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Ravinia Announces 2019 Festival Schedule

Kesha, Sting, Lionel Richie, & Queen Latifah are among the summer lineup

March 14, 2019 - 8:57 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A sign that summer is around the corner - Ravina released its 2019 lineup.

Ravinia Festival has been known to have "something for everyone" and this year is no different.

The 100 day festival season is filled with 70 debuts and 50 premieres; and the lineup features classical, pop, country, jazz, hip-hop and R&B artists scheduled to perform at the Highland Park venue.

Ravinia announced Thursday that it officially opens May 31 with Ramseyfest, a concert featuring the Chicago jazz legend Ramsey Lewis & the Urban Knights, plus a trio of friends including Philip Bailey of EWF, John Pizzarelli Trio, Ann Hampton Callaway.

“I’m not sure I ever really start off planning any season with a specific thought in mind when it comes to the programming other than the driving force that is our mantra: something for everyone,” said Ravinia CEO Welz Kauffman, in a statement. “Our season continues to be something for audiences of all ages, local audiences and regional audiences. … There are very few [venues] that can do what we do. You can hear the Chicago Symphony Orchestra here and you can hear Maxwell [July 9] here — the location is the same, but the vibe takes on a whole new personality with each artist. I think that is truly unique and what makes a concert at Ravinia such an experience.”

Among the 140 concert events, top pavilion headliners include Lionel Richie, Sting, Tony Bennett - in his 40th Ravinia concert, Buddy Guy with Blues Traveler and Shemekia Copeland, Steve Miller Band, Little Big Town, Sugarland, Lady Antebellum - for the first time,  Kesha, Morrissey, Pentatonix, TI, Queen Latifah and Common, and many, many more.

Ravinia will also hold a Kids Concert Series, featuring Vy Higginsen’s Sing Harlem Choir, the Mames Babegenush Klezmer band, the Ko-Thi Dance Company, the Catskill Puppet Theater and Stars of the Peking Acrobats.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra will begin a summer residency at Ravinia highlighting classical music and performing a concert in celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 101st birthday, with a screening of “West Side Story,” and Oscar and Grammy Award winner Jennifer Hudson makes her debut with the CSO as the featured soloist for Ravinia’s annual Women’s Board fundraising gala.

Tickets will go on sale to Ravinia donors beginning March 19. The general public sale begins May 7 for May, June, and July concerts, and May 8 for August and September concerts, exclusively at ravinia.org.

Check out the complete 2019 festival schedule:

Opening Night, May 31 -  Ramseyfest - Ramsey Lewis & Urban Knights, plus a trio of friends - Philip Bailey of EWF, John Pizzarelli Trio, Ann Hampton Callaway

June 1 - Tash Sultana with special guest Pierce Brothers

June 6 - Rob Thomas with Abby Anderson

June 7 - Josh Groban

June 8 - John Prine with Tyler Childers

June 9 - Bobby McFerrin & The SpiritYouAll Band with the Chicago Children’s Choir

June 11 - Lionel Richie

June 12 - Lionel Richie

June 13 - Lake Street Dive and The Wood Brothers

June 14 - Buddy Guy with Blues Traveler and Shemekia Copeland

June 21 - Tony Bennett with very special guest Antonia Bennett

June 26 - The Stars of the Peking Acrobats

June 28 - Little Big Town with Jillian Jacqueline

June 29 - Counting Crows

June 30 - Sugarland

July 1 - Steve Miller Band with Matt Andersen

July 2 - T.I.

July 6 - Michael McDonald and Chaka Khan

July 7 - The Music of Queen by the Ravinia Festival Orchestra

July 9 - Maxwell

July 10 - Lady Antebellum

July 12 - CSO: West Side Story (film with orchestra) 

July 13 - CSO: Jean-Yves Thibaudet

July 14 - CSO: Jennifer Hudson

July 15 - Well-Strung

July 20 -  CSO: MASS

July 21 - CSO: Ghostbusters: 35th Anniversary (film with orchestra) 

July 23 - Lyle Lovett & His Large Band

July 26 - Mahler's Symphony No. 8

July 27 - Lenny: A Musical Portrait In Symphony, Song and Story

July 28 - “Weird Al” Yankovic and the Ravinia Festival Orchestra

July 30 - ABBA The Concert

Aug. 1 - CSO: Beethoven & Brahms

Aug. 2 - CSO: Beethoven & Brahms

Aug. 3 - Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band with The Beach Boys

Aug. 4 - Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band with The Beach Boys

Aug. 7 - CSO: Denis Matsuev Plays Rach 3

Aug. 8 - Angel Blue

Aug. 9 - CSO: On The Waterfront (film with orchestra)

Aug. 10 - Chicago

Aug. 11 - Chicago

Aug. 12 - Sarah McLachlan with Ravinia Festival Orchestra

Aug. 13 - Nickelback

Aug. 14 - Nickelback

Aug. 15 - Pentatonix: The World Tour with special guest Rachel Platten

Aug. 16 - Alisa Weilerstein with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra

Aug. 17 -  Laurie Berkner (kids concert series)

Aug. 17 - CSO: Perlman Plays Bruch

Aug. 18 - Tchaikovsky Spectacular

Aug. 19 - Anne Akiko Meyers with Lucerne Symphony Orchestra

Aug. 20 - George Li with Lucerne Symphony Orchestra

Aug. 21 - Philippe Quint Celebrates the Music of Charlie Chaplin Films

Aug. 22 -Bernstein's Trouble In Tahiti, Chicago Philharmonic

Aug. 23 - Sting

Aug. 24 - Opera for the Young: Super Storm (kids concert series)

Aug. 24 - Sting

Aug. 26 - Gil Shaham Plays Brahms with The Knights

Aug. 28 - Bernstein's Candide, The Knights

Aug. 29 - An Evening with Michael Feinstein and Christine Ebersole

Aug. 30 - O.A.R. with American Authors and Rozzi

Aug. 31 - Queen Latifah and Common

Sept. 1 - Steely Dan

Sept. 2 - Mames Babegenush (kids concert series)

Sept. 2 - Steely Dan

Sept. 7 - Yevgeny Kutik

Sept. 8 - Kesha

Sept. 14 - The Performer's School: Cinderella (kids concert series)

Sept. 14 - Morrissey

Sept. 15 - The Performer's School: Cinderella (kids concert series)

Sept. 15 - Coco with Chicago Philharmonic accompanies (film with orchestra)