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Music festivals, opera, theater and dance, listed alphabetically by continent and city, with North American cities listed first.

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North America

Amherst, Massachusetts
Amherst Early Music Festival
Two weeks in August.
Genre: Classical, SubGenres: Classical, Renaissance; Classical, Medieval; Classical, Early; Classical, Baroque; Classical; Baroque With music from the baroque, medieval, and renaissance eras, fifteen concerts entertain the local academic community and its visitors each year at this festival. Often accompanied by historical dancers, vocalists and instrumentalists perform both sacred and secular pieces. About 150 amateur and pre-professional players and singers are also drawn to the festival by concurrent week-long workshops in early music. A $10 donation is suggested for each concert, and Buckley Recital Hall is located on the peaceful, tree-lined Amherst College campus. Ticket Phone: 413-542-3072 Tourist Info: 800-723-1548, 413-787-1548.

Ashland, Oregon
Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Elizabethan Theater in repertory. June - October.
Call (503) 482-4331.

Aspen, Colorado
Aspen Music Festival, Late June to mid-August.
Classical music and opera surrounded by the spectacular Rocky Mountains. Founded in 1949. Website: Aspen Music Festival & School. Ticket Phone: 970-925-3254. Tourist Info: 800-262-7736.

Baltimore, Maryland
Baltimore Book Festival , September.
Call 1-800-282-6632.

Boston, MA
Boston Pops Orchestra, June - July.
Call 1-800-274-8499.

Boulder, Colorado
Colorado Shakespeare Festival, June -August, University of Colorado.(303)492-0554. In repertory.

Cape May, New Jersey
Cape May Summer Stage. 609) 884-1341

Carmel, CA
Carmel Bach Festival, Third Saturday in July through second Sunday in August.
Carmel and environs. E-mail: info@bachfestival.org Call 1-800-513-2224 or 408-624-2046.

Charleston, South Carolina
Spoleto Festival U.S.A. , Last week in May and first week in June.
Classical music and opera. Website: Spoleto Festival USA. (803)722-2764.

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Confederation Center for the Arts, June - September: 1-800-565-0278.

Chicago (Highland Park) Illinois
Ravinia Festival, Late June through Labor Day weekend (early September.
For more than sixty years, classical, popular, jazz music, children's concerts, dance and world music in 36 acres of lawns and trees.
Call 1-800-433-8819 or (312) R-A-V-I-N-I-A or check out their website: Ravinia.
Chicago Blues Festival , First weekend in June, Thursday - Sunday.
Grant Park. Ticket Phone: 312-744-3370, 312-744-3345. Tourist Info: 312-744-2400, 312-567-8500.
Chicago Jazz Festival , Labor Day weekend, Friday through Sunday.
Grant Park. The largest free jazz festival in the U.S., with 300,000 in attendance. Call 1-800-2CONNECT or (312) 744-3315 for more info.


Grant Park Music Festival (Classical), June - August Grant Park Music Festival
Free lakefront concert series. (312)819-0614 or 1-800-588-4443.

Coconut Grove, Florida
Coconut Grove Arts Festival , February.
Crafts, food, music. Call (305) 447-0401 for info.

Coeur D'Alene, Idaho
Coeur D'Alene Summer Theater, July - August, Schuler Auditorium, North Idaho College, 1-800-423-2849.

Davenport, Iowa
Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, Last full weekend in July, Thursday through Sunday.
The city of Davenport, on the 40th anniversary of the death of jazz cornetist, pianist, and composer Bix Beiderbecke, memorialized its native son with music at his grave site. More than 1,500 people unexpectedly surfaced during a jam session following the ceremony. Traffic snarled as cars lined the highway, and thus, a festival was born.
That was in 1971. Today, a pre-event 'evening with Bix' kicks off the festival Wednesday night, and four days of music follow. Still paying homage to the immortal 'young man with a horn,' about 8 traditional jazz, Dixieland, and swing bands converge on the Quad Cities from all over the country. Indoor dances, grave-side musical tributes, cocktail hours, and much more complement the outdoor concerts, which are held at Le Claire Park on the banks of the Mississippi River.
Leon 'Bix' Beiderbecke, whose songs and performances came to symbolize the epitome of the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties, was born in Davenport in 1903, and by the time of his premature death at the age of 28, he had won lasting fame as an astoundingly innovative musician. BYO lawn chair and picnic. All-event badges are available for a discount, and admission is $8 per concert. Venues at Antoine Le Claire Park, the Col Ballroom, and the Holiday Inn, all in Davenport, at Iowa's border with Illinois. Ticket Phone: 319-324-7170. Tourist Info: 319-472-5135, 800-891-3482, 800-747-7800.

