Summer Festivals 2011

This summer, classical music holds sway from sea to shining sea. Get ready for a road trip — or check out a festival near you!

Blossom Festival
(Cuyahoga Falls, OH), Blossom is situated on eight hundred acres of rolling hills surrounded by the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and features concerts under the sun and stars. Cleveland Orchestra music director Franz Welser-Möst leads Bruckner’s Symphonies Nos. 8 and 9 plus John Adams’ Violin Concerto with Leila Josefowicz as soloist. Pianist Yuja Wang performs in Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. David Zinman leads Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Christian Tetzlaff in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Early music specialist Nicholas McGegan conducts music by Bach, Handel, and Mozart. In August, The Joffrey Ballet returns for its third season at Blossom.
July 2-September 10
Tickets: 800.686.1141

Ojai Music Festival
(Ojai, CA), Established in 1947, Ojai’s eclectic artistic programming reflects the tastes and personality of its music director; soprano Dawn Upshaw holds the post in 2011. Upshaw, a champion of new works, has elected to include world premieres of Winter Morning Walks by Maria Schneider and a new staging by Peter Sellars of George Crumb’s The Winds of Destiny. Other highlights include a concert featuring graduates from Bard College’s Vocal Arts Program, where Upshaw is the director. This year’s collaborators also include Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Upshaw will give a reprise of Golijov’s Ayre, which she performed for the festival’s sixtieth anniversary in 2006.
June 9-12
Tickets: 805.646.2053

Marlboro Festival
(Marlboro, VT), It is almost impossible to exaggerate the importance of Marlboro in the formation of many professional chamber music ensembles, including the Guarneri Quartet. But even more significant is the role it played in changing people’s attitudes about chamber music in general. The classical music profession was a somewhat segregated place when I was in school. Concert managers strongly advised musicians trying to nurture a solo career not to play chamber music in public. They warned that it would send the wrong message. After all, those who performed chamber music were failed soloists, weren’t they? But then Marlboro, established in 1951, arrived on the scene. Word spread quickly amongst music lovers but also to music students everywhere that there was a place in the verdant, rolling hills of southern Vermont where chamber music of the highest order was being played. What’s more, three of its founding members — Adolph Busch, Rudolph Serkin and Marcel Moyse — were not only great musicians but internationally known and venerated soloists, as well. The powerful message broadcast by the founders — and such revered artists as Pablo Casals, who followed at Marlboro — was that it was fine to be a soloist, fine to be a chamber musician, and even better to be both. —Arnold Steinhardt
July 16-August 14
Tickets: 215.569.4690

The Santa Fe Opera
(Santa Fe, NM), The Santa Fe Opera presents new and revival productions of opera every summer. The 2011 festival includes new productions of Vivaldi’s Griselda with director Peter Sellars and countertenor David Daniels; Menotti’s The Last Savage with Anna Christy and Daniel Okulitch; and Gounod’s Faust, directed by Stephen Lawless; as well as revival productions of Puccini’s La bohème (Paul Curran’s 2007 production) and Berg’s Wozzeck, conducted by David Robertson. The Apprentice Showcase Scenes feature “stars of tomorrow” performing two evenings of fully staged opera scenes.
July 1- August 27
Tickets: 800.280.4654

San Francisco Ring Festival
(San Francisco, CA), The San Francisco Opera presents Wagner’s Ring (Nina Stemme, Mark Delavan, Larissa Diadkova, Ian Storey, David Cangelosi, Brandon Jovanovich) in three complete cycles plus two production-premiere performances with additional lectures, symposia, exhibits, musical performances, film screenings and more throughout the Bay Area.
May 29-July 3
Tickets: 415.864.3330

Skaneateles Festival
(Skaneateles, NY), This chamber music festival situated in a picturesque lakeside village in the Finger Lakes region of New York State this year features performances by pianist Jon Nakamatsu, ECCO (the East Coast Chamber Orchestra), the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Sō Percussion and an evening of jazz with the Marcus Roberts Trio. The festival offers evening concerts, free concerts for children, workshops for music students and open rehearsals. Thursday and Friday concerts are held in the village at the First Presbyterian Church. Saturday concerts are held outdoors under the stars at a nearby lakeside estate, Brook Farm.
August 10-September 3
Tickets: 315.685.7418

2011 Summer Festival Listing


Sitka Summer Music Festival
(Sitka, AK)
Jun 3-24, 2011
Tickets: (907) 747-6774


Grand Canyon Music Festival
(Grand Canyon, AZ)
Aug 26-27; Sep 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 2011
Tickets: (800) 997-8285


Hot Springs Music Festival
(Hot Springs, AR)
Jun 5-18, 2011
Tickets: (501) 623-4763

RedRocks Music Festival
(Sedona, AZ)
Aug 28-Sep 4, 2011
Tickets: (877) 733-7257


(Atherton, CA)
Jul 23-Aug 13, 2011
Tickets: (650) 331-0202

Bear Valley Music Festival
(Bear Valley, CA)
Jul 29-Aug 14, 2011
Tickets: (800) 458-1618

Carlsbad Music Festival
(Carlsbad, CA)
Sep 2011
Tickets: (800) 838-3006

Carmel Bach Festival
(Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA)
Jul 8-30, 2011
Tickets: (831) 624-1521

La Jolla Music Society
(La Jolla, CA)
Aug 3-26, 2011
Tickets: (858) 459-3728

Mammoth Lakes Music Festival
(Mammoth Lakes, CA)
Jul 20-Aug 5, 2011
Tickets: (760) 934-7015

Mendocino Music Festival
(Mendocino, CA)
Jul 9-23, 2011
Tickets: (707) 937-2044

Music In The Vineyards
(Napa, CA)
Aug 3-21, 2011
Tickets: (707) 258-5559

Festival Del Sole
(Napa Valley, CA)
Jul 15-24, 2011
Tickets: (888) 337-6272