Ravinia Festival Announces 2018 Lineup: Diana Ross, 50 Cent, Jason Mraz, O.A.R. & More

BY TER STAFF

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

After announcing a few additions in the past month, Highland Park, Illinois’ Ravinia Festival has shared it’s full lineup and schedule for the new year And 2018 looks to be as great as ever, as a diverse cast of performers will hit the stage at Ravinia this year, including Diana Ross, 50 Cent, Jason Mraz, O.A.R., Los Lobos, Seal, Stephen Marley, Loverboy, Bryan Adams, Jill Scott and many more.

Ravinia’s 2018 schedule will kick off on June 1st with a performance from Los Lobos and Los Lonley Boys, and will go all the way until mid September. One of the most unique festivals in the country, Ravinia is just north of Chicago and gives fans a chance to see the show up close and personal in the pavillion or let’s fans set up a blanket and throw a picnic in the lawn at a discounted price. If you’re in the Chicago area and have yet to check it out, this is your year.

Check out Ravinia’s 2018 schedule below, and visit the festival’s official website for more information.

June 1 6:30p Los Lobos | Los Lonely Boys | Ozomatli

June 2 8:30p Diana Ross

June 3 7:00p Loverboy | Survivor

June 7 7:30p Stephen Marley | Matisyahu

June 8 7:30p ladimir Feltsman: Schumann Arabeske; Chopin Ballade 4 & mazurkas

June 8 7:30p Concert Dance Inc.

June 9 4:45p Live From Here with Chris Thile live national broadcast

June 9 8:30p RSMI Jazz Bridges Composition Competition winners

June 10 7:30p Anita Baker

June 12 6:30p John Fogerty | ZZ Top: “Blues and Bayous” tour

June 13 7:00p Flying Karamazov Brothers

June 15 6:00p RSMI Jazz Grandstand

June 15 7:30p Jackson Browne

June 16 6:00p Lincoln Trio

June 16 8:00p Alison Krauss

June 19 8:00p Seal

June 20 7:30p Juilliard Quartet: Bartok Quartet 5; Dvorak Quartet 11

June 21 7:30p Well-Strung: “The Singing String Quartet”

June 22 8:00p Jill Scott

June 23 11:00a Los Luzeros de Rioverde

June 23 8:00p Roger Daltrey: Tommy with The Who band members & Ravinia Festival Orchestra

June 24 7:00p Janis Ian

June 25 8:00p Roger Daltrey: Tommy with The Who band members & Ravinia Festival Orchestra

June 26 7:30p Apollo’s Fire: “A Night at Bach’s Coffeehouse”

June 28 7:30p Miriam Fried & FriendsL Schubert String Quintet; Mozart Piano Quartet 1

June 29 8:00p Bryan Adams

June 30 11:00a Vy Higginsen’s Sing Harlem Choir

July 2 6:30p Snarky Puppy | Damien Escobar | Jacob Collier

July 3 7:30p Ksenija Sidorova: “Russian Accordion”

July 8 7:00p Buddy Guy | Jonny Lang

July 9 6:00p RSMI Piano & Strings: Brahms & more

July 10 7:30p Evanescence | Lindsey Stirling – Live with orchestra

July 11 7:30p Zukerman Trio: Brahms First Viola and Cello Sonatas

July 12 8:00p CSO / Marin Alsop / Joshua Bell: Bernstein’s last NY Phil tour revisited – Bernstein Candide Overturn & Serenade; Tchaikovsky Symphony 6

July 13 8:30p Alan Cumming: “Legal Immigrant”

July 14 7:30p CSO+Chorus: Bernstein’s “Ode to Freedom” – Beethoven Symphony

July 15 5:00p CSO: “Sunday in the Park with Audra McDonald” – Gala Benefi t Evening

July 16 6:00p RSMI Piano & Strings: Timo Andres premiere

July 17 7:30p Emerson Quartet: “Shostakovich and the Black Monk: A Russian Fantasy” –starring David Strathairn as Shostakovich and Jay O. Sanders as Stalin

July 18 8:00p CSO / Gustavo Dudamel / Yuja Wang: Beethoven Piano Concerto 1 & Symphony 9

