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Classical music

Critic's picks

By Jeremy Eichler
Globe Staff / May 22, 2011

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TANGLEWOOD — BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Opening night is July 8, but replacements for James Levine have not yet been announced. Guest conductors of note this summer include Christoph von Dohnanyi and Christoph Eschenbach. Bramwell Tovey also leads a concert performance of Gershwin’s ‘‘Porgy and Bess’’ (Aug. 26) with Alfred Walker and Laquita Mitchell in the title roles. Lenox. 617-266-1200, www.tanglewood.org

TANGLEWOOD — OZAWA HALL AND THE TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER Mark Morris Dance Group returns to Ozawa Hall this summer (June 28-29). And promising recitalists include violinist Nikolaj Znaider (July 14), pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet in Ravel’s complete piano works over two nights (July 20-21), and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe (Aug. 10). Nicholas McGegan leads the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and guest soloists in Handel’s ‘‘Orlando’’ (Aug. 16) and Charles Wuorinen directs the TMC’s Festival of Contemporary Music (Aug. 3-7). Lenox. 617-266-1200, www.tanglewood.org

ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL The opening of Rockport’s lovely new seaside home, the Shalin Liu Performance Center, has reenergized this festival. This year it opens on June 9 with the Ikarus Chamber Players performing works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and David Alpher. 7:30 p.m., June 9, 37 Main St., Rockport. 978-546-7391, www.rockportmusic.org

SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE PRACTICE Stephen Drury’s new-music boot camp offers a week of free performances at New England Conservatory, including a recital by pianist Ursula Oppens (June 21) and premieres of new works by Tristan Murail (June 22) and John Luther Adams (June 23). The week wraps up with a six-hour marathon concert (June 25). www.SICPP.org

BOSTON LANDMARKS ORCHESTRA Charles Ansbacher, the founder of this proudly populist orchestra, died last fall but the ensemble is determined to carry on his legacy. Christopher Wilkins has been appointed as its next music director, and he will lead the group in another summer of free music (Wednesday nights) on the Esplanade. This year, the programs will focus on Mozart and Tchaikovsky. Starting July 13, 7 p.m., Hatch Shell at the Esplanade, 617-520-2200, www.landmarksorchestra.org

ASTON MAGNA The well-established Berkshires-based festival also exports its concerts east to the Boston area this summer, beginning in mid-June with a program devoted to works by J.S. Bach and C.P.E. Bach. Performances take place at the Slosberg Auditorium, Brandeis University, and at Daniel Arts Center, Simon’s Rock College, Great Barrington. Starting June 16, 800-875-7156, www.astonmagna.org

MARLBORO MUSIC Pianists Richard Goode and Mitsuko Uchida return as artistic directors of the venerable chamber music retreat. Weekly concert programs are not announced with much lead time but it’s safe to just choose a weekend and go — one rarely leaves Marlboro disappointed. July 16-Aug. 14, Marlboro, Vt. 802-254-2394, www.marlboromusic.org

YELLOW BARN FESTIVAL Artistic director Seth Knopp’s omnivorous programming makes Yellow Barn a choice destination for those who don’t want to have to choose between bracing music of the last 50 years and grand 19th-century masterworks. This season will include music by Vinko Globokar, Chinary Ung, George Crumb, Thomas Adès, and composer-in-residence Philippe Hersant alongside established favorites from the core chamber music literature. June 17-Aug. 6, Big Barn, Putney, Vt. 800-639-3819, www.yellowbarn.org

MONADNOCK MUSIC FESTIVAL This season at Monadnock includes appearances by the Borromeo and Chiara string quartets and two programs devoted to musical settings of poetry by Emily Dickinson. July 7-Aug. 14, 800-868-9613, www.monadnockmusic.org

CAPE COD CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL This multi-venue festival will feature performances by the Tokyo and Cypress string quartets among many others. The Aug. 12 concert, with the Borromeo quartet and Laurence Lesser performing Schubert’s Cello Quintet, will pay tribute to the late Bernard Greenhouse. July 28-Aug. 19, 508-247-9400, www.capecodchambermusic.org