Your preview of summer 2022 in-person classical concerts and events

Summer is upon us and there are so many opportunities to get out and hear classical and vocal concerts and events in person in our area! Check out some of the local sets and venues that are happening.

Already started… but there is still time!

The Princeton Festival
Dates: Several, until June 25
Location: Princeton, NJ (various locations)
Tickets and more information at their website

On the opera stage there is still a performance by Derrick Wang Scalia/Ginsburg (6/18), plus two performances of Britten’s Albert Herring (6/17 and 6/19), all star singers from the Academy of Vocal Arts. Chamber music, pop and choral performances are also on the way.

The Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra
Dates: June 16 and 18, June 30, July 2
Location: Various
Tickets and more information at their website

The Orchestra in the garden presents a Bach and Handel concert on June 18 at Stoneleigh in Villanova, followed by a concert entitled Franklin’s Playlist will be at Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia on June 30 and Stoneleigh on July 2.

The passage
Dates: June 25, July 8
Location: Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church (also Big Sky, MT and Ventura, CA)
Tickets and more information at their website

Modern Month continues at Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church, with new works by Chaya Czernowin and Tawnie Olson on June 25 and David Shapiro on July 8. The choir also has performances this summer in Big Sky, Montana and Ventura, California.

You have a chance to see them this summer…

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Dates: July 21, 22 and 23
Location: Mann Center for the Performing Arts (also in Vail, CO and Saratoga Springs, NY)
Tickets and more information at their website

WRTI listeners locally and elsewhere have the opportunity to see The Fabulous Philadelphians this summer. At the Mann Center in Philadelphia, the weekend of July 21, they will play their Tchaikovsky show, they will give a concert with the singer Ledisithen they will score live Harry Potter at the Sorcerer’s Stone. (The orchestra will be at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival in mid-July and in Saratoga Springs, NY in late July and August.)

LAHSOW Summer Opera Workshop
Dates: June 26, 27, 28 (Figaro), July 27, 28, 29 (Rusalka)
Venue: Academy of Vocal Arts
Free with donation at the door

AVA Coach Luke Housner’s LAHSOW Summer Workshop brings together local talent and young professionals from around the country for semi-stage Mozart performances The Marriage of Figaro and that of Dvorak Rusalkasung respectively in Italian and Czech, subtitled in English, at the Academy of Vocal Arts.

Opera on Tap Philadelphia
Dates: June 22, to be determined
Location: Spellbound Brewery, Mount Holly, NJ; Meyer’s Brewery, Fishtown
Details to their Facebook page

Opera on Tap features performances of arias in non-traditional venues, typically bars, and the Philadelphia chapter will perform at area breweries this summer, starting with “Hot Girl Summer” at Spellbound Brewing in Mount Holly, NJ June 22.

Wanamaker Organ
Dates: Every day except Sunday
Location: Macy’s, 13th and Market
More information at their website

There aren’t any special shows planned for the summer (yet), but you can still visit Macy’s on the 13th and Market for a daily dose of Wanamaker Organ (except Sundays).

Only happening once!

Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra
Date: June 21
Location: Kimmel Center
RSVP and more information at their website

The LSO will celebrate their 75th anniversary with a free concert at the Kimmel Center on June 21, and if you missed Debra Lew Harder in the Philadelphia area, you’ll be happy to know that she’ll be the piano soloist for their rendition of the Concerto in F by George Gershwin. Works by Mason Bates, Mary D. Watkins and Igor Stravinsky are also on the program.

New York Guitar Quartet
Date: June 24 (postponed to May 21)
Where: Christ Church Cemetery
Tickets and more information at the event page

Carried over from a rainy performance in May, the New York Guitar Quartet will be at Christ Church Burial Ground on June 24 with new works by Sebastian Zel, José Sánchez-Verdu and others.

Dolce Suono set
Date: June 26
Where: Trinity Center for Urban Life, 22nd & Spruce
Tickets and more information at their website

On June 26, Dolce Suono set presents a concert by many different composers titled three shepherds at the Trinity Center for Urban Life on 22nd and Spruce Street. It’s also a flexible performance: once you’ve purchased your ticket, you can decide whether to attend in person or stream the performance online for up to one month.

Philly POPS at Mann Center, Movies @ The Mann
Date: August 11
Where: Mann Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets and more info at their website

look Star Wars: Return of the Jedi with The Philly POPS perform Oscar-winning composer John Williams’ iconic musical score live as the film plays on three giant screens.

Take a look at our NEW Classic Events Calendar for all the info you need on where to listen to classical and vocal music in the area – when you’re not listening to it on WRTI, of course!
Whenever you’re looking for fun things to do, go to wrti.org/calendar.

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