Trail of tunes

By CLEA SIMON  |  June 9, 2009

TANGLEWOOD | JUNE 26 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 6 | The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood's season will officially open on July 3 with Music Director James Levine leading an all-Tchaikovsky program, featuring pianist Yefim Bronfman playing the Piano Concerto No. 1. Other programming includes performances by the Mark Morris Dance Company (August 5 and 6) and the Tanglewood Jazz Festival (September 4 through 6).

297 West Street, Lenox, Massachusetts | 617.266.1492 |

BOWDOIN INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL | JUNE 27 THROUGH AUGUST 8 | Musicians gather for six weeks of intensive study and collaboration on this Maine campus each summer, resulting in more than 80 concerts in seven series. This summer will honor the bicentennials of Haydn's death and Mendelssohn's birth, and will welcome back Pulitzer prize–winning composer George Crumb, who will celebrate his 80th birthday with a new work.

Various locations in Brunswick, Maine | 207.725.3895 |

NEWPORT MUSIC FESTIVAL | JULY 10 THROUGH 26 | With a chock-full schedule of 60 concerts, often as many as three a day, and with venues that include some of the most luxurious Gilded Age "summer cottages" of this seaside town, the Newport Music Festival is a perennial crowd pleaser. Now in its 41st season, this year's festival serves as a tribute to Victor Borges, on the occasion of the Danish musician and humorist's centenary. In keeping with the light, populist tone of the festival, which brings a huge range of music— vocal and instrumental — to such mansions as the Elms and the Breakers, many of the events are themed. There's a "Quiver of Quartets," "Troop of Trios," and "Rafter of Russians."

Various locations in Newport, Rhode Island | 401.849.0700 |

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