James Conlon

Ravinia gala raises over $1 million for music education programs

Ravinia gala raises over $1 million for music education programs

Unexpected performance changes didn't affect the success or the excitement at the 51st annual Ravinia Women's Board Gala on July 29. The evening featured the homecoming of former Ravinia Music Director James Conlon, who replaced originally scheduled conductor Christoph Eschenbach. Legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman also replaced pianist Lang Lang, who was unable to attend because of an injury. The event supported Ravinia Festival's Reach+Teach+Play education programs that bring music to underserved schools and communities.

Welz Kauffman, Ravinia Festival president and CEO, said, "There's something powerful about this place that magnetizes artists to want to be here. Mr. Perlman...

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