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SummerArts: Classical Music

SummerArts: Classical Music

In many ways, summertime festivals and events are where audiences find classical music at its most democratic. We the listeners come to enjoy the classics on our own terms – at our favorite outdoor venues, in our preferred casual attire, and featuring performances by beloved guest artists and local community members alike.

Settings like the scenic landscapes of Sitka, Alaska and Vail, Colorado, and the historic beauty of such eastern locales as the Caramoor estate and the Chautauqua Institution, provide a needed respite from the world and a way to enjoy music in a new context.

Summer festivals welcome us to indulge in the areas of classical music that aren’t as readily explored during the regular concert season, from the contemporary classical music and multiple premieres at the Cabrillo Festival in Santa Cruz, California to the innovation and reverence of high-profile artist performances at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival in New York City.

Classical music in the summer also affords the rare opportunity to be a part of all-inclusive music communities that emphasize the educational training of up-and-coming musicians while presenting inspired performances of vital works. Colorado’s Aspen Music Festival and School and the Yellow Barn Music Festival in Vermont attract students, professionals and local music patrons alike in multi-week programs and curriculums that first and foremost, foster community engagement.

With such varied possibilities for live classical music listening, the summer season is the perfect time to seek out these experiences in your region. (DK)

Pacific

American Bach Soloists

American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy (San Francisco, CA)

(July 12 – July 22, 2012) American Bach Soloists music director Jeffrey Thomas leads the third annual ABS Festival & Academy in San Francisco’s Conservatory of Music. Enjoy this opportunity to hear the acclaimed American Bach Soloists along with the next generation of virtuosi in an eventful 10-day immersion in the music and culture of the Baroque. ...more...

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music (Santa Cruz, CA)

(July 28 – August 12, 2012) Under the leadership of Music Director Marin Alsop – also at the helm at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra – the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra of 68 music professionals presents new orchestral music to the public each summer. The country’s foremost new music festival, Cabrillo has won the national ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music every single year since Cabrillo began in 1982. ...more...

Carmel Bach Festival

Carmel Bach Festival (Carmel, CA)

(July 14 – 28, 2012) This two-week summer festival was founded in 1935, and features more than 60 composers in addition to the monolithically prolific Johann Sebastian Bach — with other Baroque figures like Handel, Haydn, Schütz, Vivaldi, Telemann, and Purcell among them. But the various ensembles perform repertoire that goes beyond the Baroque period to include the works of Elgar, Rossini, Schubert, Vaughan Williams, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, among many others. ...more...

La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest

La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest (La Jolla, CA)

(July 31 – August 24, 2012) Established in 1987, SummerFest – La Jolla Music Society’s month-long chamber music festival – features guest performances from the likes of the Tokyo String Quartet, pianist Marc-André Hamelin, violinists Midori and Gil Shaham, and others. Orchestral and chamber music concerts alike center on repertory standards, with each year dedicated to three nights saluting one iconic composer, such as Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Brahms. ...more...

Mendocino Music Festival

Mendocino Music Festival (Mendocino, CA)

(July 7-27, 2012) With its inaugural festival in 1986, the Mendocino Music Festival became the realization of a dream shared by former San Francisco Symphony principal bassoonist Walter Green and fellow classical musicians Allan Pollack and Susan Waterfall. The festival brings outstanding performers and exceptional music to one of the most picturesque locations in Northern California. ...more...

Midsummer Mozart Festival

Midsummer Mozart Festival (San Francisco, CA)

(July 19 – 29, 2012) As the name might suggest, this festival, established in 1974 by Music Director George Cleve, presents only the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Featured works, performed by regional and guest artists, include selections from the operas Zaide and Idomeneo, the “Linz” Symphony [No. 36], and the Quintet for Piano and Winds. ...more...

Music at Menlo

Music@Menlo (Atherton, CA)

(July 20 – August 11, 2012) Founded in 2004 by cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han – also Artistic Directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center – Music@Menlo is a comprehensive hub for chamber music. The festival features multiple program series, from the theme-laden Concert Programs to the String Quartet Programs series to Carte Blanche, a recital series curated by the artists themselves. Additionally, the Encounter Series adds a scholarly flair to the proceedings through multimedia presentations that further illuminate the festival’s primary themes. During the traditional fall/spring concert season is the Winter Series, which supplements the festival’s summer offerings. ...more...

