Beethoven's 5th Symphony

Alisa Weilerstein plays Elgar

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis, Conductor
Alisa Weilerstein, Cello

Saturday, July 16, 2016
4:30 PM
Donor Gates Open
5:00 PM
Public Gates Open
7:30 PM
Concert Starts

Tickets: $90/25
Lawn: $10


Vaughan Williams:   Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Elgar:   Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85, (with film)
Beethoven:   Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67

Program Notes

The perfect concert for new listeners as Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 may be the definitive work of classical music and certainly features the most famous four notes in the entire world. 

Daniel Barenboim hadn't recorded the Elgar Cello Concerto, which he made famous with Jacqueline du Pré, after her death. However, the talent of Weilerstein called him back to the studio for a stunning new recording of the classic work. Experience the artistry that he could not ignore.

Park Details

Experience Ravinia's KidsLawn
at today’s concert!

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

For select concerts, including today’s, our new interactive, family-friendly space on the north lawn will be open for you to experience with your children. Today's KidsLawn offers large-scale percussion instruments that will be open to kids of all ages.   See a full listing of KidsLawn dates.


Help Moraine Township Food Pantry
Combat Local Food Insecurity

Moraine Township Food Pantry Each Saturday this summer, volunteers from the Moraine Township Food Pantry will be stationed at the main entrance at Ravinia to collect donations for the 26 percent of residents in the Highland Park/Highwood area who suffer from “food insecurity.”

Below are food items of the most immediate need for the “dangerously low” supplies at the pantry. If you are coming to Ravinia for this show, please consider bringing an item or two from this list to help Moraine Township keep underserved children in the area fed this summer.

  • Cereal
  • Canned kidney beans, peas, corn
  • Crackers—all kinds
  • Pancake mix
  • Jell-O

Concert Information

"The Fantasy on a Theme by Thomas Tallis is, in my opinion, one of the greatest of all works for string orchestra, and for me evokes the lofty spaciousness of English cathedrals. After the haunting opening, the music moves toward a climax of great power before returning to a mood of great serenity at the close."—Sir Andrew Davis

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