2016 FESTIVALS GUIDE


20th Istanbul Theatre Festival
20th Istanbul Theatre Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
The 20th Istanbul Theatre Festival will present The Kindly Ones by Toneelgroep Amsterdam; Secret Face (producer/theatermaker Mesut Arslan makes an evocative adaptation of the surreal film script of Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk); Hate Radio (by author and director Milo Rau); The Complete Deaths by Spymonkey; D'Apres Une Histoire Vraie (Christian Rizzo); Needles and Opium (Robert Lepage); Trois Hommes Vertes (Valerie Mrejen); and Waiting for Godot (Sahika Tekand).
LOCATION
Instanbul, Turkey
WEBSITE
http://tiyatro.iksv.org/en
DATES
May 3 - May 28, 2016
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Leman Yilmaz
GENRE
Theatre
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$10 to $60
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
Telephone: +902123340785
SOCIAL LINKS

Kissinger Sommer
Kissinger Sommer
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
The 30th-anniversary season marks the farewell of its director with concerts featuring Italian prima donna Cecilia Bartoli, pianist Lang Lang; the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, with conductor Valery Gergiev and violinist Leonidas Kavakos; and soprano Waltraud Meier.
LOCATION
Bad Kissingen, Regentenba
WEBSITE
http://www.kissingersommer.de/
DATES
June 24 - July 24, 2016
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Kari Kahl-Wolfsjäger
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$30 to $130
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.kissingersommer.de/
Telephone: 0049 (0)971 8048-444
SOCIAL LINKS

Lincoln Center Festival
Lincoln Center Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
The 20th season will feature 49 dance, music, and theater performances in venues on and off Lincoln Center's campus. Scheduled for this summer: Reich/ Reverberations, three concerts highlighting works across Steve Reich's career; a trio of concerts from So Percussion; Paradise Interrupted, a one-act opera by Chinese American composer Huang Ruo and visual artist Jennifer Wen Ma; Goran Bregovic and his raucous Wedding and Funeral Orchestra; National Ballet of Canada with Christopher Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale.
LOCATION
Lincoln Center, New York, NY
WEBSITE
http://lincolncenterfestival.org
DATES
July 13 - July 31, 2016
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Nigel Redden, Director, Lincoln Center Festival
GENRES
Classical • Pop/Folk • Ethnic
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$0 to $0
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://lincolncenterfestival.org
Telephone: 212-721-6500
BOOKING CONTACTS
Nigel Redden
Booking cycle date range
All year round
SOCIAL LINKS

Lucerne Festival
Lucerne Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
Programming spotlights women with the theme PrimaDonna. Eleven female conductors will lead such ensembles as the Vienna Philharmonic, the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Featured soloists include Martha Argerich, Cecilia Bartoli, Diana Damrau, Sol Gabetta, and Anne-Sophie Mutter. Orchestras include the Lucerne Festival.
LOCATION
Lucerne, Switzerland
WEBSITE
http://www.lucernefestival.ch
DATES
Aug 12 - Sept 11, 2016
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Michael Haefliger
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$30 to $350
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.lucernefestival.ch
Telephone: +41 41 2264480
BOOKING CONTACTS
SOCIAL LINKS

Marlboro Music Festival
Marlboro Music Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
Artistic Director Mitsuko Uchida works with some of the world's most acclaimed solo and chamber music artists and outstanding young professional musicians to explore chamber music with unlimited rehearsal time and in the kind of depth only possible at Marlboro.
LOCATION
Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT
WEBSITE
http://www.marlboromusic.org
DATES
July 16 - Aug 14, 2016
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Mitsuko Uchida
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$15 to $37
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.marlboromusic.org
Telephone: 215-569-4690 (until June 13); 802-254-2394 (from June 21)
BOOKING CONTACTS
jloux@marlboromusic.org for audition information for outstanding young professional musicians
SOCIAL LINKS