Dover, Jamaica
Reggae Sunsplash, July.
Live music, Dover Raceway (west of Ocho Rios). For tickets and other information, call (800) 233-4572.

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Fringe Theater Event , August.
Alternative theater, plus music, street entertainment. Call (403) 448-9000.

Elko, Nevada
Cowboy Poetry Gathering, January.
Call (707) 738-7528.

Eugene, Oregon
Oregon Bach Festival, Two weeks in late June and early July Oregon Bach Festival
Amidst Eugene's evergreen forests, scenic rivers, and diverse cultural and recreational atmosphere, the Oregon Bach Festival presents an outstanding tribute to the master with a breathtaking two weeks bursting with musical programs. About 30,000 music lovers travel from 30 states and 11 countries to experience the blend of choral and orchestral concerts, chamber music, solo recitals, and jazz as well as several commissioned world premieres by international artists like Stephen Jaffe, Linda Bouchard, Osvaldo Golijov, and Robert Kyr. Add in the other performances with public lectures, master classes, and adult education programs -- in a 'meld of music and meaning' -- and it's quite a homage.
Ticket Phone: (541) 682-5000, (541)346-5666 or 1-800-457-1486. Tourist Info: 800-547-5445

Florence, Ala.
W.C. Handy Festival, First Sunday in August through the following Saturday.
Music in the hometown of the father of the blues. Ticket Phone: 800-472-5837, 206-766-7642. Tourist Info: 205-764-4661.

Further Festival, Various cities from Atlanta to Mountain View, California
For specific dates and locations go to: Festival Finder - Rock Index
After Jerry Garcia passed away in 1995, surviving band members began looking for ways to keep the Grateful Dead's energy alive. In 1996, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bruce Hornsby founded the Furthur Festival, to the delight of the many fans who hadn't yet jumped on the Phish bus -- and the relief of the many parking-lot merchants who had thrived in the Dead's trickle-down economy. If you're capable of reveling in the constant finger-in-the-air call for tickets, and the shenanigans of fans who are still "walking with Jerry," the music of Further is a varied treat. Weir, Hart and Hornsby all play separately with their respective musical projects, and a complete menu of other bands, including a headliner, rounds out the two stages. Each night ends with an all-star jam as all the musicians gather on-stage to "explore the musical cosmos together." Furthur's ambiance remains similar to that of the Dead shows that have hypnotized audiences for more than 20 years, but the music is always evolving. Even if you end up loaning your toothbrush to someone in the parking lot after the show, you'll find that the Furthur experience has few negative side-effects. You may even wake up and find yourself driving cross-country to check out other the other stops in this three-month traveling gig. If so, just slap in another tape, and enjoy another long, strange trip...

Grand Canyon, Arizona
The Grand Canyon Chamber Music Festival When: Three weekends beginning the weekend after Labor Day
The Shrine of the Ages on south rim of the Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park. Ticket Phone: 520-638-9215. Tourist Info: 520-638-2901.

The Hamptons, New York
Music Festival of the Hamptons, Bridgehampton, East Hampton and environs, July. 1-800-644-4418.

Lenox, The Berkshires, Massachusetts
Tanglewood, Last weekend in June through first weekend in September.
The Boston Symphony plays at its summer home under its music director, Seiji Ozawa, and others. The nation's oldest classical music festival, founded in 1934, is also one of the world's most esteemed. Performing in the center of a 210-acre estate near a beautiful New England town in the Berkshire Mountains, the Boston Symphony Orchestra works with the inspirational setting to create some unbeatable music. More than 350,000 people flock here during the summer months to enjoy the best in classical music in one of America's greenest concert venues, and it's easy to see why novelists Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edith Wharton were so inspired by Tanglewood.
The first American orchestra to combine a music festival with a school, the Boston Symphony Orchestra forged the path for a number of festivals around the country. More than 20 percent of the musicians (and 30 percent of the first chairs) in major American symphony orchestras today have attended Tanglewood Music Center.
Guest conductors and soloists abound during the summer's almost-nightly concerts. Each summer's billing includes chamber music, musical theater, choral music, jazz, and a Festival of Contemporary Music in addition to symphonic productions. Dating back to 1917 and accommodating 5,000 under cover (plus more on the lawn), most concerts are performed in the historical Music Shed. Saturday rehearsals are free and open to the public, and tickets range from $12 on the lawn to $65 for seats. Call 1-800-274-8499.

