Mozart: ready for the beachAs the temperatures rise and power grids strain and groan, it's good to know that there's quality music to be found in New York this summer. Here's the guide to summer music, from the frosty, lofty halls of Lincoln Center to the rolling green lawns of Tanglewood. And be sure to read Superconductor this summer for all the latest in concert reviews, news, opinion and the occasional parody. Plus there's pictures of composers in sunglasses. See, you feel cooler already.
The Return of the Philharmonic
Johannes Brahms: modeling the ZZ Top look.Summer may be upon us, but there are still four exciting concert series left in the New York Philharmonic's Spring schedule, including appearances by resident soloist Anne-Sophie Mutter, soprano Deborah Voigt and violinist Gil Shaham. The year ends with four performances of Janacek's charming "nature opera" The Cunning Little Vixen by the same team that brought you last year's Le grand Macabre.
In late June and early July, the New York Philharmonic continues its traditionfree concerts in all five boroughs. This year's programs feature the music of Tchaikovsky and John Philip Sousa, conducted by Bramwell Tovey.
This year's multi-disciplinary Lincoln Center Festival features a four-concert residency by the Cleveland Orchestra pairing the massive symphonies of Bruckner with the minimalist music of John Adams. Also, A Magic Flute, a stripped-down version of the Mozart classic.
Mostly Mozart takes over Lincoln Center in August, with a season including complete concert performances of Don Giovanni (by the Budapest Festival Orchestra) and Handel's Orlando. This year's schedule offers a focus on Stravinsky, Beethoven, and of course, Mozart.
The Metropolitan Opera offers opera lovers a chance to cool off with six encore screenings of their Live in HD series. The Met also continues its series of recitals in place of the traditional free operas in the parks. At the end of the summer, the Met again offers a ten-day festival of Live in HD broadcasts, free of charge in Lincoln Center Plaza.
Finally, the small (but mighty) New York Grand Opera offers Puccini this summer, with free performances of La bohéme (July 20) and Madama Butterfly (Aug. 3) scheduled at the Band Shell in Central Park.
Johann Sebastian "Big Daddy" Bach, with Ray-Bans.
North of New York:
Caramoor, Katonah, NY
Caramoor opens its doors in June with a performance of H.M.S. Pinafore. Also on tap: two eagerly awaited performances of Giaochino Rossini's final opera, William Tell. All performances feature the Orchestra of St. Luke's. The summer schedule also includes appearances by the Emerson String Quartet and a program of songs celebrating the legacy of Gustav Mahler.
Bard Festival, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
The Bard Festival has a long tradtion of presenting experimental and rare opera. This year, one of the rarest: the first New York performances of Richard Strauss' penultimate opera, Die Liebe der Danae. Expect to read more about this as the performance approaches on July 29. In August, cool off with two weekend of major works by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.
Glimmerglass Festival, Cooperstown, NY
Cooperstown proves it's about more than baseball with four operas at Glimmerglass, the marvelous little opera house on the north shore of Lake Otsego. Full details on the festival are here.
SPAC Festival, Saratoga, NY
At SPAC (the Saratoga Performing Arts Center), the Philadelphia Orchestra plays a two-week summer residency. The newly renamed Opera Saratoga offers a summer schedule featuring Mozart's Cosí fan tutte and Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus, and there's a chamber music offering too.
Tanglewood, Lenox, MA
Once more, James Levine will not be involved with the Boston Symphony Orchestra's summer residency at Tanglewood. In fact, Mr. Levine announced that he would vacate the post of music director in September, and then announced that he was once again bailing on the historic music festival.
The Levine era is over, but the BSO remains one of America's finest orchestras. And there is no festival venue more beautiful than Tanglewood, set on the rolling green hills of the Tappan Estate in the Berkshires.
With major tangles in the Tanglewood schedule, the final details are not available yet.