Ojai_SummerFest_Classical

Ojai Music Festival (Ojai, CA)

(June 7 – 10, 2012) Held 35 miles southeast of Santa Barbara in Ventura County’s Ojai Valley every June, the Ojai Music Festival is a four-day celebration of adventurous classical music. Challenging, eclectic and engaging, the Ojai Music Festival began in 1947 and since then has brought the best in new music and the finest in exceptional interpretation of the classics to its idyllic California setting. The festival has made a tradition of inviting eminent composers, conductors and instrumentalists to serve as music directors, including John Adams, Lukas Foss, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Emanuel Ax. Symposiums at the festival feature scholars, composers and musicians, often discussing the works they perform during the festival. ...more...

sitkasummer

Sitka Summer Music Festival (Sitka, AK)

(June 8 – July 7, 2012) In 1972, violinist Paul Rosenthal started what would become known as the Sitka Summer Music Festival as a reunion of students of master classes of Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky. Representative composers include Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, and Lizst. All the participating professional musicians perform at the festival as volunteers. ...more...

Mountain

Aspen Music Festival and School

Aspen Music Festival and School (Aspen, CO)

(June 28 – August 19, 2012) This jam-packed summer festival offers recitals by the likes of pianists Simone Dinnerstein, Marc-André Hamelin and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, violinist Gil Shaham, composer/singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane, the Anonymous 4 chamber quartet and the Emerson String Quartet, along with master classes and the free Music on the Mountain series. ...more...

bravovail

Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival (Vail, CO)

(June 25 – August 4, 2012) Founded in 1987, the Bravo! Festival prides itself as a summer destination for classical music lovers, boasting four orchestras in residence — most recently the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the National Repertory Orchestra — and guest artists such as conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, pianists Kirill Gerstein and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, violinists Joshua Bell and Gil Shaham, mandolinist Chris Thile, double bassist Edgar Meyer, composer Gabriel Kahane, and the Calder Quartet, to name just a few. ...more...

Colorado Music Festival

Colorado Music Festival (Boulder, CO)

(June 24 – August 3, 2012) This six-week festival at Chautauqua in Boulder includes several performances by both the Chamber Orchestra and Festival Orchestra, a mini-Violin Festival, and a World Music Series. Guest artists have included string trio Time for Three, soprano Jessica Rivera, fiddler Eileen Ivers, and others. ...more...

Deer Valley Music Festival

Deer Valley Music Festival (South Park City, UT)

(August 3 – August 13, 2012) Park City’s Deer Valley Music Festival is the summer home of the Utah Symphony and the Utah Opera. Each summer season, approximately twenty performances are staged, ranging from pops concerts to classics like Holst’s The Planets; in recent years, the Symphony has played orchestral versions of Queen and Eagles songs, as well. ...more...

moabfest

Moab Music Festival (Moab, UT)

(August 30 – September 10, 2012) With its red rocks backdrop, the Moab Music Festival, held each September (and founded in 1992) in Utah, offers concert experiences unattainable elsewhere, such as its Grotto Concerts chamber music series accessible only by boat and the combination concert/hike of the Music Walks series. From nature trails and parks to ranches and spas, this festival really is about “location, location, location.” ...more...

angelfire

Music From Angel Fire (Angel Fire, NM)

(August 17 – September 2, 2012) This chamber music festival started in 1984 in Angel Fire, New Mexico, and now performs concerts throughout the Northern New Mexico Rocky Mountain region during August and early September. In addition to the inclusion of canon stalwarts like Beethoven’s piano trios and Bach’s sonatas, the festival includes contemporary works written specifically for the festival. Past participants have included the ensembles Imani Winds, Time for Three, and OPUS ONE. ...more...

Music in the Mountains

Music in the Mountains (Durango, CO)

(July 8-29, 2012) Founded in 1997, Music in the Mountains features more than 60 accomplished Festival Artists and Guest Artists, such as violinist Philippe Quint and conductor/clarinetist Carl Topilow. Performances highlight orchestral, chamber, and pops music with works by composers such as Vivaldi, Schubert, Janácek, Gershwin, and others. ...more...

sfcmf

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival (Santa Fe, NM)

(July 15 – August 20, 2012) In place since 1972, this top-flight festival showcases works by the likes of Brahms, Schubert Bartók, and Schoenberg. Concert performances have featured prominent artists including New York Philharmonic conductor Alan Gilbert, composer/conductor Oliver Knussen, violinist Leila Josefowicz, flutist Sir James Galway, mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni, pianist Jeremy Denk, and the Miró Quaret, and the Tokyo and Orion String Quartets, among many others. ...more...