Lenox, Massachusetts
Shakespeare and Company on Edith Wharton's turn-of-the-century estate May. (413)637-3353.

Los Angeles, CA
Hollywood Bowl Summer Festival (Classical), June - September
Call (213) 850-2000.
Jazz and Pop at the Hollywood Bowl,
July - September. Call (213) 850-2000.

Milwaukee, WI.
Summerfest, Eleven days beginning the last Thursday in June.
"All the Stars Under the Sun". Genre: Rock, Eclectic. SubGenres: Zydeco; World Music; Rock, Oldies & Classics; Rock, Alternative; Rock/Pop; Jazz, Big Band; Jazz; Eclectic; Country; Children's Music/Activities; Cajun; Blues; Big Band; Americana. Various sites. Music sounds continuously from 12 stages at this 11-day musical explosion of alternative rock, pop, country, jazz, bluegrass, zydeco, folk, and world music. National and local acts make the scene, filling Marcus Amphitheater's 24,000 seats, and spilling sounds along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Audiences happily eat and dance at food courts all around the sprawling site's 90 acres.
Organizers say Summerfest is not only the world's largest, but also the world's greatest, music festival. It is a truly a comprehensive sampling of American and world music styles. And the festival is large, indeed: something like 900,000 people attend over its 11 days. Other glorious attractions include a circus, a comedy cabaret, and a children's theater, plus sporting events, amusement rides, arts & crafts, and exhibitions. You can save money off the admission price of $8-9 if you buy tickets in advance. Ticket Phone: 414-273-FEST, (locally), or, 800-273-FEST. Tourist Info: 800-554-1448

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Universal Festivals , various sites. Asian Moon Festival, June (414-481-3628); Polish Fest, June (414-529-2140); Festa Italiana, July (414-223-2180); German Fest, July (414-464-9444); African World Festival, July-Aug. (414-372-4567); Irish Fest, August (414-476-3378); Mexican Fiesta, August (414-383-7066); Indian Summer, September (414-774-7119).

Minneapolis, MN
Viennese Sommerfest, July- August.
The Minnesota Orchestra's summer season. Call 1-800-292-4141.

Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Guthrie Theater Summer Season July -August.(612) 377-2224.

Monterey, CA
Monterey Jazz Festival, Third full weekend in September.
Monterey Fairgrounds. Although it is no longer the country's biggest, the world's oldest continuously running jazz festival continues to be recognized by fans and artists alike as one of the world's premier jazz venues. Over the weekend, 65 or 70 acts perform five concert programs in the Main Arena, a laid back, tree-studded fairground on the Monterey Peninsula. There are also three additional stages (the Garden Stage, the Night Club, and Dizzy's Den) providing even more intimate indoor and outdoor settings.Ticket Phone: 800-307-3378, 408-373-3366. Tourist Info: 408-649-1770, 408-646-9250, 408-385-1484.

Moodus, Connecticut
The Great Connecticut Traditional Jazz Festival, August
Fifteen traditional jazz bands from the U.S., Germany, and France at 5 different venues throughout the weekend at this lovely turn-of-the-century resort. Sunrise Resort. Website; http://www.ctjazzfest.com
For info: call 1-800-HOT-EVENT.

Moscow, Idaho
Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival , February.
Call (208) 882-3586 for info.

Mountain Home, Pennsylvania
Pocono Playhouse June -August.: (717)595-7456.

