3 Chances to Catch Classical Music This Summer

Classical music fans will love the sweet sounds that echo from these Hudson Valley fests.


This summer is chock full of great events in the Hudson Valley, many of which put the spotlight on all the music the area has to offer. No matter where you reside, there are so many things to see, and hear, this summer. Check out these classical music festivals as the weather gets warmer.


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Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts

With a diverse selection of styles and genres, Caramoor delivers world class music without the hassle of traveling into New York City. This summer, catch the Verona Quartet, which holds the position of Ernst Stiefel String Quartet in Residence. The group will perform on June 21, and tickets for students 18 and under are free! The program includes works by JanáÄek and Dvorak, along with a world premiere piece by Julia Adolphe. On June 29, see the Kronos Quartet perform works by Gershwin, Terry Riley, and Steve Reich. Not only do the concerts at Caramoor boast incredible performances, but they also have a stunning backdrop that makes audience members feel as though they are in a Venetian courtyard.

Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
149 Girdle Ridge Rd
Katonah, NY 10536


Bard SummerScape Festival

Hailed by The New York Times as a “hotbed of intellectual and aesthetic adventure,” SummerScape in Annandale on Hudson offers a rejuvenating night of fresh takes on beloved and newly commissioned works. Held from June 28 to August 19, Bard College’s annual festival focuses on Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and includes a staging of his powerhouse of an opera, The Tsar’s Bride. The festival also celebrates Leonard Bernstein’s centennial with a performance of Peter Pan from June 28 to July 22.  For a more contemporary experience, The Knights will perform the world premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s “Four Quartets,” with texts by T.S. Eliot, from July 6 to 8.

Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts
60 Manor Ave
Annandale On Hudson, NY 12504

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Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle

During its June Concert Series, the Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle presents three diverse shows, which feature works by Brahms, Arensky, and Sorensen. Artists include the Trio con Brio Copenhagen, Joan Tower (piano), and an assorted collection of cellists and violists performing the Brahms sextets. For just $70, individuals can purchase a ticket package for all three concerts. For students, $5 tickets are available for individual concerts.

Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle
​Olin Humanities Building
Campus Rd
Annandale-On-Hudson, NY 12504

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