Jazz Star Esperanza Spalding in Concert at the Ravinia Pavilion
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Esperanza is a remarkable young jazz musician--an outstanding bassist, vocalist, lyricist, and composer who gave her heart and soul to the audience when she performed last night. And the crowd responded resoundingly. She is a force of nature.
This concert was unique among jazz presentations I've seen, in that it had a story line, with a consciousness-raising center. And she went for it all the way.
I loved that she came back alone for the encore, and just sang a couple of moving songs with her double bass, before being joined by the rest of the rhythm section.
The rest of the concert was all with a big band backing her up, filled with talented players. They were great, although I would have loved a little more contrast---I was hoping she would also play with a small string ensemble, as she does on her chamber music album, and it would have been nice to hear her solo work here and there a little sooner. But perhaps this would not have worked with her story concept.
In any case, I was very glad I went.
Regarding the venue, having arrived a little late to pick up my solo ticket, I asked the box office if there were another unused seat closer to the center that it could be switched for. While there were some individual solo seats there, they said they were not allowed to switch Goldstar tickets for others, even if the others were unused. Since it was an intermission-less concert, that meant staying put where I was in the FF section, in the far back right.
It wasn't bad, but since she played to the middle, I had to rely mostly on two big screens set up in the pavillion for close-up viewing. That added to the visual, although I hated to have to rely on watching a screen (like 95% of life these days) when the real performer was right there. And the angle of the camera shot almost always put the microphone square over her mouth (a little more creative video work would have been a positive).
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About the Ticket Supplier: Ravinia FestivalThere's more to Ravinia than merely the world's greatest music. For as many people who walk through Ravinia's gate each summer, there are just as many ways to enjoy what they call "The Ravinia Experience."
For some, it all starts with a picnic picked up along the way, followed by a hop on the train and greeting your friends at your favorite spot on the lawn. Gradually, day turns into evening, and from the comfort of your perfect lawn spot, it culminates in a great concert by candlelight as you gaze at the stars above.
For others, it's a dinner reservation at one of Ravinia's popular on-site restaurants followed by a casual stroll to the Pavilion, where you go to see and hear the stars on the stage.
Bring your own lavish picnic, treat yourself to an ice cream cone at intermission, or just come as you are and leave the details to them.
Since 1904, Ravinia has been Chicago's "sound of summer," a place where you can meet up with your friends, have a wonderful time and hear some of the greatest music in the world. They've got stars on the stage and stars in the sky, and it's all within your reach. Enjoy!