2018 GUIDE TO FESTIVALS


 
Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival
Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
This season, Green Mountain audiences will enjoy a series of seven concerts featuring the 35 distinguished faculty of our summer conservatory, in creatively programmed concerts including music at the heart of the chamber repertory, rarely heard 19th- and 20th-century works, and fresh compositional voices of our time. Concert dates for 2018 will be June 27 and 29, July 4, 6, 11, 13, and 20. In a four-day residency, cellist Matt Haimovitz, known for his presentation of classical music in unconventional venues, will offer discussions on musical entrepreneurship, speak on the current climate of classical music, and perform on the July 6 Artist Faculty Series concert. Chad Hoopes, winner of a 2017 Avery Fisher Career Grant, will perform on the July 20 concert.
Participants in this intensive four-week program of solo and chamber music study energize the audience for our Artist Faculty Concert Series. 185 string players, ages 14-30, are immersed in the Festival’s atmosphere of focused professionalism, with four hours of daily individual practice, daily chamber music rehearsals, lessons, ensemble coachings, and master classes, as well as extensive student performance opportunities in the concert hall and in unconventional venues in the Burlington community.
LOCATION
University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont
WEBSITE
DATES
June 24 - July 22, 2018
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Kevin Lawrence, Artistic Director
GENRES
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$25 to $25
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
Telephone: 802-503-1220

 
46th Istanbul Music Festival
46th Istanbul Music Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
The festival will host leading figures of classical music, including Filarmonica della Scala, Joyce DiDonato, and Mischa Maisky. The festival, which celebrates its 46th edition together with the performers on the stage, listeners in their seats, and its supporters behind-the-scenes, presents a program built around this year’s theme, "FamilyBonds."
LOCATION
Istanbul, Turkey:
Lütfi Kirdar Convention and Exhibition Centre
Hagia Eirene Museum
Babylon
Bogaziçi University Albert Long Hall
Is Sanat Concert Hall
Neve Shalom Synagogue
bomontiada
Grand Bazaar
Süreyya Opera House
Sirkeci Terminal Platform
Saint Anthony Lower Ch
WEBSITE
DATES
May 23 - June 12, 2018
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Yesim Gürer Oymak
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$0 to $150
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
Telephone: +90 21 23 34 07 18
SOCIAL LINKS

 
22nd Istanbul Theatre Festival
22nd Istanbul Theatre Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
The Istanbul Theatre Festival returns to an annual cycle after 15 years of being held biennially. Istanbul Theatre Festival will once again enrich Istanbul’s cultural life with its wide program of international and local theatre and dance performances and events.
LOCATION
Istanbul, Turkey
WEBSITE
DATES
Nov 16 - Nov 30, 2018
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Leman Yilmaz
GENRE
Theatre
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$5 to $80
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
Telephone: +90 21 23 34 07 85
SOCIAL LINKS

 
Lake George Music Festival
Lake George Music Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
Musicians attend solely as a way to advance intellectually, artistically, and professionally, working closely together in a tight-knit community and nurturing atmosphere performing daily open rehearsals, live public concerts, and outreach events in the picturesque summer resort town of Lake George. The repertoire performed at the festival is selected from requests submitted by participating musicians. Each participant can be assured to have an active and rigorous rehearsal and performance schedule.
As a performance- and community-based festival, LGMF bridges the gap between faculty and students. There are no teachers or students, private lessons, master classes, or organized studios. Rather, a unique roster of distinguished artists and young musicians at the cusp of their professional careers collaborate in chamber music ensembles, a full orchestral setting, and innovative outreach programs and cutting-edge concerts.
LOCATION
Lake George, New York
WEBSITE
DATES
Aug 11 - Aug 24, 2017
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Barbora Kolarova and Roger Kalia, Artistic Directors
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$10 to $50
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
Telephone: 518-791-5089
BOOKING CONTACTS
Booking cycle date range
Fall 2018
SOCIAL LINKS

 
Les Flâneries Musicales de Reims
Les Flâneries Musicales de Reims
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
In a friendly and warm spirit, find the greatest performers of our time and discover new young talents. With the highest artistic standards, the festival aims to enable the public to find the best and lesser known composers of past centuries but also to discover our contemporaries.
LOCATION
Reims, France:
Basilique Saint-Remi
Gare de Reims
Champagne Pommery - Salle Pompadour
L'Atelier (La Comédie de Reims)
Halles du Boulingrin
Kiosque du Parc de la Patte d'Oie
Reims Événements
Eglise St Thomas
Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Reims
La Cartonnerie
WEBSITE
DATES
June 20 - July 21, 2018
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Jean-Philippe Collard
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$0 to $30
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
Telephone: +33 (0) 892 68 36 22 (# 0.34/min)
BOOKING CONTACTS
SOCIAL LINKS

