US Music Festival 2023-24
Newport Folk Festival takes a different approach than most music fests by gradually unveiling artists as announcements roll in over time leading up to the event itself. This year’s lineup includes Lana Del Rey, My Morning Jacket and Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit among many others.
Classical music lovers will also appreciate this Colorado event, offering three chamber music series and public masterclasses within orchestral concerts. Pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet returns and maestro Teddy Abrams unveils a composer portrait.
Oregon Bach Festival
The Oregon Bach Festival’s mission is to uphold human dignity through music. Activities at this center for community involvement include high-caliber performances and educational programming for children and youth; outreach initiatives; community service projects; outreach; community service grants and contributions from donors and musicians alike. A board of directors oversees this organization. Also Read>>
This year’s Oregon Bach Festival events center around Musical Wanderlust, and will transport listeners on an extraordinary musical journey across time and space. From massive works that anchor both ends of its schedule to celebrating its founders in between, there is something to please audiences of all ages – with kids-specific concerts taking place throughout the week and genre-defying ensembles like Brubeck Brothers Quartet offering crossover events on Saturday nights that are sure to bring in younger audiences at Hult Center for the Performing Arts.
Aspen Music Festival
Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) features 10 venues throughout Aspen throughout June for an inspiring weekend of jazz performances in 10 distinct venues. Grammy-winners and global jazz luminaries take the stage at Belly Up, Wheeler Opera House, 39 Degrees at W Hotel, Bad Harriet and more – featuring Grammy winners as well as global jazz luminaries!
Breaking Barriers’ initiative of 2018 focused attention on female conductors, with Mahler’s Symphony No 5 to Vaughan Williams’ Sea Interludes all being featured as examples of such. Pianist Yefim Bronfman, mezzo Sasha Cooke and violinist Augustin Hadelich’s performances added sparkle to these orchestral concerts at this festival.
Aspen Music Festival and School has long been offering recitals, classes and unique programs during its annual summer festival and school. Children will particularly enjoy Tunes and Tales: an interactive children’s musical storytime program; while adults may join Music on the Mountain outdoor chamber music series (at various ticket prices). An updated schedule can be found online.
Boston Lyric Opera
No matter your musical taste – from bass-thumping EDM to soulful jazz ensembles – US music festivals have something for you. Ranging from large-scale events with top 40 headliners, to smaller festivals offering nostalgic or customized experiences – US music festivals will make sure that this summer stands out in style!
Boston Lyric Opera creates curiosity, enthusiasm, and support for opera through compelling productions and programs. Their Jane & Steven Akin Emerging Artists initiative assists young artists as they hone their craft before entering the next phase of their careers; community programming initiatives reach audiences of all generations; BLO also produces four mainstage productions each season across Metro Boston including an adaptation of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly by an Asian-American creative team and Rossini’s La Cenerentola by Rossini as well as composer Matthew Aucoin & Sarah Ruhl.
Cabrillo Music Festival
This summer (2023-24), the Cabrillo Music Festival offers something for everyone. Alongside its world-class orchestral program, this summer’s festival also includes jazz ensemble and chamber concerts featuring guest artists – such as San Francisco Symphony violinist Eunice Kim!
Maestro Macelaru will lead the festival orchestra in West Coast premieres of works composed by four composers with distinctive musical voices: Sarah Kirkland Snider’s tribute to American women suffragists, Jennifer Higdon’s Duo Duel for double percussion and cello, Sebastian Currier’s Track 8 which draws from Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony and Bora Yoon’s Wind of Two Koreas which was commissioned by the festival are among them.
Open Rehearsals, newly introduced this year, provide an exclusive glimpse into how conductors and musicians at this leading US music festival shape their performances into performances. Attending these free events provides a wonderful opportunity to gain more insight into this top US festival’s inner workings.
No matter your taste in music – be it EDM, soulful jazz ensembles, or pop music headliners – festival season has arrived and Thrillist will keep you informed with lineup news and ticket sales for all of the summer concerts you love.
Other theater and dance commissions include Rodrick Dixon’s production of acclaimed play The Dwarf with Erica Petrocelli and Kristinn Sigmundsson in supporting roles; Target Margin Theater’s punk take on Woyzeck with Asta Bennie Hostetter as its designer; as well as various dance pieces.
