Jaap van Zweden, the Dutch-born maestro who has scored one success after another with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra downtown, makes his Ravinia debut with Mahler’s deeply tragic Symphony No. 6; July 7.
Music director James Conlon conducts the U.S. premiere of a forgotten early work of Kurt Weill, the children’s pantomime “Magical Night,” assisted by members of the CSO, artists from T.Daniels Productions and other soloists. Paired with Franz Schreker’s equally obscure “The Wind”; July 19.
Conlon continues his series of intimate concert stagings of the major Mozart operas with “Die Zauberflote” (“The Magic Flute”) and “Idomeneo.” Michael Ehrman will direct “Flute,” with actor Michael York narrating and a cast headed by Ailyn Perez, Charles Castronovo, Nathan Gunn, Erika Miklosa and Morris Robinson; Aug. 16 and 18. Singers for “Idomeneo” include Richard Croft, Susanna Phillips, Tamara Wilson and Ruxandre Donose. David Lefkowich directs; Aug. 17 and 19.
The New York-based chamber orchestra The Knights, conducted by Eric Jacobsen, will conclude the festival season with three Martin Theatre concerts, each with a big-name soloist – cellist Yo-Yo Ma(Sept. 7), violinist Itzhak Perlman (Sept. 8) and soprano Dawn Upshaw (Sept. 9).
-- John von Rhein
Pop: Glen Campbell to make festival debut
Glen Campbell will make his first and likely last Ravinia appearance June 28 on a bill with country singer Ronnie Milsap. Campbell, who has sold more than 45 million records, is in the midst of a farewell tour that included an appearance in February at the nationally televised Grammy Awards. The singer and guitarist is suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Other artists making their Ravinia debuts announced Thursday include Santana (July 9), Duran Duran (Aug. 29), Seal (July 22), Supertramp’s Roger Hodgson (Aug. 23), Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks’ Tedeschi Trucks Band (July 18), the Blues Brothers (July 11), and Al Green (June 15) with the Chicago Children’s Choir. Singers Sarah McLachlan (June 30) and Natalie Merchant (July 10) also will appear for the first time, both with orchestras.
A triple-bill Aug. 22 dubbed “The Dukes of September” will blend Boz Scaggs, Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen and Michael McDonald. Arlo Guthrie and Mary Chapin Carpenter will pay tribute to Arlo’s father, Woody Guthrie, on his 100th anniversary (Aug. 19).
-- Greg Kot
Jazz: Esperanza Spalding, Tony Bennett, Reginald Robinson swing through town
In jazz, Ravinia has picked up the tempo a bit, with several high-profile events:
Nnenna Freelon will sing a “Tribute to Lena Horne” 8 p.m. June 22 in the Martin Theatre ($75 tickets, $10 lawn); bassist-vocalist Esperanza Spalding will make her Ravinia debut at 8 p.m. June 25 in the Pavilion ($55 tickets; $22-$27 lawn); a “Go Brazil!” program will feature Ravinia artistic director of jazz Ramsey Lewis and His Electric Band on a double-bill with Sergio Mendes at 7:30 p.m. June 27 in the Pavilion ($65 tickets; $22-$27 lawn); “Barbara Cook’s 85th Birthday” will feature the storied singer with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at 5 p.m. July 15 in the Pavilion ($50-$90 tickets; $10 lawn).
Singer-pianist Diana Krall will play at 8 p.m. July 17 in the Pavilion ($80 tickets; $27-$32 lawn); “A Tribute to Harold Arlen” will feature singer Ann Hampton Callaway and the John Pizzarelli Quartet with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 5 p.m. Aug. 5 in the Pavilion ($40-$70 tickets; $10 lawn).
Singer Tony Bennett makes his annual pilgrimage at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 18 in the Pavilion ($91 tickets, $28-$33 lawn). Chicago ragtime master Reginald Robinson plays in Bennett Gordon Hall at 6 p.m. Aug. 25 ($10 tickets; no lawn sales).
And the Steans Music Institute Jazz Showcase, featuring young musicians, will start at 6 p.m. June 15 in Bennett Gordon Hall ($10 tickets; no lawn sales).
-- Howard Reich