Classical Summer Concerts in Europe

Music is a part of everyday life for billions of people around the world, and the many genres of music reflect the varied tastes of music-lovers. As Europe heads into its summer months, there are a host of classical music concerts planned to cater for enthusiasts of this timeless genre, offering opportunities to combine great music with a great summer vacation.

Celebrated German cellist Jan Vogler will be the driving force behind the Dresden Musikfest taking place on May 15 to June 3 in this spectacular city known for its Baroque architecture. Reminding music lovers that ordinary citizens had just as much influence over the development of classical music in Europe as the upper classes, Vogler invites festival-goers to enjoy what he describes as the “inexhaustible power of music” focusing on Vienna, Budapest and Prague.

Festival Aix-en-Provence in France has the premier of British composer George Benjamin’s new opera, Written on Skin on its program, along with a number of innovative and traditional performances. The festival takes place on July 5-27. From July 20 through to August 5, Verbier in Switzerland will be hosting the Verbier Festival, offering a mix of classical music by the great composers Vivaldi, Debussy, Brahms, Ravel, Scarlatti, Mozart, Tchaikovski, Schumann and more. The event includes the Verbier Festival Music Camp, offering a unique orchestral training opportunity to sixty young musicians between the ages of 15 and 17 years.

Musique Cordiale offers the ultimate social event on August 8-18, as professional and leisure musicians and singers gather in the hills of Southern France to share their passion for music. The first week of the event includes evening and lunch time concerts, chamber music, jazz and orchestral performances, with the second week including the Ensemble Cordial Choir and culminating in the performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and Francis Poulenc’s most celebrated work, Gloria. Located around an hour from Vienna, the Metternich family estate and vineyard is the venue for Grafenegg on August 23 through to September 9. It’s a family oriented event with a Midsummer Night’s Gala and spectacular fireworks being highlights of the program.