New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Last weekend in April (Friday through Sunday), and first weekend in May (Thursday through Sunday
Genre: Rock, Reggae/World Music, Jazz, Eclectic, Cajun and Zydeco, and Blues. Visit the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival web site. Ticket Phone: 504-522-4786. Tourist Info: 504-525-9326. To call the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, call 1-800-672-6124. Or, check out their website at: New Orleans

New York, New York
JVC Jazz Festival New York, Ten days in late June and early July.
212-501-1390).
Lincoln Center Festival, July - August.
(212)875-5030.
Metropolitan Opera in the Parks, June - July .
The annual series of parks performances opens on the Great Lawn of Central Park. Concert versions of operas are offered free in the five boroughs and in New Jersey.
The series opens on the Great Lawn of Central Park. Call 212-362-6000.
New York Shakespeare Festival, June -thru August.
Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Call (212) 861-7277.
New York International Fringe FestivalAugust. More than 100 international avant-garde theatrical productions at sites throughout the city. (212)307-0229.
Mostly Mozart, July - August.
Lincoln Center. Call (212) 721-6500.
Intel New York Music Festival, Various sites. July.

Newport, Rhode Island
Newport Music Festival, Two weeks in mid-July
Genre: Classical. Email: staff@newportmusic.org or NMFestival@aol.com
Millionares lend their neo-clasical and baroque summer mansions to a cultural cause, as Newport presents some 55 classical concerts in their ballrooms and on their lawns. More than 60 cosmopolitan artists play in such venues as the Great Hallway of the Breakers, constructed in 1895 by Cornelius Vanderbilt in the style of a 16th century Italian Palace. The purpose of chamber music was to give life to room's like those at Newport, and chamber music is indeed the focus, although the musical selection runs the classical gamut. The selection process is made by general direction Mark P. Malkovich III, who chooses from the 19th century chamber and vocal repertoire, along with some Romantic-era piano literature. Composers such as Schubert, Brahms, or Tchaikovsky are featured in afternoon retrospective concerts Ticket Phone: 401-849-0700. Tourist Info: 800-326-6030, 800-845-2000.
Newport Jazz Festival, Early to mid-August, Friday through Sunday.
The historic seaside resort town of Newport is the gathering place for the 20,000 fans who attend the first American jazz festival. Count Basie and Duke Ellington used Newport as a launching pad to the big time, and today's performers include big bands and combos as well as vocal and instrumental soloists. Ticket Phone: 401-847-3700. Tourist Info: 401-849-8098, 800-326-6030.

Norfolk, Connecticut
Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, July - August. 203)542-3000).

Ocean Grove, New Jersey
Ocean Grove Summer Concert Series, May - Labor Day Weekend
Great Auditorium, Ocean Grove (732) 988-0645 or 1-800-773-0097.

Olympia, Washington
Washington Shakespeare Festival In repertory, August. (360) 753-8586.

Provincetown, Massachusetts
Provincetown Repertory Theater (508) 487-0600. July - August.

Quebec City, Canada
Quebec City International Summer Festival, July.
Classical, pop and rock music, and street performers. Call (418) 692-5200.

Sag Harbor, New York
Bay Street Theater May - June. (516) 725-9500.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Chamber Music Festival , July-August.
Call +(52 415) 20289.

Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe Opera, July - August.
Call (505) 986-5900.
Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Second week in July through third week in August
Email: asilow@santafechambermusic.org Website: Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival High artistic standards complemented by a roster of more than 75 distinguished performers and outstanding young artists are the hallmark of this wide-ranging festival. Nestled in the Sangre do Cristo mountains, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival centers on the best of 300 years of chamber music, but includes measures of serious jazz -- a Santa Fe favorite. The festival, founded in 1972, is world-renowned for its incredibly wide repertory -- embracing everything from Bach to contemporary composers like Tobias Picker. Each day of the festival presents something for nearly every music lover. In the past highlights have included flautist Herbie Mann exploring high-note jazz, soprano Benita Valente in Milhaud's La Creation du Monde, and tenor John Aler performing Debussy's Homage a Rameau. A free youth concert series is organized to bring 'older' music to the younger generation. Particular performances are sold out well in advance, though this is certainly not true for all events. Elegant performances, free concert previews, and free rehearsals offer a bountiful musical experience. Ticket Phone: 505-983-0275. Tourist Info: 800-777-2489, 505-984-6760.

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
St. Croix Jazz and Caribbean Music and Arts Festival, September.
Call 1-800-878-4636 for dates.

St. Louis, Missouri
The Muny, June - August.
The Municipal Opera under the stars in 1,000-acre Forest Park. Call (314) 361-1900.

Santa Fe, New Mexico
Shakespeare in Santa Fe, St. John's College, June - August. 505)982-2910.

