Welcome to RaviniaTV, a variety show webcast on our Youtube channel. Our first season aired during the summer of 2020, and every episode is viewable below. Subscribe to our channel and Please "stay tuned" to this page for news on future episodes and seasons of the series.
On this fourteenth episode of RaviniaTV, our Thanksgiving is more than an extra helping of delectable music from our friends and family. President & CEO Jeff Haydon leads in with a special holiday message of gratitude for the music we’ve been able to make and share this year, and students from our Reach Teach Play programs give their thanks for their experiences with music in these trying times and look forward to all that’s to come.
Violinist Pinchas Zukerman and cellist Amanda Forsyth join us from home with a pair of performances to tug at our hearts with their strings, and longtime Chicago Symphony Orchestra clarinetist John Bruce Yeh rhapsodizes about not having played on Ravinia’s stage for the first time in decades, sharing a familiar solo to recall that joy. After lifelong Chicagoan, writer, and storyteller Jack Zimmerman drops the needle on a poignant afternoon 45 years ago at a jazz club where his love and dreams for classical and jazz music crossed tracks, Ravinia-favorite children’s singer-songwriter Laurie Berkner leads a fun-filled sing-along of her tune “Waiting for the Elevator.”
This Thanksgiving Special also features Christine Taylor Conda, the director of our Reach Teach Play programs, putting a spotlight on the profound and powerful history and music of spirituals, the oral tradition created and sung by enslaved African Americans that not only became a distinct genre of music but help the literal movement toward freedom. Thanksgiving is ON RaviniaTV — thank you for tuning in this season, and we hope you enjoy the holiday safely.
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. Listen to the complete playlist of all the TOPical 5 selections on Spotify.
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.
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.