Ravinia on Tour

Alumni from the Steans Music Institute

Ravinia on Tour extends the sensational soundscapes of summer with ensembles that feature award-winning alumni of the Ravinia Steans Music Institute, where young professional classical piano, string, and vocal artists and jazz performer-composers arrive each season to collaboratively expand their artistry and elevate their concert careers.

2024 Spring Tour

Saxophonist Veronica Leahy
Saxophonist Steve Wilson
Trumpeter Jason Palmer
Pianist Luca Mendoza
Bassist Harish Raghavan
Drummer Mark Whitfield Jr.

As the Jazz Program hits the road for the first time, co-Artistic Director and two-time Grammy-nominated saxophonist Steve Wilson gathers a quintet of musicians from across 20 years of the program’s history to delve into each other’s original music and make creative alchemy between their unique voices and shared experience—just as they did during their time at RSMI.

Each artist has become a mainstay across the New York City, Boston, or Los Angeles jazz scenes, leading their own combos and sitting in for tours and records variously with the likes of Taylor Eigsti, Ben Wendel, David Binney, Vijay Iyer, Gretchen Parlato, Terence Blanchard, Orrin Evans, Kurt Elling, and many more. With numerous DownBeat stars and awards between them as instrumentalists, the equally deft composers are opening their catalogues to the tour set—as well as crafting new charts just for the group.

Read on Ravinia Backstage: Harboring the Beauty of Jazz and the Art of Spontaneity

Concert Schedule

Tuesday, February 27 — Highland Park, IL
Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia, 7:30 p.m. Tickets

Friday & Saturday, March 1 & 2 — New Orleans, LA
Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro Tickets

with special guests
Rufus Reid, bass (co-Artistic Director)
Kurt Elling, vocals (Ravinia Jazz Advisor)


Mozart: Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478
Bartók: String Quartet No. 2, BB 75
Montgomery: Break Away
Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, op. 80

Featured Artists

Veronica Leahy, saxophone (’20, ’21)
Steve Wilson, saxophone (co-Artistic Director)
Jason Palmer, trumpet (’03)
Luca Mendoza, piano (’18)
Harish Raghavan, bass (’06)
Mark Whitfield Jr., drums (’06)