With several original series, Austin doesn’t lack for classical and alt-classical music during the summer.
Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park
7:30 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 28. Long Center City Terrace, 701 W. Riverside Drive. Free. austinsymphony.org
It’s free. It’s outside. It’s family-friendly and picnic-friendly. And as long your dog’s on a leash, it’s dog-friendly, too. The Austin Symphony Orchestra once again presents its series of smaller ensemble concerts featuring everything from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores.
Austin Classical Guitar Summer Series: “Narratives”
Blanton Museum of Art auditorium, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. $25. austinclassicalguitar.org
7 p.m. June 25: James Agee’s “A Death in the Family” is the starting point for a concert featuring Line Upon Line Percussion along with guitarists Alejandro Montiel and Isaac Bustos premiering a new piece by Austin composer Joseph V. Williams II.
7 p.m. July 9: Texts by Julio Cortázar and Jorge Luis Borges combine with process-driven music ranging from Bach to Piazzolla to Steve Reich. The multi-media performance features pianist Justin Sherburn, percussionist Andrew Beaudoin, guitarist Chad Ibison and video artist Sasha Cwalino.
7 p.m. July 30: Tenor Christopher LeCluyse and guitarist Joseph Palmer perform a program inspired by the poetry of Walt Whitman and the novels of James Joyce.
Austin Chamber Music Festival
Begins July 8. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday through July 24. Bates Recital Hall, Music Building, University of Texas campus, 2406 Robert Dedman Drive. $15-$55. austinchambermusic.org
Once again, the Austin Chamber Music Festival keeps it sounding lively. On this summer’s lineup is audacious New York City jazz trio the Bad Plus, the Grammy award-winning Takács Quartet, the celebrated Vienna Piano Trio, Texas’ own Marian Anderson String Quartet and hybrid concert collaborations with Austin Shakespeare theater company and Grammy award-winning choral ensemble Conspirare.
July 8: Peter Bay and Festival Chamber Orchestra
July 9: The Bad Plus
July 10: Marian Anderson String Quartet
July 15: Vienna Piano Trio
July 16: Scenes from “Henry VIII” with Austin Shakespeare and festival musicians
July 17: Takács String Quartet
July 22: Conspirare: Sung Poems of Emily Dickinson
July 23: Schumann Chamber Players
July 24: Shanghai String Quartet