2017 GUIDE TO FESTIVALS


The 30 symphony concerts feature the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Royal Concertgebouw, West-Eastern Divan, Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Mariinsky Orchestras and many more.
Marlboro Music Festival
Marlboro Music Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
Some of the world’s most acclaimed solo and chamber-music artists and outstanding young professional musicians explore chamber works with unlimited rehearsal time and in the kind of depth only possible at Marlboro. Some of their discoveries are shared in weekend concerts that the New York Times has called “extraordinary.”
LOCATION
Marlboro, VT
WEBSITE
http://www.marlboromusic.org
DATES
July 15 - Aug 13, 2016
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Mitsuko Uchida
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$15 to $37
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.marlboromusic.org
215-569-4690 (until June 13); 802-254-2394 (from June 20)
BOOKING CONTACT
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Minnesota Orchestra Sommerfest
Minnesota Orchestra Sommerfest
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
The Minnesota Orchestra and Sommerfest Artistic Director Andrew Litton reunite for their 14th and final summer together. Litton, whose tenure began in 2003, is the longest-serving artistic director in Sommerfest history. Highlights of the 2017 festival include opening weekend concerts that celebrate Doc Severinsen, Pops conductor laureate, with Doc’s Symphony, conducted by Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vänskä. Doc’s 90th birthday will feature a special concert with guest artists, conducted by Sarah Hicks. Litton conducts performances of Gershwin’s Who Cares with dancers from The New York City Ballet; André Watts plays the MacDowell Piano Concerto No. 2 on a program that also has Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 3; there’s an evening of waltzes and polkas by J. Strauss paired with Tchaikovsky’s Third Piano Concerto with soloist William Wolfram; and the finale is a concert production of R. Strauss’s Salome starring Patricia Racette. Litton also performs chamber music on the piano with members of the Minnesota Orchestra in works by Strauss, Poulenc, Arensky, and Rota.
LOCATION
Minneapolis, MN
WEBSITE
http://www.minnesotaorchestra.org/
DATES
July 21 - Aug 5, 2017
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Andrew Litton
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$25 to $85
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.minnesotaorchestra.org/
612-371-5656
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Mostly Mozart Festival
Mostly Mozart Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, a summertime tradition in New York, enters its sixth decade in 2017 under the leadership of Ehrenkranz Artistic Director Jane Moss and Music Directors Renée and Robert Belfer and Louis Langrèe. Building on last year’s successful 50th anniversary, the festival features concerts by the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra; opera, chamber, and contemporary music; and intimate late-night recitals. Among this year’s highlights is the Budapest Festival Orchestra’s acclaimed production of Don Giovanni, directed and conducted by Iván Fischer.
LOCATION
New York, NY
WEBSITE
http://mostlymozart.org
DATES
July 25 - Aug 20, 2017
DIRECTORS
Jane Moss, Ehrenkranz artistic director; Louis Langrée, Renée and Robert Belfer music directors
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$0 to $150
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://mostlymozart.org
212-721-6500
BOOKING CONTACT
Jane Moss
Booking cycle date range
All year round
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Music Mountain
Music Mountain
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
The 88th season launches with pianist Peter Serkin, violinist Stefan Jackiw, and cellist Jay Campbell. The season continues with ten string quartets including Cassatt String Quartet, Arianna String Quartet, Penderecki String Quartet, Ariel Quartet, Harlem String Quartet, Aeolus String Quartet, Daedalus String Quartet, Shanghai String Quartet, Amernet String Quartet, and the Juilliard String Quartet. The St. Petersburg Piano Quartet returns with two noteworthy programs. Additional guest artists: Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet; Vivek Kamath, viola; Nicholas Canellakis, cello; pianists Michael Brown, Mihae Lee, Julia Hsu, Victoria Schwartzman, Leopoldo Erice, Fei-Fei Dong, Geoffrey Burleson, Tanya Bannister.
Also featured: the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, New Black Eagle Jazz Band, Swingtime Big Band,The Peter & Will Anderson Trio, Alexis Cuadrado Group, Ben Allison & The Easy Way, Alan Ferber Nonet, Ben Kono Group, Ryan Keberle & Catharsis, Todd Marcus Quintet, Michael Berkeley, The Galvanized Jazz Band, and Jive by Five.
LOCATION
Falls Village, CT
WEBSITE
http://www.musicmountain.org
DATES
June 11 - Sept 17, 2017
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Oskar Espina-Ruiz
GENRES
Classical • Jazz
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$27 to $75
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.musicmountain.org
860-824-7126 or 860-824-7626
BOOKING CONTACT

Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute
Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
Highlights of the season’s opening performance, “The Path to Bach,” include Baroque works written by the violin’s earliest composers plus Bach’s Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins, Strings, and Continuo, featuring Escher String Quartet violinist Aaron Boyd and violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti. Other highlights: Haydn’s Piano Trio No. 27 with Artistic Director cellist David Finckel, pianist Gilbert Kalish, and violinist Arnaud Sussmann; French hornist Radovan Vlatkovic in Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro in A-flat for Horn and Piano and Brahms’s Trio in E-flat for Horn, Violin, and Piano, with pianist Juho Pohjonen and violinist Paul Huang. The final two programs spotlight violinists Benjamin Beilman, Soovin Kim, Danbi Um, Bella Hristova, in string quartets by Borodin and Kreisler and string octets by Enescu and Shostakovich. A “French Luminaries” program features pianist Orion Weiss in his Music@Menlo debut performance of Franck’s A Major Sonata for Violin and Piano, as well as Fauré’s masterful Piano Quartet No. 1 with Artistic Director and pianist Wu Han, violist Paul Neubauer, cellist Clive Greensmith, and violinist Chad Hoopes.
LOCATION
Atherton, CA
WEBSITE
https://musicatmenlo.org/
DATES
July 14 - Aug 5, 2017
ARTISTIC DIRECTORS
David Finckel and Wu Han
GENRES
Classical • Chamber Music
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$20 to $80
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
https://musicatmenlo.org/
650-331-0202
BOOKING CONTACT
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Ojai Music Festival
Ojai Music Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
The 71st season offers a weekend of stimulation and reflection curated by Music Director Vijay Iyer. His programs will connect genres and traditions to explore how composers, performers, and improvisers make music together today. Highlights include the world premiere of his Violin Concerto, written for and performed by Jennifer Koh; the American premiere of his Emergence; RADHE RADHE: Rites of Holi with music by Iyer and film by Prashant Bhargava; the west coast premiere of George Lewis’s opera, Afterword; and Yet Unheard (world premiere of chamber version) by Courtney Bryan. Iyer is joined by a community of artists including Muhal Richard Abrams, Brentano Quartet, Claire Chase, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Zakir Hussain, George Lewis, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Roscoe Mitchell, Aruna Sairam, Steve Schick, Jen Shyu, Wadada Leo Smith, Tyshwan Sorey, and more.
LOCATION
Ojai, CA
WEBSITE
http://www.ojaifestival.org/
DATES
June 8 - June 11, 2017
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Thomas W. Morris
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$15 to $150
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.ojaifestival.org/
805 646 2053
SOCIAL LINKS
            

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
OTSL, approaching its 42nd season, has presented 25 world premieres and 26 American premieres. This year will see the American premiere of Philip Glass and Christopher Hampton’s The Trial, based on the Kafka novel; Ricky Ian Gordon and Michael Korie’s The Grapes of Wrath, in a new performing version; Mozart’s Titus (La clemenza di Tito); and Puccini’s Madame Butterfly.
The cast for Grapes includes baritone Tobias Greenhalgh (Tom Joad) and sopranos Deanna Breiwick (Rosasharn) and Katharine Goeldner (Ma Joad). The Trial comes to OTSL from Music Theater Wales after a sold-out run at London’s Royal Opera House in a co-production with Royal Opera House Scottish Opera and Theater Magdeburg. Baritone Theo Hoffman is the embattled Joseph K., joined by soprano Susannah Biller and mezzo-soprano Maria Zifchak. Titus represents Stephen Lord’s final appearance as OTSL music director before becoming music director emeritus. It features tenor Renè Barbera (Tito), soprano Laura Wilde (Vitellia), and mezzo-soprano Cecelia Hall (Sesto). Soprano Rena Harms makes her OTSL debut in the title role of Madame Butterfly, joined by tenors Michael Brandenburg (Pinkerton) and Matthew Stump (Bonze), baritone Christopher Magiera (Sharpless), and mezzo-soprano Renée Rapier (Suzuki). The season also includes the third annual Center Stage concert, showcasing the talents of OTSL’s Gaddes Festival Artists and Gerdine Young Artists.
LOCATION
St. Louis, MO
WEBSITE
http://experienceopera.org
DATES
May 20 - June 25, 2017
DIRECTORS
Stephen Lord (music director), James Robinson (artistic director), Timothy O'Leary (general director)
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$25 to $129
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://experienceopera.org
314-961-0644
SOCIAL LINKS
            

