If it's summer, it must be festival time
all over the world. From opera to jazz to chamber music to theater
to literature, it promises to be a very festive summer in sites as
far-flung as New York's Lincoln Center; Helsinki, Finland; and
Baltimore -- The Mount Royal neighborhood
is the setting for the 24th annual Artscape. From July 22 to 24 the
1200 block of Mount Royal Avenue features art exhibits, fashion,
theater, film, workshops and free musical performances.
Breckenridge, Colo. -- From classical to
contemporary, the Breckenridge Music Festival offers fine music in
a glorious setting from July 19 to Aug. 20.
Hole, Wyo. -- The views are spectacular and the music is
first-rate at the annual Grand Teton Music Festival from July 24 to
Aug. 27 at the base of Rendezvous Mountain.
Fla. -- Fans of Ernest Hemingway won't want to miss the
annual Hemingway Days Festival from July 22 to 24. Focusing on the
author's life and interests, the festival offers a special
attraction for bearded men -- a Hemingway look-alike contest.
Angeles -- The King Tut exhibit may be breaking attendance
records at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, but it isn't the
only game in town. The traveling exhibit "Basquiat," at the Museum
of Contemporary Art though Oct. 10, focuses on the short but
brilliant career of Jean-Michel Basquiat, who incorporated street
experiences into his work.
Mountainville, N.Y. -- The work of
sculptor Mark di Suvero is the attraction at the Storm King Art
Center's exhibition, "Richard Bellamy and Mark di Suvero," through
Nov.13. In addition to more than 20 works by di Suvero displayed
outdoors, the center also features an indoor exhibition of more
than 80 photos of di Suvero's sculptures by art dealer Richard
York -- The Big Apple is a hot spot for arts and culture
this summer. There's excitement in the theaters of America's
leading arts center. The annual Lincoln Center Festival, July 12 to
31, features world and U.S. premieres of opera, theater and dance
directed by such contemporary masters as Robert Wilson. As the
festival nears its end, the annual Mostly Mozart festival returns
to Lincoln Center's concert halls and theaters. From July 28 to
Aug. 27, concerts and recitals featuring such noted performers as
Renee Fleming, Emanuel Ax and James Galway take over the center's
stages. There's even more to see at Lincoln Center as the famed
Bolshoi Ballet performs at the Metropolitan Opera House from July
18 to 30, presenting such classics as "Don Quixote" and
Central Park, one of America's top summer theater offerings, the
50-year-old Public Theater's annual Shakespeare in the Park
Festival, presents its summer season. "As You Like It" is on tap
through July 18 followed by "Two Gentlemen of Verona" from Aug. 16
to Sept. 11.
photography of one America's most controversial artists is the
attraction at the Guggenheim Museum through Aug. 24. "Robert
Mapplethorpe and the Classical Tradition: Photographs and Mannerist
Prints" explores the photographer's relationship to classical art
emphasizing the emotional and narrative
Artists of the
Hudson River School known for their luminous landscape paintings
are the attraction at the New-York Historical Society through Feb.
5. A series of exhibitions built around several different themes
under the overall title, "The Hudson River School at the New-York
Historical Society: Nature and the American Vision," includes
paintings, prints, and watercolors by such artists as Thomas Cole,
Asher B. Durand and Albert Bierstadt and ceramic tableware
decorated with American landscape scenes.
Diego -- "Maxfield Parrish, Master of Make-Believe"
through Sept. 11 at the San Diego Museum of Art features more than
80 works by one of America's best-known illustrators and artists,
including several of his murals and his calendar and book
N.M. -- The Santa Fe Opera hosts one of America's oldest
and most prestigious opera festivals through Aug. 27.
Washington -- Portraits of Pablo Picasso
and Marcel Duchamp are among the photographic works included in
"Irving Penn: Platinum Prints" at the National Gallery of Art
through Oct. 2.
Amsterdam -- Over 100 of the artist's
finest drawings are on view in "Van Gogh Draughtsman" at the Van
Gogh Museum through Sept. 18.
Bayreuth, Germany -- The Richard
Wagner Festival draws visitors from all over the world for opera
presented at Bayreuth's Festspielhaus from July 25 to Aug.
Brussels -- Several of Belgium's leading
museums have joined together to present an important exhibition of
Flemish art in celebration of Belgium's
175 years as a nation. "Ensor to Bosch" is on view at the Centre
for Fine Arts through Sept. 11.
Edinburgh, Scotland -- Hundreds of items
relating to Russia's last czar and his family are featured in
"Nicholas and Alexandra" at the Royal Museum of the National Museum
of Scotland from July 14 to Oct. 30.
Visitors also can
catch the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the first of its kind, and now
in its 59th season, from Aug. 7 to 29. Some 800 shows will be held
throughout the city.
Finland -- Symphonic music, dance, theater and children's
programs are among the events at Finland's most diverse cultural
event, the Helsinki Festival, from Aug. 19 to Sept. 4.
London -- If you like your music flavored
with a bit of history, you'll want to attend the first-ever Tower
of London Festival of Music running through July 16. Opera, jazz
and pop music share the stage at one of England's most historic
Munich -- With over 20 different
productions and Zubin Mehta conducting three of the operas, the
Munich Opera Festival, through July 31, is a key event for music
Italy -- The music is hot and cool at one of Europe's key
jazz events. The Umbria Jazz Festival runs through July
arts and tourism writer Alvin H. Reiss is editor of the Travel Arts
Partnership Newsletter (TAP), which is published by Museums
Magazine, the Arts & Business Council and the Art Knowledge
Corp. For more details visit www.travelartspartnership.com.