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2005 Summer Arts Preview
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The Lookout: Classical

Levine at Tanglewood: Tanglewood's new music director, James Levine, hasn't been there since he was a promising young guest conductor, more than 30 years ago. So this summer will represent a fact-finding mission. Levine will work with the Tanglewood Music Center's conducting and vocal fellows and conduct concerts with the young TMC Orchestra as well as the Boston Symphony Orchestra. There are five concerts, two of them repeats from the Boston season: the July 8 opening-night gala performance of Mahler's Eighth Symphony (with a slightly different cast of celebrity solo singers, including Deborah Voigt and Lorraine Hunt Lieberson) and a July 17 program pairing new works by John Harbison and Charles Wuorinen (the Fourth Piano Concerto with Peter Serkin) with music by Edgard Varese and Gershwin. New are two programs devoted to all four Brahms symphonies (July 22 and 23) and, with the TMC Orchestra, a Wagner concert featuring Act 1 of ''Die Walkuere" and Act III of ''Die Goetterdaemmerung." Voigt will re-create her celebrated Sieglinde in ''Die Walkuere" and sing Bruennhilde's ''Immolation Scene" for the first time. This event is the first major Wagner performance by the TMC Orchestra since Leonard Bernstein led scenes from ''Tristan und Isolde" in 1977; appropriately enough, Levine's concert has been designated the annual Bernstein Memorial Concert. 888-266-1200; www.bso.org.

Michael Endres in concert: The German pianist did some of his advanced training in America but seldom plays in this country. His recordings of the complete sonatas of Mozart and Schubert have been much admired, along with a complete Schumann piano music project that has reached Volume 3. The Newport Music Festival, which boasts an impressive record of introducing important pianists, presents Endres in recital July 17 at the Breakers. 401-849-0700; www.newportmusic.org.

Bang on a Can All-Stars: The popular New York-based musicians are back at MASS MoCA in a cutting-edge summer residency in North Adams that has affectionately and irresistibly become known as ''Banglewood." There are events virtually every day July 12-31, but the two main public concerts are July 23, the first ever live performance of Brian Eno's famous ambient-sound piece from 1978, ''Music for Airports," and the annual six-hour marathon concert July 30, featuring an appearance by composer in residence Steve Reich. 413-662-2111; www.massmoca.org.

Boston Landmarks Orchestra: Conductor Charles Ansbacher founded the BLO in 2001 to give free concerts in historic settings around Boston, many of them outdoors. The organization has also been commissioning an impressive series of works especially for concerts aimed at children and their families. The latest work in the series is a tribute to America's first published African-American poet, Phillis Wheatley, with music by Nkeiru Okoye and spoken narration written by Carolivia Herron. The premiere performances will be at the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common July 17, with subsequent performances July 20 at the Shirley-Eustis House in Roxbury and July 21 at the Great Hall in Codman Square, Dorchester. 617-520-2202; www.landmarksorchestra.org.

The Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival: Under the artistic direction of Nicholas Kitchen, first violinist of the top-tier Borromeo String Quartet, the festival presents concerts featuring the quartet and distinguished guest musicians in a circuit of venues on Cape Cod, Aug. 2-20. A special event Aug. 14 brings pianist Peter Serkin to play one of his signature works, Beethoven's mighty ''Hammerklavier" Sonata; he also plays music by Schoenberg and joins members of the quartet for Mozart's Piano Quartet in E-Flat in the auditorium of Mashpee High School in Mashpee. 800-818-0608; www.capecodchambermusic.org.

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