SEATTLE BAROQUE FESTIVAL Seattle Baroque, offering 18th-century music (and earlier) at its most engaging, presents mythological music for their festival's inaugural year at Town Hall: Handel's Apollo and Daphne (July 20-22), and concerts devoted to Orpheus (July 21) and the Muses (July 22). 322-3118. www.seattlebaroque.org. July 20-22. Single tickets $8-$25.
UW SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL The Festival's second season, on the theme of "Pangaea," celebrates cultural cross-pollination. In addition to dance, cinema, theater, visual art, lectures, and workshops (all packed into six days!), the Meany Hall music headliners include fiddler Mark O'Connor (July 21) and the jazz-pop inflections of the Turtle Island String Quartet (July 22). $25-$30. In the more intimate Brechemin Auditorium: Tibetan music (July 18), the Tom Collier Trio (July 19), jazz pianist Marc Seales (July 20), pianist Robin McCabe (July 21), and the Seattle Creative Orchestra (July 22), each for just $8-$10. UW campus, 543-4880. July 17-24.
SEATTLE SYMPHONY Their regular season lasts into July(!), with Strauss' monumental Alpine Symphony as the grand finale (June 28-July 1). Still to come are Janᣥk's Glagolitic Mass (June 7-10) and a Diamond/Rachmaninoff concert (June 21-24). Protean vocalist Bobby McFerrin conducts Prokofiev and Beethoven (July 5-6), and Andreas Delfs guest-conducts the fourth-annual opening-night gala (September 15). Benaroya Hall, Third and Union, 215-4747. www.seattlesymphony.org. Single tickets $10-$69.
AMERICAFEST A gathering of women's choirs from all over the world, namely Finland, Spain, Canada, Venezuela, and America, at Town Hall (1119 Eighth) and Benaroya Hall (Third and Union). 866-468-7623, or 215-4747 for the final concert in Benaroya. July 12-14. Single tickets $12-$22.
OLYMPIC MUSIC FESTIVAL Music in a barn on the Olympic Peninsula; pull up a hay bale or spread a blanket on the lawn. Highlights include an all-Mozart outing with his expansive Quintet in C (June 30-July 1); a cycle of the complete Beethoven cello and violin sonatas (there are five and 10 of them, respectively, spread over four concerts, July 21-29); and two popular Shostakovich works, the Piano Quintet (August 4-5) and the Eighth Quartet (August 18-19). In Quilcene, call 527-8839 for directions. www.musicfest.net. Weekends, June 23-September 9. Single tickets $13-$22.
ICICLE CREEK CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL Jazz and classical music—sometimes on the same program—just outside Leavenworth in the Cascade foothills. Musicians include bassist Edgar Meyer and vocal quartet Just 4 Kicks. In residence are the Kairos Quartet and composer Maria Newman, who's written a film score for the 1917 silent Adventures of Tom Sawyer to be played live (a bargain at $5). We'll hear Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 (July 7-8) and a little Grieg (July 21-22, July 28-29). In Leavenworth, call 877-265-6026. www.icicle.org. Weekends July 1-August 4. Single tickets $14-$25.
NORTHWEST MAHLER FESTIVAL Community orchestra players band together several times each summer for just-for-the-heck-of-it read-throughs of some big late-romantic symphonic works, conducted by local maestros. Scheduled so far: the Victoria Symphony's Janos Sandor leading Kodaly's Hary Janos Suite (June 11), and George Shangrow conducting Mahler's early Das klagende Lied, in what might be its Seattle premiere (June 17). The other two reading dates will be June 20 and June 26, repertory and conductor TBA. To sign up for any of these, call 667-6567. The NWMF winds up with a public concert; this year, Geoffrey Simon's chosen Ravel's La valse and Mahler's epic Symphony No.3. UW campus, Meany Hall. July 15. No confirmed ticket info yet, but last year's concert was $15 to $18.
SEATTLE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL Their 20th season opens with a gala concert (June 30) at Meany Hall—an affordable gala, at $12 to $30. Good stuff on the 12 regular-season concerts includes Dan Coleman's Sonata in Two Acts (July 5); Grieg's sonorous String Quartet (July 9); Schnittke's Cello Sonata No. 1 (July 11); a Shostakovich quartet, the Eighth (July 18); and Stravinsky's Rite of Spring for piano four-hands, a tour de force (July 20). The annual Emerging Artist Concert this year features four cello prodigies (July 14), and the Family Concert, including hot dogs and lemonade for just $7, is on July 19. Musicians include Sarah Carter, Mark Kaplan, Maria Larionoff, Anton Nel, Jon Kimura Parker, Cynthia Phelps, Craig Sheppard, and Bion Tsang. Lakeside School, 283-8808. www.scmf.org. Mon., Wed., and Fri. June 30-July 27. Single tickets $15-$32.
BELLINGHAM FESTIVAL OF MUSIC They've dropped the "Beethoven in Bellingham" moniker, and in fact Ludwig's music will only pop up on their free Family Concert (August 13). Michael Palmer leads the American Sinfonietta, the orchestra-in-residence. The opening weekend guest is mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, who sings a little Ravel and Mozart with the Sinfonietta on July 27 and presents her own recital July 29. Other offerings include a marimba recital (August 1), a percussion evening (August 2), and Bach's St. Matthew Passion (August 3), plus lots of chamber music, a dash of jazz, and the Russian folk group Trio Voronezh (August 7). Western Washington University campus, 360-734-6080. www.bellinghamfestival.org. July 27-August 13. Single tickets $18-$25.
SEATTLE OPERA Well, their three cycles of Wagner's Ring of the Nibelungs are sold out, but here's the info anyway. Cycle I: August 5, 6, 8, and 10. Cycle II: August 13, 14, 16, and 18. Cycle III: August 21, 22, 24, and 26. There may be cancellations for any given performance, so hang out in front of the Opera House and see what happens. Stephen Wadsworth directs the new production, Franz Vote conducts, and SO's got the Brnnhilde of our time, the spectacular Jane Eaglen. Seattle Center Opera House, 389-7676. www.seattleopera.org. Single tickets (would have been) $40-$125.