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The Long Island Philharmonic performs the annual Music

The Long Island Philharmonic performs the annual Music in the Park concert in Heckscher State Park. (July 17, 2010) Credit: Photo by Liz Malone

Long Island Philharmonic You have five chances to see the Philharmonic under the stars. Each concert is free, starting with the Fourth of July celebration at the Brookhaven Amphitheater at Bald Hill, Farmingville. Then it's the Islip Arts Council's "Salute to the Armed Forces," July 16, Heckscher State Park, East Islip. (There will be fireworks on both nights.) Three concerts in three nights wind up the summer season: Eisenhower Park's Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater, East Meadow (Aug. 12); Heckscher Park's Chapin Rainbow Stage, Huntington (Aug. 13), and Brookhaven Amphitheater (Aug. 14)., 631-293-2222

Michael Mao Dance (Summer Arts Festival, Heckscher Park, Huntington, July 21). Rooted in American modern dance traditions and the choreographer's Asian heritage, the company has performed worldwide, including China, where his original work "China Moves," with composer Huang Ruo, was performed. He brings his multicultural troupe to an under-the-stars setting., 631-271-8423

Midsummer's Night Music (Guild Hall's John Drew Theater, East Hampton). The series opens July 10 with Savage Nightingale, featuring soprano Darynn Zimmer, guitarist Eliot Fisk and friends playing classical folk from Spain, France and the Americas. The Eroica Trio follows July 17, cellist Sophie Shao July 24 and pianist Victoria Mushkatkol of Sag Harbor's Vladimir Nielsen Piano Festival July 31., 631-324-4050

Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival (Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church and other locations). Led by flutist and artistic director Marya Martin, the 28th festival opens July 28 with a free Baroque and blues concert on the grounds of the Bridgehampton Historical Society. The Stephane Wrembel Band headlines the Channing Sculpture Garden wine-tasting concert Aug. 12. Concerts at the church on Main Street: "Undisputed Masterpieces" (July 31), "Historical Firsts" (Aug. 4), "From Bohemia With Love" (Aug. 6), "Schubert and Beyond" (Aug. 7), "Offbeat" with Brooklyn Rider (Aug. 11), "Untold Pleasures" (Aug. 14), "Rich Reflections" (Aug. 18), "Midsummer Melodies" (Aug. 20) and the "Joyful Finale" (Aug. 21)., 212-741-9403, 631-537-6368 after July 21

Martha Graham Dance Company (Guild Hall's John Drew Theater, East Hampton, Sept. 3). Making its only Long Island appearance of the season, the namesake company of the legendary choreographer presents a program drawn from its repertoire that, since 1926, has expanded dance into the realms of politics and sexual identity., 631-324-4050

New York City Opera (Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, Aug. 6). Led by George Steel, this return engagement presents concert-style performances of arias from all-time-greatest-hits opera titles., 631-288-1500

Mostly Mozart Festival (Avery Fisher and Alice Tully halls, Lincoln Center, Aug. 2-27). Guest conductors and guest artists -- from violinist Joshua Bell and the Emerson String Quartet to the Mark Morris Dance Group and "A Little Night Music" by pianist Jenny Lin -- present a wider range of classical arts than the title suggests., 212-721-6500

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Royal Danish Orchestra (Alice Tully Hall, July 28). Talk about history. The Danes' royal ensemble was founded in 1448 -- nearly 50 years before Columbus sailed to the Americas and more than a century before the violin was invented. As part of the Lincoln Center Festival, the orchestra plays "Pan and Syrinx," written by Danish composer Carl Nielsen for this orchestra., 212-721-6500

Merce Fair (Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, July 16). The daylong Lincoln Center Festival fair celebrates the life and life's work of Merce Cunningham through performance, featuring his namesake dance company, plus film, exhibitions and reminiscences., 212-721-6500

American Ballet Theatre (Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, through July 9). "Giselle," "Coppelia," "Lady of the Camellias," "Cinderella," "The Bright Stream," "Swan Lake" and "Sleeping Beauty," performed in the opera house., 212-362-6000

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The Sorcerer (June 4). The Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island for one night only. Jeanne Rimsky Theater, Landmark on Main Street, Port Washington,, 516-767-6444

Pilobolus (Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, Aug. 27). Named after a fungus, this fun-loving troupe makes modern dance look like a creative arts athletic competition., 631-288-1500

Long Island Dance Consortium (July 17 and Aug. 10). See an assortment of Long Island dance companies and styles over two nights of performances. Summer Arts Festival, Heckscher Park, Huntington (, 631-271-8423)

Pianofest of the Hamptons (June 20-Aug. 8). Young international artists play the classic repertoire, with commentary by director Paul Schenly. Various locations,, 631-329-9115

New York Philharmonic (May 30). Alan Gilbert conducts a free Memorial Day concert. Tickets distributed on a first-come, first-served basis for this program featuring Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 "Eroica." St. John the Divine Cathedral, Manhattan,, 212-875-5656

New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players (Aug. 28). Light opera fare under the stars as the Morgan Park Summer Music Festival concludes with "I've Got a Little Twist." Morgan Park, Glen Cove,, 516-671-0017

Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Encores (June 15-July 27). Beginning with "Madama Butterfly" and ending with "Don Carlo," see them at a theater near you. (, 212-362-6000)


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