The Washington Post Sunday - - SUMMER ARTS PREVIEW - Anne Midgette anne.midgette@wash­post.com

Clas­si­cal mu­sic seems to fit well into the syrupy, sweet days of high sum­mer, whether it rep­re­sents a tonic breeze — pic­nics on the Wolf Trap lawn — or the apoth­e­o­sis of sum­mer’s long, sweaty in­ten­sity, which might find ex­pres­sion in a cham­ber work by Brahms.

In break­ing events into “Here” and “There” cat­e­gories, I came up with my own def­i­ni­tion: “Here” means reach­able by public trans­porta­tion from down­town Wash­ing­ton, and “There” means re­quir­ing a car and, most likely, an overnight stay, re­gard­less of how many times I per­son­ally have come trail­ing in from Castle­ton at 2 in the morn­ing.


The Amer­i­can Cham­ber Play­ers gre­wout of the Li­brary of Congress’s de­funct Sum­mer Cham­ber Fes­ti­val, and the Kreeger Mu­seum has been pre­sent­ing its June Cham­ber Fes­ti­val for years. This year’s three di­verse con­certs fea­ture C.P.E. Bach, Sey­mour Barab and Schu­bert’s Quin­tet in C.

June Cham­ber Fes­ti­val June 5, 9 and 12 at the Kreeger Mu­seum, 2401 Fox­hall Rd. NW. 2023383552. www.kreegermu­seum.org.

Ev­ery year, the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land’s School of Mu­sic hosts stu­dents and young pro­fes­sion­als who form, over a month, one of the best in­stru­men­tal en­sem­bles in the Wash­ing­ton re­gion. Each week cul­mi­nates with a public per­for­mance in the Clarice Smith Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, and this year’s guest con­duc­tors in­clude David Alan Miller, Rossen Mi­lanov and Asher Fisch. The pro­gram also fea­tures cham­ber con­certs, fam­ily con­certs (“Peter and the Wolf”) and open re­hearsals.

Na­tional Orches­tral In­sti­tute May 28June 27 with weekly per­for­mances at the Clarice Smith Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, Uni­ver­sity Boule­vard and Sta­dium Drive, Col­lege Park. 3014052787. www.theclarice.umd.edu/se­ries/2015na­tion­alorches­tralin­sti­tute­fes­ti­val.

An­other ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram linked to a con­cert se­ries, the Wash­ing­ton In­ter­na­tional Pi­ano Fes­ti­val brings in rec­og­nized pi­anists— this year, Alessio Bax and Lu­cille Chung, among oth­ers— to teach, hold mas­ter classes and per­form. This year, Catholic Uni­ver­sity, which hosts the event, also is team­ing it with its in­au­gu­ral Catholic Uni­ver­sity of Amer­ica Pi­ano Com­pe­ti­tion; first prize in­cludes a cou­ple of solo ap­pear­ances in the Wash­ing­ton area dur­ing the 2015-16 sea­son.

Wash­ing­ton In­ter­na­tional Pi­ano Fes­ti­val July 26Aug. 2 at Catholic Uni­ver­sity, 620 Michi­gan Ave. NE and at the Kennedy Cen­ter, 2700 F St. NW. www.wash­ing­ton­pianofest.com.

Wolf Trap re­mains the grand­daddy of the area’s sum­mer clas­si­cal fes­ti­vals. The Na­tional Sym­phony Orches­tra’s sum­mer se­ries of­fers a few high­lights — Emanuel Ax in the Brahms Con­certo No. 2 — among the var­i­ous video-game and John Wil­liams con­certs. And the Wolf Trap Opera, one of the best young-artist pro­grams in the coun­try, is of­fer­ing four pieces: “Aida,” “Madama But­ter­fly,” “The Mar­riage of Fi­garo” and, my pick, John Corigliano’s “The Ghosts of Ver­sailles” at the Barns.

NSO@Wolf Trap/Wolf Trap Opera June 12Aug. 7 at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vi­enna. 7032551900. www.wolf­trap.org.


The ques­tion of whether Lorin Maazel’s Castle­ton fes­ti­val could sur­vive with­out him is be­ing put to the test far ear­lier than any­one an­tic­i­pated. The fa­mous con­duc­tor died last sum­mer, and this year the fes­ti­val is be­ing run by his widow and fes­ti­val co­founder, the actress Di­etlinde Maazel.

Maazel has put to­gether a pro­gram that in­cludes Gounod’s “Romeo et Juliette,” Beethoven’s Ninth and a per­for­mance of the play “Our Town,” in the name of teach­ing more about act­ing to the artists in the fes­ti­val’s train­ing pro­gram. Im­me­di­ately af­ter the fes­ti­val: the in­au­gu­ral sea­son of Jazz at Lin­coln Cen­ter’s sum­mer academy for high school stu­dents at Castle­ton, headed by, and fea­tur­ing per­for­mances with, Wyn­ton Marsalis.

Castle­ton Fes­ti­val/Castle­ton Sum­mer Jazz Academy July 319 and July 25Aug. 2 at 7 Castle­ton Mead­ows Lane, Castle­ton, Va. 5409373454. www.castle­ton­fes­ti­val.org.

From full orches­tral con­certs to pop-up con­certs in 20-minute dol­lops to seminars for au­di­ence mem­bers on con­duct­ing, lis­ten­ing and Schu­bert, the Win­ter­green Sum­mer Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in the Blue Ridge Moun­tains, now in its 20th year, of­fers a wide range of top-flight mu­sic. The long ros­ter of artists well worth check­ing out in­cludes con­duc­tor Josep Ca­ballé-Domenech, com­poser Daron Ha­gen, cel­list Zuill Bai­ley, vi­o­lin­ist Elis­a­beth Ad­kins and so­prano Ari­anna Zuk­er­man.

Win­ter­green Sum­mer Mu­sic Fes­ti­val and Academy July 6Aug. 2 at Win­ter­green Re­sort, 88 Win­ter­green Dr., Rose­land, Va. 4343258292. www.win­ter­green­per­formin­garts.org/wsmf.

The 10-day Staunton Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, part of whose mission is to bal­ance old work and new, demon­strates the cur­rent truth that “cham­ber mu­sic” is a term that en­com­passes a mul­ti­tude of mu­sic. This year, au­di­ences can see and hear Bach’s “St. John Pas­sion” played with an en­sem­ble of pe­riod in­stru­ments; semi-staged op­eras by Henry Pur­cell and Peter Maxwell Davies; Palest­rina’s Missa Bre­vis; Saint-Saëns’s “Car­ni­val of the An­i­mals” with dancers; and, yes, string quar­tets.

Staunton Mu­sic Fes­ti­val Aug. 1423 in down­town Staunton, Va. 5405690267. www.staunton­mu­sicfes­ti­val.org.


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