Ravinia concert schedule released – partial listing

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Ravinia has announced its complete lineup for 2010 featuring 117 events and more new faces than ever before. BUY TICKETS NOW by supporting* the not-for-profit festival. Public sales begins April 22 exclusively at www.ravinia.org

Here’s a partial listing of (possible) concerts/performances that theatre-goers might be interested in.  Entire schedule here.

 

JUNE Performances

6/4
Chicago Children’s Choir

6/6
Earth, Wind & Fire

6/10 and 6/11
Concert Dance, Inc./World Premieres

6/12
Steve Martin Performing With The Steep Canyon Rangers

6/17
Backstreet Boys

6/27
Bobby Mcferrin

 

JULY Performances

7/3
A Prairie Home Companion/Garrison Keillor

7/10
Cheap Trick/Squeeze

7/11
CSO/Gershwin Concerto In F/Copland
Appalachian Spring/Bernstein Symphony No. 2

7/14
The Swell Season from the Oscar-Winner Film Once

7/17 and  7/18
Sting / Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra

7/20
Peter And Paul Pay Tribute To Mary

7/21
The B-52s

7/23
CSO/Eschenbach Plays Mozart/Hits From Bernstein’s Candide

7/30
The Music Of Abba (Lawn Screen)

7/31
CSO/Sondheim Hits/Patti Lupone, Audra Mcdonald, George Hearn, Michael Cerveris/Gala Concert

 

AUGUST Performances

8/2
Chanticleer

8/4
Broadway Star Kelli O’Hara, One-Woman Show

8/7
CSO/Così Fan Tutte, Matinee

8/8
CSO/The Marriage Of Figaro, Matinee

8/13
CSO/Annie Get Your Gun

8/14 – 8/15  (3 separate shows)
Patti Lupone/Brian Stokes Mitchell

8/22
Crosby, Stills & Nash

8/25
Swingin Balladeer Tony Andriacchi

8/29
Carrie Underwood

9/1
An Evening With The Beach Boys

9/6
Labor Day Spectacular/"1812" with Cannons

9/7
Hershey Felder In Maestro: The Art And Music Of Leonard Bernstein

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Think fast: Using social media to generate audiences and market your theatre production, Antiques Roadshow, Ravinia hot dog hawkers

 

With companies like Ning making it so easy to build your own network, shows like Rock of Ages, Shrek, and Altar Boyz, which is one of my productions, have been able to create the ultimate niche social network for their ultimate fans. By doing so, they can identify their most powerful ambassadors and communicate with them constantly.

The niche network strategy only works with shows (or products) that have customer bases that are naturally drawn to social media. In other words, you won’t see a revival of Hamlet creating ToBeOrNotToBeFans.com; there’s nothing more depressing than a playground with no one on the swings. The umbrella niche of all of these micro-networks are sites like BroadwaySpace.com, which serves as a funnel for Broadway fans.

  • PBS’s Antiques Roadshow (count me in as a fan) has announced their first $1-million appraisal – four pieces of Chinese carved jade and celadon from the Chien Lung Dynasty (1736-1795).  It was conservatively praise at $1.07 million.
  • Ravinia Festival’s backstage blog highlights the fact that July is National Hot Dog Month.  And in honor of this, the park will feature hot dog hawkers for select performances.  Be sure to check out the rest of their blog while you’re at it!