Saturday, August 19, 2023

Songbook Standards curated by Kurt Elling

Ravinia Steans Music Institute 

Genre: Cabaret Jazz RSMI
Gates Open:
1:00 PM
Concert Starts:
2:00 PM


Reserved Seats: $25

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.


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®

The Scoop Café is open 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. to serve chilled food and drinks, specialty coffees, ice cream, and snacks.

About the Artist

The Program for Singers offers a unique setting for 15 classical singers to delve deeply into the vast repertoire of art song for three weeks. Fellows are paired with staff collaborative pianists to work with a faculty of distinguished musicians, pedagogues, and scholars on varied aspects of vocal performance, including style, technique, language, diction, dramaturgy, performance, and career preparation.

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, some with specially curated themes and others featuring repertoire selected by the performers.


RSMI Program for Singers
Jeremy Kahn, arranger and pianist
Larry Gray, bass
Joel Spencer, drums


This program of music theater and jazz songbook standards, curated by Kurt Elling to highlight the fellows of RSMI’s Program for Singers, features arrangements by Lee Musiker, who served as music director and pianist on Tony Bennett’s Grammy-winning albums of duets and has backed countless artists across jazz, classical, Broadway, and pop genres. In the vein of last summer’s sellout RSMI Singers concert with Musiker that celebrated the music of Stephen Sondheim, two-time Grammy winner and Chicagoan Elling is shaping an afternoon of songs that uniquely tap into each artist’s stage persona to tug at a vast range of emotions with this music of our time.

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