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By Richard Sandrok|  Comment(s)

Always a classic

Sunday I had one of those days where you end up doing something you had no clue you were going to do. In this case we ended up hitting the historic Ravinia Festival for their annual Tchaikovsky musical extravaganza. Normally this would be held around Labor Day, but for whatever reason they bumped it to the last moments of the month of July.

Ravinia is the Summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, though the festival hardly restricts themselves to classical repertoire. In the past I’ve caught Blondie, Rufus Wainwright, and Rodrigo y Gabriela among others. If you live near Chicago and have not hit it up, you’re missing one of the best warm weather outings you can have. The park is beautiful. Bring your own picnic supplies – food and beverages, tables, blankets, chairs – and grab a seat on the lawn, where the music is piped in via a very nice PA system distributed throughout.

Anyway, the closer for this annual tradition is Tchaikovsky’s 1812…with actual cannons. Yeah, it was as awesome as it sounds – old school pyro. Mark your calendars for a year from now.

Richard

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