Last night I had my first experience at Ravinia. First and foremost, the performers, Idina Menzel and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, are two acts that I was so excited to see. I was super happy that I could see them perform together at Ravinia.
The CSO is absolutely wonderful. They are near perfection when it comes to playing music, and I cannot wait to see them again.
Menzel, though also fabulous, was sick. So while it was wonderful to see her in concert for the first time, it could have been better. Regardless, I give her total props for coming out and performing while not feeling well. Even sick that woman has a voice, and I hope she graces Chicago with her presence again.
Unfortunately, the concerts are over and there is no point in rehashing them. The part I want to talk about is how people act at Ravinia.
It is a concert hall. It should be all about joy and happiness. People go there to get lost in the music, or at least that is what I thought. Apparently they go there to act a fool.
The first incident was this horribly rude and vulgar woman who kept harassing the staff because she lost her membership card. She was yelling, screaming, and throwing out so many curse words that I thought I was at a wrestling match.
At one point, when a Ravinia employee was trying to explain to the woman that she should have held on to her card, but he could reprint it for a fee, she replied, "How am I suppose to know to hold on to it? I do not work for you guys."
He told her that it said on the letter that arrived with the membership card that she would have to show the card to get the special perks. Of course, she had a response that.
"Why should I have to read," she said. "I don't work for you guys."
I kid you not. "Why should I have to read?" Are you freaking kidding me you crazy lady?
At that moment, my faith in humanity died just a little. I did not think people that stupid existed in public venues of culture. Of course, you know that it just got worse. Unfortunately, there was another group that had to cause a scene.
As we were entering with our general admission tickets, the special members admission area was being closed off. There was a group of people standing at the members gate as the Ravinia workers kept yelling that the gate was being closed and all visitors now had to enter through the general admission side. For over five minutes the Ravinia employees kept yelling that the gate was closing, yet this group just kept talking.
So, of course, as I went to hand the employee my tickets, the group decides to try to enter the gate. When they are informed that the early admission for members is over, they become hysterical. They start yelling and screaming at the employee, who I felt so bad for.
After waiting for a few minutes while they tried to calm these people down, I finally got my tickets scanned. As I was walking away from the gate, the group was still yelling and screaming that they should get in early even though they are late.
Now when I say these people were yelling and screaming, they were seriously yelling and screaming. They were acting a freaking fool. I was embarassed for them, and everybody around was talking about these people. How could they not know people were judging them for their ignorance?
Do not get me wrong, I have acted a fool in public, but I do not believe I have ever been as rude or as disrespectful to employees as these people were.
As a public service, if you are going to a concert to pick a fight, do everybody a favor and just stay home. The world does not need to mess with you. You are an embarrassment to your family and your friends.
To the first lady that was causing a stink, your entire family walked away from you and just got in line. I hope you feel wonderful knowing that your children were horrified that their mother was such a raving lunatic.
To the second lady, your outburst made an entire group of people bust out laughing at you because you were upset that you could not get early admission because you were late. Do you even know how stupid that sounded?
Anyway, that is how Ravinia cost me my faith in mankind. Hopefully, I will meet some sane people that can restore it. Until then, thanks for reading my rant.
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