The London Olympics aren't the only thing getting underway this weekend; both the Mostly Mozart Festival and the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival will open their seasons with free concerts. Also in the lineup of events are Emmanuel Chabrier's opera Le Roi Malgré Lui at Bard SummerScape and Bach at Holy Trinity Church.
Thursday, July 26, 6:30 pm
Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival
This Long Island chamber music festival kicks off with a performance by the string quartet Brooklyn Rider, presenting an eclectic mix of music from around the world, including their own. This concert is free, with reservations available online.
Friday, July 27, 7:00 pm (also Sunday at 3 pm)
Bard SummerScape: Le Roi Malgré Lui ("The King in Spite of Himself")
Bard SummerScape 2012 presents seven weeks of opera, music, theater, dance, films and cabaret. Emmanuel Chabrier's opéra-comique tells the story of Henri de Valois, a 16th-century French duke who has been sent by his mother to rule the Poles. Lonely and miserable in his new dominion, he tries to escape the throne, which proves to be easier said than done. This co-production with the Wexford Festival Opera features the American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leon Botstein.
Saturday, July 28, 7:30 pm
Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra Free Preview Concert
Avery Fisher Hall
The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, conducted by Louis Langrée, celebrates the start of the festival with a free performance of Mozart's "Prague" Symphony, No. 38 and Schubert's "Tragic" Symphony, No. 4. Tickets will be distributed at 10 am on the day of the concert at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office, first-come, first-served.
Sunday, July 29, 7:00 pm
Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
West 65th St. and Central Park West
In honor of the anniversary of Bach's death, on July 28, the Bach Choir and Players of Holy Trinity presents its annual commemoration of the composer with a performance of his Cantata No. 196, Der Herr denket un ans.
- Emily Ostertag