The most important guest soloists in the six-year history of Summerfest will participate in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's six-concert series in Meyerhoff Hall this July.
The orchestra announced yesterday that soloists in the festival, which takes place between July 11 and July 27, will include violinist Joshua Bell, whom many critics consider today's finest young American violinist and who will play Beethoven's Violin Concerto; the somewhat controversial Soviet emigre pianist Vladimir Feltsman, who will play Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto; and the great Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire, who will play Beethoven's "Emperor Concerto."
The orchestra's summer season will also feature eight concerts -- four of which will include fireworks displays -- at Oregon Ridge Park as well as one concert each at Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavillion (July 7) and at Wolf Trap Farm Park in Vienna, Va. (July 25).
The orchestra and its music director David Zinman will be joined at the Columbia concert by superstar soloist James Galway.
The Summerfest repertory will include several of Zinman's signature Beethoven symphony interpretations, but there will also be a few unusual items. Chief among the latter will be Beethoven's Choral Fantasy for piano, orchestra and chorus in which the great composer first began to sketch out the ideas that would come to fruition so magnificently in the Ninth Symphony.
Tickets to Summerfest concerts, which will be available to the general public on June 2, are priced at $12-$20. Tickets for Oregon Ridge are $10 for adults and $4 for children. Call 783-8000. For Merriweather or
Wolf Trap concerts, call, respectively, 783-8088 or (800) 448-9009.
(All concerts at Oregon Ridge, 8 p.m., except where noted) June 23: Chosei Komatsu, conductor; Emily Controulis, flute. Works by Rossini, Bizet, Mendelssohn, Grofe, Bizet, Briccialdi and Dvorak.
June 28: Robert Spano, conductor; Ramsey Husser, violin. Works by Rossini, Saint-Saens, Verdi, Falla and Copland.
June 29: Chosei Komatsu, conductor. Excerpts from "My Fair Lady," "The Sound of Music," "Phantom of the Opera," "Batman."
July 3 (rain date, July 5): David Loebel, conductor. Works include "America the Beautiful," Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man," Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture." Fire
works display after the concert.
July 4 (rain date July 5): David Loebel, conductor; Roger Hayden, narrator. See July 3 program. Fireworks.
July 7, 7 p.m., Merriweather Post Pavilion: David Zinman, conductor; James Galway, flute. Works by Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Stravinsky and Rodrigo.
July 25, 8:15 p.m., Wolf Trap Farm Park (Vienna, Va.): David Zinman, conductor; Vladimir Feltsman, piano. Works by Barber and Beethoven.
July 28: Heiichiro Ohyama, conductor; David Buechner, piano. All-Gershwin program.
Aug. 2: Chosei Komatsu, conductor; Seung-Un Ha, piano. Works by Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov and John Adams. Fireworks.
Aug. 3 (rain date, Aug.4): Richard Hayman, conductor. "Salute to Disney" and other pop favorites. Fireworks.
SUMMERFEST (All concerts at Meyerhoff Hall, 7:30 p.m.).
July 11: David Zinman, conductor; Jeffrey Kahane, piano; Dominique LaBelle, soprano; Victoria Livengood, mezzo-soprano; Jeffrey Thomas, tenor; David Arnold, baritone; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Works by Beethoven.
July 13: David Zinman, conductor. "Viennese Night."
July 16: David Zinman, conductor; Claude Frank, piano; Pamela Frank, violin. Works by Barber and Beethoven.
July 18: David Zinman, conductor; Joshua Bell, violin. Works by Barber and Beethoven.
July 24: David Zinman, conductor. Vladimir Feltsman, piano. Works by Barber and Beethoven.
July 27: David Zinman, conductor; Nelson Freire, piano. Works by Barber, Beethoven.