Guide to classical music festivals

Once again, classical music-loving travelers will be faced with a staggering abundance of performance options at the hundreds of music festivals that dot the American summer landscape. Following is a selective guide to some of the more interesting, promising and/or noteworthy cultural destinations, presented by region and in alphabetical order. As always, programs and dates are subject to change and should be verified.


Spoleto Festival USA, May 26-June 11, Charleston, S.C.: The 41st season of this multi-arts festival features the usual groaning board of symphonic, choral and chamber music, along with three operas — Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,” and the U.S. premieres of Vivaldi’s “Farnace” and Luca Francesconi’s “Quartett.” Additional attractions include Mozart’s “Great” Mass and two works exemplifying modern puppetry. 843-579-3100,

Tanglewood, June 18-Sept. 6, Lenox, Mass.: The Boston Symphony Orchestra takes up residence in its summer home in the Berkshires for 10 programs under music director Andris Nelsons. A wealth of classical, popular and educational events will tempt travelers. Mahler’s Second and Beethoven’s Ninth symphonies will bookend Nelsons’ residency, which is to include the BSO’s first full concert performance of Wagner’s “Das Rheingold.” Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter will premiere a new work by John Williams, and composer Thomas Ades will make his Tanglewood debut as BSO artistic partner, appearing as conductor, pianist and mentor to fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center. 888-266-1200,

Bard Summerscape, June 30-Aug. 20, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.: Music of Chopin and his contemporaries is the focus of the 28th festival, at Fisher Center and other locations on and around the Bard College campus in the Hudson River Valley. The mix of music, opera, theater, dance, film and cabaret will include a rare staging of Antonin Dvorak’s opera “Dimitrij,” the New York City Ballet and a film series about Chopin and romanticism. 845-758-7900,

Glimmerglass Festival, July 7-Aug. 22, Cooperstown, N.Y.: The lakeside festival, nestled between the Adirondack and Catskill mountains in central New York, will present four main stage productions of opera and musical theater. Attractions include Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess,” Donizetti’s rarely heard “The Siege of Calais,” Handel’s “Xerxes” and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” Among the novelties is Derrick Wang’s one-act comic opera “Scalia/Ginsburg.” 607-547-2255,

Lincoln Center Festival, July 10-30, New York: Multiple venues on and off the Lincoln Center campus will host 43 international music, dance and theater events. Highlights include “Cloud River Mountain,” a world-premiere collaboration between Chinese singer Gong Linna and the Bang on a Can All-Stars; Morton Subotnick’s pioneering electronic work “Silver Apples of the Moon”; a multipart tribute…

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