Head for a music festival and leave the CDs home

June 23, 1996|By Steven Brown | Steven Brown,ORLANDO SENTINEL

People who love music still love it when they go on vacation. And they don't have to leave music behind when they pack for their summer escape. Picnics with the Boston Symphony and opera amid the mountains of New Mexico are just a few of the opportunities awaiting music lovers. Here's a sample:

Brevard Music Center, Brevard, N.C., June 28 through Aug. 11, offers solo recitals, chamber music, orchestral programs, musical theater and opera. Some of this year's best-known performers are mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, guitarist Christopher Parkening, tenor Gary Lakes and pianist Vladimir Feltsman. (704) 884-2011.

An Appalachian Summer Festival, Boone, N.C., June 29 through Aug. 3, provides almost daily diversion -- theater, dance, visual arts and pop music in addition to classical music. The classical fare includes concerts by the North Carolina Symphony and a chamber music series; other offerings include the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the Miami City Ballet and a production of Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie." (800) 841-2787.

Wolf Trap, Vienna, Va., through Sept. 4: Summer home of the Washington National Symphony Orchestra, Wolf Trap is one of many summer festivals that lets visitors sit under the stars and take in the music. Classical music is a big part of the schedule, but there's more: The list of guest artists includes storyteller Garrison Keillor, singers Michael Feinstein and Kathy Mattea, jazz guitarist George Benson, the Flying Karamazov Brothers, Aretha Franklin, Julio Iglesias, k.d. lang, Lyle Lovett, Harry Belafonte, Tony Bennett and John Tesh. (703) 255-1868.

Mostly Mozart, New York, July 9-20 and Aug. 12-24: Mostly Mozart is ultra-urban -- situated in the heart of Manhattan in Lincoln Center -- and takes place indoors. But the eternal appeal of Mozart -- and that of J. S. Bach, Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn and others -- makes up for that. The festival orchestra is the backbone of it all; the soloists include pianists Alicia de Larrocha and Horacio Gutierrez, flutist James Galway and violinist Joshua Bell. (212) 721-6500.

Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, Ill., June 21 through Sept. 2, is the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. But that's hardly the only draw. This year's schedule includes soloists such as soprano Jessye Norman, mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, violinists Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianists Andre Watts and Tzimon Barto. Popular music also figures prominently: The performers include Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Kathy Mattea, Eartha Kitt, the Chieftains and the Temptations. And the July Fourth weekend will be devoted to jazz. (312) 728-4642.

Tanglewood, Lenox, Mass., June 28 through Sept. 2: The Boston Symphony Orchestra heads for the rolling hills of the Berkshires every summer. The 1996 festival will bring a July Fourth concert by Peter, Paul and Mary and a jazz festival at the end of August, but otherwise the emphasis is on classical music. The list of soloists has a lot in common with Ravinia -- the names Norman, von Stade, Perlman and Ma, for instance. But there also will be a staging of Benjamin Britten's opera "Peter Grimes," which premiered here 50 years ago. And the Kirov Orchestra and Chorus from St. Petersburg, Russia, will pay a visit. (800) 347-0808.

Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe, N.M., June 28 through Aug. 24: Sunset amid the hills of Santa Fe can practically be an operatic spectacle in itself -- and then the performance begins. This year, Igor Stravinsky's "The Rake's Progress" will feature soprano Sylvia McNair, who sang in Orlando in April. The other operas on the bill are Mozart's "Don Giovanni"; Giacomo Puccini's "Madama Butterfly"; Richard Strauss' rarely performed "Daphne"; and "Emmeline", a new opera by Tobias Picker based on Judith Rossner's novel of the same name. (505) 986-5900.

Pub Date: 6/23/96

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