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Saturday, August 8

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Just in case anyone in the greater Chicago area hadn't already heard, the new Ravinia schedule is out, and looks much more promising this year. My picks include Bobby Short (who has imho produced the definitive rendition of 'At long last love'), and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenburg and Lynn Harrell getting jiggy wit' Brahms' awesome Double Concerto. Also intriguing is the star-strewn Bobby McFerrin, Katherine Battle, and Denyce Graves mashup. And yes, Denyce Graves will be singing Carmen. Finally, a capella perennials Chanticleer will be in town. Some argue that the group's sound has changed over the years, and the recent heavy turn-over has challenged the group. But they have won three Grammys in two years (for their Tavener and Colors of Love CDs). So what's not to like?

 
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