Warm sunny weather, cool evening breezes, fireflies, and family barbecues - summertime often brings out the best of us. Not only us, but classical music too! Every year, many symphony orchestras break free from their orchestra halls and venture to the great outdoors - some even move into beautiful outdoor pavilions. If you're looking for a memorable summertime experience, below's listing of popular summertime classical music concerts will lead you in the right direction!
This year's popular Aspen Music Festival takes place between June 28th and August 19th. The nearly two month long festival abounds with great classical music including performances of Gershwin, Beethoven
, Mendelssohn, Bartok, Rachmaninoff, Bach
, Vivaldi, Strauss, and more. (And that's all in the first full week!) You can also attend master classes in piano and opera. Though many concerts and events throughout the festival do cost money, there are a number of free recitals, story tellings, and pre concert talks.
With free lawn seating for kids under 17 years old, the Blossom Festival is a great way to entertain the whole family. And with a summer long program, there's sure to be classical music for everyone to enjoy. The Blossom Festival takes place in the Blossom Pavilion within the picturesque Cuyahoga Valley National Park located just 25 miles south of Cleveland, Ohio. This year's events include performances of Mozart by Emanuel Ax as well as a 4th of July concert.
This exquisite 10-day festival taking place from July 13th through July 22nd, celebrates classical music, fine arts, and culinary masterpieces all within the beautiful setting of California's wine country. This year's guest artists include dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet, Joshua Bell, Danielle de Niese, Nathan Gunn, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Susan Graham, and more.
Just north of Chicago, Ravinia Music Festival is one of the largest Midwest festivals. Not only is classical music celebrated, concert goers are able to purchase tickets to a variety of music concerts ranging from rock to smooth jazz. This year's Ravinia festival, now in it's 76th year, takes place from June 7th to September 9th.
Starting earlier than many other summer classical music festivals, Spoleto Festival USA runs from May 25th through June 10th in the beautiful town of Charleston, South Carolina. The top-notch festival with performances of opera, theater, dance, and chamber, symphonic, choral and jazz music taking place within historic theaters, churches, outdoor venues is now in its 36th year.
From July 3rd to July 10th, this weeklong summer classical music event conducted and commentated by Bramwell Tovey is a great way to experience the fantastic music performed by the New York Philharmonic. This year, the NY Phil will perform an All-American concert series during Independence Day followed by another series of music by Tchaikovsky
This year marks Tanglewood's 75th anniversary, and with that, comes an exciting calendar full of fantastic performances. Taking place from June 22nd to September 2nd, attendees will have the opportunity to hear Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Jessye Norman, Susan Graham, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Bernadette Peters, Peter Serkin, James Taylor, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and more.