Some U.S. summer music festivals head outdoors for 2021

Posted on: April 2, 2021

“Pandemic willing, live shows will be back across the United States this spring and summer,” writes Julie Besonen in Friday’s (4/2) New York Times. “Scores of festivals, benefits and theatrical events are playing it safe with digital editions or postponements, but some impresarios are forging ahead, adhering to safety protocols, capping audience size and keeping it outside…. For the first time since 1966, Monadnock Music, the southern New Hampshire chamber music festival, will be held completely outdoors. Backdrops include … Cathedral of the Pines, an open-air concert space perched on a hilltop overlooking Grand Monadnock Mountain.… There will be soloists and five-member ensembles…. In the Berkshires, a downsized Tanglewood is returning from hiatus, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra playing a curtailed season (July 9 to August 16)…. The Newport Music Festival … will present 17 concerts—less than half its usual number—outside Gilded Age mansions and at the Norman Bird Sanctuary. The new executive director, Gillian Friedman Fox, is stitching together a rich tapestry of works, featuring the contemporary composer Jessie Montgomery and the premiere of a commissioned piece.” Included are summer plans for multiple U.S. theater, dance, and music festivals.