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Roll over, Beethoven: 6 classical events to savor

Joseph Kalichstein is the piano soloist for the

Joseph Kalichstein is the piano soloist for the final Long Island Philharmonic subscription concerts of the season June 19, 2010, at Staller Center, Stony Brook University, and Juen 20 at Tilles Center, C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, Brookville. No credit Photo Credit: None/

Kalichstein Plays Beethoven (June 19-20)
Tilles Center, Brookville, June 19; Staller Center, Stony Brook, June 20; 631-293-2222, liphilharmonic.org

The season opener becomes the subscription season closer for the Long Island Philharmonic. Suffering a financial shortfall in September, the Philharmonic rescheduled its concert featuring acclaimed piano soloist Joseph Kalichstein. Now's your chance to hear the keyboard virtuoso play Beethoven's Concerto No. 4 in G Major for Piano and Orchestra, maestro David Stewart Wiley conducting. 

Music in the Park (July 17)
Heckscher State Park, East Islip, 631-224-5420, islipartscouncil.org

We'll cross our fingers on this one. Last summer's free outdoor concert was canceled after the State Senate - in a partisan leadership imbroglio - failed to pass a member's budget item that makes the concert possible. Of course, this year the state faces a gigantic budget shortfall. The sponsoring Islip Arts Council expects the show to go on. Music by George and Ira Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, John Philip Sousa, Billy Joel and John Williams.

Alice in Wonderland (June 5 and 6)
Long Island High School for the Arts, Syosset, 866-811-4111, liballettheatre.com

Long Island Ballet Theatre presents a new ballet by Christopher Fleming, based on the Lewis Carroll classic. Dancing the title role is Tabitha Alessi, who trained at the Huntington Ballet Academy and dances professionally with the Ballet Theater of Maryland. Fleming, an acclaimed choreographer and director, danced under the direction of George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins during his performing career.

Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival (July 28-Aug. 22)
Various Bridgehampton locations, 212-741-9073, 631-537- 3507 after July 14, bcmf.org

Festival co-founder and director, flutist Marya Martin is back for her 27th season with a roster of friends familiar to festival regulars, including violinist Ani Kafavian and cellist Fred Sherry, among many more. Alan Alda narrates the "Sounds of Nature" family concert Aug. 14.

New York Philharmonic (June 29-July 10)
Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, 212-875-5900, nyphil.org

"From Russia With Love" concerts with Mikhail Simonyan, a young Siberian sensation, launching the "Summertime Classics" series, followed by "Strike Up the Band": Get in a Fourth of July mood with help from the U.S. Military Academy Band. "La Dolce Vita," featuring the music of Puccini and Rossini with soloist Nicole Cabell, and a tour of rhapsodies, waltzes and polkas, "From the Danube and the Rhine," with pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk rounds out the classics.

Mostly Mozart Festival (July 27-Aug. 21)
Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, 212-721-6500, lincolncenter.org

It being the 200th anniversary of his birth, Chopin gets some attention, too, in the opening night gala concert with pianist Emmanuel Ax. Other festival highlights include performances by the Emerson String Quartet, the Mark Morris Dance Group and vocals by Ars Nova Copenhagen

And keep in mind: More events that are a classical gas 

Voices by Candlelight (June 5)
Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, Garden City, 631-293-2223, liphilharmonic.org

The Long Island Philharmonic and Chorus, with music director David Wiley and chorale director Frances Roberts conducting, lead a program of Bach, Brahms, and more, with piano soloist Stephanie Watt. 

Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island (June 5-19)
Jeanne Rimsky Theatre, Landmark on Main Street, Port Washington; Islip Town Hall West, Islip, and C.W. Post Interfaith Center, Brookville; 516-887-2802, gaslocoli.snickersnee.com

The company takes its "Pirates of Penzance, or the Slave of Duty" show on the road, from the North to South Shore. 

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (June 10-20)
Brooklyn Academy of Music, Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, 718-636-4100, bam.org

Two shows - "Ailey Spirit" and "By Popular Demand" - and 12 performances make up the Ailey spring-summer season. Each show ends with Ailey's iconic "Revelations." 

Opera of the Hamptons (June 19)
Duck Walk North Vineyards, Southold, 631-728-8804, operaofthehamptons.org

"From Opera to Broadway," a concert of greatest-hit arias and Great White Way hits, plus wine-tasting and finger food. 

Long Island Dance Consortium (July 2 and 18)
Huntington Summer Arts Festival, Heckscher Park, 631-271-8423, huntingtonarts.org

With a goal of keeping dance alive and kicking on the Island, the Consortium presents a pair of showcases, Kaleidoscope I and II: The Red Hot Mamas, American Dance Theater, Long Island Dance Company, Variations, Circle of Dance, Mad Cap Dance, Long Island Ballet Theatre and the Long Island School for the Arts.

Sol y Sombra Spanish Dance Company (July 11)
Huntington Summer Arts Festival, Heckscher Park, 631-271-8423, huntingtonarts.org

Tango and salsa dancers join the company in this Hispanic Dance Festival featuring flamenco and Afro-Caribbean dance forms. 

Fire Island Dance Festival (July 16-18)

Stephen Petronio, artistic director of his eponymous dance company, is creating a premiere for the 16th annual outdoor fest overlooking Great South Bay. Also performing: soloist Christopher Wheeldon and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. dradance.org/fidf, 212-840-0770, ext. 268

New York Philharmonic (July 13-16)
Central Park July 13 and 14, Queens' Cunningham Park July 15 and Brooklyn's Prospect Park July 16; 212-875-5700, nyphil.org

Economic issues caused the "other" Philharmonic to drop its participation in the free concert on Long Island. But you can still catch the orchestra for free in the city. 

Paul Taylor Dance Company (Aug. 5)
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center, 212-875-5766, lcoutofdoors.org

The modern dance troupe celebrates its namesake's 80th birthday with a Lincoln Center Out of Doors performance. The festival runs July 28-Aug. 15, 

Long Island Philharmonic (Aug. 14)
Huntington Summer Arts Festival, Heckscher Park, 631-271-8423, huntingtonarts.org

Light classical music al fresco, conducted by Maestro Wiley. 

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