 
Lucerne Festival
Lucerne Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
"Childhood" is the festival theme, featuring works by great composers related to childhood, programs for young concertgoers, the "child prodigy" phenomenon, and a Special Event Day on 26 August, along with an expanded array of offerings for children and families.
Riccardo Chailly and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra will devote themselves to music by Stravinsky and Mozart, Ravel and Debussy, and Wagner and Bruckner; Lang Lang will be the soloist for the Opening Concert. "Kosmos Stockhausen," a retrospective of the composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, will mark his 90th birthday. The Lucerne Festival Academy, together with Peter Eötvös, Lin Liao, David Fulmer, Gergely Madaras, Sir Simon Rattle, Matthias Pintscher, and Duncan Ward, will perform Inori, Gruppen, and additional works. Fritz Hauser will be composer-in-residence; cellist Sol Gabetta and the director Dan Tanson will appear as "artistes étoiles."
LOCATION
Lucerne, Switzerland
WEBSITE
DATES
Aug 17 - Sept 16, 2018
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Michael Haefliger, Executive and Artistic Director
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$21 to $340
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
Telephone: +41 (0)41 226 44 80
SOCIAL LINKS

 
Marlboro Music Festival
Marlboro Music Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
Led by Artistic Director Mitsuko Uchida, some of the world’s most acclaimed solo and chamber music artists and outstanding young professional musicians explore chamber music 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 College, Marlboro, Vermont
WEBSITE
DATES
July 14 - Aug 12, 2018
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Mitsuko Uchida
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$15 to $40
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
Telephone: 215-569-4690 (until June 12); 802-254-2394 (from June 19)
BOOKING CONTACTS
jloux@marlboromusic.org for audition information for outstanding young professional musicians
SOCIAL LINKS

 
Minnesota Orchestra Sommerfest
Minnesota Orchestra Sommerfest
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
The Minnesota Orchestra’s 2018 Sommerfest celebrates late Nobel Peace Prize-winning leader Nelson Mandela as part of a world-wide commemoration of Mandela’s Centenary. Running from July 13 to August 1, the "Music for Mandela" Sommerfest features a Mandela Tribute concert showcasing speakers and South African music; the world premiere of South African composer Bongani Ndodana-Breen’s Harmonia Ubuntu, a work written in honor of Mandela; and a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Minnesota Chorale, gospel choirs, and South African soloists; as well as additional concerts that explore musical expressions of peace, freedom, and reconciliation. Following Sommerfest, Music Director Osmo Vänskä will lead the Minnesota Orchestra on a five-city tour to South Africa.
Sommerfest conductors include Osmo Vänskä, Sarah Hicks, Roderick Cox, and Akiko Fujimoto. Soloists include violinist James Ehnes, pianists Inon Barnatan and Stewart Goodyear, soprano Goitsemang Oniccah Lehobye, mezzo Minette du Toit-Pearce, tenor Siyabonga Maqungo, baritone Njabulo Madlala, bass-baritone Kevin Deas, and vocal ensemble Insingizi, among others.
LOCATION
Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota
WEBSITE
DATES
July 13 - Aug 1, 2018
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Osmo Vänskä, music director
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$25 to $85
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
Telephone: 612-371-5656
SOCIAL LINKS

 
Mostly Mozart Festival
Mostly Mozart Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
The Mostly Mozart Festival offers a major expansion of its programming in 2018, with five weeks of music, theater, and dance inspired by the legacy of Mozart on the Lincoln Center campus, as well as in Central Park and Brooklyn. This year’s schedule includes Haydn’s The Creation staged by the wildly inventive Catalonian theater collective la Fura dels Baus, Leonard Bernstein’s MASS with bass-baritone Davóne Tines, Ashley Fure’s acclaimed The Force of Things: An Opera for Objects with artists-in-residence the International Contemporary Ensemble, the world premiere of a new Mark Morris creation set to Schubert’s Trout Quintet, and the world premiere of John Luther Adams’s In the Name of the Earth, for approximately 800 voices presented in a site-specific performance at Central Park’s Harlem Meer.
The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, led by Robert and Renée Belfer and Music Director Louis Langrée, will perform eight programs with guests including Emmanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Rosa Feola, Thomas Dausgaard, Christian Zacharias, Daniel Lozakovich, Stephen Hough, and many more. Additional recitals, chamber concerts, and intimate late night performances feature the Emerson String Quartet, Stephen Hough, Paul Lewis, and other established and rising artists.
LOCATION
Lincoln Center, New York, NY
WEBSITE
DATES
July 12 - Aug 12, 2018
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Jane Moss, Ehrenkranz Artistic Director; Louis Langrée, Renée and Robert Belfer Music Director
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$0 to $0
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
Telephone: 212-721-6500
BOOKING CONTACTS
Jane Moss, Ehrenkranz Artistic Director
212-875-5456
Booking cycle date range
All year round
SOCIAL LINKS

