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Summer’s here and the time is right for dancin’ in the street … and music in the air. What better moment to grab your honey and go on a road trip in search of great musical venues? As Nietzsche once said, “Life without music is a mistake.” So gas up the car, pack the picnic basket and hit the road, Jack. SANTA FE, N.M. Santa Fe Opera (www.santafeopera.org/) Directions: Five miles north of Santa Fe, on highway 84/285. Free parking. Head to the serene New Mexico mountains for the outdoor Santa Fe Opera, which starts its 46th season on June 28 with a new production of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” with Rodney Gilfry in the title role. Second on the schedule: Rossini’s “The Italian Girl in Algiers,” which opens on June 29. Other productions this summer include Mozart’s “La clemenza di Tito”; Verdi’s “La Traviata”; and Saaraiho’s “L’Amour de loin.” Bring a sweater and an umbrella. It can be cool and wet. WASHINGTON, D.C. The Filene Center at Wolf Trap (www.wolftrap.org/) Directions: Wolf Trap is three miles from the Beltway, five minutes from Tyson’s Corner, Va., and 20 minutes from Capitol Hill. Parking is free. Exit 67 off Route 66; exit 45 off I-495. The National Park for the Performing Arts, aka Wolf Trap, is Washington, D.C.’s summer escape venue. About half of the seating at the Filene Center is under cover, with open sides that overlook the rolling hills of the park. This summer’s repertoire includes a bit of everything: The National Symphony Orchestra; Judy Collins’s Wildflower Festival, featuring Arlo Guthrie; the Beach Boys; and performances by Vince Gill and Trisha Yearwood. THE BERKSHIRES, MASS. Tanglewood (www.bso.org) Directions from Boston: Take Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90 West) to Exit 2. From New York City: Taconic State Parkway to the Massachusetts Turnpike East (see above). From Connecticut: I-91 West to the Massachusetts Turnpike (see above). Tanglewood is the most famous of the many summer art and dance venues located in and around Lenox, in the far western corner of Massachusetts. Summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (which will perform 22 times this summer), Tanglewood features a farewell salute to Seiji Ozawa and a celebration of John Williams’ 70th birthday. It opens on July 5, with Rafael Fr�hbeck de Burgos conducting the “Mahler Symphony No. 2.” Season highlights include Jessye Norman in recital (July 9); the New York Philharmonic with Kurt Masur (July 20-21) and the almost-annual ritual of James Taylor, this time with Williams and the Boston Pops (July 17). Berkshire Choral Festival (www.choralfest.org) Sheffield, Mass. Choral music addicts have five Saturday night performances to choose from at the Berkshire Choral Festival, located at the Berkshire School in Sheffield. The schedule: Mozart’s “Idomeneo” (July 13); Orff’s “Carmina Burana” (July 20); Haydn’s “The Creation” (July 27); Mozart’s “Coronation Mass” (Aug. 3); and Braham’s “Ein Deutches Requiem” (Aug. 10). CHICAGO Ravinia Festival (www.ravinia.org) Directions: Ravinia is located 25 miles north of Chicago’s Loop, at Lake-Cook and Green Bay Roads in Highland Park. The Edens Expressway (I-94), Route 41 and the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) all have convenient exits. A free “park-and-ride” shuttle service is available for most concerts. The season opens today and runs through Sept. 8. The summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (which will present 24 programs over the season), Ravinia this year features the Chicago premiere of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s opera “Francesca da Rimini” — anchoring a summer’s exploration of the Russian master, including five works for piano and orchestra, along with his choral masterpiece “Vespers.” The annual Gala Benefit Evening, on June 22, features Itzhak Perlman. MONTEREY, CALIF. Monterey Jazz Festival (www.montereyjazzfestival.org) Directions: From San Francisco/San Jose: Take 101 South to 156 West to 1. The 45th Monterey Jazz Festival takes place Sept. 20-22 at the Monterey Fairgrounds. Two hours from San Francisco, Monterey is surrounded by temptations like Carmel-by-the-Sea, where Clint Eastwood hangs his spurs; the dramatic cliffs of Big Sur and Pebble Beach, with its world-famous golf courses. This year the line-up includes Joshua Redman with Brian Blade & Sam Yahel; Etta James & the Roots Band; Mingus Big Band; and Nancy Wilson and Ramsey Lewis. That’s just a few of many fine offerings.

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