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A.R. Rahman to perform at Ravinia Festival in North of Chicago

A.R. Rahman (courtesy of Berklee College of Music and Rahman)

Oscar winner Indian musician will be performing at North America’s oldest music festival on Aug 20

Come August and it’s time for music lovers to head straight to North of Chicago as Mozart of Madras, musician A.R. Rahman is all set to perform at the internationally renowned Ravinia Festival.

North America’s oldest music festival held at the serene 36-acre park nestled amongst trees plays host to presenting a large variety of different events throughout the summer.

Rahman, a maestro at creating music, has been known from Bollywood to Hollywood for his unique style and musings from Eastern classical music, electronic music sounds, global music genres, and traditional orchestral arrangements.

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These musical mixings have propelled Rahman’s career, rightfully winning him two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, and more for the soundtrack of Slumdog Millionaire featuring hits like “Jai Ho” and other Bollywood classics.

Audiences will hear these scores come to life on the Ravinia stage on Aug 20, as part of his North American 2022 tour. As Rahman’s style shakes up Ravinia’s calendar, endearingly, it pays homage to the festival’s classical roots.

Ravinia is an internationally renowned, not-for-profit music festival that presents outstanding performances by the world’s greatest artists.

It has been presenting performances of a full range of classical music in its open-air pavilion and enclosed recital halls, by the world’s greatest composers and musicians, along with a variety of other kinds of light classical, jazz and popular music.

First opened on Aug 15, 1904, Ravinia remains the oldest and most programmatically diverse music festival in North America, attracting about 600,000 guests to over 120 events each year.

From 1919 through 1931, Ravinia was known as the “summer opera capital of the world,” welcoming to its stage the most-celebrated singers from Europe who sailed to America to perform at the Met.

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Ravinia shuttered for four years during the Great Depression, reopening in 1936 with a greater emphasis on symphonic music, hosting the first formal summer residency of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, an enviable relationship that exists to this day.

Ravinia continues to attract headline-making artists from all genres of music. The festival’s illustrious roster includes Marin Alsop, Louis Armstrong, The Beach Boys, Leonard Bernstein, Tony Bennett and many other musical geniuses.

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