The Ravinia Festival is now in its 103rd year as Chicago's premier summertime classical music destination and its 78th year as the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Ravinia will kick off its 2014 season, "Summer of Love, Season of Stars," on June 5 with some of the best-known musicians in the world and repertoire that explores the theme of great love in its various manifestations.
The schedule will include more than 50 classical music concerts featuring artists such as violinist Joshua Bell performing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, cellist Yo-Yo Ma performing two different versions of "Don Quixote" with The Knights, and the CSO playing the score of "The Return of the King" while the movie is shown on giant screens all across the park. Tickets to all events go on sale to the general public on April 24, exclusively at Ravinia.org.
Here are five of the must-see classical performances at Ravinia this summer.