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Bernstein's Songfest at Ravinia

You are invited to a concert and picnic of Ensemble Dal Niente in Ravinia - Bernstein's Songfest based on the works of 13 American poets for the Bicentennial. Dal Niente is a Chicago-based leading contemporary music ensemble dedicated to the promotion and advancement of contemporary music, they have won the prestige Kranichstein Music Prize for International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany. I recently joined the board of the ensemble, and I am very excited about their work.

The concert starts at 2:00 PM in Martin Theater – the chamber concert hall in Ravinia. We will meet just inside of the Ravinia entrance from 1:30 to 1:45. 

We planned to have a picnic after the concert with the board members and musicians after the concert, but it may have to be canceled due to the large crowd in Ravinia for the evening concert. I will update once we finalize the plan.

You can get tickets at Since this concert is held inside the Martin Theater, I suggest to buy the reserved seats, otherwise you won't be able to see the performers. Please feel free to contact me for questions.

For the best information visit:

Don't be rushed!
Many concerts, whether because of big-name headliners (especially pop stars), beautiful weather or serendipity, attract large crowds with resulting traffic congestion. On such evenings, please leave earlier than usual or take public transportation to avoid delays. For anticipated crowd information check our home page or call the box office at (847) 266-5100.

Please watch for electronic traffic signs on the highways near to Ravinia, and follow police directions to available parking.

WBBM radio 780 brings you Ravinia traffic information. Listen for traffic updates between 5pm and 8pm (Monday-Saturday) and 4pm to 7pm (Sundays).

Directions to Ravinia by Car
For maps and driving directions Ravinia recommends For directions to the West Lot use the address 200 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park, IL 60035 in Mapquest.

The Edens Expressway (I-94), Route 41, and the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) have convenient exits to Ravinia. Please also refer to the map below that can be clicked on for a larger version in a new, sizable window.

Free Park 'N Ride shuttle service is available for all evening Pavilion events (except dance) beginning one half-hour before the park opens. On popular concert evenings, it is advisable to drive directly to a Park 'N Ride lot. AVOID CONGESTION ON LAKE-COOK ROAD. Exit onto Deerfield, Central or Clavey roads and proceed to a Park 'N Ride lot. Please allow additional time for parking on popular concert evenings. Call (847)[masked] for additional alternate route suggestions. Park 'N Ride is arranged by the City of Highland Park and PACE (the Suburban Division of the RTA).

Ravinia's West Lot opens one hour before the park opens. Parking $7 ($10 on selected evenings) for all evening Pavilion events and is free for all other Festival events, including dance. Ravinia Dollars are accepted. Please note that on popular concert evenings, the West Lot may be filled by 6pm. It is advisable to drive directly to a Park 'N Ride lot.

For charter bus and handicapped parking information, call (847) 266-5100.

Ravinia by Train
Click here for information on taking the train (Metra) to Ravinia.

Tips on Getting to Ravinia

* Call (847)[masked] for alternate route suggestions.
* Watch for electronic message signs with up-to-date parking information
* Avoid congestion on Lake-Cook Road
* Park 'N' Ride is a great parking alternative, and it's free!
* Leave earlier than planned to avoid traffic delays
* Consider forming a carpool, if possible.
* Take advantage of the "Ravinia Metra Special"
* Listen for traffic updates on WBBM Newsradio 780.

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  • Elsa

    90% I will be there but there are some minor things that may prevent me from coming.
    Mei, thanks for organizing.

    July 4, 2013

  • Sandy R.

    We had to suddenly go out of town to Virginia.

    July 3, 2013

  • Arthur

    Ordered my ticket. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

    July 1, 2013

  • Cecilia

    I am invited at someone's party

    June 28, 2013

  • Sandy R.

    As of now we are planning to attend but we may do something at Cantigny instead.

    June 27, 2013

  • Elyse K.

    Can't be there but it sure sounds fun!

    June 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Lori,
    I am the host. I will be there for the concert. Thank you so much for adding the additional information.

    2 · June 18, 2013

    • Lori B.

      Thank you for this fabulous event!

      1 · June 18, 2013

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