Fourth of July weekend pop-music concerts can be tedious and trivial affairs, but the presence of soprano Nicole Cabell, the first Chicagoan to win the prestigious Cardiff “Singer of the World” Prize in Wales after her third year at the Lyric Center for American Artists last year, singing selections from “Show Boat,” “Kismet,” “Street Scene,” Verdi’s “Aida” and songs by Cole Porter and Irving Berlin should raise this beyond the usual holiday fare. Also significant is that rather than a bland pops maestro a la Erich Kunzel, Ravinia music director James Conlon will be on the podium to lead the Chicago Symphony in what should be dazzling renditions of popular American classics such as Bernstein’s “Candide” Overture, Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” and Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever,” among others, all at a special holiday $20 per pavilion ticket price and complete with a free 5:15pm Bennett-Gordon Hall preview performance by students of Ravinia’s Steans Institute. (Dennis Polkow)
July 1 at Ravinia Festival, Lake-Cook and Green Bay Rds., Highland Park, (847)266-5100. $10-$20. 7:30pm.