Dashon Burton is one of the most exciting singers on the concert and oratorio circuit. He is a graduate of Yale's prestigious Institute of Sacred Music which is churns out top-notch musicians (four at a time) like tenor Derek Chester and soprano Sherezade Panthaki who have also impressed Chicago audiences. Mr. Burton, a founding member of the charismatic Roomful of Teeth, and Lindsay Garritson present a program that includes Poulenc, Brahms, Vaughan Williams, and Spirituals.
A Grammy-winning vocal ensemble that has tremendous range, charisma, and creativity. Hear them in the beautiful and acoustically ideal Bennett-Gordon Hall at Ravinia Park.
The editor of Vocal Arts Chicago cannot get over some of the amazing performances of Ms. McNair - from her Titiana to her Anne Trulove to her Poppea. A sentimental recommendation.
The second concert of the 2016 RSMI Program for Singers has a theme we have seen a lot this year.
Danielle de Niese teaching some of the best singers of their generation some of whom are not that much younger than her. This could be very interesting. The session will be live streamed and archived on YouTube.
Songs of Bizet, Poulenc, and Grieg with pianist Kevin Murphy
One of the most in-demand tenors in opera is also one of the finest interpreters of art song. Hear how this man thinks as he works with the fellows of the Steans Music Institute - a program that has a proven track record for identifying the stars of their generation. Free.
Polenzani returns to Chicago with pianist Kevin Murphy in a recital featuring Beethoven, Liszt, and Barber's Hermit Songs.
Meet this year's crop of fellows at Ravinia's prestigious Steans Music Institute Program for Singers. Alumni of this program include some of the most sought-after artists like Measha Brueggergosman, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Janai Brugger, Michael Brandenburg, Nadine Sierra, and Lawrence Zazzo.
FREE and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
This may very well be the last time James Levine conducts in the Chicago area. Fittingly, it will be an epic and emptional work - Mahler's Resurrection Symphony with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus featuring soloists Ying Fang and Karen Cargill.
Goerne & Schmalcz's program is the Schumann hit parade: Dichterliebe, the Eichendorff Liederkreis, AND Frauenliebe und -leben.
For those of you who have never heard this great artist in concert, the editor HIGHLY RECOMMENDS this performance in non-esoteric, overly intellectual repertoire which is often on the program when it concerns Goerne.
The awe-inspiring a capella group sings songs about our closest heavenly neighbor, the moon. The eclectic program includes everything from Sinatra standards like "Fly Me To The Moon" to new works from Nico Muhly and Stephen Paulus.
Minnesota-based The Singers is considered to be one of the best choral ensembles in America. They return to Ravinia Festival to perform what is considered to be Sergei Rachmaninoff's finest achievement.