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In July, It's Ta-Ta, Ozawa
This summer will mark Seiji Ozawa's last appearance at Tanglewood as the Boston Symphony Orchestra's music director. He takes the baton at the Vienna State Opera later in the year.
Tanglewood audiences will celebrate Ozawa's 29 years as the BSO's conductor with farewell concerts July 12 to 14.
The July 12 concert will feature a program of Bernstein, Dvôrák and Brahms. Federico Cortese will share conducting duties with Ozawa. Mstislav Rostropovich will add his cello to the festivities.
Visiting orchestras will include the American Festival Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Sir Neville Mariner, Kurt Masur, Jeffrey Tate and Sir Roger Norrington will be among the conductors.
Yo-Yo Ma, Peter Serkin, Itzhak Perlman, Sir James Galway and Andre Watts help fill out the roster of soloists. Jessye Norman leads a group of singers - others include Matthias Goerne and Dawn Upshaw - who will perform at Ozawa Hall or the shed.
Non-vocal concerts at the more intimate Ozawa Hall range from pianist Richard Goode to the Emerson String Quartet.
Other summer highlights at Tanglewood include the American Festival Orchestra accompanying Linda Ronstadt in a July 4 performance. Fireworks will follow.
John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra will celebrate its Laureate Conductor's 70th birthday with a concert on Aug. 3.
Having found its permanent summer home on Talcott Mountain in Simsbury last year, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra settles in this summer with Edward Cumming, its ninth music director. His inaugural season will feature wide-ranging offerings, including a "Tchaikovsky Spectacular" he will conduct June 28, featuring violinist Karina Canellakis; "Celebrate America" on July 5, with guest conductor Alastair Willis and the Simsbury Light Opera Chorus; a Gershwin evening July 12, with guest conductor George Michael Butterman, pianist Scott Dickson and singer-guitarist John Pizzarelli, which includes music from "Porgy and Bess" and Rhapsody in Blue"; and a "Richard Rodgers Salute" July 19, with Cumming conducting and soprano Christiane Noll, tenor Gary Mauer and baritone William Michals. The concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. Pictured at left is a scene from last year's fest.
Once again, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival offers an eclectic season. The festival will take place at the junction of routes 44 and 272, just off the Norfolk Town Green.
The season begins July 5 with a night of world premieres by six rising composers and ends Aug. 24 with a fund-raising event that features the New World Jazz Orchestra.
During the season, Mozart, Handel, Bach and Dvôrák will be among the great masters whose compositions will be performed.
The Tokyo String Quartet begins a six-week residency on July 13.
Other highlights include a July 28 benefit performance of pianist Claude Frank and his daughter Pamela Frank, a violinist. They'll perform three Beethoven sonatas. All performances are slated to begin at 8 p.m.