Ravinia Festival News

Porchlight Sets Casts for First Post-Broadway Premiere of SIDE SHOW, FAR FROM HEAVEN & AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'Porchlight Sets Casts for First Post-Broadway Premiere of SIDE SHOW, FAR FROM HEAVEN & AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2015

Exciting news just in to BroadwayWorld!  Michael Weber, artistic director of Porchlight Music Theatre, has announced the casts of the Chicago premiere of the 2014 revision of Side Show, the return of Porchlight's hit Ain't Misbehavin', multi-Jeff Award-winner Summer Naomi Smart starring in the Chicago premiere of Far From Heaven, and Porchlight Music Theatre's 2015 - 2016 artistic leadership for its four Mainstage productions. (more...)

Linda Eder Added to 2015 Crown & Anchor Broadway Series in ProvincetownLinda Eder Added to 2015 Crown & Anchor Broadway Series in Provincetown
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2015

Producer Rick Murray will continue the 2015 Broadway Series in Provincetown, Massachusetts into the fall at The Crown & Anchor's Paramount Theatre with two Columbus Day Weekend performances by Broadway powerhouse Linda Eder.  Tickets are now on sale for the October 10 & 11 8:00 p.m. concerts, as well as for the remaining acts in the summer Series, including Charles Busch, Kathy Griffin, Shirley Jones, Linda Lavin, and Billy Porter. (more...)

Violinist Jennifer Koh & Pianist Shai Wosner Collaborate on 'Bridge to Beethoven'Violinist Jennifer Koh & Pianist Shai Wosner Collaborate on 'Bridge to Beethoven'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2015

Violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Shai Wosner have come together to combine their personal and musical experiences in a collaborative project titled Bridge to Beethoven that explores the impact and significance Beethoven has had on a culturally diverse group of composers and musicians. The recital series pairs Beethoven's Complete Violin Sonatas with works by composers of different ethnic lineage in four distinct programs featuring three works commissioned for the series by Vijay Iyer, Andrew Norman, and Anthony Cheung which serve as companion pieces to select sonatas, and Jörg Widmann's Sommersonate. (more...)

'BASKERVILLE' Playwright Ken Ludwig Coming to The Old Globe for One-Night-Only Event'BASKERVILLE' Playwright Ken Ludwig Coming to The Old Globe for One-Night-Only Event
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2015

The Old Globe has announced an extra-special appearance-an hour-long interview/conversation with one of America's great comic playwrights, Ken Ludwig, familiar to millions for Lend Me a Tenor and Crazy for You-on Sunday, July 26 at 5:30 p.m. prior to the 7:00 p.m. preview of his new and very popular play, Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. (more...)

Rite of Summer Music Festival to Present Free Concerts with Imani Winds, 8/1Rite of Summer Music Festival to Present Free Concerts with Imani Winds, 8/1
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2015

Rite of Summer Music Festival concludes its fifth, most musically and culturally diverse season yet with Imani Winds performing two free shows at 1 & 3pm on Saturday, August 1st. (more...)

Trekkies Unite for Cincinnati Pops' Live Accompaniment to STAR TREK, 7/18Trekkies Unite for Cincinnati Pops' Live Accompaniment to STAR TREK, 7/18
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2015

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra will perform Michael Giacchino's breathtaking orchestral score of Star Trek in synch with 2009 blockbuster film Star Trek (PG-13) at the Taft Theatre on Saturday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 8th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 8th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Jul 9, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Beaches,' 'Kinky Boots' and 'Gotta Dance' show how a pre-Broadway tryout is done, while 'Fancy Nancy,' 'The Little Mermaid' and 'Pinocchio' go for a younger demographic. Meanwhile, Ravinia, Grant Park and Three Oaks (MI) do summer concerts, and The Music Theatre Company announces its own surprise demise. (more...)

Full HQ Video Of Audra McDonald's EVITA 'Rainbow High' Carnegie Hall PerformanceFull HQ Video Of Audra McDonald's EVITA 'Rainbow High' Carnegie Hall Performance
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 30, 2015

Don't cry for Audra McDonald! (more...)

