Concerts are finally beginning again, after the long and depressing days of no-concerts during the pandemic.
Outdoor venues are actually the safest places to hold concerts, as we still think about COVID safety. Happily enough, it's summer, and there are all kinds of outdoor venues that serve as home to classical music concerts.
Just a week ago I visited the Bravo! Vail Summer Music Festival, which was going strong in Colorado. This made me think of the many outdoor summer music venues across the United States and the world. I've been lucky enough to visit a good number of them, to play in quite a few, and to enjoy some great concerts.
For example, as a child I very often went to see the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center.
In college, I have a vivid memory of lying on a picnic blanket, watching the trees while listening to the Chicago Symphony play Mahler's First Symphony at Ravinia. And of course, I can't forget seeing Gil Shaham and Adele Anthony at Aspen many years go - as well as Augustin Hadelich more recently. Closer to my current home is the Hollywood Bowl, which very happily has plenty of Los Angeles Philharmonic concerts this summer, including ones with violinists Randall Goosby, and later in August, Anne Akiko Meyers.
I'll be hard-pressed to name a favorite outdoor concert venue!
But that's exactly what I'm asking you to do. I've listed some of the biggies in the vote, but I recognize that there are many more venues, including ones outside the U.S., that I was not able to list. Please participate in the vote, and if you would like to name another venue check "somewhere else." Then please tell us about your favorite outdoor classical venue or venues. Do you have any particularly memorable performances that you experienced at an outdoor venue? Which venues do you find the most appealing? Do you like to sit on the lawn and take a picnic, or sit under a shell? Any great stories of being completely rained out? Have you been able to make it to any outdoor summer concerts this year?
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