ravinia festival

summer won’t be quite complete without an afternoon at the ravinia festival, chicago’s outdoor music park. a summer home of the chicago symphony orchestra, ravinia offers outdoor concerts and performances from june to september every year. top of our list this season is tony bennett but his performance date didn’t quite work with us.

last sunday brought us together at ravinia for vienna waltzes and dances by the chicago symphony orchestra: bramwell tovey, conductor and miriam fried, violin. it was a wonderful time of music spent with family and friends. thank you to dear rochelle, doting daughter of the abrazaldo’s who didn’t join but packed delightful food and wine for us. how sweet is that! the weather was simply gorgeous, cool and breezy. it was a perfect afternoon at the park. capping the performance was an old time favorite: strauss’ on the beautiful blue danube waltz. it was pure delight.

lovely ladies

lovely ladies

the group sans father ariel who took the photogaph :)

the group sans father ariel who took the photogaph 🙂

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14 Responses to ravinia festival

  1. Crooked Tracks says:

    that looks like fun

  2. What a lovely festival. Tony Bennett must be nearly 90. How wonderful that he’s still performing. 🙂 Your picnic looks really delicious, Lola.

    • lolaWi says:

      thank you, Sylvia! amazingly yes! Tony Bennett is a regular and has been performing at the Ravinia as far back as i can remember 🙂 the last time i saw him perform was five years ago!

  3. Sue Slaght says:

    Look at all those people! I love your idea of a picnic. It looks delicious. I’ll be right over to join the fun. 🙂

  4. Amy says:

    These fabulous photos made me want to go back to visit this great city. Very beautiful people there 🙂
    How fun, Lola!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Ravinia is fun, perfect venue for summer. I think John Legend is coming to perform, now, I would not want to miss him…he’s my fave pop singer…Love his single, “All of ME loves All of YOU”, a beautiful song, lyrics, melody. The picnic looks great with all the delish food, who made the empanadas???

  6. Imelda says:

    How nice. I’ve always dreamed of attending a concert in the park. you must have had a lovely time atthefestival. 🙂

    • lolaWi says:

      Ravinia is so much fun. We always get lawn tickets so we can have picnic and listen to the concert at the same time. Live concerts/performances are held in a semi open auditorium and there are huge speakers all throughout the grounds. 🙂

  7. Vivien says:

    I should not be anonymous anymore…lol we can order empanadas on our next gig.

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