Classical Music


Various venues, 212.875.5709,


More Summer In The City:
  • Cabin Fever The heat is on—and for a limited time only—so get out of the house and soak it up before it's gone
  • Perfect Picnics Grab some eats, spread a tablecloth, and get lost in the landscape
  • Garden Party Outside is the perfect setting to cure all that ales you
  • Outdoor Concerts & Music Festivals
  • Jazz
  • Film
  • Theater
  • Dance
  • Events
  • JULY 13-19: David Robertson, California's gift to the front ranks of today's most dynamic and adventurous conductors, leads all these events except the July 18 all-brass jamboree in Snug Harbor, Staten Island. Otherwise, Robertson conducts William Schuman's orchestration of Ives's Variations on "America," Barber's Violin Concerto, and John Adams's massive Harmonielehre July 13 in Prospect Park, Brooklyn; July 14 on Central Park's Great Lawn; July 15 in Cunningham Park, Queens; and July 16 in Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx. He leads Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture and Violin Concerto, Debussy's Nuages and Fêtes, and Richard Strauss's Zarathustra July 17 in Heckscher State Park, East Islip, New York, and Smetana's Bartered Bride Overture, Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade back on the Great Lawn July 19. Leonidas Kavakos solos in the violin concertos. All concerts start at 8 and end with probably redundant fireworks. Phone 212-875-5709 for rain dates and travel advice. Also: July 18 at Snug Harbor, Staten Island.


    Pace University, Schimmel Center for the Arts, 1 Pace Plaza, 212.346.1715,

    MAY 27-SEPTEMBER 11: These 500 or so events are mostly free and mostly pop, but here are some free concerts by mostly very young musicians, co-presented with Pace University and Classical Action at Pace's Schimmel Center, where you must get your free tickets. These 7:30 p.m. concerts happen July 12, 19, and 26, and August 2 and 9.


    297 West Street, Lenox, Massachusetts, 888.266.1200,

    JULY 1-AUGUST 29: Aside from all the conventional concerts by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, star soloists, and semi-star guest conductors, you'll find a lot of surprises worth traveling to, thanks largely to the talented young instrumentalists, singers, and composers studying at the Tanglewood Music Center. Staged opera returns on July 29 and 31 with Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream under TMC's aegis. The center's annual Festival of Contemporary Music holds forth August 12 through 16. Phone the above number for up-to-date programs and travel directions.


    July 6-27, Washington Square Park, West 4th and MacDougal streets, 212.252.3621

    JULY 6 Laila Maria Salins

    JULY 13 David Oei

    JULY 20 William Schimmel & Lutz Rath

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