Stephen R. Smoot, who produced hundreds of concerts for Ravinia Festival since 2005, died suddenly on Friday, Nov. 27. He was 57. Known for his quick wit and generous impulse to shine the spotlight on others, Mr. Smoot produced myriad concerts and recitals in Ravinia’s Martin Theatre by such artists as RenÃ©e Fleming, Matthias Goerne, Michelle DeYoung, Thomas Hampson, and Pinchas Zukerman. He facilitated the recording of a number of these concerts for broadcast on Chicago’s only classical station, WFMT. That series, which returns with new concerts in January, will be dedicated to Mr. Smoot’s memory.
“This is an unbelievable loss that I’m still trying to process,” said concert pianist Kevin Cole. “I called him St. Stephen-which he got a kick out of-because he created logistic and artistic miracles. // Continue to the full article