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15 Classical Music Festivals to See This Summer

Blossom Music Festival

AKRON, OHIO, JULY 3-SEPT. 2 The Cleveland Orchestra takes up residence a short distance south of its usual home, with a series of weekend performances. Of special note are performances led by Herbert Blomstedt, Vasily Petrenko and James Gaffigan, and a special evening on which Yo-Yo Ma plays all six of Bach’s Cello Suites.

Grand Teton Music Festival

TETON VILLAGE, WYO., JULY 3-AUG. 18 Donald Runnicles is the music director in this picturesque town opposite Jackson Hole, which is just south of Grand Teton National Park and an hour’s drive from Yellowstone. With an orchestra whose players are drawn from major symphonies across the country, Mr. Runnicles conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, Bernstein’s “West Side Story” and much else. Visiting soloists include Daniil Trifonov, Leila Josefowicz and Kirill Gerstein.


COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., JULY 7-AUG. 25 Four major stagings come to central New York this year, starting with Bernstein’s “West Side Story,” which gives pride of place to the original Jerome Robbins choreography. Equally, if not more important is a production of Kevin Puts’s “Silent Night,” an opera set during World War I that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2012. At the more traditional end of the spectrum come Janacek’s “The Cunning Little Vixen” and Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville,” the latter directed by Francesca Zambello.

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