2017 GUIDE TO FESTIVALS


Aspen Music Festival and School
Aspen Music Festival and School
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
Music Director Robert Spano leads a season themed “Enchantment,” exploring the ideas of magic and transformation in music. Works include Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and Petrushka, Zemlinsky’s The Mermaid, and a concert version of Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges. Jonathan Biss returns for the second year of his three-year Beethoven Complete Piano Sonata odyssey. Special this year, the AMFS will present a three-concert post-season series curated and performed by AMFS alumnus and pianist Conrad Tao and violinist Stefan Jackiw.
The Aspen Opera Center, a training ground for singers on the cusp of their careers, presents two fully staged productions: Verdi’s La traviata and Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito. The AOC will also present the U.S. premiere of Luke Bedford’s opera Seven Angels in concert with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. One of the winners of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will perform a recital at Harris Concert Hall fresh from the competition; emerging star baritone Andrè Schuen and pianist Andreas Haefliger reimagine Schubert’s Schwanengesang; Rufus Wainwright returns for an intimate concert featuring his music; Renée Fleming returns for a performance with the Aspen Festival Orchestra under Spano; guitarist Sharon Isbin performs Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, a new concerto by Chris Brubeck, and music from Howard Shore’s score for The Departed. The season closes with Spano conducting Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust with Bryan Hymel, tenor; mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke; and bass-baritone John Relyea.
LOCATION
Aspen, CO
WEBSITE
http://www.aspenmusicfestival.com/
DATES
June 29 - Aug 20, 2017
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Robert Spano
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$0 to $90
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.aspenmusicfestival.com/
970-925-9042
BOOKING CONTACT
Booking cycle date range
Summer 2017 for Summer 2018
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Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA
Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) is a musical utopia for innovative musicians in the beautiful Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts. The festival is entirely dedicated to adventurous contemporary music. We will spend three weeks immersed in today's most exciting music. Composers will have their new works performed. Players will perform in ensembles sitting alongside their teachers. The Festival includes daily performances in the museum galleries, free with museum admission, and concludes with a six-hour blow-out Marathon Concert performed by the Festival ensembles and special guests. The Festival also features African and Latin music workshops, electronics and music business seminars, free events in the community, and more.
LOCATION
North Adams, MA
WEBSITE
http://bangonacan.org/summer_festival
DATES
July 17 - Aug 6, 2017
ARTISTIC DIRECTORS
Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$0 to $25
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://bangonacan.org/summer_festival
413-662-2111
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Bard SummerScape 2017
Bard SummerScape 2017
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
Parisian culture, Polish politics, and the piano are the focus of this summer’s annual Bard SummerScape festival, with seven weeks of music, opera, theater, dance, film, and cabaret keyed to the theme of the 28th Bard Music Festival, “Chopin and His World.” This intensive examination of the life and times of Fryderyk Chopin sheds new light on the Romantic era by way of a composer variously pigeonholed as a salon pianist or Polish nationalist, yet whose originality would ensure his universal impact and appeal. Some of his most compelling contemporaries also provide key SummerScape highlights, including a rare, fully staged production of Dimitrij, a grand opera by fellow Slavic nationalist Antonin Dvořák; the world premiere of A PINK CHAIR (IN PLACE OF A FAKE ANTIQUE), an homage to Polish artist and director Tadeusz Kantor by The Wooster Group; the SummerScape debut of New York City Ballet MOVES, with a program featuring Jerome Robbins’s Chopin-set Dances at a Gathering and In Creases by rising star Justin Peck; a film series exploring “Chopin and the Image of Romanticism”; and the return of Bard’s authentic and sensationally popular Spiegeltent, hosted by the inimitable Mx. Justin Vivian Bond.