May Festival
May Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
James Conlon's 37-year tenure as music director concludes with programs that recall artistic milestones and audience favorites from the past four decades. Festival highlights include an all- Mozart opening concert that includes the Mass in C minor, and performances of Verdi's Otello and Mendelssohn's Elijah.
LOCATION
Covington, KY
WEBSITE
http://mayfestival.com
DATES
May 20 - May 28, 2016
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
James Conlon
GENRES
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$12 to $400
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://mayfestival.com
Telephone: 513-381-3300
SOCIAL LINKS

Minnesota Orchestra Sommerfest
Minnesota Orchestra Sommerfest
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
Artistic Director Andrew Litton reunites with the Minnesota Orchestra for a 13th summer festival featuring soloists from Andre Watts and Zhang Zuo to violinist Nicola Benedetti and cellist Leonard Elschenbroich. The festival opens with a program of dance-inspired music and concludes with a complete concert version of Verdi's Otello.
LOCATION
Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MO
WEBSITE
http://www.minnesotaorchestra.org
DATES
July 8 - July 23, 2016
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Andrew Litton
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$20 to $80
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.minnesotaorchestra.org
Telephone: 612-371-5656 or 800-292-4141
BOOKING CONTACTS
Kari Marshall, kmarshall@mnorch.org
Booking cycle date range
Fall 2016 for Summer 2017
SOCIAL LINKS
Mostly Mozart Festival
Mostly Mozart Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
Mostly Mozart celebrates its 50th anniversary with highlights such as concert versions of Cosi fan tutte and Idomeneo, Mark Morris's Mozart Dances, performances of 50 new works, and micro-concerts by International Contemporary Ensemble around the city. Other events include films, lectures, chamber music, contemporary music concerts, and late evening recitals.
LOCATION
New York, New York
WEBSITE
http://mostlymozart.org
DATES
July 22 - Aug 27, 2016
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Jane Moss, Ehrenkranz Artistic Director; Louis Langrée, Renée and Robert Belfer, Music Directors
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$0 to $0
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://mostlymozart.org
Telephone: 212-721-6500
BOOKING CONTACTS
Booking cycle date range
All year round
SOCIAL LINKS

Music Mountain
Music Mountain
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
String Quartets: Emerson, Shanghai, St. Petersburg, Borromeo, Penderecki, Avalon, Arianna, Harlem, Cassatt, Enso. Visiting Artists: Richard Goode, Peter Serkin, Julia Hsu, Gilbert Kalish, Danie Epstein, Colin Carr, Pamela Mia Paul, Alexander Fiterstein, Francine Kay, Jonathan Yates
LOCATION
Falls Village, CT
WEBSITE
http://www.musicmountain.org
DATES
June 5 - Sept 11, 2016
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Jonathan Yates, musical director
GENRES
Classical • Jazz
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$30 to $75
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.musicmountain.org
Telephone: 860-824-7126
BOOKING CONTACTS
Booking cycle date range
Fall Winter 2106 through October 2016 for Summer 2017

Music@Menlo
Music@Menlo
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
The 2016 season, titled "Russian Reflections," features chamber works by Arensky, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Scriabin, Shostakovich, and Stravinsky. Other highlights include multimedia symposia, 14 performances by the artists of Music@Menlo's Chamber Music Institute, master classes, and a series of informal discussions on music and the arts led by the festival's musicians and guests.
LOCATION
Menlo Park and Atherton, CA
WEBSITE
https://www.musicatmenlo.org
DATES
July 15 - Aug 6, 2016
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
David Finckel and Wu Han
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$20 to $72
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
https://www.musicatmenlo.org
Telephone: 650-331-0202
BOOKING CONTACTS
Booking cycle date range
Music@Menlo books approximately 18 months ahead, based on seasonal thematic programming determined by the festival.
SOCIAL LINKS