svsummersymph

Sun Valley Summer Symphony (Sun Valley, ID)

(July 29 – August 14, 2012) Begun in 1985 as the Elkhorn Music Festival, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony prides itself on being “the largest privately funded free-admission symphony in America.” The symphony is comprised of personnel from professional orchestras throughout North America… Past renowned guest artists include pianists Jean-Ives Thibaudet, Yefim Bronfman, Jon Nakamatsu, and Emanuel Ax, ...more...

Central

Austin Chamber Music Center Festival

Austin Chamber Music Center Festival (Austin, TX)

(June 29 – July 15, 2012) In addition to its annual concert season, the Austin Chamber Music Center has hosted a summer festival since 1997 that has featured some of the premier performers in chamber music, including the Borromeo String Quartet, the Eroica Piano Trio, the jazz trio The Bad Plus, and Anonymous 4. ...more...

Eastern

Berkshire Choral Festival

Berkshire Choral Festival (Sheffield, MA)

(July 8 – August 5, 2012) This six-week festival — which offers weeklong programs in Vancouver and Salzburg in addition its “singing vacation” weeks in Sheffield, Massachusetts — has afforded experienced singers the experience of rehearsing and performing choral masterworks since 1982. Choral conductor apprenticeships and the undergraduate Berkshire Scholar program are also available for young adults. ...more...

Blossom Music Festival

Blossom Music Festival (Cuyahoga Falls, OH)

(July 3 – September 2, 2012) The summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra and located about 25 miles south of Cleveland in the 33,000-acre Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Blossom Music Festival is a 10-week summer series of orchestral and pops concerts. In addition to the festival, the Blossom Pavilion and hillside lawn (which, combined, accommodate nearly 20,000 music lovers) also hosts a series of popular music, country, and jazz concerts presented by Live Nation from May to September. ...more...

Bowdoin International Music Festival

Bowdoin International Music Festival (Brunswick, ME)

(June 23 – August 4, 2012) Started in 1964, the Bowdoin International Music Festival is comprised of a robust seven-concert series performance schedule and three Summer Study Programs—the Instrumental Program for pianists and string players, the Woodwind Program, and the Composition Program. Faculty members include composers Derek Bermel and Robert Beaser, the Ying and Shanghai Quartets, clarinetist Anthony McGill of the Metropolitan Opera, violinist Frank Huang of the Houston Symphony, and many others. ...more...

capecodchamber

Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (North Eastham, MA)

(July 30 – August 24, 2012) Initiated in 1979 as the Cape & Islands Chamber Music Festival, the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival now offers Autumn and Spring series as a supplement to its three-week festival in August. Artists such as Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Dawn Upshaw, Yo-Yo Ma, the Quartet San Francisco, and the Borromeo and Jupiter Quartets have all performed here. ...more...

Caramoor International Music Festival

Caramoor International Music Festival (Katonah, NY)

(June 23 – August 8, 2012) Walter and Lucie Rosen established their 90-acre Caramoor estate as an arts center in 1945 in tribute to the memory of their son; the festival grew out of a series of small, intimate concerts that the Rosens threw for their friends into its current incarnation as a multifaceted celebration. This seven-week series of events in upstate New York’s Westchester County presents a veritable smorgasbord of musical offerings, ...more...

The CMC and CFE

Chamber Music Conference & Composers’ Forum of the East (Bennington, VT)

(July 15 – August 12, 2012) Having been in existence for more than 65 years, this distinctive conference at Vermont’s Bennington College is focused on the development of amateur chamber musicians. The conference prides itself on its ability to be customized to best suit the musical needs of the individual participants. While numerous coachings and informal playing opportunities are made available to the musicians — including the Composers’ Forum, which pairs a chamber ensemble with a composer and his or her new commission — all concerts and seminars are free to the public. ...more...

Eastern Music Festival and School

Eastern Music Festival and School (Greensboro, NC)

(June 23 – 28, 2012) This annual classical music festival runs from late June until the end of July, during which time 50,000 music lovers enjoy approximately 100 concerts and events that feature the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra and dozens of renowned musicians in a variety of disciplines. The festival is also an institute for young musicians, and during this time, gifted music students participate in master classes and performances. ...more...

