Ravinia Festival: Setting the Stage from the Stage

INSTITUTIONS UNWILLING TO ADAPT TO THE WORLDS hyperdiversity are increasingly vulnerable to extinction.

At 128 years old, the venerable Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) could have been a case in point—along with its summer home, the Ravinia Festival, which, at 112 years of age, is the oldest outdoor music festival in the United States.

According to the League of American Orchestras, classical music audiences are declining 2% per year globally, and in the United States they have dropped by 30% since 1982. These audiences are also aging. Between 1982 and 2002, the portion of concertgoers under thirty fell from 27% to 9%. The continuation of this trend could shrink the audience for classical ...

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