Ojai Music Festival
Ojai Music Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
Under the leadership of Music Director Peter Sellars, Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho's chamber version of La Passion de Simone and Only the Sound Remains both receive American premieres. Other highlights include Don't Let Me Be Lonely, by Pulitzer Prizewinning Caroline Shaw, and world premieres of Tyshawn Sorey's Josephine Baker: A Personal Portrait, and a new work by Cuban composer/conductor Tania Leon.
LOCATION
Libbey Bowl, Ojai, CA
WEBSITE
http://www.ojaifestival.org/
DATES
June 9 - June 12, 2016
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Thomas W. Morris
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$15 to $150
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.ojaifestival.org/
Telephone: 805-646-2053
SOCIAL LINKS

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis 2016 Festival Season
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis 2016 Festival Season
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
The 2016 festival includes productions of Puccini's La bohème, Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos, Verdi's Macbeth, and the world premiere of Jack Perla and Rajiv Joseph's Shalimar the Clown, based on the novel by Salman Rushdie. The season also includes a center stage concert by OTSL's young artists; all mainstage productions are accompanied by members of the St. Louis Symphony and are performed in English, with projected supertitles.
LOCATION
Loretto-Hilton Center, St. Louis, MO
WEBSITE
http://www.opera-stl.org/
DATES
May 21 - June 26, 2016
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
General Director - Timothy O'Leary; Music Director - Stephen Lord; Artistic Director - James Robinson
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$25 to $129
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.opera-stl.org/
Telephone: 314-961-0644
SOCIAL LINKS

Rigas Ritmi Festival
Rigas Ritmi Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
Festival highlights in 2016 include performances by the Dave Weckl Acoustic Band, Justin Kauflin, Dianne Reeves, Vincent Peirani and Emile Parisien, James Morrison, and the Latvian Radio Big Band.
LOCATION
Riga, Latvia
WEBSITE
http://www.rigasritmi.lv/en/home
DATES
June 29 - July 2, 2016
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Maris Briezkalns
GENRES
• Pop/Folk • Jazz • Ethnic
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$5 to $75
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.rigasritmi.lv/en/home
Telephone: +371 9000 2000
BOOKING CONTACTS
Artistic Director Maris Briezkalns, info@rigasritmi.lv
Booking cycle date range
Year 2016 for Spring and Summer of year 2017.
SOCIAL LINKS

Rome Chamber Music Festival
Rome Chamber Music Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
The festival celebrates its 13th season with concert programs featuring 15 internationally renowned artists playing classical and contemporary chamber music masterpieces by Mendelssohn, Schubert, Mozart, Prokofiev, Dohnanyi, and Dvorak, as well as a theatrical presentation of LHistoire du soldat. The performing artists will coach and play in concert alongside 23 Young Artists.
LOCATION
Rome, Italy
WEBSITE
http://www.romechamberfestival.org
DATES
June 26 - June 30, 2016
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Robert McDuffie
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$40 to $50
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.romechamberfestival.org
Telephone: +39 348 0972150
SOCIAL LINKS

Salzburg Festival
Salzburg Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
World Premiere of The Exterminating Angel by Thomas Adès. New production of Die Liebe der Danae by Richard Strauss, one of the Festival founders, and of Gounod's Faust. Mozart's Da Ponte Cycle. Bernstein's West Side Story featuring Cecilia Bartoli. Leading artists from around the world perform opera, drama, and concerts all nestled in the Austrian Alps in one of the great Baroque cities and the birthplace of Mozart. The Vienna Philharmonic makes this its summer home both with a concert series featuring many of the great conductors and in the pit for opera productions.
LOCATION
Salzburg, Austria
WEBSITE
http://www.salzburgfestival.at
DATES
July 22 - Aug 31, 2016
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Helga Rabl-Stadler and Sven-Eric Bechtolf
GENRES
Classical • Opera • Concerts • Drama
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$11 to $480
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.salzburgfestival.at
SOCIAL LINKS

