Ravinia Festival Announces 2013 Season: Jackson Browne, Sting, Sheryl Crow and more.

Ravinia Festival Announces 2013 Season: Jackson Browne, Sting, Sheryl Crow and more.
Main gate at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park. Photo courtesy of Ravinia Festival

Ravinia Festival has released their line-up for 2013 season. Some of the names coming to the summer outdoor extravaganza include:  Jewel, Sting, Judy Collins, Joan Baez, Indigo Girls, Gary Sinise, BoDeans, Jackson Browne...and that's only part of the list for June. The fest opens June 6 and continues through September 8. Tickets to all Ravinia Festival events are on sale now with a Ravinia donation. Public ticket online sales begin at 5 a.m. on April 25, exclusively through Ravinia’s website.

Highlights of the season include:

Josh Groban.

Josh Groban.

80 DEBUTS: Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls on one bill; Melissa Etheridge; Josh Groban; Heart; Alabama; Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings; Journey; Darius Rucker; David Byrne & St. Vincent; Jewel; Smash Mouth on one bill with Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon and Fastball.

RETURNING FAVORITES: Sting, Sheryl Crow, Chicago, Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson, Ramsey Lewis, Gipsy Kings, Tony Bennett, The B-52s, Indigo Girls, Anita Baker, Buddy Guy, Steely Dan, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson.

CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA RESIDENCY: Music Director James Conlon leads 78th annual CSO residency with 2,500 Pavilion seats priced at $25 for every concert—including Verdi’s Aida; Lang Lang returning to the Gala stage that launched him; the U.S. return of Maxim Vengerov; score played live as The Lord of the Rings.

$10 BGH SERIES: From classical to country, 26 events include Rachel Barton Pine with the complete Paganini Caprices; Joseph Swensen, Carter Brey and Jeffrey Kahane as trio; Anthony de Mare and Sondheim Reimagined; Gabriela Montero improvisations; Lincoln Trio taking audience requests; Four Nashville Songwriters on one bill; Decca recording artist Benjamin Grosvenor in Ravinia debut.

MARTIN THEATRE LINEUP: World premiere of chamber orchestra version of Bernstein’s Songfest; Midwest premiere of Brooklesca by Brooklyn Rider; Nicole Cabell and Ricky Ian Gordon with his settings of Langston Hughes poetry; Handel’s oratorio Israel in Egypt; Patricia Racette’s Diva on Detour; The 5 Browns with Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring in its 100th year; complete Bartók Quartets over two nights.

RAVINIA’S STEANS MUSIC INSTITUTE (RSMI): Summer conservatory celebrates 25th year with special events including eight commissioned world-premiere works; RSMI singers perform in Britten’s The Burning Fiery Furnace and Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to MusicFAMILY PROGRAMMING: Kraft Great Kids Concert series welcomes Ravinia favorites; high school attendance contest; free lawn admission to classical concerts for kids and students through college; in-park free activities include Family Space.

TICKETS: Tickets to all Ravinia Festival events are on sale now with a Ravinia donation. Public ticket online sales begin at 5 a.m. on April 25, exclusively through Ravinia’s website.

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