Marlboro Music

Marlboro Music (Marlboro, VT)

(July 14 – August 12, 2012) Started in 1951 by pianist Rudolf Serkin, the chamber music festival Marlboro Music has been the summer home of collaboration between established leading musicians and young professionals. Highlighted composers have included Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, and Shostakovich. ...more...

Monadnock Music

Monadnock Music (Peterborough, NH)

(July 7 – August 12, 2012) This annual six-week festival presents summer classical music concerts in the context of some of New Hampshire’s important historical buildings – including various meetinghouses in the region, which play host to the free Village Concert series. In addition to its primary output of chamber music, there are solo recitals and orchestral concerts, all of which feature an ever-present mix of canonic, 20th Century, and new classical works. ...more...

mostly mozart wolf kahn

Mostly Mozart Festival (New York, NY)

(August) With top-flight performances and close attention paid to music scholarship, Mostly Mozart is the premier New York City summer festival. Amidst performances by artists like conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, pianists Mitsuko Uchida and Pierre-Laurent Aimard, choreographer Mark Morris, the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Takács Quartet, and mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, there is the resident Festival Orchestra—led by Louis Langrée. ...more...

newportmusic

Newport Music Festival (Newport, RI)

(July 13-29, 2012) The Newport Music Festival turns the idea of the summer festival on its head by moving it from the sunny lawn to the great indoors. The massive 19th century mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, built as summer “cottages” for the rich and famous of the Gilded Age, serve as venues for the festival’s 60-odd concerts, held morning, noon, and night(and occasionally midnight) for a few weeks each July ...more...

Norfolk Chamber Music Festival

Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (Norfolk, CT)

(July 1 – August 12, 2012) The Norfolk Chamber Music Festival’s roots go back as far as the late 19th century, when Carl Stoeckel and Ellen Battell began hosting concerts in their Norfolk home. In conjunction with the Yale Summer School of Music, the festival looks forward to the next generation of chamber music through the cultivation of young performers and composers, even as it celebrates such monumental composers as Haydn, Mozart, and Schubert. ...more...

Yellow Barn Music Festival

Yellow Barn Music Festival (Putney, VT)

(June 17 – August 4, 2012) What began in 1969 as a summer retreat for cello students has become Yellow Barn, a year-round home for cultivating the creation of chamber music and the musicians who perform it. The summer season offers training/performance opportunities for emergent professionals through the five-week Yellow Barn project proper, while the Young Artists program caters to musicians—six composers among them—between the ages of 13 and 19 (all participants in Yellow Barn’s core program, not including Young Artists, receive full scholarships). Both programs benefit from the tutelage of experienced professional chamber musicians. During the rest of the year on Yellow Barn’s campus at The Greenwood School, Artist Residencies enable musicians to pursue the development of repertoire, original projects, and outreach. ...more...

Pacific

American Bach Soloists

American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy (San Francisco, CA)

(July 12 – July 22, 2012) American Bach Soloists music director Jeffrey Thomas leads the third annual ABS Festival & Academy in San Francisco’s Conservatory of Music. Enjoy this opportunity to hear the acclaimed American Bach Soloists along with the next generation of virtuosi in an eventful 10-day immersion in the music and culture of the Baroque. ...more...

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music (Santa Cruz, CA)

(July 28 – August 12, 2012) Under the leadership of Music Director Marin Alsop – also at the helm at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra – the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra of 68 music professionals presents new orchestral music to the public each summer. The country’s foremost new music festival, Cabrillo has won the national ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music every single year since Cabrillo began in 1982. ...more...

Carmel Bach Festival

Carmel Bach Festival (Carmel, CA)

(July 14 – 28, 2012) This two-week summer festival was founded in 1935, and features more than 60 composers in addition to the monolithically prolific Johann Sebastian Bach — with other Baroque figures like Handel, Haydn, Schütz, Vivaldi, Telemann, and Purcell among them. But the various ensembles perform repertoire that goes beyond the Baroque period to include the works of Elgar, Rossini, Schubert, Vaughan Williams, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, among many others. ...more...

La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest

La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest (La Jolla, CA)

(July 31 – August 24, 2012) Established in 1987, SummerFest – La Jolla Music Society’s month-long chamber music festival – features guest performances from the likes of the Tokyo String Quartet, pianist Marc-André Hamelin, violinists Midori and Gil Shaham, and others. Orchestral and chamber music concerts alike center on repertory standards, with each year dedicated to three nights saluting one iconic composer, such as Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Brahms. ...more...