 
Music House International
Music House International
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
Music House, directed by Kimberly Fisher, principal second violin of The Philadelphia Orchestra, is a summer festival in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, in which college students and young professionals work with principal players and other members of The Philadelphia Orchestra in private lessons and master classes, solo performance and audition preparation, symphony and repertory orchestra rehearsals, and chamber music. At the end of the 17-day festival, musicians are invited to perform 10 minutes of solo repertoire and select excerpts in a mock auditions setting for Philadelphia Orchestra Assistant Conductor Kensho Watanabe. The program offers intensive repertoire exposure to works regularly found on major orchestral auditions.
This season’s teaching and master class faculty members include Philadelphia Orchestra members: associate concertmaster Ying Fu, assistant concertmaster Marc Rovetti, assistant principal second violin Dara Morales; assistant principal viola Kerri Ryan; principal cello Hai-Ye Ni; assistant principal bass Joseph Conyers; principal clarinet of the LA Philharmonic Boris Allakhverdyan; co-principal bassoon Mark Gigliott; associate principal horn Jeffrey Lang, and many others.
LOCATION
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
WEBSITE
DATES
June 13 - June 29, 2018
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Kimberly Fisher, Principal Second Violinist, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Kensho Watanabe, Assistant Conductor, The Philadelphia Orchestra
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$10 to $10
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
Telephone: 856-875-6816
BOOKING CONTACTS
SOCIAL LINKS

 
Music Mountain
Music Mountain
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
America’s oldest continuing summer chamber music festival will kick off its 89th season on June 10th with the complete Beethoven String Quartet cycle performed by the Shanghai String Quartet. The series will also feature Music Mountain premieres and welcome first-time guest artists and returning favorites including Penderecki String Quartet, American String Quartet, Harlem String Quartet, Avalon String Quartet, Amernet String Quartet, Escher String Quartet, St. Petersburg Piano Quartet, Cassatt String Quartet, and Ariel String Quartet. Guest artists include Paul Katz, cello; pianists Robert McDonald, Yekwon Sunwoo, Victoria Schwartzman, Fei-Fei Dong, Soyeon Kate Lee, and Peter Serkin, together with Chauncey Patterson, viola; Ronald Thomas, cello; Jihyun Kim, oboe; Caitlin Beare, clarinet; Shannon Hagan, horn; Adam Romey, bassoon. The 2018 season closes with the Music Mountain debut of Artistic Director Oskar Espina-Ruiz, clarinet, on September 23.
The Saturday Evening Twilight Series begins on Saturday, June 16, with the Ted Nash Quintet and continues with some of the best jazz groups playing today.
LOCATION
Music Mountain, Falls Village, Connecticut
WEBSITE
DATES
June 10 - Sept 23, 2018
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Oskar Espina-Ruiz
GENRES
Classical • Jazz
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$30 to $75
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
Telephone: 860-824-7126 or 860-824-7626
BOOKING CONTACTS
Booking inquiries http://musicmountain.org/contact-us/
SOCIAL LINKS

 
Music@Menlo
Music@Menlo
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
For the 16th season, titled Creative Capitals, seven great cities will serve as the festival’s musical stages. "London" includes English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Songs of Travel, with pianist Gilbert Kalish and tenor Kang Wang. "Leipzig" will feature works by Bach, Telemann, and Mendelssohn, as well as Robert Schumann, whose epic Piano Quintet will be performed by violinist Alexi Kenney alongside pianist Michael Brown, violinist Aaron Boyd, violist Paul Neubauer, and cellist Keith Robinson. A much-anticipated stop in "Berlin" features cellist David Requiro alongside pianist Gilles Vonsattel in Beethoven’s F Major Cello Sonata, as well as Mendelssohn’s Second Piano Trio, with violinist Arnaud Sussmann and Artistic Directors Wu Han (piano) and David Finckel (cello). A visit to "St. Petersburg" offers Mily Balakirev’s seldom heard Octet for Winds, Strings, and Piano. "Paris" presents flutist Demarre McGill, oboist Stephen Taylor, clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester, bassoonist Peter Kolkay, French hornist Kevin Rivard, and pianist Jon Kimura Parker in Poulenc’s joyful Sextet for Wind Quintet and Piano. "Budapest" will be a delicious sampling of folk tunes from Central Europe through the compositions of Kodály, Ligeti, Dohnányi, and Bartók, whose Fifth String Quartet will be performed by the Calidore String Quartet. The Creative Capitals journey concludes with "Vienna," with Brahms’s magnificent Piano Quintet and Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht for String Sextet.
LOCATION
Atherton, California
WEBSITE
DATES
July 13 - Aug 4, 2018
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
David Finckel and Wu Han
GENRE
Classical
TICKET PRICE RANGE
$20 to $85
TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION
Telephone: 650-331-0202
BOOKING CONTACTS
Booking cycle date range
Summer/Fall 2018 for Summer 2019.
SOCIAL LINKS


 

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