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July 2017: The Arts

Performing Arts.

–The New York Philharmonic will visit China for its third annual Shanghai performance residency; this will mark Maestro Director Alan Gilbert’s farewell to Asia as the Philharmonic’s Music Director – July 2-8

–The Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, devoted mainly to opera, also includes concerts of orchestral, chamber, vocal and solo instrumental music – July 3-22

–The Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole launches its season – July 3-Aug 20

–The festival Les Etés de la Danse in Paris will host the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – July 4 – 22

–The New York City Ballet returns for its annual residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center – July 5-15

–Festival d’Avignon celebrates contemporary performing arts with an interdisciplinary program that includes music, dance, film, spoken word and theater – July 6-26

–The LA Philharmonic arrives at the Hollywood Bowl, its summer home – July 6

–The Glimmerglass Festival of opera and musical theater in upstate New York opens its season; a highlight this month is Francesca Zambello’s production of Donizetti’s The Siege of Calais, which takes place during the Hundred Years’ War (July 16-Aug. 19). Festival runs – July 7-Aug 19

–The Umbria Jazz Festival has been celebrated in the medieval city of Perugia, Italy since 1973, with dozens of performances all over town – July 7-16

–The Caramoor Music Festival in Westchester County, New York, will present Bellini’s Il Pirata – July 8

–The San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival showcases Bollywood, Hula, and Zimbabwean mbira, along with folk dances of Mexico, Brazil, the Philippines and China – July 8-16

–The Lincoln Center Festival marks its 22nd edition with 20 international productions and 43 performances across dance, music, theatre, and film – July 10-30

–The Chicago Symphony Orchestra plays its annual summer season at Ravinia; guest conductors include Susanna Malkki, James Gaffigan and James Levine – July 11-Aug 20

–The 41st edition of the Festival de Jazz de Vitoria-Gasteiz taking place in Vitoria, Spain is a “must-see” on the Spanish musical calendar – July 11-15

–The Lincoln Center Festival at Alice Tully Hall features a 4-night celebration of saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman – July 11-14

–Christopher Alden stages Handel’s rarely-performed opera Aci, Galatea E Polifemo, starring Anthony Roth Costanzo, at the National Sawdust Theater in Brooklyn – July 12-13, 19 & 20

–The BBC Proms begin with First Night in Royal Albert Hall – July 14

–The Fire Island Dance Festival features international companies from a range of dance genres; it’s produced by and benefits Dancers Responding to AIDS – July 14-16

–The John Anson Ford Amphitheater in LA reopens after a restoration project; the inaugural performance will be by tap dancer Savion Glover – July 15

–The Lincoln Center Festival brings together the Paris Opera Ballet, the New York City Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet to dance George Balanchine’s Jewels; five performances – July 20-23

–The San Sebastian Jazz Festivalofficially known as the Jazzaldia Jazz Festival, is in its 52nd year on the coast of the Basque region in Spain – July 20-25

–The Salzburg Music Festival is the site of four opera productions from the Vienna Philharmonic, including Aida sung by Russian superstar Anna Netrebko – July 21 – Aug 30

–The Santa Fe Opera will feature the World Premier of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs – July 22

–The Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival is in its tenth year, featuring stars from the New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet and Miami City Ballet – July 24-29

–The Bayreuth Festival features performances of operas by the 19th-century German composer Richard Wagner – July 25 – Aug 28

–Mostly Mozart kicks off with an evening of song and symphony– July 25-August 20

–The Bolshoi Ballet performs Taming of the Shrew at the Lincoln Center Festival – July 26-30

–Jazz in Marciac celebrates 40 summers in southwestern France this year – July 28-Aug 15

–The Vail International Dance Festival is in its 29th season, featuring both ballet and modern dance; opening night will feature works from tap dancer Michelle Dorrance and NYC Ballet principal Lauren Lovette; other confirmed festival performers include Misty Copeland, Tiler Peck, and Unity Phelan – July 29-Aug 12

Visual Arts.

–Aman Mojadidi’s public art installation in Duffy Square in midtown Manhattan, Once Upon a Place at Times Square, transforms discarded phone booths into art; pick up the phone and you’ll hear the stories of 70 different immigrants to the city, oral histories collected by the artist – through Sept 5

–Sunshower: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia, 1980s to Now is the first exhibition held jointly between Tokyo’s National Art Center and the Mori Art Museum; it’s a survey of almost 30 years of Southeast Asian art, covering approximately 180 works from 85 artists spread over ten countries – July 5-October 23

–Wander through the outdoor exhibition featuring 25 works by some of the world’s most famous sculptors with Frieze Sculpture 2017 in Regent’s Park’s English Gardens; it’s a great way to get a taste of Frieze Masters and Frieze London, before the annual art fairs open their doors in October. Highlights of the sculpture trail include works by John Chamberlain, Urs Fischer, Gary Hume, Michael Craig-Martin, Eduardo Paolozzi and Ugo Rondinone – July 5 – Oct 8

–Philadelphia-based artist Alex Da Corte is showing new work at Secession in Vienna with the focus on life in late capitalist society – July 6–September 3

–Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power at the Tate Modern, London explores a defining era in African-American art, including works by Romare Bearden, Hale Woodruff, Norman Lewis, Lorraine O’Grady, Betye Saar, Wadsworth Jarrell and Frank Bowling, from 1963-1983 – July 12–October 22

–Open 30 – Njideka Akunyili Crosby: Predecessors at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio explores domestic life and “plays with and subverts preconceived notions of Western art history by including portraits of her African family, material references to her Igbo tribe’s customs, and images of Nigeria’s British colonial past” – July 14 – Aug 1

–The Helio Oiticica retrospective at the Whitney Museum will showcase the genre-spanning Brazilian artist, with works including installations and wearable art – July 14

–Brooklyn-based painter Dana Schutz is the subject of an exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston – July 26–Nov 26

–Platform: Clifford Ross Light | Waves is a multimedia exhibit at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill in the Hamptons; the Hurricane Waves series is must-see: the artist photographed the dramatic images during storms off the Long Island coast – July 16– Oct 15

–The fascinating exhibit Picasso: Minotaurs and Matadors continues at the Gagosian gallery in Grosvenor Hill, London until August 25

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