Saratoga Springs, New York
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, July -August.
518) 587-3330.

Schwenksville, Penn.
Philadelphia Folk Festival, August.
Call (215) 242-0150 for more info.

Sedona, Arizona
Sedona Chamber Music Festival, Sedona and environs, May. (520-526-2256). The Muir String Quartet performs at the Museum of of Northern Arizona and other sites.

Spearfish, South Dakota
Black Hills Passion Play, June - August. Passion Play Amphitheater, 1-800-457-0160.

Stratford, Ontario, Canada
Stratford Festival, June - November.
Shakespeare, and more. Call 1-800-567-1600.

Telluride, Colo.
Telluride Bluegrass Festival, June. Various sites. Call toll-free 1-888-355-8743.
Telluride Chamber Music Festival, Second and third weekends in August.
Dubbed by some as the music festival center of the West, Telluride hosts this small, eclectic, and inexpensive (no more than $20) festival. The fun starts amongst the whispering aspens and trilling birds in Town Park with a musical picnic, then moves to the acoustically reknowned Sheridan Opera House for several evenings of concerts that typically include Ravel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, and others. The ad-hoc Telluride Chamber Players, made up of musicians from around the nation, finish up the second weekend with a 'dessert concert' featuring the work of talented local chefs. Ticket Phone: 800-525-3455, 888-355-8743. Tourist Info: 800-525-3455, 970-728-4431, 970-728-3041.

Teton Village, Wyoming
Grand Teton Music Festival, June - August.
Genre: Classical. Email: gtmf@gtmf.org Ticket Phone: 307-733-1128. Tourist Info: 307-733-7606, 800-225-5996, 307-777-7777.

Williamstown, Mass.
Williamstown Theater Festival, June - August.
Call(413)597-3400; 24-hour information line:(413) 597-3399.

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Aix-en-Provence, France
Aix-en-Provence Festival, France, July.
Tickets: $150 to $400. Box Office: Festival International d'Art Lyrique, Service Reservation, Palais de l'Ancien Archevêché, Aix-en-Provence 13150, France; (33-4) 42.17.34.00, fax (33-4) 42.96.12.61.

Aldeburgh, England
Aldeburgh Festival of Music, June
Tickets: $8 to $20. Box office: Aldeburgh Festival, High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5AX, England; (44-1728) 453543, fax (44-1728) 452715.

Bath, England
Bath International Festival. May - June.

Tickets: $9 to $39. For ticket and other information call (212)-944-0290 in US or +6-3362 in Bath, or write: Bath Festivals Trust, Linley House, 1 Pierrepont Place, Bath, BA1 1JY, England.

Bayreuth, Germany
Richard Wagner Festival July - August.
Wagner's final notes to the company before the world premiere of the "Ring Cycle" in 1876 read: "Last request to my dear comrades: Clarity! The big notes can look after themselves; the main things are the little notes and the words that go with them." And he added, "Last wish: Remain my friends!" Dissatisfied with the "Ring," he planned revisions the next year, but lack of money delayed the festival for six years until "Parsifal" received its premiere in 1882. Wagner died the following year. All about the operas of Richard Wagner, who founded the festival in 1876 and built the festival hall.
Concerts are scheduled throughout the year at the 250-year-old Baroque-style Margrave Opera House. Tickets: $11 to $175. Box office: Bayreuther Festspiele, Postfach 10 02 62, D-95402 Bayreuth, Germany. For ticket and other information call 2-02-21 in Bayreuth or write: Wagner Festspiele, Postfach 10 02 62, D-95402 Bayreuth, Germany.

Berlin, Germany
Berlin Festival Weeks, September - October.

Tickets: $11 to $83. Box office: Berliner Festspiele, 50 Budapester Strasse, 10787 Berlin, Germany; (49-30) 254 98 100; fax (49-30) 254 89 230, Web Site: www.berlinerfestspiele.de/berlinerfestwochen/.

Bregenz, Austria
Bregenz Festival,(Bregenzer Festspiele), July - August.
Bregenz's festival on Lake Constance. Tickets: $12 to $150. Box office: Bregenz Festival-Kartenbüro: Box 311, A-6901 Bregenz, Austria; Web For tickets and other information, call +43/5574/407-0 or fax +43/5574/407-400. For more information, check out their website at: Bregenz Festival.

