Whether you know your Haydn from your Handel or can't tell Mozart from Mendelssohn, summer festivals offer a leisurely and inexpensive way to enjoy classical music. Some of the high notes:
Highland Park, Ill. ravinia.org Bored with the classics? Check out the Zulu opera "Princess Magogo kaDinuzulu" (June 4-6) and "Los Sazones," a salsa version of Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" (Aug. 15). Tickets: $10-$70.
Lenox, Mass. tanglewood.org Shaggy-haired maestro Seiji Ozawa visits from Vienna (Aug. 1), and cellist Yo-Yo Ma brings his Silk Road Project to the 5,000-seat "Shed" (Aug. 7). Tix: $16-$92.
Oregon Bach Festival
Eugene, Ore. oregonbachfestival.com Bach master Helmuth Rilling and his Gchinger choir take on the unforgettable St. Matthew Passion (June 25). Tix: $27-$49.
Santa Fe Opera
Santa Fe, N.M. santafeopera.org Is Mozart's "Don Giovanni" the greatest opera ever written? Hear for yourself (July 3-Aug. 27). Tix: $10-$130.