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Map: 15 New York-Area Summer Festivals for 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013

Whether you're headed to Cape Cod, the Hamptons or points upstate, summer is the season for music festivals. Here are 15 highlights. Consult our map to find the quickest getaway route

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Planet Opera: Finding Summer Opera Off The Beaten Path

Thursday, June 07, 2012

With many opera houses soon shutting their doors for the summer, if they have not done so already, those of us who love the art form must look elsewhere. Here are about a dozen opportunities.

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Six Reasons to Stay Local This Summer

Monday, May 28, 2012

Summer in classical music usually involves a lot of travel. But as blogger Olivia Giovetti reveals, choice vocal offerings can be found this summer at Lincoln Center, Caramoor and the Bard Festival.

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WQXR Features

Music from Marlboro

Monday, June 06, 2011

Now in its 60th year, the Marlboro Music School and Festival has nurtured some of the leading names in chamber music. On Mondays at 9 pm, WQXR brings you a sampling of festival highlights.

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Concerts in the Park: Share Your Photos

Friday, July 09, 2010

This week, the New York Philharmonic is taking the show on the road--or at least to parks around the city--for a series of free concerts. 

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Latino Cultural Festival

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

In addition to their theatre and dance lineup the Queens Theatre In The Park will host evenings of Latino sounds this summer. Click here for listings.

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Music Under The Stars

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Wednesday, July 7 through Wednesday, July 28

Head to Waterside Plaza on Wednesday nights in July to hone your stepping skills and then sit back and watch the pros. Before the 8pm concerts there are free dance lessons available. Salsa on July 7 and swing on July 28. Click here for full schedule.

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Williamsburg Waterfront

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Sunday, June 20 through Thursday, September 30

The East River State Park, on Kent between North 8th and North 9th Streets, host about a dozen 'benefit' shows organized by the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSANB). 'Benefit' does mean they cost money, but the new venue is spacious, holds 6,000 fans, has a Manhattan backdrop and pulls in a high caliber cast of artists.

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Live At The Gantries

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Sunday, June 13 through Tuesday, August 17

Every Tuesday night at 7pm, Live At The Gantries spotlights Queens' musicians and performers at the Gantry Plaza State Park for free. Click here to listen to and see a slideshow of Chinese harmonica virtuoso Jia Yi He's performance.

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The Pool Parties

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Sunday, July 11 through Sunday, August 28

In its second year away from the McCarren Park pool, JELLY NYC presents free Sunday concerts from the East River State Park. With Chuck Schumer's help, the 10,000 capacity venue is once again the spot to get your free indie rock fix. Click here for full schedule.

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Great Jazz on the Great Hill

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Satureday, July10

The summer-long Jazzmobile series holds 45 free concerts throughout all five boroughs. On July 10 the series teams up with The Central Park Conservancy for a jazz explosion up on 106th Street featuring Jimmy Heath, Ray Mantilla and Dion Parson's 21st Century Band.

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River To River Festival

Monday, July 05, 2010

Sunday, June 20 through Monday, August 31

Possibly the best thing going on between the rivers for free this summer is the River To River Festival. Haiti’s oldest big band orchestra. Check. Choreographer and composer collaborations. Check. And puppets? You bet. Click here for our coverage of events.

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Seaport Music Festival

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Friday, June 26 through Friday, August 13.

Part of the River To River Festival, the Seaport Music Festival is held on South Street Seaport's beautiful Peir 17.

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Target Passport Fridays at the Queens Museum of Art

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Friday, July 9 through Friday, August 27

Music, dance, and film from around the globe in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

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P.S. 1 Warm Up!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Saturday, July 3 through Saturday, September 4

Every year, one of the steamiest of  New York's summer festivals is held at P.S. 1. Warm Up! combines the elements of sultry pool party with high-concept art to great effect.

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Albert Ayler Festival

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Saturday, July 10

Roosevelt Island hosts the first annual "record fair and musical celebration" of Albert Ayler. There wil be 8 hours of tribute to the legendary free-jazz tenor-saxophonist who died in 1970.

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NY Philharmonic in the Park

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Tuesday, July 13 through Monday, July 19

The NY Philharmonic In The Park series features FREE performances with a firework finale in some of the best outdoor venues in the city. Sorry Queens, due to construction, no fireworks for you. And to you Staten Island and Bronx, your FREE shows are held indoors. Click here for performance venues and schedules.

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MASS MoCA: Solid Sounds Festival

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Friday, August 13 through Sunday, August 15

Chicago's indie-rock vets WILCO curate the Solid Sounds weekend of music and arts. For just under a hundred bucks, North Adams, MA may just be the best destination on the East Coast this weekend.

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Latin Alternative Music Conference

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Tuesday, July 6 through Saturday, July 10

The LAMC pairs industry panels with Latin artists performing on multiple stages throughout the city. Click here for our picks.

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Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra Concert Series

Friday, June 25, 2010

Saturday, July 10 through Saturday, July 31

Saturdays in July means classical music at the Lasdon Park & Arboretum. Pack your picnic basket and spread out on the lawn. Gates open at 5pm.

 

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