Live classical music: the physical motions and intensities of performance, settings that are either outdoors or in pleasantly cooled interiors, an audience in relaxed mood. During the summer months live classical music is a celebration. Consider the idea of giving tickets to a live concert as a summer gift to the classical music lovers in your life. This gift extends beyond the person receiving it. It is also a gift to the organizations that support live classical music, all of whom are feeling the continuing effects of the tough economy this season.
Hartford Symphony "Bolero!"
The HSO will close its 2013-2014 Masterworks series with a program that is aiming for a big impression. It will open the folk wisdom of Tchaikovsky's "Capriccio Italien," then flutist Greig Shearer will be soloist in the Mozart Concerto for Flute No. 1 in G Major, K. 313. Rising star composer Mason Bates will be given an opportunity to impress with his work "Alternative Energy for Orchestra and Electronica." Surprises are in store for the close of the event, because Ravel's Bolero will be performed featuring The University of Connecticut Drumline. The event will take place from June 5-8 at the Belding Theater, The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets: 860-244-2999 or www.hartfordsymphony.org.
Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
This historic festival features a wide array of events including ticketed and free concerts, special events, and lectures. The festival will open on Saturday, June 14 with big-band music and open dancing, continuing through Aug. 16. The Brentano Quartet will be in residence, and the Artis Quartet, the Emerson Quartet and the Leschetizky Trio will also give concerts. Most events are held in the Music Shed on the grounds of the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate, Norfolk. Tickets: 860-542-3000 or music.yale.edu/norfolk.
Talcott Mountain Music Festival — "Midsummer Mozart"
Hearing Mozart played in the open air at Talcott is a slice of the good life. This program will feature musicians from the Connecticut area like pianist Robert Blocker, flutist Barbara Hopkins, and soprano Suzanne Lis who is daughter of HSO violinist Jarek Lis. The music will include Mozart's Divertimento in F major, K. 125c, the Piano Concerto No. 23 in major K. 488, and the Symphony No. 36 in C major, K. 425, nicknamed the "Linz Symphony." The concert will take place at The Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows Friday, June 27 at 7:30 pm. Information: 860-244-2999 or www.hartfordsymphony.org.
Talcott Mountain Music Festival — "Celebrate America! — The Annual Red, White & Blue Tradition"
This concert, conducted by Eric Dudley, will feature light classical music with fireworks after the performance. The concert will take place at The Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows. This concert has been postponed to Friday, July 4 at 7:30 pm due to the weather forecast. Information: 860-244-2999 or www.hartfordsymphony.org.
International Festival of Arts & Ideas: Echoes: "Early Music Reimagined"
The Yale Choral Artists, led by director Jeffrey Douma, has impressed audiences at this festival over the past two years. This season the ensemble will explore three works of early music alongside of newly composed works inspired by them. Bach's motet Singet dem Herrn will be followed by a setting of Singet dem Herrn by Sven-David Sandström. "Loquebantur variis linguis" by Thomas Tallis will be followed by a new work by Ted Hearne which was based on the Tallis. "De profundis" by Josquin Des Prez will be followed by a work based upon it by Hannah Lash Friday, June 20, 2014, 8 p.m. Church of St. Mary, 5 Hillhouse Ave., New Haven. Call 888- ART-IDEA (278-4332) or 203-498-1212 or contact by email at email@example.com.
Virtuoso cellist Erik Friedlander is a versatile and innovative musician with a distinctive compositional style. His solo cello program called "Block Ice & Propane" explores what he calls "American sounds" with an impressive array of techniques. This concert is not to be missed on Saturday, June 14, 2014, 1 p.m. Iseman Theater, 1156 Chapel St., New Haven. Call (888) ART-IDEA (278-4332) or (203) 498-1212 or contact by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tanglewood is the summer residence of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and concerts take place in several locations on the grounds in Lenox, MA. The 2014 season begins with soprano Renée Fleming as soloist in the all-American Opening Night Gala Concert on July 5. This season will also provide four opportunities to hear the BSO Music Director Designate Andris Nelsons and 22 concerts by the BSO throughout the summer season. There will also be two staged operas in Ozawa Hall: a new chamber version of "Lizzie Borden," by Jack Beeson, performed by a chamber ensemble from Boston Lyric Opera on July 31, and on Aug. 14, Handel's opera seria "Teseo" with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. For tickets call 888-266-1200 or contact by email at email@example.com.
Opera Theater of Connecticut. La Bohème
The cornerstone of the Opera Theater of Connecticut's season will be a performance of Puccini's masterwork La Bohème. The production will be fully-staged, and sung in Italian with English supertitles. The cast features Shannon Kessler Dooley as Mimì, Joshua Kohl as Rodolfo, and Lisa Williamson as Musetta. Performances are Aug. 5, 7 and 9 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, August 10 at 6 pm at the Andrews Memorial Theater, 54 East Main Street, Clinton. For information call 860-669-8999 or www.operatheaterofct.org