The Santa Fe Opera
The Santa Fe Opera
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
Santa Fe Opera's 2016 season offers 37 performances of five different operas. Patricia Racette sings the role of Minnie in La Fanciulla del West, while Dan Okulitch, Isabel Leonard, Leah Crocetto, and Rhian Lois star in Don Giovanni. Ailyn Perez and Stephen Costello sing the title roles in Gounod's Romeo et Juliette. Strauss's Capriccio stars Susan Graham, Amanda Majeski, Eric Owens, and Ben Bliss. Barber's Vanessa, features Erin Wall, Zach Borichevsky, Helene Schneiderman, and Virginie Verrez.
LOCATION
Santa Fe, NM
WEBSITE
http://www.santafeopera.org/
DATES
July 1 - Aug 27, 2016
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Charles MacKay
GENRES
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$31 to $499
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.santafeopera.org/
Telephone: 505-986-5900 or 800-280-4654
SOCIAL LINKS

Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
The customary mix of dance, chamber and orchestral music, and jazz offers Doug Varone and Dancers, Twyla Tharp Dance, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the New York City Ballet celebrating its 50th-anniversary residency with 16 ballets by eight choreographers. The Philadelphia Orchestra's 50th-anniversary residency features artists such as Renee Fleming, Joshua Bell and Chris Botti, Sarah Chang, and Andre Watts. The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents eight concerts, while the 39th Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival features Chaka Khan, Smokey Robinson, and the Chick Corea Trilogy.
LOCATION
Saratoga Springs, NY
WEBSITE
http://www.spac.org
DATES
June 17 - Sept 11, 2016
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
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GENRES
Classical • Pop/Folk • Jazz
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$15 to $105
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.spac.org
Telephone: 518-584-9330
BOOKING CONTACTS
Sharon Walsh, tel: 518-584-9330 ext. 109, swalsh@spac.org
Booking cycle date range
Summer 2017 for Summer 2019
SOCIAL LINKS

Savonlinna Opera Festival
Savonlinna Opera Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
On the program are three of Verdi's William Shakespeare works: a new staging of Otello, plus Macbeth and Falstaff in Ravenna Festival productions. Teatro Regio Torino will bring La boheme and Bellini's full-blooded bel canto opera Norma. Also programmed are Janacek's From the House of the Dead and Don Giovanni.
LOCATION
Savonlinna, Finland
WEBSITE
http:/www.operafestival.fi
DATES
July 8 - Aug 6, 2016
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Jorma Silvasti
GENRES
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$60 to $203
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http:/www.operafestival.fi
Telephone: +358 600 900 900 or +358 15 476 750
BOOKING CONTACTS
Marikki Laaksonen, assistant to artistic director, marikki.laaksonen@operafestival.fi marikki.laaksonen@operafestival.fi
Jorma Silvasti, artistic director, jorma.silvasti@operafestival.fi
Booking cycle date range
Summer 2016 for Summer 2017
SOCIAL LINKS

Spoleto Festival USA
Spoleto Festival USA
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
The 40th season features a world premiere production of Porgy and Bess as well as the U.S. premieres of Helmut Lachenmann's The Little Match Girl and La Double Coquette by Antoine Dauvergne. Other notable repertoire includes Beethoven's Choral Fantasy and Mass in C Major, Messiaen's Couleurs de la Cite Celeste, and Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians. The chamber music series features the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and composer-inresidence Osvaldo Golijov, hosted by Geoff Nuttall.
LOCATION
Charleston, SC
WEBSITE
https://spoletousa.org/
DATES
May 27 - June 12, 2016
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Nigel Redden, General Director; Joe Miller, Director for Choral Activities; Geoff Nuttall, Director for Chamber Music; John Kennedy, Resident Conductor & Director of Orchestral Activities
GENRES
Classical • Pop/Folk • Jazz • Opera • Dance • Theater
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$20 to $200
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
https://spoletousa.org/
Telephone: 843-579-3100
SOCIAL LINKS

