Following the successful inaugural festival in 2022, focused on women conductors, Breaking Barriers returns at Ravinia with a focus on women composers. In addition to three featured concerts, the festival weekend will include symposiums, panel discussions, and workshops with composers and conductors from the Taki Alsop Fellowship.
On July 21, Chief Conductor Marin Alsop leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a concert featuring three works by women—Gabriela Ortiz; Gabriela Montero, who is also the piano soloist; and Roxanna Panufnik—along with 2015 Taki Alsop Conducting Fellow Valentina Peleggi, who joins Alsop on the podium for this program.
Performances on July 22 and 23 will feature music by women singer/songwriter and jazz artists. This thread continues throughout the summer season across all genres of music at Ravinia, with guest classical artists also highlight works by Reena Esmail, Alma Mahler, Florence Price, Augusta Read Thomas, Tania León, Shulamit Ran, Clarice Assad, and more.
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