Welcome to RaviniaTV, a 20-minute weekly variety show webcast on our YouTube channel and Facebook page every Friday at 7 p.m. CDT. Subscribe to our channel and receive notifications when each new episode is online.
This week’s episode features an exclusive interview with distinguished composer Jake Heggie about the immediacy of his highly successful operas, including his upcoming project Intelligence, an opera about women spies in the South during the Civil War. A “Chicago’s Own” spotlight on Ralph Covert of Ralph’s World serves up both an exclusive interview and a special performance with his indie-rock group, The Bad Examples, on the festival’s main stage.
The episode will also bring viewers a “TOPical 5” countdown of the top 5 tracks to dance on top of a picnic cooler to this summer, picked and presented by Sherman & Tingle of 97.1 FM The Drive, and a “Zoom in on Highland Park” features the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, the largest youth music ensemble program in the Midwest. Violinist Isis Burgos shares her seven years’ experience and how MYA has helped her become a better musician. Other segments include a comedy sketch by the Comic Thread and Bitter Jester Studio, plus a special performance by acclaimed pianist Richard Glazier.
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Musical guests make special appearances on Ravinia’s main stage (or other venues closer to home) to share performances with the audiences they just as much wish they could be with in person. Chicago’s Own segments put the spotlight on local music makers, and Ravinia from Home features artists performing from their living rooms.
Chicago radio personalities count down their top five songs related to our reality.
Zoom in on Highland Park
Get to know the movers and shakers of Ravinia’s hometown.
Reach Teach Play
Instructors and students from Ravinia's RTP music education programs share fun instructional videos!
We're all facing serious situations, but there's still comedy all around us.
Blast from the Past
Clips from Ravinia’s archives show off memorable moments that fans might have missed.
Ravinia is a year-round organization with a nonprofit mission that extends beyond the stage. Our park may be dark this summer, but in this year with no ticket revenue, the generous support of our donors gives us the means to maintain our commitment to the students and families our Reach Teach Play music education programs serve, brighten the community, and bring the rejuvenating power of music to so many during this shared crisis. We are excited for the possibilities the future brings to the festival and the people we serve. Light the way with us.
Other Virtual Projects from Ravinia
Even without “normal” classrooms to meet in, our Reach Teach Play music education instructors and students are keeping music alive in their hearts and homes through fun instructional videos! See a sampling below.
Exclusive recordings of performances from Ravinia's Steans Music Institute. Videos are available from RSMI’s three summer programs, including original charts from unique jazz combos, chamber music featuring piano and strings, and collections of songs from classical to musical theater. See a sampling below.
Since airing on Saturday, June 27, the Living Room Lawn Party has been raising funds to benefit Ravinia and its Reach Teach Play programs! If you missed the free streaming program, you can still watch the full event online, including performances and messages from host Kristin Chenoweth and special guests Marin Alsop, Ramsey Lewis, Patricia Racette, Michelle DeYoung, Marquis Hill, Kevin Cole, and more.