List of Performers / Performances / Shows at the Ravinia Festival for the 2012 Season
Ravinia Festival Tickets - 2012 Performances / Shows / Acts
Tickets Go on Sale Online Tomorrow – Thursday April 26 at 5 AM !!
Yes – it’s that time of year again for music / picnics under the stars – when people across the Chicagoland area go on a feeding frenzy online for Ravinia tickets. A reminder that tickets open up for sale online tomorrow at Ravinia.org at 5 AM. The good acts tend to sell out quickly – so if you are an early riser – all the better. We attend about 12-15 shows a year with friends and past clients, typically sitting up-front on the lawn near the main stage. One of these years – we’ll just have to get a Ravinia season pass with preferred parking…
It is kind of tedious to have to scroll through month after month on Ravina’s calendar to see who is playing – so we’ve made it convenient for you to browse all of the acts / performers / performances for the 2012 season in list format.
Ravinia Festival, Highland Park IL Performers / Shows for the 2012 Season Include:
List of Performances at Ravinia For 2012
Earth Wind & Fire, Iron & Wine, Dr. John, Al Green, Fifth House Ensemble, Jimmy Cliff, Leon Fleisher and Friends, Nnenna Freelon, Philip Glass, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, Esperanza Spalding, Zukerman Chamber Players, Sergio Mendes, Ramsey Lewis, Glen Campbell, Ronnie Milsap, Colbie Caillat, Gavin DeGraw, Sarah McLachlan, Jake Shimabukuro, Stephanie Blythe, Midori, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Emerson String Quartet, Jaap Van Zweden, Idina Menzel, Marvin Hamlisch, Angel Romero, Santana, Natalie Merchant, Blues Brothers, Jim Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio, Christoph Eschenbach, Barbara Cook, Matthias Goerne, Diana Krall, Tedeschi Trucks Band, James Conlon, BoDeans, Patti LuPone, Patricia Racette, Seal, Macy Gray, Tokyo String Quartet, Joshua Bell, James Taylor, Misha Dichter, Cipa Dichter, Denis Matsuey, Miriam Fried, Jonathan Biss, Nicole Cabell, Crosby Stills & Nash, Demi Lovato, Ann Hampton Callaway, John Pizzarelli Quartet, Martinez Urioste Brey Piano Trio, Gerald Finley, Kevin Murphy, Huey Lewis and the News, Joe Cocker, Train, Kiri Te Kanawa, Kevin Murphy, Vladimir Feltsman, Justin Roberts & The Not Ready For Naptime Players, Tony Bennett, Arlo Guthrie, Mary Chapin Carpenter, River North Dance Chicago, Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs, Roger Hodgson, Lyle Lovett, Anita Baker, John Hiatt, Steve Earle, Momix Dance Company, Duran Duran, Behzod Abduraimov, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Robin Rosenberg, Chris Jones, Sarah Gruneberg, Tony Mantuano, Orion Weiss, Johannes Moser, Juilliard String Quartet, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Dawn Upshaw, Ruth page Civic Ballet, Tom Chapin
Piano at Ravinia
Did you know that the very first song played at Ravinia was “Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home?”
If you are younger than dirt, you may have to Google the title to recognize the tune. In 1904 – Ravinia actually started out as an amusement park complete with baseball diamond, electric fountain and a casino building with dining and dance floor.
During the Great Depression, the Park and its music festival ended but only for 5-years until the Ravinia Festival Association was founded and in 1936.
Ravinia became the summer residence of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (as it still is today). Ravinia Park Festival is proud to hold the title of the oldest outdoor music festival in North America and boasts of its world-class venue.
Ravinia is situated on a 36 acre park and with a lot of lawn area. The unique setting allows for open seating and picnicking. Those attending the summer concerts bring complete picnics and dinners to shows, with lawn chairs, blankets, coolers full of foods of all kinds and candles, if you’re so inclined. Some of the set-ups people bring are quite extravagant – with Candelabras, and huge spreads of food and drink.
It’s a great place to go as a family or a couple, or with a bunch of friends. Don’t be shy about meeting others that are seated close by. I enjoy sharing the food and wine I bring, with others nearby. We occasionally bring past clients and current clients – which is a lot of fun – as we get to know each other even better!
Ravinia is one of the few concert venues in the country to allow full meals to be brought in and alcoholic beverages and bottles of wine. You may want to bring an extra bottle of wine just to share with the new friends that you’ll make.
If you don’t feel like packing a picnic (or don’t have time), the local grocery stores and specialty restaurants in and around Highland Park (home of Ravinia Park Festival) offer ready-to-eat “Ravinia picnics” for purchase.
Located on Chicago’s north shore in Highland Park, Ravinia Park’s neighbors include Highwood, Glencoe, Deerfield and Northbrook.
Chicago’s North Shore remains one of the most affluent and highly educated areas in the United States. Seven of its communities are in the top quintile of US household income, and four of those (Lake Forest, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Highland Park) are in the top 5 percent. It is a given that the North Shore area has a number of excellent schools.
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