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.
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.
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.
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.
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"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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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,
Light classical music al fresco, conducted by Maestro Wiley.