Dean talks to the president and CEO Welz Kauffman as Ravina cancels season for first time since Great Depression due to coronavirus

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Some of the major music acts that were booked for the 2020 season include:

  • Sheryl Crow, June 13
  • Jill Scott, June 14
  • Steve Miller Band, June 27
  • The Roots, June 28
  • John Fogerty, July 1
  • Macy Gray and Brian McKnight, July 14
  • Carrie Underwood, July 18 and 19
  • Dispatch, July 26
  • Willie Nelson & Family, Aug. 2
  • Ziggy Marley, Aug. 12
  • Train, Aug. 21-23
  • Bryan Ferry, Aug. 24
  • Diana Ross, Aug. 26
  • Tony Bennett, Aug. 29
  • John Legend, Sept. 6
  • Ms. Lauryn Hill, Sept. 11

The festival’s summer conservatory, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, will also be closed this summer.

Ravinia is looking to develop ideas to give the festival a “from home” presence across online platforms. They will offer virtual master classes, lectures and rehearsals for elementary students from Cook and Lake counties who participate in Reach Teach Play.

The festival plans to be back in 2021 by celebrating with “music under the stars.”

“The crisis created by the COVID pandemic has impacted so much of our lives in dramatic ways. Ravinia will do its part in helping the nation recover,” said Ravinia Board Chairman Don Civgin. “And we will celebrate that recovery with music under the stars next summer.”

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