Celebrating Robert Shaw

A Man Of Many Voices

In 2016 Ravinia celebrates the 100th birthday of great American, great American musician, great American classical musician Robert Shaw—just as we will in 2018 for the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, another great American classical musician—with a variety of programs to illustrate Shaw’s legacy.


JUNE 10 • MARTIN THEATRE

Tan Dun’s Water Passion receives its Chicago premiere with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, founded by Shaw classmate and friend Roger Wagner.

JUNE 15 • MARTIN THEATRE

Shaw’s life and times are celebrated in a new documentary, Man of Many Voices, followed by a performance of Rachmaninoff’s “Vespers” by The Singers, a Twin Cities–based ensemble formed largely out of Shaw’s great friend Dale Warland’s singers.


JULY 11 • PAVILION

Shaw was an ardent supporter of choral music of all types and origins, especially the world music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Sweet Honey in the Rock.

JULY 19 • MARTIN THEATRE

Now directed by Shaw protégé William Fred Scott, Chanticleer performs music inspired by our heavenly neighbor in its “Over the Moon” program.

JULY 23 • PAVILION

James Levine conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Mahler’s Second Symphony.

AUGUST 9/10 • PAVILION

David Zinman conducts the CSO for Shaw’s two favorite Brahms symphonies, the Second and the Fourth.

AUGUST 10 • BGH ($10 series)

Singers and pianists from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute present Brahms’s Liebeslieder Waltzes.

AUGUST 11 • BGH

Two of Shaw’s most beloved artists, Sylvia McNair and Marietta Simpson, will lead RSMI singers in a free, public master class of some of the master’s favorite vocal solos.

AUGUST 21 • BGH ($10 series)

Shaw was always surrounded by composers and would have loved Roomful of Teeth’s performance style and repertoire.

• Favorite soloists and muses of Shaw will be heard on each of Ravinia’s stages all season long, including Jeffrey Kahane, Peter Serkin, George Hanson, and Lynn Harrell.

• This December, Sylvia McNair joins Vocality (Josephine Lee’s new ensemble, which debuted magnificently at Ravinia in Porgy and Bess, a favorite work of Shaw’s) for a Christmas program inspired by Shaw’s many own.