American Premiere of Marsalis Concerto

Opening night of CSO's 80th residency

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Cristian Măcelaru, Conductor
Nicola Benedetti, Violin

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
4:30 PM
Donor Gates Open
5:00 PM
Public Gates Open
8:00 PM
Concert Starts

Tickets: $75/25
Lawn: $15
Ticket & dining package $60

Dining Package: You can make the concert a complete evening out when you purchase the concert/dining package for $60 per person. This convenient package comes complete with dinner in the Mirabelle followed by the performance in the Pavilion.


Wynton Marsalis:   Concerto in D (American premiere; co-commissioned by Ravinia)
Respighi:   Fontane di Roma, P.106
Respighi:   Pini di Roma, P.141

About The Artist

"I have loved the violin since I first played with a string orchestra. The instrument is capable of expressing deep pathos, varying states of psychological complexity, delicate tenderness, and passionate love, and it is also happy to provide thrilling, virtuosic flights of fancy, the biting whine and cry of the blues, and that good ol' dancing stomp of a fiddler's reel. Nicola Benedetti gave me a first-class course on the violin. Because Anglo-Celtic mythology, dance, and music are all up in the roots of most forms of American folk expression, Nicola and I were able to mine our natural ancestry and mutual heritage." —Wynton Marsalis

"Working with Wynton Marsalis on his Violin Concerto has been life-changing. We engaged in endless discussions over form, notation, orchestration, and, perhaps most of all, the limitations and capabilities of the violin. I never imagined I could be so deeply invited into the creation of a piece of music, and my education throughout has been unparalleled. During this short time I have learned to hear differently, to myself and to others, and I have found a new understanding of freedom in color, time, and expression. I am so excited to play the piece again at Ravinia with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra."—Nicola Benedetti

Marsalis/Benedetti article

Program Notes

Ravinia kicks off the 80th residency of the CSO with the American premiere of Marsalis's first concerto for solo instrument, co-commissioned by Ravinia. Nicola Benedetti, the violinist it was written for, plays it with the CSO. 

The program also features Respighi's Fountains of Rome as part of a season-long celebration of water-themed music to open the new water sculpture, Chorus, at the grand entrance.

Park Details

Video screen on the lawn