Kevin Cole

Kevin Cole & Friends

Saturday, June 30

Pianist Kevin Cole has delighted Ravinia audiences with his celebrations of Marvin Hamlisch, Cole Porter, and the Gershwins over the past three seasons, and he returns this summer with Rod Gilfry, Sylvia McNair, and Ryan VanDenBoom for another signature evening of the Great American Songbook in the Martin Theatre.

 

Stomping Grounds

Stomping Grounds

Saturday, July 7
Travel the world of percussive dance with the Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s foot drumming show “Stomping Grounds,” featuring companies from different cultures, narrated to highlight what makes each unique and what we all have in common—rhythm!


Classic Albums Live

Classic Albums Live

Saturday, July 7

Classic Albums Live drops the needle on The Beatles’ iconic LP Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, faithfully performing the complete disc—note for note and cut for cut—and more of the Fab Four’s greatest hits, just as the group has done for Abbey Road, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, and David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust.

 

tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky Spectacular

Saturday, July 21
Fill your weekend with firepower as Ravinia’s annual Tchaikovsky Spectacular gets a second night, featuring selections from Swan Lake and the First Piano Concerto with soloist Inon Barnatan, whose recent performance at Orchestra Hall “prized delicate color [and] power” (Chicago Tribune). As always, it will conclude with Ravinia’s live cannon percussion in the thrilling 1812 Overture.



Ryan Kinder

Ryan Kinder

Tuesday, June 12
Nashville artist Ryan Kinder joins the lineup of John Fogerty and ZZ Top’s “Blues and Bayous” Tour. Pairing soulful Southern vocals with electrifying guitar heroics, the young artist is bringing his instrument back to the forefront of the genre—and he’s doing it with a vision that’s all his own. “I feel like playing is equal to singing,” Kinder explains. “In fact you can sing through a guitar like it’s another voice, and that’s what I want – for people to forget what they’re hearing.”

Tommy Emmanuel

Tommy Emmanuel

Saturday, June 16

Tommy Emmanuel will open the Alison Krauss concert on June 16. Emmanuel has achieved enough musical milestones to satisfy several lifetimes. At age 6, he was touring his native Australia with his family band. By 30, Emmanuel was a rock and roll lead guitarist, burning up stadiums in Europe. At 44, he became one of five people ever named a “Certified Guitar Player” by his idol, music icon Chet Atkins. Today, he plays hundreds of sold-out shows every year from Nashville to Sydney to London.


Tall heights

Tall Heights

Wednesday, August 22

Tall Heights makes its Ravinia debut opening for Cake and Ben Folds on August 22. Singer/guitarist Tim Harrington and singer/cellist Paul Wright formed Tall Heights in 2010, keeping their songs stripped down to their essential elements, in part, to make it simpler to perform on the streets of Boston. Their most recent release, Neptune, is a far lusher construct. “It was helpful and I think comforting to define ourselves as two vocalists, guitar and cello,” Wright says. “There was a beauty and a simplicity, and stepping outside of that box is pretty scary, because you’re forced to do some sonic soul-searching. I think this record reflects the results of that scary step.”

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