Brighton, England
Brighton International Festival, May
Tickets: $6 to $41. Box office: Brighton Festival, 21-22 Old Steine, Brighton BN1 1EL, England; (44-1273) 676926, fax (44-1273) 622453; Web Site: www.brighton-festival.org.uk.

Colmar, France
Colmar International Festival, July
Tickets: $10 to $60. Box Office: Festival International de Colmar, 4 Rue des Unterlinden, Colmar F-68000, France; (33-3) 89.20.68.98, fax (33-3) 89.41.34.13.

Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen Jazz Festival, July.
For tickets and other information, call +3393 2013.

Copenhagen, Denmark
International Summer Symphony, May - September
Tivoli Concert Hall. For tickets and other information, write: Tivoli Billetcenter, 3 Vesterbrogade, DK-1630 Copenhagen V, Denmark.

Dresden, Germany
Dresden Music Festival, May
Tickets: $6 to $82. Box office: Besucherservice der Dresdener Musikfestspiele, Kulturpalast, Postfach 20 27 23, D-01193 Dresden, Germany; fax: (49-351) 486-6307, Web Site: www.dresdner-musikfestpiele.com. Tickets:$6 to $58. Box office: Besucherservice der Dresdener Musikfestspiele, Kulturpalast, Postfach 20 27 23, D-01193 Dresden, Germany.

Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh International Festival, August - September.
One of Europe's major multimedia events, with theater, dance, etc. although music is the main attraction, ranging from chamber music to rock. Tickets: $9 to $85. Box office: Edinburgh International Festival, 21 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 1BW, Scotland; 44-131) 473 2001, fax (44-131) 473 2003; Web Site: www.go-edinburgh.co.uk.

Florence, Italy
Maggio Musicale, April - June
Tickets: $14 to $114. Box Office: Teatro Comunale, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, 15 Via Solferino -- 50123, Florence, Italy; Web Site: www.maggiofiorentino.com.

Glyndebourne, England
Glyndebourne Festival Opera, May - August.

Tickets: $25 to $175. Box office: Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Post Office Box 2624, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 5UU, England or call: +(44-1273) 812-321. Web Site: www.glyndebourne.com.

Graz, Austria
Styriarte Graz, June - July
Tickets: $9 to $105. Box office: Styriarte -- Kartenbüro, 17 Sackstrasse, A-8010 Graz, Austria. (43) 316-829000, fax 43) 316-877 3836; Web Site: www.styria.co.at/styriarte.

The Hague, The Netherlands
North Sea Jazz Festival, July.
Call +(70) 3502034.

Hamburg, Germany
International Summer Theater Festival, August.
Call +(40) 300 51 300.

Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki Festival , August - September.
Tickets: $10 to $65. Box Office: Helsinki Festival, Rauhankatu 7e, Helsinki 00170, Finland; (358-9) 613 8 6246, fax (358-9) 613 8 6299, Web Site: www.helsinkifestival.fi.

Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul International Festival, June - July
Istanbul explores the music of France and its composers during the 28th season of its international festival, which is titled "Rendez-vous Avec la France." Tickets: $5 to $60. Box office: Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, International Istanbul Music Festival, 146 Istiklal Caddesi, Luvr Apt., 80070 Beyoglu-Istanbul, Turkey; (90-212) 293-3133, extension 51; fax (90-212) 249-5575.

London, England
Shakespeare, as performed by The Royal Shakespeare Company. For tickets and other information call +(44-171) 628-2295 or fax +(44-171) 374-0818 in London.

London, England
BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, every mid-July to September.
The "Proms" have taken place at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore every year since they were begun in 1895 by Sir Henry Wood. The nightly concerts range from jazz to classical. Season and individual tickets are available in advance from the Promenade Concert Ticket Shop in Albert Hall. Call +(44-171) 823.9998 for further details. Or, you can pick up the Proms Guide, available in early May, for a nominal charge; call +(44 191) 222.0381 to order a copy.

Lucerne, Switzerland
International Music Festival Lucerne, August - September
Tickets: $15 to $160. Box Office: Internationale Musikfest wochen Lucerne, Postfach/Hirschmattstrasse 13 CH-6002 Lucerne, Switzerland; (41-41) 2103080; fax (41-41) 2109464

Ludwigsburg, Germany
Ludwigsburg Castle Festival, June - September
Tickets: $20 to $150. Box Office: Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Palais Graevenitz Marstallstrasse 5, D-71634 Ludwigsburg, Germany; (49-7141) 917 100, Web Site: www.schloesser-magazin.de.

