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Ravinia Festival's 2007 Gala


James Conlon, Ravinia music director; Ana Maria Martinez, Placido Domingo, Jennifer Ringo, Alvaro Domingo.

The Women's Board of Ravinia hosted the festival's annual Gala Benefit Evening on August 4.  Plácido Domingo, known to the world as one of the Three Tenors, Grammy winner soprano Ana Maria Martinez and conductor and Ravinia Festival music director James Conlon along with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra headlined the Gala performance which featured a mix of music theater, zarzuela selections and opera arias by such composers as Verdi, Wagner, Bernstein and Sorozabal.

There were approximately 1,260 guests in attendance at the sold-out Gala dinner, and the evening, the only performance fund-raiser benefiting America's oldest not-for-profit music festival raised approximately $1.7 million.

The 2007 Gala Benefit Evening was overseen by the Women's Board committee headed by Gala chairman Jane Casper and Gala co-chairman Caroline Huebner, which has worked for an entire year planning this event. Claudia Lane and Becky Murray served as the Gala Benefactor co-chairmen and Paul Yovovich and Lucy Minor served as the Trustee Benefactor co-chairmen. Audrey C. Rubinstein is the Women's Board chairman.


Michael Lavin, Ravinia chairman with his wife Judy.


Welz Kauffman, Ravinia president and CEO; Zarin Mehta, New York Philharmonic president and executive director.


Audrey Rubinstein, Woman's Board chairman; Susan Levy.


Placido Domingo with Caroline Huebner, Gala co-chair.


David and Jane Casper, Gala co-chair.


Diane Swonk.


Linda Johnson Rice, Desiree Rogers, Valerie Jarrett, Marguerite Orane.


Pamela Nunley and John Earl Jenks.


Ann and Phil Ponce.


Mamie Case.


Christine Taylor.

Photos:  Images: 2, 4, 5, 6, 8 - 10: Bob Carl; Images: 1, 3, 7: Julie Skarrett
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