Tanglewood
Tanglewood
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
The 2016 Tanglewood season features Renee Fleming, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Yefim Bronfman, Paul Lewis, Yo-Yo Ma, Kristine Opolais, Dawn Upshaw, and Yuja Wang in performances with the Boston Symphony led by Andris Nelsons, Christoph von Dohnanyi, and Charles Dutoit, among others. Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center will appear in orchestral, chamber music, and recital performances, including a semi-staged performance of Kurt Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins and the US premiere of George Benjamin's Dream of the Song.
LOCATION
Lenox, MA
WEBSITE
http://www.tanglewood.org
DATES
June 19 - Aug 16, 2016
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Andris Nelsons
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$11 to $124
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.tanglewood.org
Telephone: 888-266-1200
BOOKING CONTACTS
Tony Fogg, tfogg@bso.org
Booking cycle date range
Summer 2016 and earlier for Summer 2017
SOCIAL LINKS

Verbier Festival
Verbier Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
The Verbier Festival has invited the world's leading classical musicians together with the next generation of artists, to perform and to learn in a truly breath-taking alpine environment.
LOCATION
Eglise and Salle des Combins, Verbier, Switerland
WEBSITE
https://www.verbierfestival.com/
DATES
July 22 - Aug 7, 2016
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Martin T:son Engstroem
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$45 to $180
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
https://www.verbierfestival.com/
Telephone: +41 (0)848 771 882
BOOKING CONTACTS
Manuel Lopez Baumann
Booking cycle date range
Winter 2016 for Summer 2016
SOCIAL LINKS

Virginia Arts Festival
Virginia Arts Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
The Festival's 20th season includes dance, theater, and music. Ballet classics and contemporary works will be performed by dancers from American Ballet Theater, Britain's Birmingham Royal Ballet and Richard Alston Dance Company, Dance Theater of Harlem, Mark Morris Dance Group, and the Tokyo Ballet. Theater attractions include Shakespeare's The Tempest and the National Theater of Scotland's production of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart. Classical concerts include cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Emanuel Ax; Venice Baroque Orchestra; and the pianist Yuja Wang in her Festival debut.
LOCATION
Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg, VA
WEBSITE
http://www.vafest.org
DATES
April 9 - June 26, 2016
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Robert W. Cross
GENRES
Classical • Jazz
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$20 to $100
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.vafest.org
Telephone: 877-741-2787
BOOKING CONTACTS
Kimberly Schuette, kschuette@vafest.org
Booking cycle date range
Fall 2016 for Spring 2017 and 2018
SOCIAL LINKS

Wolf Trap
Wolf Trap
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
This season's festival highlights include the National Symphony Orchestra with pianist Yuja Wang; productions of The Rape of Lucretia, L'Opera Seria (US Premiere), and La boheme; the premiere of The Firebird with Janni Younge of Handspring Puppet Company; Riverdance; The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma; the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis; American Ballet Theater's Romeo and Juliet; Tony Bennett; and Garrison Keillor.
LOCATION
Vienna, VA
WEBSITE
http://www.wolftrap.org
DATES
May 22 - Sept 13, 2016
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
N/A
GENRES
Classical • Pop/Folk • Jazz • Ethnic
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$10 to $150
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.wolftrap.org
Telephone: 1-877-WOLFTRAP
BOOKING CONTACTS
Sara Beesley, sarab@wolftrap.org
Booking cycle date range
Fall 2016 for Summer 2017
SOCIAL LINKS

Young Euro Classic
Young Euro Classic
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
The festival annually presents the world's best youth orchestras. Appearing in 2016 will be the Schleswig- Holstein Festival Orchestra, the Eurasian Symphony Orchestra of the Kazakh National University of the Arts, the National Bulgarian Youth Orchestra, and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra.
LOCATION
Konzerthaus, Berlin, Germany
WEBSITE
http://www.young-euro-classic.de/
DATES
Aug 17 - Sept 4, 2016
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Dr. Dieter Rexroth
GENRES
Classical • Jazz • Ethnic
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$16 to $25
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.young-euro-classic.de/
Telephone: + 49 30 841 089 09
BOOKING CONTACTS
Booking cycle date range
Fall 2016 for Summer 2017
SOCIAL LINKS


 

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