Sunday, July 16, 2023

Heather Headley with Marin Alsop and the CSO

Star of Broadway’s Lion King and Aida Sings the Annual Gala Benefit Concert Hosted by the Ravinia Women’s Board

Venue: Pavilion Part of: CSO Residency
Genre: Classical R&B
Donor Gates Open:
3:30 PM
Gates Open:
4:00 PM
Concert Starts:
6:00 PM
Cocktail Reception Sponsor: BMO Harris Bank
Concert Sponsor: The Dancing Skies Foundation
Dinner Sponsor:


Reserved Seats: $35–$125
Premium Lawn Blocks: $65*
General Lawn Admission: $17

* Price per person; must reserve full block of 2, 4, or 6

Dining Reservation Availability

Lawn Bar - Has reservations available! (May be limited to donors.)

Tree Top - Has reservations available! (May be limited to donors.)

Park View - Has reservations available! (May be limited to donors.)

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  Dining/Concessions at Ravinia Festival®

Ravinia Market, Lawn Bar, Tree Top, and Park View are all open. Concession carts and the Scoop Café additionally serve drinks and snacks. The Freehling Room is open to eligible Ravinia donors (for reservations, call 847-432-7655). Please press the button above or call 847-432-7550 for all other dining reservations.

Join Us at Gala 2023!
The largest annual fundraiser benefiting our Reach Teach Play music education programs is hosted by the Ravinia Women’s Board this evening. On Sale Now: Benefactor tickets include premium concert seating, pre-concert cocktails, and dinner.

About the Artist

Tony and Grammy Award-winning vocalist and actor Heather Headley returns after stunning with Sondheim songs last summer, lifting up a full evening of signatures—from Elton John Broadway hits to pop standards. In 1997, Headley created the role of Nala in the original cast of Elton John and Tim Rice’s hit Tony-winning musical The Lion King, and while still part of the cast, she was asked to audition for the title role in the next Broadway venture together, Aida. Portraying the Nubian princess won her sweeping critical praise, including both the Tony and the Drama Desk Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Headley’s success continued on the record charts, earning two Grammy nominations with her 2002 debut album This Is Who I Am, R&B and dance No. 1 honors with the title track of 2006’s In My Mind, and the Best R&B/Gospel Album Grammy for 2009’s Audience of One. After starring in The Bodyguard in London’s West End in 2012, she returned to Broadway in 2016 to star as Shug Avery in The Color Purple.


Chicago Symphony Orchestra 
Marin Alsop, conductor 
Heather Headley, vocalist 
Singers from the Ravinia Lawndale Family Music School and Trinity UCC Choir 

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