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Highlights from summer’s classical music calendar

Washington, D.C., and environs

Netherlands Carillon concerts, Arlington

Memorial Day to Labor Day (Saturdays at 6 p.m.)

National Orchestral Institute and Festival, College Park

May 31-June 30

Summer Opera Festival 2012, Catholic University in Washington

June 1-17 (performances June 15-17)

Washington Early Music Festival, Washington

June 2-30

Washington Summer Sings!, Washington

June 5, 12, 19 and 26

Washington International Competition for Strings, Washington

June 8-10

Riverbend Opera presents Verdi’s “Otello,” with performances in Washington, Arlington County and Fairfax County

June 12, 15, 17

Pops on the Potomac, National Harbor, Prince George’s County

June 16-Aug. 25 (free Saturday night concerts)

Serenade!, Washington

June 28-July 2

Wolf Trap Opera, Vienna

June 29-Aug. 11

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Summer Organ Recital Series, Washington

July 1-Aug. 26 (every Sunday at 6 pm)

NSO@Wolf Trap, Vienna

July 6-Aug. 4

Kapell Competition and Festival, College Park, MD

July 7-21

Washington International Piano Festival, Catholic University, Washington

July 29-Aug. 4


Castleton Festival, Rappahannock County

June 22-July 22

Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, Harrisonburg

June 10-17

Vocal Arts and Music Festival, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg

June 16-29

Garth Newel Music Center Summer Season, Hot Springs

June 30-Sept. 2, every Saturday and Sunday

Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy, Roseland

July 6-Aug. 5

Ash Lawn Opera, Charlottesville

July 13-Aug. 7

Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, Orkney Springs

July 20-Sept. 2

Staunton Music Festival, Staunton

Aug. 17-25

West Virginia

West Virginia University Keyboard Festival and Competition, Morgantown

July 2-6


The National Music Festival, Chestertown

June 3-16

Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, Easton

June 3-17

St. Mary’s River Concert Series, St Mary’s City

June 22-July 27

The Academy (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore)

June 23-30,5

International Music Institute and Festival USA, Emmitsburg

July 8-22


Delaware Chamber Music Festival, Wilmington

June 15-24

Anne Midgette came to the Washington Post in 2008, when she consolidated her various cultural interests under the single title of chief classical music critic. She blogs at The Classical Beat.
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