LLP
Cooley LLP
Crowell & Moring LLP
Husch Blackwell LLP
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Mesirow Financial
Pelham S2K
Ropes & Gray LLP
UBS Financial Services
U.S. Bank

In-Kind Support:

Media Support:

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact associates@ravinia.org or 847-266-5052