Mendocino Music Festival

Mendocino Music Festival (Mendocino, CA)

(July 7-27, 2012) With its inaugural festival in 1986, the Mendocino Music Festival became the realization of a dream shared by former San Francisco Symphony principal bassoonist Walter Green and fellow classical musicians Allan Pollack and Susan Waterfall. The festival brings outstanding performers and exceptional music to one of the most picturesque locations in Northern California. ...more...

Midsummer Mozart Festival

Midsummer Mozart Festival (San Francisco, CA)

(July 19 – 29, 2012) As the name might suggest, this festival, established in 1974 by Music Director George Cleve, presents only the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Featured works, performed by regional and guest artists, include selections from the operas Zaide and Idomeneo, the “Linz” Symphony [No. 36], and the Quintet for Piano and Winds. ...more...

Music at Menlo

Music@Menlo (Atherton, CA)

(July 20 – August 11, 2012) Founded in 2004 by cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han – also Artistic Directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center – Music@Menlo is a comprehensive hub for chamber music. The festival features multiple program series, from the theme-laden Concert Programs to the String Quartet Programs series to Carte Blanche, a recital series curated by the artists themselves. Additionally, the Encounter Series adds a scholarly flair to the proceedings through multimedia presentations that further illuminate the festival’s primary themes. During the traditional fall/spring concert season is the Winter Series, which supplements the festival’s summer offerings. ...more...

Ojai_SummerFest_Classical

Ojai Music Festival (Ojai, CA)

(June 7 – 10, 2012) Held 35 miles southeast of Santa Barbara in Ventura County’s Ojai Valley every June, the Ojai Music Festival is a four-day celebration of adventurous classical music. Challenging, eclectic and engaging, the Ojai Music Festival began in 1947 and since then has brought the best in new music and the finest in exceptional interpretation of the classics to its idyllic California setting. The festival has made a tradition of inviting eminent composers, conductors and instrumentalists to serve as music directors, including John Adams, Lukas Foss, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Emanuel Ax. Symposiums at the festival feature scholars, composers and musicians, often discussing the works they perform during the festival. ...more...

sitkasummer

Sitka Summer Music Festival (Sitka, AK)

(June 8 – July 7, 2012) In 1972, violinist Paul Rosenthal started what would become known as the Sitka Summer Music Festival as a reunion of students of master classes of Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky. Representative composers include Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, and Lizst. All the participating professional musicians perform at the festival as volunteers. ...more...

Mountain

Aspen Music Festival and School

Aspen Music Festival and School (Aspen, CO)

(June 28 – August 19, 2012) This jam-packed summer festival offers recitals by the likes of pianists Simone Dinnerstein, Marc-André Hamelin and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, violinist Gil Shaham, composer/singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane, the Anonymous 4 chamber quartet and the Emerson String Quartet, along with master classes and the free Music on the Mountain series. ...more...

bravovail

Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival (Vail, CO)

(June 25 – August 4, 2012) Founded in 1987, the Bravo! Festival prides itself as a summer destination for classical music lovers, boasting four orchestras in residence — most recently the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the National Repertory Orchestra — and guest artists such as conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, pianists Kirill Gerstein and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, violinists Joshua Bell and Gil Shaham, mandolinist Chris Thile, double bassist Edgar Meyer, composer Gabriel Kahane, and the Calder Quartet, to name just a few. ...more...

Colorado Music Festival

Colorado Music Festival (Boulder, CO)

(June 24 – August 3, 2012) This six-week festival at Chautauqua in Boulder includes several performances by both the Chamber Orchestra and Festival Orchestra, a mini-Violin Festival, and a World Music Series. Guest artists have included string trio Time for Three, soprano Jessica Rivera, fiddler Eileen Ivers, and others. ...more...

