Summer Stages: NYC Classical Music Summer Festivals
SUMMER PREVIEW OF CLASSICAL MUSIC IN NEW YORK CITY for 2015
There's always something going on in the city that never sleeps, but this summer the classical music offerings are plentiful and wonderful!
CHELSEA MUSIC FESTIVAL
This year's festival includes a celebration of the 150th anniversary of Debussy's birth. Concerts around Chelsea in spaces such as Rubin Museum of Art, the High Line and the Park Avenue Armory. This summer's featured artist is violinist Augustin Hadelich
INTERNATIONAL KEYBOARD INSTITUTE AND FESTIVAL
Mannes College the New School for Music is the place for keyboard enthusiasts this summer. A full lineup of master classes, lectures and recitals by upcoming artists and established stars. Another program will honors the 150th anniversary of Debussy's birth; with performers including Alexander Kobrin and Marc-André Hamelin; (212) 580-0210, Ext. 4858.
LINCOLN CENTER FESTIVAL
July 5-Aug. 5.
The summer's largest and most anticipated festival offers a broad and diverse menu of events including Kaija Saariaho's opera "Émilie," featuring soprano Elizabeth Futral. The lineup also includes "Feng Yi Ting," a chamber opera by Chinese composer Guo Wenjing, in addition to the Juilliard Orchestra and the Royal Academy of Music Orchestra in London in a collaboration conducted by composer John Adams; the program features his "City Noir"; (212) 721-6500,
MARTINA ARROYO FOUNDATION
As part of the Prelude to Performance series, talented young artists will sing in fully staged productions of Verdi's "Falstaff" and Mozart's "Così Fan Tutte" at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College; (212) 315-9190,
METROPOLITAN OPERA SUMMER RECITAL AND HD SERIES
July 25-Sept. 3.
The Met's summer series again features no full length operas, but rather six concerts in the five boroughs. It begins with a concert in Central Park featuring Danielle de Niese, Dimitri Pittas and John Del Carlo.
In addition, the popular Summer Live in HD series, screened on Lincoln Center Plaza, begins Aug. 25; metopera.org.
MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVAL
July 28-Aug. 25.
Where does the time go? Louis Langrée will be celebrating his 10th anniversary as music director with an all-Mozart gala featuring the Festival Orchestra, along with the wonderful tenor Lawrence Brownlee and pianist Nelson Freire. A very interesting concept: Bird song and its influence on classical music is one theme of the festival; the stellar International Contemporary Ensemble will perform Messiaen and thematic premieres. Schubert will also be highlighted in a recital by Garrick Ohlsson in the Kaplan Penthouse, part of the candlelit series A Little Night Music; (212) 721-6500,
NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
Last year many New Yorkers were up in arms over the cancellation of the annual free concerts in the parks. Well this year the most anticipated concerts of the seaons will be back with events in each of the five boroughs. Beginning in July, Alan Gilbert and Andrey Boreyko conduct programs in the five boroughs; (212) 875-5656
RIVER TO RIVER FESTIVAL
June 17-July 15.
River To River has become a cornerstone of Lower Manhattan culture, providing an intense and rewarding way to experience the waterfronts, parks, plazas, hotels, historic landmarks
The annual Bang on a Can festival celebrates its 25th anniversary with a 12-hour marathon. The festival also features the Philip Glass Ensemble, in a retrospective concert in honor of the composer's 75th birthday, and the Trinity Choir conducted by Julian Wachner.