July 19 6:00p RSMI Piano & Strings: Brahms & more

July 22 5:00p CSO: “Tchaikovsky Spectacular” – Violin Concerto & 1812 Overture with cannons

July 23 6:00p Misha & Cipa Dichter: 50th anniversary of Misha Dichter’s Ravinia debut

July 23 7:30p Leon Fleisher: 90th birthday celebration – Bach, Brahms & Kirchner; Ravel La Valse with Katherine Jacobson Fleisher

July 24 6:00p Misha Dichter / Argus Quartet: Shostakovich & Dvorak piano quintets

July 24 8:00p CSO / Marin Alsop: Bernstein Favorites – Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue; Copland Appalachian Spring; Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

July 25 7:30p Ray Chen / Julio Elizalde: Beethoven & Saint-Saens First Violin Sonatas

July 26 7:30p Jorge Federico Osorio: Bach, Franck & Debussy preludes; Latin dances and scenes by Albeniz, Ponce & Castro

July 27 9:00p “Late Night with Leonard Bernstein” – hosted by Jamie Bernstein

July 28 11:00a “A New Young People’s Concert” – narrated and developed by Jamie Bernstein; Peoria Symphony / George Stelluto / vocal, violin, clarinet & piano soloists

July 28 7:30p CSO / Marin Alsop: Bernstein MASS featuring Chicago Children’s Chorus, Vocality, Paulo Szot & a cast of hundreds, directed by Kevin Newbury

July 29 6:30p “Lost ’80s Live”: A Flock of Seagulls | Wang Chung | Naked Eyes | Men Without Hats | Farrington and Mann | Animotion | Dramarama | Nu Shooz | Gene Loves Jezebel

July 30 7:30p Takács Quartet: Dvorak Quartet 10; Dohnanyi Quartet 2

July 31 7:30p Chanticleer: “Then and There, Here and Now”

Aug.1 8:00p CSO live with film: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Aug.2 8:00p CSO live with film: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Aug.3 8:00p Whoopi Goldberg [18+]

Aug.4 11:00a Laurie Berkner

Aug.4 8:00p CSO / Vasily Petrenko / Simon Trpčeski: Beethoven Symphony 5; Strauss Don Juan; Grieg Piano Concerto

Aug.5 8:00p David Foster & Friends

Aug. 6 7:30p Angélique Kidjo’s Remain in Light | Femi Kuti & The Positive Force

Aug.7 7:30p Thomas Hampson / Luca Pisaroni / Kevin Murphy: “No Tenors Allowed”

Aug.8 6:00p RSMI Singers

Aug.8 7:30p Bonnie Koloc | Howard Levy

Aug.9 8:00p CSO / James Conlon / Garrick Ohlsson: Mozart Piano Concerto 20; Stravinsky Pulcinella Suite; Strauss Le Bourgeois gentilhomme Suite

Aug.10 7:30p Nadine Sierra / Michael Fabiano / Kevin Murphy: Bernstein & Friends

Aug.11 7:30p CSO / James Conlon / Nadine Sierra / Matthew Polenzani: Italian opera favorites – Rossini overtures; Donizetti arias from Lucia di Lammermoor

Aug.12 7:30p Steve Martin and Martin Short with The Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko: “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life”

Aug.13 6:00p RSMI Singers: Classic Spanish canciónes

Aug.14 8:00p Michael Feinstein & Kristin Chenoweth

Aug.15 8:00p CSO live with film: Vertigo

Aug.16 7:30p Frederica von Stade / Laurie Rubin

Aug.17 8:00p Earth, Wind & Fire

Aug.18 noon Opera for the Young: Rusalka, A Mermaid’s Tale

Aug.18 7:30p CSO / Marin Alsop / Igor Levit: Shostakovich Symphony 5; Ravel Concerto

Aug.19 5:00p CSO / Marin Alsop / Frederica von Stade: Composer/Conductor Titans – Mahler Symphony 1; Bernstein “Jeremiah” Symphony

Aug.20 7:30p Miloš Karadaglić: Classical guitar favorites from Bach to Brazil to The Beatles

Aug.21 6:00p Jonathan Biss: Beethoven sonata cycle, part 6 of 7 – “Hammerklavier,” 6, 10, 18

Aug.21 8:00p Joshua Bell revisits Oscar-winning The Red Violin score live with the R-rated film

