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Classical music will be the focus of the

Classical music will be the focus of the Long Island Mozart Festival at Old Westbury Gardens in Old Westbury on May 26-28, 2012. Credit: Ron Phipps

Long Island Mozart Festival (Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Rd., through Monday). Chamber Players International presents the Wolfgang Amadeus fest featuring everything from performances of, well, Mozart (also Beethoven) to a petting zoo. longislandmozart festival.org, 877-444-4488

American Ballet Theatre (Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, through July 7). The ABT dances at home past the Fourth of July before the company embarks on its tour of Taiwan and South Korea. Meanwhile, you can catch "Bright Stream," "Romeo and Juliet," "Onegin," "Swan Lake," "Le Corsair" and more. abt.org, 212-721-6500

New York Philharmonic (Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, June 20-23). Want more Mozart? The Philharmonic's subscription season finale, with Alan Gilbert conducting and pianist Emanuel Ax performing as guest soloist, is an all-Mozart concert. nyphil.org, 212-721-6500

Fire Island Dance Festival (Fire Island Pines, July 20-22). New pieces by Tony winner Rob Ashford, whose choreography can be seen on Broadway now in "Evita" and "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," highlight the 18th annual festival benefiting Dancers Responding to AIDS. Also featured: Australian Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, Momix, Rennie Harris' Puremovement and more; dradance.org, 212-840-0770, ext. 268

Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series (July 25-Aug. 9, SummerStage, Central Park and various NYC parks). Six performances, five boroughs and such Met stars as Danielle de Niese and Dimitri Pittas -- all free; summerstage.org, 212-360-8281

Lincoln Center Out of Doors (July 25-Aug. 12). A polyglot of music and dance is highlighted by the 29th Annual Roots of American Music Festival, featuring the Triple Goddess Twilight Revue celebrating the music of Laura Nyro, Aug. 11 and 12. lcoutofdoors.org, 212-721-6500

Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival (Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church and other locations, July 26-Aug. 19). Nearing its three-decade milestone, Long Island's longest-running classical music festival launches its own record label, BCMF Records. Festival musicians perform a wide range -- from Vivaldi and Bach to a world premiere by Paul Brantley, featuring emerging and renowned musicians led by flutist and festival founder Marya Martin. bcmf.org, 212-741-9403, 631-537-6368

Mostly Mozart Festival (Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, July 28-Aug. 25). Louis Langree conducts the festival orchestra in another summer of nuggets by the namesake composer and several of his late competitors/confederates (Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn). Featured soloists include Garrick Ohlsson and Joshua Bell. mostlymozart.org, 212-721-6500

Long Island Philharmonic (various locations in July and August). The Philharmonic presents a series of free outdoor concerts, highlighted by the Islip Arts Council's annual "Salute to the Armed Forces," with fireworks, in East Islip's Heckscher State Park. The series opens July 4 at Farmingville's Brookhaven Amphitheater, also accompanied by pyrotechnics. Other concerts are in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow (Aug. 10) and Heckscher Park in Huntington (Aug.11). liphilharmonic.com, 631-293-2222

Atlantic City Ballet (Guild Hall's John Drew Theater, 158 Main St., East Hampton, Aug. 28). "Caught Up in the Swing" and "7 Sins" are two new pieces based on the swing music of Scott Joplin and Smithtown's Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, as well as Johann Strauss, mashed up with a contemporary ballet inspired by the devil and his seven deadly sins. guildhall.org, 631-324-4050

and keep in mind ...

Free Annual Memorial Day Concert (St. John the Divine Cathedral, Manhattan, Monday). Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic in an evening performance. Tickets are first-come, first-served at the cathedral, 112th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, one block east of Broadway. nyphil.org, 212-316-7540

Gotham Dance Festival (Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave., Wednesday-June 10). The Brian Brooks Moving Company opens the fest with the world premiere of "Big City," a piece about rebuilding after a catastrophic event, set to a score by Steve Reich. Plus "Working Women," a salute to women choreographers. joyce.org, 212-928-6517

New York Philharmonic and Chorus (Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, Thursday-Saturday). Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos conducts "Carmina Burana," Carl Orff's epic choral masterpiece. Also, selections from Manuel de Falla's "Atlántida." nyphil.org, 212-721-6500

Gilbert & Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island (Islip Town Hall West, 410 W. Main St., Islip, June 10; Jeanne Rimsky Theatre, Landmark on Main Street, Port Washington, June 23; Guild Hall's John Drew Theater, 158 Main St., East Hampton, July 9). "The Mikado" goes on an Island tour (plus Brooklyn and Queens). gilbert andsullivanli.snickersnee .com, 516-299-1427

Pianofest (Concerts on Mondays, June 18-Aug. 6, Avram Theater, Stony Brook Southampton Campus, Levitas Center for the Arts, Southampton, June 18 only). The Hamptons' emerging artists piano study and concert series returns, directed by Paul Schenly. pianofest .com, 631-329-9115

Sol y Sombre Spanish Dance Company (Heckscher Park, Huntington, June 29). An outdoor sampler: Spanish classical dance, tango and the sizzling flamenco. huntingtonarts.org, 631-271-8423

Long Island Dance Consortium (Heckscher Park, Huntington, July 15, Aug. 8). The Island's league of dance professionals, presenters and troupes combine for a pair of shows featuring everything from ballet to modern dance as part of the Summer Arts Festival. hunt ingtonarts.org, 631-271-8423

Long Island Fringe Festival (Riggs Music, 764 Park Ave., Huntington, July 21; Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane, Aug. 5). Hamptons and Huntington editions of the LIU Post-based celebration of cutting-edge dance, music, theater, performance poetry and visual artistry, echoing the spirit of the original Edinburgh Fringe. longislandfringefestival .weebly.com, 516-931-6849

Opera in the Vines (Diliberto Winery, Jamesport, Aug. 18; more dates to be announced). The Long Island Opera Company presents a series of concerts at North Fork vineyards featuring greatest-hits arias by the likes of Puccini, Verdi, Mozart -- the usual suspects. longisland operaco.org, 631-772-9546

Momix (Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Aug. 25). Dance master Moses Pendleton's company returns with its blend of theater, circus acrobatics, comedy and, oh yes, dance. 631-288-1500, whbpac.org

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