Summer Fairs & Festivals in Hudson Valley, Upstate NY 2012

Summer’s in full swing, and the Valley is buzzing with events for all ages

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Aston Magna Music Festival, Lenox MA

(June 14-July 7)

It’s the 40th anniversary season of this annual period-instrument festival (the nation’s oldest), which kicks off with a gala concert at Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall in Lenox, Massachusetts (June 9). The concert features past festival highlights, including madrigals by Monteverdi, excerpts from Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Handel’s The Triumph of Time and Truth, and Bach’s Brandenburgh Concerto No. 1. Artistic director and violinist Daniel Stepner leads a full baroque orchestra, along with sopranos Kristen Watson and Roberta Anderson and tenors Frank Kelley and William Hite.

The season’s schedule includes appearances by soprano Dominique Labelle (“Music of Three Bachs and Villa Lobos,” June 14-16); Aston Magna founding violinist Stanley Ritchie (“Violin Extravaganza,” July 6); and clarinetist Eric Hoeprich (“Gran Partita,” June 21-23), among others. Concerts take place at the Olin Humanities Building at Bard College as well as at locations in western Massachusetts. $15-$50; 413-528-3595 or

» Next fest: Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, Croton-on-Hudson (June 16-17)


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