In Your Own Backyard

Summer serves up classical music across the country.

MOSTLY MOZART, LINCOLN CENTER (New York, NY) launched in 1966 quickly became an indelible New York summer institution and home to period-instrument ensembles, dance presentations, new-music groups, composers- and artists-in-residence, visiting orchestras and ensembles, opera productions, late-night concerts, films, and lectures and artist discussions. Spanning repertoire from the distant edge of the Baroque to the cutting edge of our own time, Avery Fisher Hall is transformed for the Festival to bring audiences closer to the musicians and the music they love, providing a more informal ambience.
July 27-August 29
Tickets: 212.721.6500

WASHINGTON SQUARE MUSIC FESTIVAL (New York, NY) offers free chamber music and jazz, Tuesdays in July. Featured works are by Karl Amadeus Hartmann (1905-63), an extraordinary German composer who studied with Anton Webern. Offering a venue for young musicians, now-famous performers who appeared in early stages of their careers, include soprano Marilyn Horne, her husband, conductor Henry Lewis, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, violinist Tom Chiu, AmorArtis Chorus, conductors Gunther Schuller and George Manahan among others.
July 6-27
Tickets: 212.252.3621

SARATOGA CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL (Saratoga Springs, NY) is held at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), which also hosts summer seasons for New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra. This year’s chamber music program celebrates the final season of artistic director Chantal Juliet.
August 2-17
Tickets: 518.584.9330

SKANEATELES FESTIVAL (Skaneateles, NY) brings the pleasure and excitement of high quality chamber music to a wide audience in an intimate setting. Join us for the return of violin superstar Hilary Hahn. Not only will she dazzle us with her own talents, but she will also bring with her two exceptional friends and musical partners: Ukrainian-born piano sensation Valentina Lisitsa, and celebrated Canadian cellist Shauna Rolston. From America's premier piano trio, Trio Solisti, to the category-shattering, classically trained garage band, Time for Three, we will cover a huge range of styles and genres.
August 11-September 4
Tickets: 315.685.7418

OK MOZART (Bartlesville, OK) celebrates its 26th season with over 100
events, most of them free and open to the public. Featuring the Amici New
York Orchestra, members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and
the award winning chamber group: enhake, some OKM highlights include world
premieres of Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey's Ludwig, and of Fred Sherry's
"Portrait of a Woman" for solo Cello performed by Fred Sherry; plus the
North American premiere of Rinehold Gliere's Two Concert Pieces for Viola
and String Orchestra performed by Paul Neubauer with the Amici NYO. A
spectacular celebration in the heartland of America!
June 12-19
Tickets: 918.336.9800

OREGON BACH FESTIVAL (Eugene, OR) under the artistic leadership of Helmuth Rilling, the OBF fills 19 refreshing summer days with choral-orchestral masterworks, guest artists, chamber music, social events, and education programs. Singers Thomas Quasthoff and Bobby McFerrin, masterworks by Verdi and Mendelssohn, an in-depth exploration of the B Minor Mass, a celebration of Leonard Bernstein, are among the headline events in our 40th anniversary season.
June 25-July 11
Tickets: 800.457.1486

CHAMBER MUSIC NORTHWEST (Portland, OR) celebrates its fortieth anniversary this year with a five-week festival featuring chamber music from the Emerson Quartet, Jennifer Frautschi, Vladimir Feltsman, Cho-Liang Lin, Milan Turkovic, Sylvia McNair and AndrĂ© Watts. Musical highlights include premieres by Steven Stucky and Sheridan Seyfried, plus popular favorites like the complete Brandenburg Concertos, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Messiaen’s iconic Quartet for the End of Time. Other works range from Mozart and Schumann to Barber and beyond.
June 21-July 25
Tickets: 503.294.6400

MANN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (Philadelphia, PA) The great Philadelphia Orchestra arrives at the Mann Center for the first half of its summer season. This outdoor amphitheatre in Philadelphia's beautiful Fairmount Park seats around 14,000, with 5,000 of those under cover. Midweek concerts throughout June and July are the order of the day with an emphasis on popular classics all will enjoy.
June 15-July 29
Tickets: 215.893.1999

NEWPORT MUSIC FESTIVAL (Newport, RI) celebrates its 42nd season continuing the tradition of presenting unique chamber music programs, American debuts, world-class artists and special events in the Gilded Age “summer cottages” of Newport, Rhode Island. Artistic Director Dr. Mark P. Malkovich, III researches and selects works from the 19th century chamber music, vocal repertoire and the Romantic-era piano literature, creating one of the most extraordinary festivals in the world. The NMF has presented over one hundred thirty artists and ensembles in their American debuts.
July 9-25
Tickets: 401.849.0700