Planets Moons Breaking Barriers

Friday, July 26, 2024

CSO + Marin Alsop: The Planets and The Moons Symphony

Breaking Barriers Festival

Venue: Pavilion Part of: Kids Concerts Series Part of: CSO Residency
Donor Gates Open:
4:30 PM
Gates Open:
5:00 PM
Concert Starts:
7:30 PM
Breaking Barriers 2024 Lead Sponsor: In Honor of Sandra K. Crown
Mainstage Sponsor: Jennifer Steans and James Kastenholz, in memory of Lois Steans
Spotlight Sponsor: Ellen Rudnick and Paul Earle
Sponsor: The Planets Consortium
Media Support:

  Restaurants, Bars, & Concessions in the Park The Park View and Lawn Bar are open for dinner and drinks, and the Freehling Room is open to eligible Ravinia donors. Reservations are recommended for dinner. Ravinia Market / Café and Carts are open with hot food stations plus chilled grab-and-go, drinks, ice cream, and snacks. The Tree Top Lounge is closed for a private event. Make a Reservation 

A large illustration of the Moon with Marin Alsop's shadow cast on the surface in the background of Ravinia's main entrance Breaking Barriers Festival – July 24, 26 & 27 Pavilion ticket package includes a panel discussion with dinner this evening, roundtables with brunch on Saturday, and more events. A discussion between Amanda Lee Falkenberg, Marin Alsop, and The Moons Symphony contributors is held offsite on Wednesday the 24th. More Information RSVP to the 7/24 Panel 

Naperville Astronomical Association   Observe Our Solar System Before and after the performance, visit the North Lawn to join members of the Naperville Astronomical Association as they share views of the planets, moons, and cosmos beyond our Earth through their portable telescopes.

 When Do Tickets Go On Sale? Public ticket sales open at 8:00 a.m. CT on Wednesday, April 24, exclusively here at Ravinia donors receive online access to tickets as early as March 19 or during mid-April.

 Lawn Video Screens This performance will be shown live on a large video screen facing the North Lawn in addition to the Pavilion and South Lawn screens.

 Movie Screens The complete movie will be shown on video screens in the Pavilion and facing the North and South Lawns while the score is played live.


Reserved Seats: $35–$75
Lawn Reserved Blocks: $45*
Lawn General Admission: $17

* Price per person; must reserve full block of 2, 4, or 6

^ Price increases by $5 one week before the event; ticket selection screen shows current price

About the Performance

A space-themed concert complete with visuals and interviews with NASA specialists and world-leading experts continues the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's 2024 season at Ravinia. Chief Conductor Marin Alsop leads the orchestra in Holst's The Planets followed by Amanda Lee Falkenberg's The Moons, a symphonic suite with visuals. Audiences will see science come alive and hear from people like NASA/JPL Volcanologist Dr. Ashley Davies and retired International Space Station Astronaut Nicole Stott to Dr. Zibi Turtle, APL Lead scientist for a future Dragonfly Mission to Titan, and Professor Michele Dougherty, faculty at Imperial College London and PI on the JUICE spacecraft.


Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor
Apollo Chorus of Chicago


Gustav Holst:   The Planets, op. 32
Introduction to The Moons by Amanda Lee Falkenberg with Astronaut Nicole Stott and probe mission leads Elizabeth “Zibi” Turtle and Prof. Michele Dougherty
Amanda Lee Falkenberg:   The Moons Symphonic Suite (with visuals)
–No Intermission–


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