Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Summer music festivals 2011.

Summer is soon upon us and with that plenty of music festivals. Here are few suggestions on what to do for the summer.
BBC Proms 15/7-10/9

is one of the most famous music festivals in the UK and around the world.

Booking opens on saturday may 7th 9am GMT. A total of 74 concerts will be performed in the Royal Albert Hall with orchestras and artists from around the world.

If you are fan of Gustav Mahler some of his best symphonies will be performed at this years proms. Symphony nr 9 conducted by Sir Roger Norrington, the second symphony with the Simon Bolivar Youth orchestra conducted by Gustavo Dudamel and the best alto singer in the world Anna Larsson will sing in the fourth movement. Miah Persson will sing the soprano part. Classicalify can reveal that Miah Persson will sing the second symphony in Stockholm with Daniel Harding next year.

The sixth symphony is performed by the BBC symphony orchestra and Semyon Bychkov conducts. Hold on tight by your computer or phone it can be a struggle.

All concerts will be broadcasted on BBC radio 3.

For complete program go to www.


Classicalify reported directly from Lucerne last year and will do so again this year.

Lucerne Festival Orchestra will get together again and with Claudio Abbado they will perform Brahms piano concerto no 1 with Helene Grimaud and Mahler symphony nr 10 the adagio. They will also perform Bruckner symphony nr 5 and Mozart Haffner symphony.

As usual in Lucerne you can hear just about every orchestra in the world. From the Berliner Philharmonic to Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Booking opens on May 2 12am. 13 am gmt.

Go to for more info. Make sure you have plenty of money because the tickets are not cheap. But worth every cent. It's always tickets availble and if it's sold out don't worry you can buy tickets at the KKL Luzern when the festival opens. Or keep an eye on their website before you go.

Festivals are a great way to hear live music. If you are a beginner to classical music and opera you can start by hearing vocal works in concerts before going to the opera house.

In the concert repetoars there are always concerts with an overture from an opera or a choral work by for example Verdi. Many composers who wrote opera has also written a mass or song cykles to be performed by either male or female singer. Or both together.

So start planning.

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