An Evening of Patriotic Pops

July 2, Pavilion - 7:00 PM

Ravinia Festival Orchestra
Marvin Hamlisch, Conductor
Joker's Wild, Barbershop Quartet
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Multi-Instrumentalists
Rachel Robinson, Soprano
Buddy Wachter, Banjo
Mark McVey, Tenor

Harriet Katherine Sogin, Essayist
Michael Keller, Drums
North Shore Choral Society
Highland Park High School Marching Band

"What passion cannot Music raise and quell?" the poet John Dryden asked rhetorically back in the 17th century, knowing full well the power of music to raise patriotic fervor.  From the drums and bugles of advancing armies to goosebump-inducing national anthems, from quiet hymns to infectious ethnic dances and catchy folk tunes, music, perhaps more than any art, has always had the power to delineate national characteristics and evoke a feeling of connectedness to our cultural roots.  In this respect, our American musical heritage is second to none, and perhaps there is no better man to demonstrate this than America's "one singular sensation," Marvin Hamlisch. 

 

 
20th Century Broadway
 
August 27, Pavilion - 7:00 PM

Ravinia Festival Orchestra
Erich Kunzel, Conductor
Kathleen Brett, Soprano
David Fischer, Tenor
Daniel Narducci, Baritone
North Shore Choral Society

 
Throughout the last century, Broadway generated an endless succession of hit tunes including "There's No Business Like Show Business," "I Got Rhythm," "Night and Day," "Mack the Knife," "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Hello, Dolly!" and "Memory."
Link to the Ravinia Web Site: http://www.ravinia.org