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Andante Days – 2010 summer festivals

June 12, 2010

  It’s mid-June, which means that for most of us, we’re days away from the final chords of the regular symphony season.  It’s never without some dismay that I eye the coming months of summer hiatus, heave a melancholy sigh, and start counting the days till the next season starts.

There’s good news though – with summer stretching out before us, we don’t need to be fearful of our ears shrivelling due to auditory deprivation.  Besides the usual fixes of dusting off our old vinyls, updating our iPod playlists, and smushing our sad little noses up against the concert hall doors, chances are that somewhere near you there’s a group of dedicated music lovers buried neck-high in details, frantically planning and preparing a summer festival for your listening pleasure.

Which got me looking around.  This is absolutely not an exhaustive list, but here are some of the N.American festivals coming up in the next few months (arranged by date, just in case you happen to be free and in the area during that time). 
Side note:  if you’re not living or travelling close to any festival this summer, try making a point of catching at least one concert (any concert) wherever you end up.  It’ll be a great sonic snapshot to add to your soundtrack of summer memories.

In Canada:
Jun.19-Sep.5   Le Domaine Forget International Festival, St-Irénée, QC
Every summer the Domaine Forget hosts this festival of classical music and jazz to enable spectators to discover the talents of international stars, major Québec artists, and promising young musicians. 
Featured artists include:  the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Edna Stern (piano), and Pepe Romero (guitar)

Jul.16-Aug.8   Festival of the Sound, Parry Sound, ON
Established in 1980 by Anton Kuerti, the festival presents a daily program of classical music performances by both Canadian and international musicians.  Chamber Music concerts in a spectacular Georgian Bay venue, where the world’s great musicians come to play.  
Featured artists include:  Penderecki String Quartet, Angela Cheng (piano), Janina Fialkowska (piano), Mark Fewer (violin), and the Gryphon Trio

Jul.19-Aug.22   Stratford Summer Music Festival, Stratford, ON
An annual feast of classical, jazz, and world music presentations. 
Featured artists include:  Ben Heppner (tenor), Winona Zelenka (cello), Mark Djokic (violin), Quartetto Gelato

Jul.24-Aug.7   Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Ottawa, ON
The largest chamber music festival in the world – making classical music accessible to everyone. 
Featured artists include:  Adam Gyorgy (piano), Stewart Goodyear (piano), and the Tokyo String Quartet

Aug.2-15   Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival, St. John’s NL
Since 2001, the Tuckamore Festival has offered extraordinary performances, packed with exuberance, passion, and great beauty that are sure to move and inspire you.
Featured artists include:  Borromeo String Quartet, the Gryphon Trio

Aug. 6-15   MusicFest Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
Celebrating a decade of bringing you the broadest range of live music performed by hundreds of the world’s best classical, world music, and jazz artists with passion, skill, and creativity.
Featured artists include:  Concerto Köln, Rita Reichman (piano), National Youth Orchestra of Canada

Aug.16-28   New Brunswick Summer Music Festival, Fredericton, NB
Presenting the finest in classical chamber music to Atlantic Region audiences.
Featured artists include:  Richard Hornsby (clarinet), Christopher Buckley (viola), Yvonne Kershaw (bassoon)

Southern Illinois Music Festival, Carbondale, IL
Musicians from throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia
perform orchestral and chamber music, opera, ballet, jazz, and new music in an informal and inviting atmostphere.
Featured artists include:  Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Acadian New Music Ensemble

Jun.25-Jul.10   Oregon Bach Festival, Eugene, OR
The OBF fills 19 refreshing summer days with choral-orchestral masterworks, guest artists, chamber music, social events, and education programs.
Featured artists include:  Bobby McFerrin, Jeffrey Kahane (piano)

Jun.25-Aug.3   Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Vail, CO
Where music happens…  World-class orchestra, world-class soloists, and world-class venues.  With music to match its mountains, the Festival is a summer tradition that is not to be missed.
Featured artists include:  Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Kathryn Stott (piano), New York Philharmonic 

Jun.26-Sep.5   Tanglewood Music Festival, Lennox, MA
Summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Tanglewood Music Festival consists of a series of concerts, including chamber music, choral music, musical theater, contemporary music, jazz, and pop music.
Featured artists include:  a line-up so ridiculously full of some of the who’s-who in classical music today that I won’t even bother mentioning their names – the list would be too long.  (But here’s an idea: Joshua Bell, James Ehnes, Gil Shaham, Marc-André Hamelin…)

Jul.1-Aug.22   Aspen Music Festival, Aspen CO
Focuses on fostering the growth of the human spirit through the melding of art and nature by hosting this eight-week summer festival of more than 350 events – including orchestral concerts, chamber music, opera, contemporary music, master classes, lectures, and kids’ programs.
Featured artists include:  some more cream-of-the-crop from the world of classical music.  It would be another long list.  (oh, alright, since you’re so curious: Yo-Yo Ma, Hillary Hahn, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Lynn Harrell, Emanuel Ax…)

Jul.15-25   Festival Mozaic, San Luis Obispo, CA
This summer celebrates music born of unique experiences.  Failed and blossoming love affairs, celebrations for loved ones, survival in catastrophe.  Experience the origins of musical inspiration at Festival Mozaic.
Featured artists include:  Tim Fain (violin), John Novacek (piano), Ensemble Galilei

Jul.27-Aug.21   Mostly Mozart Festival, New York, NY
The Mostly Mozart Festival is home to period-instrument ensembles, dance presentations, new-music groups, composers- and artists-in-residence, visiting orchestras and ensembles, opera productions, late-night concerts, films, and lectures and artists discussions.  Every summer you can hear outstanding performances of works of Mozart, alongside his contemporaries, his predecessors, and his successors.
Featured artists include:  James Ehnes (violin), Jeremy Denk (piano), Pierr-Laurent Aimard (piano)

Aug.1-15   Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Santa Cruz, CA
Year after year it delivers edge-of-your-seat performances, a sense of happening, and that quintessential gathering – where old friends and new ones are immersed in a wellspring of creativity.
Featured artists include:  Philip Glass, John Adams, Kronos Quartet

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