Festive Classical

Ebene QuartetYou’ve heard it over and over again — classical music is dead, audiences don’t want tough music, if not for state patronage classical music would be gone. Well, guess what? As reported in our Culture News, classical music festivals are on the rise. And from looking at the performers and playlists on the bill for this summer’s concerts, the bulk of the offerings are anything but watered down. Who’d a thunk it — you treat your audience as intelligent adults, feature challenging new composers, intelligent reviews of the classics, or discoveries of forgotten masters — and whaddya know, they come! Here’s our guide to some of the best of what the summer festivals have to offer — and if you think we missed someone, or make any discoveries of your own, please don’t hesitate to share them with us on our Forum:

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Joseph HaydnString Quartet Op. 64, No. 5 — Elias Quartet
Hans Werner HenzeGogo no Eiko — RAI Orchestra, Gerd Albrecht Cond.
Thomas Hewitt JonesIn My Craft or Sullen Art — Christina Haldane, Soprano
Michael JarrellCongruences — Ensemble InterContemporain
Frank MartinLe Vin Herbé — Ensemble Domestica Rotterdam
Maurice RavelSonata for Violin and Piano — Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin and Fazil Say, piano
Steve Reich2X5 — Bang On A Can
Giuseppe TartiniConcert in D — Markus Wuersch, trumpet and Peter Solomon, organ
Mieczyslaw WeinbergSonata for Solo Double Bass, Op. 108 — Petru Iuga, double bass