Deer Valley Music Festival

Deer Valley Music Festival (South Park City, UT)

(August 3 – August 13, 2012) Park City’s Deer Valley Music Festival is the summer home of the Utah Symphony and the Utah Opera. Each summer season, approximately twenty performances are staged, ranging from pops concerts to classics like Holst’s The Planets; in recent years, the Symphony has played orchestral versions of Queen and Eagles songs, as well. ...more...

moabfest

Moab Music Festival (Moab, UT)

(August 30 – September 10, 2012) With its red rocks backdrop, the Moab Music Festival, held each September (and founded in 1992) in Utah, offers concert experiences unattainable elsewhere, such as its Grotto Concerts chamber music series accessible only by boat and the combination concert/hike of the Music Walks series. From nature trails and parks to ranches and spas, this festival really is about “location, location, location.” ...more...

angelfire

Music From Angel Fire (Angel Fire, NM)

(August 17 – September 2, 2012) This chamber music festival started in 1984 in Angel Fire, New Mexico, and now performs concerts throughout the Northern New Mexico Rocky Mountain region during August and early September. In addition to the inclusion of canon stalwarts like Beethoven’s piano trios and Bach’s sonatas, the festival includes contemporary works written specifically for the festival. Past participants have included the ensembles Imani Winds, Time for Three, and OPUS ONE. ...more...

Music in the Mountains

Music in the Mountains (Durango, CO)

(July 8-29, 2012) Founded in 1997, Music in the Mountains features more than 60 accomplished Festival Artists and Guest Artists, such as violinist Philippe Quint and conductor/clarinetist Carl Topilow. Performances highlight orchestral, chamber, and pops music with works by composers such as Vivaldi, Schubert, Janácek, Gershwin, and others. ...more...

sfcmf

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival (Santa Fe, NM)

(July 15 – August 20, 2012) In place since 1972, this top-flight festival showcases works by the likes of Brahms, Schubert Bartók, and Schoenberg. Concert performances have featured prominent artists including New York Philharmonic conductor Alan Gilbert, composer/conductor Oliver Knussen, violinist Leila Josefowicz, flutist Sir James Galway, mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni, pianist Jeremy Denk, and the Miró Quaret, and the Tokyo and Orion String Quartets, among many others. ...more...

svsummersymph

Sun Valley Summer Symphony (Sun Valley, ID)

(July 29 – August 14, 2012) Begun in 1985 as the Elkhorn Music Festival, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony prides itself on being “the largest privately funded free-admission symphony in America.” The symphony is comprised of personnel from professional orchestras throughout North America… Past renowned guest artists include pianists Jean-Ives Thibaudet, Yefim Bronfman, Jon Nakamatsu, and Emanuel Ax, ...more...

Central

Austin Chamber Music Center Festival

Austin Chamber Music Center Festival (Austin, TX)

(June 29 – July 15, 2012) In addition to its annual concert season, the Austin Chamber Music Center has hosted a summer festival since 1997 that has featured some of the premier performers in chamber music, including the Borromeo String Quartet, the Eroica Piano Trio, the jazz trio The Bad Plus, and Anonymous 4. ...more...

Eastern

Berkshire Choral Festival

Berkshire Choral Festival (Sheffield, MA)

(July 8 – August 5, 2012) This six-week festival — which offers weeklong programs in Vancouver and Salzburg in addition its “singing vacation” weeks in Sheffield, Massachusetts — has afforded experienced singers the experience of rehearsing and performing choral masterworks since 1982. Choral conductor apprenticeships and the undergraduate Berkshire Scholar program are also available for young adults. ...more...

Blossom Music Festival

Blossom Music Festival (Cuyahoga Falls, OH)

(July 3 – September 2, 2012) The summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra and located about 25 miles south of Cleveland in the 33,000-acre Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Blossom Music Festival is a 10-week summer series of orchestral and pops concerts. In addition to the festival, the Blossom Pavilion and hillside lawn (which, combined, accommodate nearly 20,000 music lovers) also hosts a series of popular music, country, and jazz concerts presented by Live Nation from May to September. ...more...

Bowdoin International Music Festival

Bowdoin International Music Festival (Brunswick, ME)

(June 23 – August 4, 2012) Started in 1964, the Bowdoin International Music Festival is comprised of a robust seven-concert series performance schedule and three Summer Study Programs—the Instrumental Program for pianists and string players, the Woodwind Program, and the Composition Program. Faculty members include composers Derek Bermel and Robert Beaser, the Ying and Shanghai Quartets, clarinetist Anthony McGill of the Metropolitan Opera, violinist Frank Huang of the Houston Symphony, and many others. ...more...

capecodchamber

Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (North Eastham, MA)

(July 30 – August 24, 2012) Initiated in 1979 as the Cape & Islands Chamber Music Festival, the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival now offers Autumn and Spring series as a supplement to its three-week festival in August. Artists such as Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Dawn Upshaw, Yo-Yo Ma, the Quartet San Francisco, and the Borromeo and Jupiter Quartets have all performed here. ...more...

