Ravinia Festival


Ravinia today announced what is expected to be the final live broadcast from the festival of the popular American Public Media radio show A Prairie Home Companion hosted by Garrison Keillor at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 11.

The first live broadcast from Ravinia occurred in 2004, and the show has returned every year since, along with such special guests as Ravinia favorites soprano Nicole Cabell and violinist Rachel Barton Pine and Chicago’s own Howard Levy, as well as show regulars bandleader Richard Dworsky and voice actors Tim Russell, Sue Scott and Fred Newman and their cavalcade of characters, including the popular P.I. Guy Noir. Keillor announced last summer that he would retire as regular host of the show he created and turn over the microphone to singer and mandolinist Chris Thile, a 2012 MacArthur Fellow.

“I am so proud to have brought Garrison’s live show to Ravinia back in our centennial season, 2004, and every year since,” said Ravinia President and CEO Welz Kauffman, who books the festival’s programs. “Of course I knew Garrison from the radio, but my real connection was contracting the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for a couple broadcasts back in the early ’90s when I worked in the Twin Cities. Garrison’s storytelling is aptly compared to such greats as Will Rogers, but it’s also his musical curatorship of his show that provides such warmth and humor to Prairie Home—he will be missed.”


Did you play first-chair clarinet in high school or did you put down the guitar after a single lesson? Maybe you bought bongos to impress that first-date-gone-wrong. It doesn’t matter how it got there, but Ravinia needs that instrument collecting dust in your closet or attic. It’s time to get the next generation playing these “rescued” instruments. Ravinia will collect instruments as part of the City of Highland Park’s seventh annual Martin Luther King Day of Service from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Recreation Center of Highland Park, 1207 Park Avenue West.

The center will be packed with several volunteers, students, and service organizations turning their day off into a day of service for the community that will include a food drive, creating Valentine’s Day messages for military service people, and decorating and filling book bags for the North Shore Health Clinic. The working instruments Ravinia collects will be redistributed to schools and programs in need of music equipment. Ravinia’s REACH*TEACH*PLAY music education programs serve 75,000 people each year and recently saw the creation of a student orchestra comprising elementary school students from five undeserved Lake County schools. Ravinia provides the instruments, music, and teachers to make music accessible to these students. You still have a chance to make your instrument shine. (Please donate working, portable instruments only).


Don’t let the frigid temperatures get you down—keep warm knowing that the next Ravinia season is just around the corner. Mark your calendar with these important upcoming dates and plan your summer of music here at Ravinia. The full 2016 summer schedule will be unveiled on March 3. Become a donor to the not-for-profit festival and submit your ticket requests as early as March 9. Public ticket sales begin on April 26, exclusively at Ravinia.org


Interested in working at Ravinia Festival, one of the worlds oldest and most iconic outdoor music festivals? Ravinia currently has a number of full-time, part-time, and seasonal opportunities available at our Employment Opportunities page with additional opportunities being added regularly as the summer season nears. For more any questions or concerns feel free to email customerservice@ravinia.org. Ravinia is an equal opportunity employer.

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