By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
'NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC TIME WARNER CONCERTS IN THE PARKS'
Various venues, 212.875.5709, newyorkphilharmonic.org
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 Overtureand 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.
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, tanglewood.org
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 Dreamunder 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.
'WASHINGTON SQUARE MUSIC FESTIVAL'
July 6-27, Washington Square Park, West 4th and MacDougal streets, 212.252.3621
JULY 6 Laila Maria Salins
JULY 13 David Oei