LOCATION
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
WEBSITE
http://fishercenter.bard.edu/summerscape/
DATES
June 30 - Aug 20, 2017
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Leon Botstein
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$20 to $95
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://fishercenter.bard.edu/summerscape/
845-758-7900
BOOKING CONTACTS
Booking cycle date range
Fall 2017 for Summer 2018
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Blossom Music Festival - Summer Home of The Cleveland Orchestra
Blossom Music Festival - Summer Home of The Cleveland Orchestra
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
The 2017 Blossom Music Festival comprises 21 concerts of family-friendly programming: 19 by The Cleveland Orchestra and 2 by the Blossom Festival Band. Music Director Franz Welser-Möst conducts three different programs: Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 (July 8); opera favorites featuring soprano Erin Wall (July 9); and works by Beethoven, Milhaud, and Roussel. Other highlights include an Independence Day “Salute to America” program, an all-Tchaikovsky concert with the Piano Concerto No. 1 and Symphony No. 5; a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald; Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with First Assistant Principal Second Violin Eli Matthews; a side-by-side performance of Dvořák’s New World Symphony with the Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra; a “Hollywood Heroes and Superheroes” concert; and a “Best of Broadway” concert. The closing event is a screening of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial with accompaniment by the Cleveland Orchestra.
LOCATION
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
WEBSITE
http://www.clevelandorchestra.com/plan-your-visit/blossom-music-center/
DATES
July 1 - Sept 3, 2017
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Franz Welser-Möst
GENRES
Classical • Pop/Folk • Jazz • Movie music
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$24 to $120
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.clevelandorchestra.com/plan-your-visit/blossom-music-center/
800-686-1141
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Bowdoin International Music Festival
Bowdoin International Music Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
The Bowdoin International Music Festival is one of the premiere music institutes, providing an intensive and in-depth exploration of chamber and solo music. Every summer, 250 students make life-long connections with peers, enhance musicianship through study and performance, and engage with world-renowned faculty members from leading conservatories, from Curtis and Juilliard to the Royal College of Music.
LOCATION
Brunswick, ME
WEBSITE
http://www.bowdoinfestival.org
DATES
June 24 - Aug 5, 2017
ARTISTIC DIRECTORS
David Ying and Phillip Ying
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$0 to $45
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.bowdoinfestival.org
207-725-3895
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Bravo! Vail
Bravo! Vail
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
Thirty years ago, Bravo! Vail opened its doors with three concerts and a vision to bring great music to Vail. Today, that vision has blossomed into a summer home to the world’s finest musicians and ensembles, with dozens of performances and programs for all ages. The 2017 season features residencies by London’s Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. Also scheduled are pops concerts, major soloists, innovative chamber artistry, and delightful family programs, all in spectacular settings throughout the Vail Valley. Guest artists include cellist Steven Isserlis, violinists Leonidas Kavakos and Gil Shaham, and pianists Yefim Bronfman, Anne-Marie McDermott, and Inon Barnatan.
LOCATION
Vail, CO
WEBSITE
http://www.bravovail.org/
DATES
June 22 - Aug 4, 2017
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Anne-Marie McDermott
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$28 to $150
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.bravovail.org/
877-812-5700
SOCIAL LINKS
            

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music
Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, America’s longest-running festival of new orchestral music, celebrates the arrival of its brilliant new music director, Cristian Macelaru, with a series of commissioned works that continue the festival’s forward-looking tradition and open creative doors for its dynamic young conductor. Macelaru, the Romanian-born conductor-in-residence at the Philadelphia Orchestra, begins his tenure with programs of premieres, new works, and fresh reorchestrations by esteemed composers. Composers in residence this season include Karim Al-Zand, Clarice Assad, Gerald Barry, William Bolcom, Michael Gandolfi, Jake Heggie, Aaron Jay Kernis, David T. Little, Cindy McTee, Christopher Rountree, Gabriella Smith, and James Stevenson.
LOCATION
Santa Cruz, CA
WEBSITE
http://cabrillomusic.org
DATES
July 30 - Aug 12, 2017
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Cristian Macelaru
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$30 to $65
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://cabrillomusic.org
831-426-6966
SOCIAL LINKS
          

Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
From world premieres to canonical masterworks, from Argentine tango to Independence Day fireworks, there’s something for everyone this summer at Caramoor. The 72nd summer season features two artists-in-residence: guitarist Jason Vieaux and soprano Angela Meade. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Bel Canto at Caramoor series, Meade is featured in the opening-night gala and a semi-staging of Bellini’s Il pirata. The Jazz Festival will be headlined by pianist McCoy Tyner with special guests Geri Allen & Craig Taborn, now in the third year of its groundbreaking partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center, which additionally presents a concert by Butler, Bernstein & the Hot 9. Rhiannon Giddens and Sarah Jarosz headline the annual American Roots Music Festival, which also includes an evening with singer-songwriter John Fullbright and a concert by country legend Emmylou Harris. We close the season with Principal Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado and pianist JeanYves Thibaudet.
