This summer will mark the fourth year of Summertime Classics concerts in Avery Fisher Hall; the four programs (totaling eight performances) will be led by guest conductor Bramwell Tovey from June 28 _July 6. The first program includes Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 with pianist Markus Groh and works by Johann Strauss II. The second features works by Elgar, Smetana, and Rossini, plus Grieg's Piano Concerto performed by Joyce Yang. The third program, "Stars and Stripes," will feature the premiere of Two Mountain Scenes by Kevin Puts; the final program will offer works by Glinka, Khachaturian, Borodin, and Tchaikovsky as well as Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf.
On July 7 the Philharmonic will return to the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts : a state-of-the-art venue inaugurated last year and located at the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival. Bramwell Tovey will lead the orchestra in works by Sousa, Bernstein, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky.
The Philharmonic's free parks concerts will run from July 10 to 17: the first program, to be conducted by Ludovic Morlot, will feature Berlioz's Le Corsaire Overture; Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, with Stefan Jackiw making his Philharmonic debut; and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, the "Path_tique." The second program will be led by Andrew Davis, with soprano Measha Brueggergosman making her Philharmonic debut singing arias by Puccini, Massenet, Catalani, and Weber.
The first program will be performed in Prospect Park, Central Park, Cunningham Park, Snug Harbor, Heckscher State Park and Van Cortlandt Park; the second program will be played only in Central Park, on July 17.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Philharmonic will be in Colorado for a residency at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival from July 20 _27, 2007. The lineup includes Andrew Davis and Brueggergosman in the same program of arias featured in the parks, and Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 with Garrick Ohlsson. Other highlights are Morlot conducting Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 2 with Gil Shaham, Tovey leading Puts's Two Mountain Scenes, and Lorin Maazel conducting Elgar's Cello Concerto with Alisa Weilerstein.