Whether it’s string quartets at a converted barn in the Catskills, Rossini operas by the Adriatic Sea, or chamber music in the Rockies, there’s a music festival for every taste and travel budget. WQXR brings you a select guide to this summer's festivals.

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Choral Summer Camp

Sunday, July 31, 2011

This week we journey with Kent Tritle to the Berkshire Choral Festival in Sheffield Massachusetts, where he has conducted performances during the month of July. The festival attract...

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At Marlboro, They Come to the Vermont Woods to Play, Not To Perform

Saturday, July 23, 2011

It is a rite of passage for elite chamber musicians that involves a pilgrimage to a hilltop in Vermont where cell phone reception is spotty and meandering dirt roads pass stands sel...

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The Naumburg Bandshell: A New York Icon

Monday, June 20, 2011

Have you ever been to a free concert at The Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park? If you haven’t, you should plan to go before the summer is over. It’s one of most unique experiences New York has to offer.

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Cancellation of Philharmonic's Summer Parks Tour Draws Mixed Reactions

Thursday, June 09, 2011

The New York Philharmonic's announcement on Tuesday that it is cancelling its annual round of free concerts in city parks this summer has been met with mixed reviews from fans, writer...

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Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble Open 2011 Central Park SummerStage

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

The cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Silk Road Ensemble and several hundred New York City school kids kicked off the SummerStage 2011 season with a musical theater event called "Night at the Car...

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The Great(?) Outdoors

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

I've sung plenty of outdoor gigs (including WQXR's appearance last summer at the "Play Me I'm Yours" piano near Columbus Circle, where the video producer was kind enough to cut away at the point when I nearly tripped over a tree root in mid "Amour!"). Outdoor performances proliferate in summer -- and so do the hazards that come with them.

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The Top Five Outdoor Summer Concerts in New York City

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

After such a terribly long winter, it’s time to celebrate summer’s arrival. There's no better way to appreciate a balmy evening than taking in an outdoor concert in one of New York Ci...

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Music from Marlboro

Monday, June 06, 2011

Now in its 60th year, the Marlboro Music School and Festival has nurtured some of the leading names in chamber music. On Mondays at 9 pm, WQXR brings you a sampling of festival highli...

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Feastings at Fests

Friday, June 03, 2011

Whether you prefer filet mignon, miso-glazed salmon or an old-fashioned hot dog, the city's summer concert venues and intrepid caterers offer a wealth of park-ready gourmet meals. And...


Summer Music Festivals Come To New York City and Upstate

Friday, June 03, 2011

In this week's Arts File, Kerry Nolan speaks with WQX-Aria blogger and Q2 host Olivia Giovetti about local summer music festivals. 



Seven Summer Festivals Where Music Isn't the Only Game in Town

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Even with an impressive concert lineup, a vacation centered around a summer music festival can be a little boring if there’s nothing else of interest nearby. As orchestras and opera c...


Four Essential (and Local!) Summer Festivals

Friday, May 27, 2011

Want to go out of town or keep it local? Do you crave fully-staged Strauss or Mozart with a single piano and seven singers? Olivia Giovetti breaks it all down in this guide to New York-area summer opera performances.

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Fifteen Essential European Opera Festivals

Thursday, May 26, 2011

There are the famous, evergreen festivals including Bayreuth, Edinburgh, Glyndebourne, Salzburg, and Verona. All are great and deserve to be attended at least once. But there is so mu...
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At Summer Music Festivals, Soft Breezes Meet Winds of Change

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The best summer festivals are outlets of escape from the rituals and formality of city life, writes Norman Lebrecht. But there is hardly a festival on earth that is not thinking abou...

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