Ravinia Festival
Ravinia Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
There will be 18 Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts. Christoph Eschenbach, Ravinia’s music director from 1994 to 2003, will lead the CSO and pianist Lang Lang in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 on a program with Dvořák’s Carnival Overture and Symphony No. 8. Another highlight will be three consecutive evenings of Lord of the Rings, with the films shown on the Pavilion and lawn video screens, and the live score played by the CSO conducted by Ludwig Wicki and including the Chicago Children’s Choir, Chicago Chorale, and The Lakeside Singers. Among the other artists performing this year are conductors Susanna Mälkki and James Levine; pianists Yuja Wang, Simon Trpceski, and Nikolai Lugansky; violinist Joshua Bell; and soprano Nadine Sierra.
LOCATION
Highland Park, IL
WEBSITE
http://www.ravinia.org
DATES
June 10 - Sept 17, 2017
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Welz Kauffman
GENRES
Classical • Pop/Folk • Jazz • Ethnic
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$0 to $120
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.ravinia.org
847-266-5014
SOCIAL LINKS
            

Rigas Ritmi Festival
Rigas Ritmi Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
Rigas Ritmi festival is one of the most attended and loved music festivals in Latvia. It features both rising and well-established artists on various stages throughout the area. This year’s highlights include Ruthie Foster & Latvian Radio Bigband, Electro Deluxe, Yamandu Costa, Allan Harris, and many other significant jazz artists.
LOCATION
Riga, Latvia
WEBSITE
http://www.rigasritmi.lv/en/home
DATES
June 28 - July 1, 2017
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Maris Briezkalns
GENRES
Pop/Folk • Jazz • Ethnic
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$5 to $75
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.rigasritmi.lv/en/home
+371 9000 2000
BOOKING CONTACT
Booking cycle date range
Fall-December 2017 for Summer 2018
SOCIAL LINKS
            

Rome Chamber Music Festival
Rome Chamber Music Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
The Rome Chamber Music Festival is one of the city’s most anticipated cultural events. This year is its 14th season at the Palazzo Barberini, Rome’s national gallery of art. Rehearsals begin June 2 and are open to the public. The 2017 program is “Baroque, Brahms, and Bluegrass” with special guest Edgar Meyer. Internationally renowned artists will coach and play alongside 20 emerging musicians selected to participate in the festival’s educational initiative, the De Simone Young Artists Program.
LOCATION
Rome, Italy
WEBSITE
http://www.romechamberfestival.org
DATES
June 4 - June 8, 2017
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Robert McDuffie
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$40 to $50
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.romechamberfestival.org
+39 348 0972150
SOCIAL LINKS
      

Santa Fe Desert Chorale 35th Anniversary Summer Festival
Santa Fe Desert Chorale 35th Anniversary Summer Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
The all-professional Santa Fe Desert Chorale under Music Director Joshua Habermann embarks on its 35th annual summer festival season, with 14 performances of four programs, all accompanied with free pre-concert talks.
The intimate Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel adjoining the cloistered Carmelite Monastery hosts our vocal chamber program, “Music from a Secret Chapel” with nine of the Chorale’s early-music specialists in works by Byrd and Palestrina’s Surge Illuminare Jerusalem. Popular 2016 composer-inresidence Jake Runestad’s The Hope of Loving is the title of a program that also features pianist Nathan Salazar and a string septet from the Santa Fe Symphony in John Corigliano’s Fern Hill, set to a poem by Dylan Thomas. Tarik O’Regan’s Triptych rounds out the program celebrating today’s leading composers. “Liberté: Music of Resistance and Revolution,” derives its name from the eighth movement of Poulenc’s exacting a cappella work Figure Humaine, composed during the Nazi occupation of France. Also included are music from the Terezin concentration camp and works from the Singing Revolution (1987-1991) that forced the expulsion of the Soviets from Estonia. Baltic composers Cyrillus Kreek,Veljo Tormis, and Arvo Pärt are represented as well. Honored by the African Diaspora Sacred Music Program as a Living Legend, Dr. Andre Thomas has curated “Justice,” a program of gospel music and spirituals. Conducted by Dr. Thomas, the “Justice” program features a world premiere by pianist and composer Brandon Boyd, and an appearance by award-winning soprano NaGuanda Nobles as vocal soloist.
LOCATION
Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM
WEBSITE
http://www.desertchorale.org
DATES
July 19 - Aug 13, 2017
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Joshua Habermann
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$20 to $75
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
http://www.desertchorale.org
Telephone: 505-988-2282
BOOKING CONTACT
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