Rob Thomas to Release Highly Anticipated New Album 'THE GREAT UNKNOWN', 8/21Rob Thomas to Release Highly Anticipated New Album 'THE GREAT UNKNOWN', 8/21
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2015

Emblem/Atlantic recording artist Rob Thomas has announced the release of his hugely anticipated new album. 'THE GREAT UNKNOWN' the multiple-GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter's first new solo album in more than six years arrives everywhere on Friday, August 21st. (more...)

Honens International Piano Competition 2015 Semifinalists RevealedHonens International Piano Competition 2015 Semifinalists Revealed
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

Ten pianists have been chosen to advance to the Semifinals of Canada's Honens Piano Competition. The musicians (ages 22 to 30) come from six countries: Italy, Russia, South Korea, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States. One pianist will be named the Honens Prize Laureate and win the world's largest award of its kind-$100,000 (CAN) and an artist development program valued at a half million dollars. The Semifinals and Finals of the Honens Piano Competition take place during the 2015 Honens Festival & Piano Competition in Calgary, September 3 to 12. (more...)

New York Youth Symphony Sets 53rd SeasonNew York Youth Symphony Sets 53rd Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

The New York Youth Symphony (NYYS), composed of orchestra, chamber, jazz, conducting, and composition programs-heads into the 2015/16 season having provided over 5,000 music students between ages 12 and 22 unparalleled opportunities to perform at world-class venues including Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center and to study with world-renowned artists, all tuition-free. Beyond the instruction from accomplished musicians, students gain valuable life skills-commitment, discipline, focus, collaboration-and friendships that last a lifetime.  (more...)

Encores! Off-Center's A NEW BRAIN, Starring Jonathan Groff, Opens TonightEncores! Off-Center's A NEW BRAIN, Starring Jonathan Groff, Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

Jenni Barber, Quentin Earl Darrington, Bradley Dean, Dan Fogler, Ana Gasteyer, Josh Lamon, Aaron Lazar, Alyse Alan Louis and Rema Webb join Jonathan Groff in the Encores! Off-Center production of William Finn and James Lapine's A New Brain, running tonight, June 24, through June 27, 2015. The production is directed by James Lapine, with choreography by Josh Prince. (more...)

The Old Globe Sets Cast, Creative Team for BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERYThe Old Globe Sets Cast, Creative Team for BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2015

The complete cast and creative team have been announced for the West Coast Premiere of Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, a new work by one of America's great comic playwrights, familiar to millions for Lend Me a Tenor and Crazy for You. Baskerville is directed by Josh Rhodes, who previously choreographed the Globe's productions of Bright Star and Working, as well as Broadway's It Shoulda Been You, First Date, and Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella. The Old Globe engagement will begin performances on July 24, with opening night on Thursday, July 30 at 8:00 p.m., in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Although originally scheduled to run through August 23, Baskerville has been extended by popular demand through August 30, 2015! (more...)

Mezzo-soprano J'nai Bridges to Compete for BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, 6/14Mezzo-soprano J'nai Bridges to Compete for BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, 6/14
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2015

CHICAGO - American mezzo-soprano J'nai Bridges is one of 20 international finalists for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2015 competition. Bridges, a third-year member of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, is currently portraying Vlasta in Lyric's mainstage premiere of Mieczys?aw Weinberg's The Passenger. (more...)

Breaking News: Steven Pasquale, Brandon Victor Dixon, Miriam Shor & More Will Join Sutton Foster in Encores! Off-Center's THE WILD PARTYBreaking News: Steven Pasquale, Brandon Victor Dixon, Miriam Shor & More Will Join Sutton Foster in Encores! Off-Center's THE WILD PARTY
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2015

Brandon Victor Dixon and Steven Pasquale will join the previously announced Sutton Foster in Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party, running July 15 – 18, 2015 at New York City Center. (NOTE: Brandon Victor Dixon will replace the previously announced Joshua Henry, who has had a scheduling conflict.) The production will be directed by Leigh Silverman, with choreography by Sonya Tayeh. Jeanine Tesori is the Artistic Director of Encores! Off-Center and Chris Fenwick is Music Director. (more...)

