10 places to listen to classical music with a view


ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL Rockport’s jewel box of a venue, the Shalin Liu Performance Center, overlooks Sandy Bay and is one of New England’s most scenic venues for chamber music. Under the direction of Barry Shiffman, this summer’s tantalizing line-up includes pianists David Deveau, Marc-André Hamelin and Kirill Gerstein; the Brentano String Quartet with soprano Dawn Upshaw; and A Far Cry. From June 11 to July 10 and from August 12 to 14. Rockport. 978-546-7391, www.rockportmusic.org

X: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MALCOLM X With this highly anticipated performance of Anthony Davis’ rarely spotted 1986 opera, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Odyssey Opera launch the multi-year project “As Told By: History, Race, and Justice on the Opera Stage.” Bass-baritone Davóne Tines performs the title role. June 17. Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Road. 617-635-1403, bmop.org

BMOP and Odyssey Opera present “X,” an opera based on the life and times of Malcolm X (left) by Anthony Davis (right). Courtesy of BMOP/Boston Modern Orchestra Project

TANGLEWOOD With its open-sided Koussevitzky Music Shed, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home is well-ventilated and provides for a summer full of pre-pandemic style. Highlights are expected to include a concert of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” (July 16), a host of world premieres, a 90th birthday tribute to John Williams and a season-closing visit from guest conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. June 17-Sept. 4. 617-266-1200, tanglewood.org

MARLBORO MUSIC Pianists Mitsuko Uchida and Jonathan Biss return to lead the 71st season of this venerable chamber music festival and retreat. Most programs aren’t advertised far in advance, but the place’s cathderal-in-time ethos coupled with the caliber of attendees means it’s safe to pick a weekend and go. This year’s composers in residence are Libby Larsen and George Benjamin, whose first chamber opera “Into the Little Hill” will be presented on August 12. The festival runs from July 16 to August 14. Marlboro, Vt. 802-254-2394, www.marlboromusic.org

YELLOW BARN This intimate and adventurous Vermont festival often combines bread-and-butter chamber masterpieces with off-the-beaten-path repertoire. In the first category will be the string sextet in B flat major by Brahms and the quartets by Fauré, Bartok and Beethoven. In the latter, there will be music by Jörg Widmann, Ana Sokolovic, George Lewis and Shulamit Ran, who will be the composer in residence this summer. July 8-August. 6. Putney, Vermont 802-387-6637, www.yellowbarn.org

NORFOLK CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL Performances by renowned chamber ensembles (including the Dover and Brentano Quartets) and the Philharmonia Baroque anchor the program this summer in Norfolk. And a carefully curated “Music for Peace” program (August 5) will feature works by Schoenberg, Messiaen and Valentin Silvestrov. July 6-August. 20. Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate, Norfolk, Connecticut 860-542-3000, norfolk.yale.edu

ASTON MAGNA The venerable chamber music festival for period instruments returns with four weekends of programming spread across several different venues. Composers represented will include Scarlatti and Stravinsky (June 23-25), Robert and Clara Schumann (June 30-July 2); Bach (July 7-9); and Handel (July 14-16, with Dominique Labelle); and Couperin (July 21-23). The concerts will take place at the Slosberg Music Center at Brandeis University; Hudson Hall in Hudson, NY; the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center and Saint James Place, Great Barrington. 413-528-3595, astonmagna.org

Soprano Jana McIntyre and tenor David Portillo will perform in a new staging of Richard Strauss’ comic opera ‘Die Schweigsame Frau’ (‘The Silent Woman’) at Bard College. Maria Baranova/Bard College

NEWPORT CLASSIC Formerly known as the Newport Music Festival, this summer’s series at historic venues around Newport will feature the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; pianists Joyce Yang and Sarah Cahill; and the Junction Trio (violinist Stefan Jackiw, pianist Conrad Tao and cellist Jay Campbell) among others. July 1-17, Newport, RI 401-849-0700, newportclassical.org

BARD MUSIC FESTIVAL A festival of thinking listeners, Bard places its sites on one composer per summer and shines a light on their lives and times through concerts, panels and other events over two weekends in August. This year, it’s “Rachmaninoff and his world” from August 5 to 14. Additionally, this year’s SummerScape Festival features a rare staging of Richard Strauss’ comic opera ‘Die Schweigsame Frau’ (‘The Silent Woman’) (July 22-31). 845-758-7900, fishercenter.bard.edu

CAPE COD CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL Why should the Berkshires have all the chamber music? Four string quartets – the Ying, the Borromeo, the Ariel and the Verona – anchor this summer’s programs in Cape Cod venues, with a focus on chamber literature staples. August 2-19. 508-247-9400, capecodchambermusic.org


Jeremy Eichler can be reached at jeremy.eichler@globe.com, or follow him on Twitter @Jeremy_Eichler.


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