Friday, September 8, 2023

Childs/Reid/Wilson Combo with Kurt Elling

RSMI Jazz Directors Form a Quintet with Sara Caswell and Christian Euman

Genre: Jazz
Donor Gates Open:
4:30 PM
Gates Open:
5:00 PM
Concert Starts:
7:30 PM


Reserved Seats: $40–$60
General Lawn Admission: $15

No Premium Lawn Blocks are offered for this event.

Dining Reservation Availability

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

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  Dining/Concessions at Ravinia Festival®

The seated Park View restaurant is open, and the Scoop Café additionally serves chilled food and drinks, specialty coffees, ice cream, 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.

  Views of the Stage

The Martin Theatre is an indoor venue. While live audio from the performance is broadcast outside for Lawn ticketholders, the stage is not visible from any location on the Lawn.

About the Artist

A native of Los Angeles, Billy Childs grew up immersed in jazz, classical, and popular music influences and has become one of the most distinctly American composers since Aaron Copland, melding that musical heritage in a powerful symbiosis of style, range, and dynamism. Already an in-demand performer on the LA jazz scene by the time he graduated USC, Childs got his first tour and recording break with Freddie Hubbard and soon began working with J.J. Johnson, Joe Henderson, and Wynton Marsalis. Across his career, he has earned 15 Grammy nominations and won five, most recently for 2017’s Rebirth.

Bassist and composer Rufus Reid has been a renaissance figure in the arts since becoming an active presence in the jazz world in the 1970s. His 1974 book The Evolving Bassist has remained the industry standard for double bass methodology, and he has recorded on over 500 albums, including 25 under his own name. His 2022 disc, Celebration, features music for jazz trio and string quartet. A former Guggenheim Fellow in composition, he has written for strings, chamber ensembles, solo bass, jazz ensembles of varying sizes and symphony orchestras.

Regularly lauded as a musician’s musician and a leading saxophonist and composer by the likes of NPR and JazzTimes, Steve Wilson has added a distinctive sound to more than 100 recordings by the likes of Chick Corea, Maria Schneider, George Duke, Dianne Reeves, Bill Bruford, and many others. His cutting-edge quartet Wilsonian’s Grain has been featured on NPR live from the Kennedy Center and the Village Vanguard in New York City, and Wilson is a touring member of the Grammy-winning Maria Schneider Orchestra and Christian McBride Big Band as well as Inside Straight and quartets with Billy Childs and Buster Williams.


RSMI Jazz Directors

Billy Childs, piano
Rufus Reid, bass
Steve Wilson, saxophone


Sara Caswell, violin #
Christian Euman, drums
Kurt Elling, vocalist

# Ravinia Steans Music Institute alum

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