Montreaux, Switzerland
Montreux-Vevey Festival, August - September
Tickets: $10 to $100. Box Office: Office of the Classical Music Festival, 5 Rue du Thèâtre, CH-1820 Montreux, Switzerland; (41-21) 9668025; fax (41-21) 9632506 , Web Site: www.montreux.ch/festivals/FMMV.
Montreux International Jazz Festival, July.
For ticket and other information call: +63-12-12 in Montreux or (212) 757-5944 in N.Y.

Munich, Germany
Munich Opera Festival, June - July
Tickets: $8 to $175. Box office: Festspielkasse der Bayerischen Staatsoper, 11 Maximilianstrasse, D-80539 Munich, Germany.
For great, moderately-priced accomodations in a pleasant residential neighborhood, we recommend the: Hotel Uhland. It's great location in Theresienwiese (Theresa's Meadow) is within comfortable walking distance from the U-Bahn, center city and the train station.

Norwich, England
Norfolk and Norwich Festival, October
The oldest city festival in England, established in 1772. Tickets: $3 to $50. Box office: The Ticket Shop, the Guildhall, Gaol Hill, Norwich NR2 1NF, England.

Orange Cedex, France
Chorègies d'Orange, July - August
Tickets: $2 to $178. Address: Chorègies d'Orange, B.P. 205 -- F-84107, Orange Cedex, France.

Pesaro, Italy
Rossini Opera Festival, August
Tickets: $20 to $150. Box office: Rossini Opera Festival, 37 Via Rossini I-61100 Pesaro, Italy; (39-721) 30161, fax (39-721) 30979, Web Site: www.rossinioperafestival.it. Tickets: $20 to $140. Box office: Rossini Opera Festival, 37 Via Rossini, I-61100 Pesaro, Italy.

Prague, Czech Republic
Prague Spring Festival, May - June
Smetana's "Ma Vlast" traditionally opens Prague's spring celebration, and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony closes it. Tickets: $15 to $90. Box office: Prague Spring Festival, MHF Prazske Jaro, Hellichova 18, 118 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic; fax (42-2) 53 60 40.

Ravenna, Italy
Ravenna Festival, June - July

Renowned conductors leading opera and concert performances in the open-air theater of Rocca Brancaleone are the trademark of Ravenna. Other sites include the Basilicas of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo in Classe and San Vitale and the 1840 Theater Alighieri. Tickets: From $12 to $150. Box Office: Biglietteria Ravenna Festival, 2 Via Mariani -- I 48100, Ravenna, Italy.

Rome, Italy
Festa Musica Pro Mundo Uno, July - August
This festival, previously held only in Orvieto and Assisi, is now based in Rome for concerts in major churches, but some programs will still be presented in the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi and the Palazzo Simoncelli-Petrangeli in Orvieto. Tickets: $15 to $20. Box Office: Accademia Musicae Pro Mundo Uno, 20 Via Villa Maggiorani, 00168 Rome, Italy.

Rome, Italy
Palestrina Sacred Music Choir Competition, November
Call 1-800-596-1199.

St. Petersburg, Russia
White Nights Festival, June
Opera. Tickets: $75 for center orchestra. Box Office: White Nights Festival, c/o Allegro Enterprises, 900 West End Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10025; (212) 666-6700 or (800) 666-3553 outside New York City.

Salzburg, Austria
Salzburg Festival, July - August.
The recognized king of European music festivals in its magnificent setting. Tickets: $9 to $382. For ticket and other information call +011(43)-662-842-541 in Salzburg or check out their website (on-line tickets available) at: Salzburg Festival.Tickets: $20 to $420. Box office: Salzburg Festival, A-5010 Salzburg, Postfach 140, Austria.

Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, July - August
Tickets: From $10 to $140. Box office: Kartenzentrale des Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festivals, Postfach 3840, 24037 Kiel, Germany; fax (49-431) 56 91 52.

Schwetzingen, Germany
Schwetzingen Festival, April - June
Tickets: $10 to $ 250. Box office: Verkehrsverein Schwetzingen, Schlossplatz, D-68723 Schwetzingen, Germany.