Red Priest Joins Bach Festival Society's 2015-16 Season in Winter ParkRed Priest Joins Bach Festival Society's 2015-16 Season in Winter Park
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2015

Bach Festival Society of Winter Park will present baroque ensemble Red Priest on Sunday, January 24 at 3:00pm at Tiedtke Concert Hall on the Rollins College campus as part of the Society's Visiting Artist Series, known for bringing the world's top chamber musicians and composers to Central Florida. (more...)

YPC of NYC to Present Concerts of Hope at Symphony Space, 6/23YPC of NYC to Present Concerts of Hope at Symphony Space, 6/23
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2015

On Tuesday, June 23, the Young People's Chorus of New York City and Artistic Director/Founder Francisco J. Nuñez welcome two extraordinary youth choirs to Symphony Space for a very special concert in its Transmusica series, created to build bridges to other world cultures. (more...)

Rob Thomas Announces Long Awaited New Single 'Truse You'Rob Thomas Announces Long Awaited New Single 'Truse You'
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2015

Emblem/Atlantic recording artist Rob Thomas has announced details of his eagerly awaited new single. 'Trust You' the multiple-GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter's first new solo release in more than six years is available now on all DSPs. Fans can purchase the single here: http://smarturl.it/TrustYou (more...)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Appoints Keith Buncke as New Principal BassoonChicago Symphony Orchestra Appoints Keith Buncke as New Principal Bassoon
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2015

CHICAGO—Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti and President Jeff Alexander announce the appointment of Keith Buncke as the new Principal Bassoon of the CSO, effective July 6, 2015. (more...)

NY Arts Exec to Lead LA Master ChoraleNY Arts Exec to Lead LA Master Chorale
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

New York Arts Executive Jean Davidson, who has been affiliated with some of the country's most innovative and successful arts organizations, has been named President & CEO of the Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC), the nation's largest professional chorus and Walt Disney Concert Hall resident chorus led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon and heralded around the globe for its unparalleled artistry, announces LAMC Chair David Gindler. She assumes the post on August 31, 2015. Davidson has served since 2011 as Executive Director & CEO of New York Live Arts, an internationally acclaimed interdisciplinary performing arts center under the artistic direction of Bill T. Jones. Guiding its phenomenal growth and success since its inception, she was instrumental in leading the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company through its merger with Dance Theater Workshop to create New York Live Arts, a new model of artist-led, producing and presenting arts organization unique in the United States. Today New York Live Arts, noted for commissioning cutting-edge new works, its vibrant community partnerships and as home base for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, presents more than 100 performances annually in its theater and studios inside its 20,000-square-foot facility in Chelsea, operating with a $5.8 million budget. Davidson is cited for her forward-thinking management style, fostering artistic innovation, developing and expanding creative partnerships with disparate educational and cultural organizations, and overseeing tremendous revenue development and programmatic growth. She previously served as Executive Director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in New York City for six years prior to the merger, when the company launched two successful initiatives entitled Partners in Creation and Partners in Education; Managing Director of The Silk Road Project, Inc., a non-profit arts and cultural organization founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma which during her tenure commissioned 25 chamber works, launched a worldwide tour, released three recordings; and Production Administrator for the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Davidson replaces LAMC President & CEO Terry Knowles, who steps down at the end of the season following a tremendously successful 15-year tenure with the chorus, during which time the Chorale experienced unsurpassed financial and artistic growth, toured around the world to critical acclaim, released six commercial CDs, created a recording partnership with Decca Classics, and twice received the ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming as well as Chorus America's prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the nation's highest choral music award. Davidson's appointment comes at a critical time in the Chorale's history, as it is poised to launch its 52nd season and a new period of strategic growth. The national executive search for Knowles' successor was led by Arts Consulting Group, the leading provider of executive search and other services for the arts and culture industry. (more...)

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