Saturday, July 22, 2023

Celebrating Women in Chamber Music

Ravinia Steans Music Institute

Breaking Barriers Festival

Genre: Classical RSMI
Gates Open:
1:00 PM
Concert Starts:
2:00 PM


Free General Admission with Advance Ticket

Please reserve tickets to this event before arriving at the venue. Free admission will still be offered at the door, pending availability.

No Lawn tickets are offered for this event.

  Views of the Stage

Bennett Gordon Hall is an indoor venue. The stage is not visible from any location on the Lawn, nor is audio from the performance broadcast to the Lawn.

  Breaking Barriers Festival

This concert is part of Breaking Barriers, an annual festival curated by Marin Alsop. This year focuses on women composers—classical and jazz artists and singer-songwriters—who are featured throughout the season. Day passes are available for access to additional events. Learn more.


Ravinia is becoming a cashless venue and encourages all guests to bring credit/debit cards or other cashless forms of payment. Cash will not be accepted at The Festival Shop, Wintrust Chair & Table Rental, Dining Pavilion restaurants, and concessions and bars.

  Dining/Concessions at Ravinia Festival®

All Ravinia Festival restaurants and concessions are closed.

  Livestreamed on YouTube

This presentation by RSMI is free to experience in person at Bennett Gordon Hall or on Ravinia’s YouTube channel wherever you are. View this season’s and past livestreams.

About the Artist

The Program for Piano & Strings concentrates on interpretation and small-group collaboration through the practice and performance of classical sonata and chamber repertoire. Up to 35 violinists, violists, cellists, and pianists—and often a pre-existing chamber group or two—gather for five weeks of immersive and intensive rehearsals and coachings with a rotating roster of some of the world’s finest teaching artists.

In addition to a series of public master classes that focus on growing the fellows’ experience and interpretations of specific repertoire, the musicians participate in several afternoon and evening concerts presented during the summer, featuring the artists in varying instrumental and personnel groupings across the season.


RSMI Program for Piano & Strings 


This program, presented as part of Ravinia’s Breaking Barriers Festival, carries the weekend (and season-long) focus on highlighting women composers into music for small classical ensembles. Among other works, RSMI’s Piano & Strings fellows perform the Double Quartet by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in Music.

Breaking Barriers Festival Package

Saturday Complete Pass ($125)

Noteworthy concerts and conversations are all included—from a panel on amplifying women composers to a moderated roundtable with lunch, followed by a celebratory Ravinia Steans Music Institute concert. Complete with general admission to the Lawn to hear Natalia Lafourcade, the day pass also provides onsite parking in the West Lot and a one-time discount at The Festival Shop.

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