This summer’s classic performances reflect a pandemic reset that seems more than temporary. Lincoln Center consolidated all of its seasonal programs and series into a single initiative, Summer for the city (May 14-August 14). The festival embraces diversity, with free events that include a Pride-themed Mini Kiki Ball (June 24) and June 19 Celebration (June 19). the Especially the Mozart Festival Orchestra, survivors of the reorganization, plays six different programs, including the highly embroidered Violin Concerto No. 5 by Henri Vieuxtemps, with Joshua Bell (August 2-3) and Mozart’s Requiem (August 5-6).
the of the Metropolitan Opera the season, which usually ends in May, ends in June, with “Hamlet” by Brett Dean (from May 13 to June 9). Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the Met Orchestra in back-to-back concerts at Carnegie Hall—Act I of Wagner’s “Die Walküre” (June 15) and an all-Berlioz program (June 16). As part of their contract, the musicians got their own permanent chamber concert series, at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall (June 9).
As the New York Philharmonic eagerly awaits the reopening of a renovated David Geffen Hall in the fall, he accompanies pianist Beatrice Rana at Jazz at Lincoln Center, for Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (June 2-4). In the eighth edition Time:Spans Festival, avant-garde new music groups—Percussion (August 17), Ensemble signal (August 19), the International Contemporary Ensemble (August 20) – resume works written over the past decade.
For those prone to hot weather, Death of the classic hosts “Hot Dogs, Hooch & Handel” (May 27), allowing the public to stroll through Green-Wood Cemetery, refreshments in hand, for happy encounters with bands of Baroque musicians. The orchestra the Knights presents a program based around Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata, which its dedicatee never performed, at the Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park (June 14). At Bryant Park, New York Opera stages abridged versions of “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” (May 27) and “La Traviata” (August 12), and distributes them online.
Outside the city, Bard SummerScape frames its 2022 festival around Rachmaninoff. Garrick Ohlsson performs the complete works of Brahms for solo piano at Tanglewood, in the Berkshires (August 16-25). And to Caramoor, in Katonah, NY, Michael Gordon, co-founder of Bang on a Can, unveils “Field of Vision” (July 24), a free site-specific piece featuring forty percussionists entertaining audiences in and around the estate’s verdant Sunken Garden. ♦