Caramoor International Music Festival

Caramoor International Music Festival (Katonah, NY)

(June 23 – August 8, 2012) Walter and Lucie Rosen established their 90-acre Caramoor estate as an arts center in 1945 in tribute to the memory of their son; the festival grew out of a series of small, intimate concerts that the Rosens threw for their friends into its current incarnation as a multifaceted celebration. This seven-week series of events in upstate New York’s Westchester County presents a veritable smorgasbord of musical offerings, ...more...

The CMC and CFE

Chamber Music Conference & Composers’ Forum of the East (Bennington, VT)

(July 15 – August 12, 2012) Having been in existence for more than 65 years, this distinctive conference at Vermont’s Bennington College is focused on the development of amateur chamber musicians. The conference prides itself on its ability to be customized to best suit the musical needs of the individual participants. While numerous coachings and informal playing opportunities are made available to the musicians — including the Composers’ Forum, which pairs a chamber ensemble with a composer and his or her new commission — all concerts and seminars are free to the public. ...more...

Eastern Music Festival and School

Eastern Music Festival and School (Greensboro, NC)

(June 23 – 28, 2012) This annual classical music festival runs from late June until the end of July, during which time 50,000 music lovers enjoy approximately 100 concerts and events that feature the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra and dozens of renowned musicians in a variety of disciplines. The festival is also an institute for young musicians, and during this time, gifted music students participate in master classes and performances. ...more...

Marlboro Music

Marlboro Music (Marlboro, VT)

(July 14 – August 12, 2012) Started in 1951 by pianist Rudolf Serkin, the chamber music festival Marlboro Music has been the summer home of collaboration between established leading musicians and young professionals. Highlighted composers have included Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, and Shostakovich. ...more...

Monadnock Music

Monadnock Music (Peterborough, NH)

(July 7 – August 12, 2012) This annual six-week festival presents summer classical music concerts in the context of some of New Hampshire’s important historical buildings – including various meetinghouses in the region, which play host to the free Village Concert series. In addition to its primary output of chamber music, there are solo recitals and orchestral concerts, all of which feature an ever-present mix of canonic, 20th Century, and new classical works. ...more...

mostly mozart wolf kahn

Mostly Mozart Festival (New York, NY)

(August) With top-flight performances and close attention paid to music scholarship, Mostly Mozart is the premier New York City summer festival. Amidst performances by artists like conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, pianists Mitsuko Uchida and Pierre-Laurent Aimard, choreographer Mark Morris, the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Takács Quartet, and mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, there is the resident Festival Orchestra—led by Louis Langrée. ...more...

newportmusic

Newport Music Festival (Newport, RI)

(July 13-29, 2012) The Newport Music Festival turns the idea of the summer festival on its head by moving it from the sunny lawn to the great indoors. The massive 19th century mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, built as summer “cottages” for the rich and famous of the Gilded Age, serve as venues for the festival’s 60-odd concerts, held morning, noon, and night(and occasionally midnight) for a few weeks each July ...more...

Norfolk Chamber Music Festival

Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (Norfolk, CT)

(July 1 – August 12, 2012) The Norfolk Chamber Music Festival’s roots go back as far as the late 19th century, when Carl Stoeckel and Ellen Battell began hosting concerts in their Norfolk home. In conjunction with the Yale Summer School of Music, the festival looks forward to the next generation of chamber music through the cultivation of young performers and composers, even as it celebrates such monumental composers as Haydn, Mozart, and Schubert. ...more...

Yellow Barn Music Festival

Yellow Barn Music Festival (Putney, VT)

(June 17 – August 4, 2012) What began in 1969 as a summer retreat for cello students has become Yellow Barn, a year-round home for cultivating the creation of chamber music and the musicians who perform it. The summer season offers training/performance opportunities for emergent professionals through the five-week Yellow Barn project proper, while the Young Artists program caters to musicians—six composers among them—between the ages of 13 and 19 (all participants in Yellow Barn’s core program, not including Young Artists, receive full scholarships). Both programs benefit from the tutelage of experienced professional chamber musicians. During the rest of the year on Yellow Barn’s campus at The Greenwood School, Artist Residencies enable musicians to pursue the development of repertoire, original projects, and outreach. ...more...