Ravinia Festival’s James Conlon to leave after 2015 season

James Conlon, music director of the Ravinia Festival, on the festival grounds in Highland Park on July 19, 2013. Peter Holderness/Sun-Times
James Conlon, music director of the Ravinia Festival, on the festival grounds in Highland Park on July 19, 2013. Peter Holderness/Sun-Times

Ravinia music director James Conlon will be leaving at the end of next summer. According to the Chicago Sun-Times:

“After a decade as music director of the Ravinia Festival, James Conlon has decided not to renew his contract at the conclusion of the 2015 summer season.

Ravinia Festival president and CEO Welz Kauffman made the announcement Monday evening, citing the maestro’s “many magical moments” at the festival.

“Everything has its time,” Conlon said, “and after 11 years I feel it is the moment to pass on this responsibility.” Calling the CSO “a supreme orchestra,” he added, “I have worked year-round including every summer since 1974. There are things I wish to accomplish, both musical and personal, and I need dedicated time to realize these projects.”

Conlon, who will mark his 65th birthday next March, also is music director of the Los Angeles Opera and the Cincinnati May Festival.

[Read the full story at the Chicago Sun-Times]

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