Aug.22 6:00p Jonathan Biss: Beethoven sonata cycle, part 7 of 7 – “Pathétique,” 22, 26, 32

Aug.22 7:30p Cake | Ben Folds

Aug.23 6:00p Dominic Cheli: Carl Vine Piano Sonata 1

Aug.23 7:00p Sugarland: “Still the Same” tour | Frankie Ballard | Lindsay Ell

Aug.24 6:00p Timo Andres / David Kaplan: Stravinsky & Rachmaninoff for two pianos

Aug.24 7:00p The Beach Boys | The Righteous Brothers

Aug.25 6:00p Pacifica Quartet: Mendelssohn Quartet 3; Bartok Quartet 4

Aug.25 7:00p Jason Mraz: “Good Vibes” tour | Brett Dennen

Aug.26 6:00p Aaron Pilsan: Schubert “Wanderer” Fantasy; Chopin Andante spianato and Grande polonaise brillante; Beethoven Sonata 12; Szymanowski Metopes

Aug.26 7:00p Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue: “Voodoo Threauxdown” | Galactic | Preservation Hall Jazz Band | New Breed Brass Band | Walter “Wolfman” Washington | Cyril Neville | Kermit Ruffins

Aug. 27 7:30p Dawn Upshaw / Gilbert Kalish / Sō Percussion: George Crumb Winds of Destiny; New work by Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw

Aug. 28 6:00p Christopher Park: Schumann Concerto Without Orchestra & Phantasiebilder

Aug. 28 7:30p Lyle Lovett & His Large Band

Aug. 30 7:30p John Hiatt & The Goners ft. Sonny Landreth: 30th anniversary of Slow Turning

Aug. 31 7:00p Culture Club | The B-52s | Thompson Twins

Sept. 1 6:00p Lucy Schaufer / Huw Watkins: “The Class of 1938” – US premiere of new work by John Corigliano; songs and piano works from other composers turning 80

Sept. 1 7:00p Culture Club | The B-52s | Thompson Twins

Sept. 2 6:30p O.A.R.: “Just Like Paradise” tour | Matt Nathanson

Sept. 3 7:30p Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson: 50th anniversary tour

Sept. 4 6:00p Federico Colli (US debut): Beethoven “Appassionata”; Scarlatti sonatas; Mozart Gluck Variations & D-minor Fantasy

Sept. 4 7:30p Sir James Galway

Sept. 5 7:30p Peter Serkin: Schumann Forest Scenes; Mozart Sonatas K310 & K570

Sept. 6 8:00p 50 Cent

Sept. 7 8:00p Yes ft. Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman

Sept. 8 5p/7p Broadway star Melissa Errico

Sept. 8 8:30p Tony Bennett | Antonia Bennett

Sept. 11 6:00p Drew Petersen: Beethoven and Barber sonatas; Chopin Ballade 4 & waltzes

Sept. 11 7:30p Lara Downes / Theo Bleckmann: “In Our Time” – Bernstein & Ellington songs

Sept. 12 6:00p Lara Downes: “For Lenny” – Bernstein piano salutes to friends, family & mentors; Bernstein piano salutes from John Corigliano, Stephen Schwartz & more

Sept. 12 7:30p Conspirare: Considering Matthew Shepard – Chicago premiere of the groundbreaking oratorio by Craig Hella Johnson

Sept. 13 8:00p Los Angeles Master Chorale: The Tears of Saint Peter, staged by Peter Sellars

Sept. 14 8:00p Gipsy Kings

Sept. 15 11:00a The Performer’s School: Annie Jr.

Sept. 15 1:30p The Performer’s School: Annie Jr.

Sept. 15 4:00p The Performer’s School: Annie Jr.

Sept. 15 7:30p Johnny Rivers | Jimmy Webb

Sept. 16 11:00a The Performer’s School: Annie Jr.

Sept. 16 1:30p The Performer’s School: Annie Jr.

Sept. 16 4:00p The Performer’s School: Annie Jr.

Sept. 16 1:00p FIESTA RAVINIA Daylong Mexican Independence Festival featuring comedian Joey Villagomez and Galli Lucha Libre wrestling

Sept. 16 5:00p Los Tigres del Norte | Mariachi Flor de Toloache

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