Darker Waves new wave music festival will debut with performances by Tears for Fears, New Order and Psychedelic Furs among other artists. Additionally, Bard will present the life and works of Nadia Boulanger, a Parisian polymath who taught composition to generations of American musicians. For further details please see event website.
Colorado Music Festival
The Colorado Music Festival is a world-class summer performance season held at Chautauqua Auditorium. Headed by Principal Conductor Peter Oundjian and featuring incredible programming with world-renowned guest artists throughout, it draws crowds every summer.
Attractions at this destination event in the Rocky Mountains include rock ‘n’ roll music and kid-friendly festival programming, along with various outdoor activities including hiking, biking, rafting and fishing. Attendees may also explore nearby hot springs during this visit.
Rye Electronic Music Festival provides an unforgettable EDM experience! Hosted by Denver UMS and lasting through Labor Day weekend 2023, this popular electronic music event strives to increase economic opportunities for marginalized artists while simultaneously improving health and wellness of musicians with disabilities as well as provide education about music-related mental health issues. Enjoy this popular annual event.
Bang on a Can
Music festivals provide something for everyone, whether that means bass-thumping EDM with costumes and an immersive experience, or soulful jazz ensembles and an intimate setting. Whatever your musical taste or preference may be, there is sure to be something that suits. Choose between large festivals as well as smaller ones which cater more niche or regional tastes.
The 2023-2024 season features pianist Brad Mehldau in an introspective recital that draws upon jazz, rock, electronica and pop influences; composer Tania Leon in her new position as Debs Composer’s Chair curating concerts at Carnegie Hall; the JACK Quartet from grayfade label showcase; as well as Tabea Zimmermann of Germany’s Kronberg Academy performing alongside singer-songwriter Kandace Springs of grayfade label showcase; in-the-round performances will include Dover String Quartet Dover String Quartet Belcea Quartet and the VC Artists among other outstanding ensembles.
Cincinnati May Festival
In 2023-24, the May Festival will continue its celebrated legacy of offering a concentrated repertoire of choral masterpieces complemented by educational and community engagement activities. Established five years before Music Hall opened its doors, this concert series stands as one of the longest-running concert series in Western Hemisphere; moreover it is also currently operating as one of the oldest choral festivals still operating today.
Juanjo Mena will lead the Cincinnati May Festival Chorus accompanied by Cleveland Orchestra Chorus under Lisa Wong, Cincinnati Youth Choir led by Robyn Lana, and Cincinnati Boychoir directed by Jason Holmes in Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, Symphony of a Thousand. According to Mahler himself, this work gives voice its rightful place.
JMR and The Pops usher in 2024 with sophisticated jazz stylings from Edward “Duke” Ellington.
Chicago Lyric Opera
Chicago was long known to love opera before it had its own company; Ardis Krainik built upon this foundation as Lyric’s general director. Her vision allowed Lyric to foster its main pillars while venturing into new artistic territory, drawing capacity houses and solidifying Lyric’s status as a company committed to twentieth-century opera.
Enrique Mazzola marked several groundbreaking premieres during 2023-24 under his charismatic music direction: Wagner’s Ghost Pirate thriller The Flying Dutchman; Leos Janacek’s operatic drama Jenufa featuring sopranos Lise Davidsen and Nina Stemme; A Wedding by Peter Sellars (based on its 1978 film version); Terence Blanchard’s Champion about boxer Emile Griffith, in its Lyric premiere performance.
Rossini’s Cinderella opens the season, featuring Vasilisa Berzhanskaya as Angelina and Jack Swanson as Ramiro alongside Alessandro Corbelli and Joshua Hopkins, in Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s production conducted by Yi-Chen Lin.
Maverick Concert Series
Maverick Concert Series, founded by legendary Woodstock artist Hervey White and held annually since 1970, is America’s oldest summer chamber music festival. For 2023’s season starting July 1 and running through Sept 10, you’ll experience classic, jazz and contemporary performances that range from classical works to jazz classics and more!
This summer, experience the majestic acoustics of an iconic venue like no other. Not only can you attend their regular Saturday evening concerts but this year also offers a mini-series to explore Latin and Hispanic music!
Maverick Family Saturdays and Sunday afternoon chamber music concerts are two recurring events hosted at this venue, along with several educational and outreach activities for local communities. If you are interested in seeing one of these shows, check back often on their website for ticket availability; some shows have already sold out! For More>