Ravinia 2015: Aretha Franklin, Rob Thomas, Santana and more on schedule
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Get ready to pack up your picnic basket for a concert under the stars because Ravinia has announced the schedule for its 2015 season. Who’s on the musical lineup? From classical music performances to concerts from rock and country groups, there is something for music fans of all stripes. Here are some of the highlights of the upcoming season.

June

The season gets its official start with a performance by Dan Zanes and Friends on June 13 at Ravinia’s Pavilion. Alan Cumming is performing at Ravinia on June 19 and will share the stage with Lance Horne (piano) and Eleanor Norton (cello). This month also includes performances by Sheryl Crow on June 25, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga on June 26 and 27, and Doobie Brothers on June 30.

July

This month includes a number of performances, starting with Midori, Miriam Fried and Friends on July 3. Brian Wilson and Rodriguez perform July 6, Steve Miller Band takes the stage July 10, and Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, performs July 11. Rob Thomas performs July 18, Emerson String Quartet on July 21, Steely Dan performs July 24 and 25, and Igudesman & Joo perform July 30.

August

The schedule heats up with performances by Harry Connick, Jr. on Aug. 7, Ramsey Lewis on Aug. 8 and Diana Krall on Aug. 9. Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club performs Aug. 12, Umphrey’s McGee on Aug. 14 and Bush and 3 Doors Down together on Aug. 17. Chicago performs Aug. 22 and 23, The Piano Guys on Aug. 26, ZZ Top on Aug. 27, Santana on Aug. 29 and 30, and Alan Jackson on Aug. 31.

September

Summer winds down with performances that include Jackson Browne on Sept. 5, and Gladys Knight and The O’Jays on Sept. 11.

Ravinia’s famed Movie Nights are returning this summer, with "Gladiator" and "Star Trek" among the selections this year. In addition, several shows are geared just for kids, including the Golden Dragon Acrobats from China on June 18 and Ko-Thi Dance Company on July 18. In addition, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra returns this summer with a number of performances throughout the season. Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute also takes the stage throughout the season, with performances July 13 and 20.

As we reported previously on AXS, Ravinia has announced several shows in advance of the release of the full 2015 schedule, including the performances by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga on June 26 and 27. For the complete 2015 schedule, check out Ravinia’s website. Tickets go on sale to Ravinia donors starting March 10, and will be available for purchase by the general public starting April 28.

Ravinia (200 Ravinia Park Rd., Highland Park) encourages guests to picnic outdoors while enjoying performances. The upcoming season kicks off on June 13 and includes about 120 performances before wrapping up on September 12. The season’s schedule was announced via a press release and posted on Ravinia’s website and social media pages on March 5. On Ravinia’s website, several dates on the season’s calendar do not have any shows scheduled. It is unknown as of press time if additional shows will be announced.

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