Music: Ravinia Revival

Twenty-five years ago Louis Eckstein, rich Chicago merchant and real estate operator, began sponsoring summer orchestra concerts at Ravinia Park, 37 acres of woods he owned on suburban Chicago's North Shore. Later, not instruments but voices made Ravinia famed. The Ravinia Opera which Louis Eckstein produced, signing up the best artists, casting them, supervising every production detail, cost him some $1,500,000 before Depression halted it four years ago (TIME, April 11, 1932). Patron Eckstein, who kept hoping to revive Ravinia, died last winter. Last week there was orchestra music once more...

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