Spoleto, Italy
Festival of Two Worlds, June - July
Operas, symphonies and chamber music. Tickets: $6 to $90. Box office: Associazone Festival dei Due Mondi, Via Cesare Beccaria 18, 00196 Rome, Italy; (39-743) 220320, fax (39-743) 220321.

Stockholm, Sweden
Drottningholm Court Theater, May - August
The orchestra uses 18th-century instruments, which are representative of the time when the opera house was built by King Gustav III in 1766. The theater, which uses reproductions of its original stage machinery and sets, was cited in 1991 by Unesco as a World Heritage site. Tickets: $13 to $60. Box Office: Drottningholm Court Theater, Box 27050, S-102 51 Stockholm, Sweden; fax (46-8) 665-1473.

Stratford-upon Avon, England
Shakespeare, as performed by the Royal Shakepeare Company at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Performances are held pretty much year-round. Call +(44) 1789-295623.

Stratford-upon Avon, England
Everything Except Shakespeare. The Swan Theatre. Performances are held pretty much year-round. Call +(44) 1789-295623.

Stresa, Italy
Settimane Musicali di Stresa, August - September
Tickets: $10 to $65. Box office: Settimane Musicali di Stresa, 4 Via R. Bonghi -- I 28049, Stresa (Verbania), Italy.

Swansea, Wales
Swansea Festival of Music and the Arts, September - November.
Jazz, opera, classical music, dance. Call +(0792) 32432 for dates and information.

Thun, Switzerland
Federal Yodeling Festival, July.
Beautiful location. Call (212) 757-5944.

Utrecht, The Netherlands
Festival of Old Music, August.
Music from Middle Ages to early Romantic, played on authentic instruments. Call +(30) 341106 for more info.

Valtice Castle, Czech Republic
Valtice Festival, August
Concertsfeaturing Baroque instruments, dance and jazz at Valtice Castle in southern Moravia. The weekend of performances includes dinner, wine tastings and walking tours. Tickets: $200. Box office: Valtice Festival, Interconnect Annenske NAM 2, Prague 112 30, Czech Republic; fax (42-2) 242 16343.

Verona, Italy
Arena di Verona, June - August

Operas are presented in spectacular productions in the 20,000-seat Roman arena in Verona.
Verdi's "Aida" opened the first festival in 1913. Tickets: $15 to $160. Box office: 6/B Via Dietro Anfiteatro, I-37121 Verona, Italy; fax (39-45) 8011566, Web Site: www.arena.it.

Vienna, Austria
Vienna Festival, May - June
The capital offers operas, concerts and recitals in Theater an der Wien, City Hall Plaza, the Musikverein, Odeon, Museumsquartier, Looshaus and Stadtpark.
Tickets: $6 to $180. Box office: Wiener Festwochen, A-1060 Wien, 11 Lehargasse, Austria. Vienna, Austria. Web Site: www.festwochen.or.at.

Imperial Ball , December 31.
Imperial Palace. Call +(1) 587-3666-23.

Vienna, Austria
Flower Ball, January.
City Hall. Call +(1) 71-116 97241 for date.

Vienna, Austria
Magicians' Ball, February.
Dancing and magic tricks. Vienna Hilton. Call +(1) 712 5452 for dates and info.

Worcester, England
Three Choirs Festival, August
Europe's oldest continuing festival, dating from 1715. Tickets: $7 to $40. Box office: Gloucester Three Choirs Festival, Community House, College Green, Gloucester GL1 2LZ, England; (44-1452) 529819.

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Hong Kong
Hong Kong Arts Festival , February - March.
Eastern and western classical music, opera, dance, jazz and theater. Call (212) 869-5008 for info.

Jerusalem, Israel
International Festival of Early Music, October.
Music related to King David, Jerusalem and the Book of Psalms, on authentic instruments. Call 1-800-596-1199.

Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne International Festival of the Arts, October.
Performing and visual arts. Call +(510) 865-5126 for dates and information.

Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne Music Festival , February.
Contemporary music. Call +(3) 696-2022 for info.

Tel Aviv, Israel
Classical Guitar Festival, November.
Performers from Israel, Spain, Greece, Argentina, Croatia. Call 1-800-596-1199.

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