CSO Residency 2020  

Ravinia’s 2020 CSO Residency

Ravinia’s 85th annual summer residency of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra comprises 15 concerts, from July 10 through August 16, that boast classical favorites, Chicago premieres, and songs from Broadway to the savanna. In this milestone year for women’s rights, stage and screen powerhouse Cynthia Erivo headlines the annual Women’s Board gala, conducted by the pioneering Marin Alsop, and a new piano concerto by Paola Prestini, written for and performed by Lara Downes, receives its Midwest premiere.

One of Ravinia’s favorite women, Patricia Racette stars in Leonard Bernstein’s A White House Cantata in the festival’s continuing celebration of America’s most important musician in this election year. Mixed in are celebrations of Itzhak Perlman’s 75th and Christoph Eschenbach’s 80th birthdays as well as glittering salutes to Beethoven’s 250th. Hot American conductor Teddy Abrams and My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James bring their newly recorded project The Order of Nature to the Midwest, and last summer’s megahit remake of The Lion King is shown with its tuneful Hans Zimmer and Elton John music played live.


2020 Season Concerts:

Friday, July 10 — Pavilion Midori
Opening Night with Marin and Midori

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor
Midori, violin

Bernstein:   Slava! (A Political Overture)
Prokofiev:   Violin Concerto No. 1
Shostakovich:   Symphony No. 7 (“Leningrad”)


Saturday, July 11 — PavilionRachmaninoff
All Rachmaninoff

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor
Lukáš Vondráček, piano

All-Rachmaninoff Program
  Vocalise for orchestra
  Piano Concerto No. 3
  Symphonic Dances


Sunday, July 12 — PavilionCynthia Enrivo
Cynthia Erivo: Legendary Women’s Voices

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor
Cynthia Erivo, vocalist

Program to include songs by some of the greatest female singers of all time, including Nina Simone, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, and Gladys Knight
Gala evening benefiting Ravinia’s Reach Teach Play music education programs


Thursday, July 16 — PavilionJoan of Arc
The Passion of Joan of Arc / Voices of Light

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor
RSMI Singers

Richard Einhorn:   Voices of Light

Oratorio inspired by Carl Dreyer’s 1928 silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc, performed with the complete film shown on Pavilion and Lawn video screens


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Friday, July 17 — PavilionMarin Alsop
Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor
Jorge Federico Osorio, piano

Brahms:   Variations on a Theme by Haydn
Rachmaninoff:   Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini
Elgar:   “Enigma” Variations


Wednesday, July 22 — PavilionLion King
The Lion King (2019): In Concert Live to Film

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Thiago Tiberio, conductor

Hans Zimmer:   Score to The Lion King

The megahit photorealistic remake of the classic Disney film comes to life as the CSO plays the memorable music of Hans Zimmer and Elton John with the voices of Donald Glover, Beyoncé, and more.


Saturday, July 25 — PavilionJim James
Jim James & Teddy Abrams: The Order of Nature

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Teddy Abrams, conductor
Jim James, vocalist
Lara Downes, piano

Paola Prestini:   Hindsight for piano and orchestra
Price:   Piano Concerto in One Movement
J. James/T. Abrams:   The Order of Nature


Wednesday, July 29 — PavilionDaniil Trifonov
Trifonov Plays Beethoven

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Louis Langrée, conductor
Daniil Trifonov, piano

Beethoven:   Piano Concerto No. 3
Brahms:   Symphony No. 4


Thursday, July 30 — PavilionWhite House
Bernstein’s A White House Cantata

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Wayne Marshall, conductor
Apollo Chorus of Chicago
Rod Gilfry, baritone
Patricia Racette, soprano
Lauren Michelle, soprano
Gary Griffin, stage director

Bernstein:   A White House Cantata


Saturday, August 1 — PavilionBell, Denk, and Isserlis
Beethoven’s “Triple”: Bell, Denk, and Isserlis

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Michael Stern, conductor
Joshua Bell, violin
Steven Isserlis, cello
Jeremy Denk, piano

Bloch:   From Jewish Life
Saint-Saëns:   Introduction and Rondo capriccioso
Mozart:   Piano Concerto No. 14
Beethoven:   Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano (“Triple”)


Friday, August 7 — PavilionChristoph Eschenbach
Symphonie Fantastique

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach
, conductor
Stathis Karapanos, flute

Khachaturian:   Flute Concerto
Berlioz:   Symphonie fantastique


Saturday, August 8 — PavilionBeethoven
Beethoven’s 9th, Eschenbach’s 80th

Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
Stathis Karapanos, flute
Erin Wall, soprano
Michelle DeYoung, mezzo-soprano
Paul Appleby, tenor
Matthias Goerne, baritone

Mikis Theodorakis:   Zorbas Suite (arr. Achilleas Wastor, Stathis Karapanos)
Beethoven:   Symphony No. 9


Sunday, August 9 — PavilionVienna
Mahler’s Vienna

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
William Hagen, violin

Korngold:   Violin Concerto
Mahler:   Symphony No. 1


Saturday, August 15 — PavilionJim James
Perlman Plays Mendelssohn

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Edo de Waart, conductor
Itzhak Perlman, violin

John Adams:   The Chairman Dances
Mendelssohn:   Violin Concerto
Dvořák:   Symphony No. 7


Sunday, August 16 — PavilionCannons
Tchaikovsky Spectacular

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Itzhak Perlman, conductor
Garrick Ohlsson, piano

Tchaikovsky Spectacular
  Symphony No. 5
  Piano Concerto No. 1
  1812 Overture (with cannons)

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