LOCATION
Katonah, NY
WEBSITE
http://www.caramoor.org
DATES
June 17 - July 30, 2017
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Jeffrey P. Haydon
GENRES
Classical • Pop/Folk • Jazz • Ethnic • Opera • Symphonic
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$10 to $110
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.caramoor.org
914-232-1252
BOOKING CONTACT
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Central City Opera 2017 Festival
Central City Opera 2017 Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
We invite you to experience the passionate Carmen by Bizet and Mozart's enchanting Così fan tutte in a jewel box theater, tucked away in the rolling hills of Central City. Britten's The Burning Fiery Furnace, Moore's hilarious Gallantry and Amy Beach's mysterious Cabildo will accompany the main stage performances in surrounding venues throughout the town. Get away and enjoy three or more operas in one weekend.
LOCATION
Central City, CO
WEBSITE
http://centralcityopera.org
DATES
July 8 - Aug 6, 2017
GENERAL/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Pelham G. Pearce
GENRE
Opera
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$25 to $108
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://centralcityopera.org
303-292-6700
SOCIAL LINKS
            

Chamber Music Northwest Summer Festival
Chamber Music Northwest Summer Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
Our 2017 summer festival celebrates the music of women composers from Hildegard von Bingen to Ellen Taaffe Zwilich to Hannah Lash. Highlights include the Emerson, Dover, Brentano, and Calidore quartets; seven world premieres; Schumann’s complete string quartets; The Other Mozart, a theatrical production; and music by over 20 women composers.
LOCATION
Portland, OR
WEBSITE
http://www.cmnw.org
DATES
June 26 - July 30, 2017
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
David Shifrin
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$30 to $60
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.cmnw.org
503-294-6400
BOOKING CONTACT
Booking cycle date range
Single Tickets go on sale May 1, 2017
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Cincinnati May Festival
Cincinnati May Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
The 2017 Cincinnati May Festival will take place at its temporary home, the Taft Theater in downtown Cincinnati. Featuring the May Festival Chorus (under Robert Porco) and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the re-imagined event will inspire audiences with fresh collaborations while also drawing on its rich tradition as Cincinnati’s oldest arts organization. Gerard McBurney, named creative partner for 2017, has programmed immersive concert experiences surrounding Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream on May 20, and Elgar’s magnificent Dream of Gerontius on May 26. Also programmed are works by Walter Braunfels, Bach, Beethoven, and Vaughan Williams. Guest artists for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9: conductor Markus Stenz, soprano Carolyn Sampson, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, tenor Thomas Cooley, and bass-baritone and artist-in-residence, Eric Owens. The Elgar artists include conductor Michael Francis, mezzosoprano Michelle DeYoung, tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, and bass-baritone Matthew Brook. And Harry Bicket conducts the Bach B-Minor Mass with soprano Joelle Harvey, mezzo-soprano Meg Bragle, countertenor Daniel Taylor, tenor Thomas Cooley, and bass-baritone Matthew Brook. The May Festival Youth Chorus and May Festival Chamber Choir will also perform.
LOCATION
Cincinnati, OH; Covington, KY
WEBSITE
http://www.mayfestival.com
DATES
May 19 - May 27, 2017
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Juanjo Mena
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$12 to $125
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.mayfestival.com
513-381-3300
BOOKING CONTACT
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Des Moines Metro Opera
Des Moines Metro Opera
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
Des Moines Metro Opera’s 45th Summer Festival season features company premieres of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, with Kelly Kaduce as Desiree and Joyce Castle as Madame Armfeldt; Piazzolla’s Mar-a de Buenos Aires, with Elise Quagliata as Marfa; and a new production of Puccini’s Turandot, with Alexandra LoBianco and Jonathan Burton as Turandot and Calaf. In partnership with the Benjamin Britten estate, the company premieres a new edition of Billy Budd, with revised orchestration by Britten scholar Steuart Bedford. Craig Verm stars as Billy Budd and Roger Honeywell as Captain Vere.
LOCATION
Indianola, IA
WEBSITE
http://www.desmoinesmetroopera.org
DATES
June 23 - July 16, 2017
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Michael Egel
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$37 to $98
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.desmoinesmetroopera.org
515-961-6221
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