Classical music and dance on Long Island this summer

Four dance companies and four soloists are featured

Four dance companies and four soloists are featured in this summer's Fire Island Dance Festival at Fire Island Pines, July 18-20, 2014 (Credit: Dancers Responding to AIDS)

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BELA FLECK AND BROOKLYN RIDER (Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., June 29). In a concert subtitled "Classical Music Reinvented and Revived," the Grammy-winning banjo artist, a creative banjo force in everything from bluegrass to world beat, collaborates with the Brooklyn-based 21st century string quartet. Together, they'll play an eclectic mix ranging from Debussy to Persian folk tunes, plus original music by Fleck. 631-288-1500, whbpac.org.

HONOR OUR HOMETOWN HEROES FREE CONCERT (Heckscher State Park, East Islip, July 12). The annual Islip Arts Council concert and fireworks show, saluting Long Island veterans, brings the Atlantic Wind Symphony and Swingtime Big Band back for a return engagement. At press time, the arts council was still awaiting town or county funds to secure the Grucci pyrotechnics. Stay tuned. 631-224-5420, islipartscouncil.org.

FIRE ISLAND DANCE FESTIVAL (Fire Island Pines, 236 Beach Hill Walk, July 18- 20). The festival, a Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fundraiser, celebrates its 20th anniversary with a program ranging from ballet to Broadway hoofing on a waterfront stage with the Great South Bay as a backdrop. Performers include the Ailey II company. 212-840-0770, dradance.org.

BRIDGEHAMPTON CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL (Bridgehampton Episcopal Church and other nearby locations, July 30-Aug. 24). Founder, artistic director and flute virtuoso Marya Martin launches the festival's fourth decade -- its 31st summer -- with a free "Russian Memories" concert outdoors at the Bridgehampton Historical Society -- followed by 10 recitals featuring top chamber players and soloists from all over the musical world. 212-741-9403 (631-537-6368 once the season opens), bcmf.org.

LONG ISLAND PHILHARMONIC (Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, Aug. 8, and Chapin Rainbow Stage, Heckscher Park, Huntington, Aug. 9). The Philharmonic distills its free summer concert season into a single weekend -- the second Friday and Saturday nights in August. Maestro David Stewart Wiley conducts the orchestra in the Eisenhower Park concert series followed by the Summer Arts Festival appearance at Heckscher Park. 631-293-2222, liphilharmonic.org.

BALLET HISPANICO (Guild Hall's John Drew Theater, 158 Main St., East Hampton, June 14). Regarded as one of the nation's leading Latino dance companies, the ensemble will perform a newly commissioned piece, "Sortijas (Rings)" by Spanish choreographer Cayetano Soto. 631-324-4050, guildhall.org.

PIANOFEST (Avram Theater, Stony Brook Southampton campus and other locations, June 16-Aug. 4). The annual concert-and-study program gives accomplished student-artists concert exposure with Monday evening recitals -- opening night is at Southampton's Levitas Center for the Arts -- plus concerts at other venues from East Hampton to the Brookhaven Lab. 631-329-9115 after Saturday, pianofest.org.

LONG ISLAND OPERA COMPANY (Diliberto Winery, 260 Manor Lane, Jamesport, July 13 and Aug. 17). The company continues its Opera in the Vines concert series with "Hearts of Opera: Best Love Scenes and Duets," from "La Bohème," "La Traviata" and more, and "Opera Madness: Greatest Performances." 631-722-3416, longislandoperaco.org.

ST. LUKE'S CHAMBER ENSEMBLE (Guild Hall's John Drew Theater, 158 Main St., East Hampton, Aug. 10). Twenty-two virtuoso musicians play a wide-ranging repertoire -- from Baroque to contemporary -- in a program that includes Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" and Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 2. 631-324-4050, guildhall.org.

NEW YORK CITY BALLET ON AND OFFSTAGE (Guild Hall's John Drew Theater, 158 Main St., East Hampton, Aug. 15). Principal dancer Jared Angle hosts an evening that offers an up-close and personal look at the renowned company along with performance excerpts drawn from the company's vast repertoire. 631-324-4050, guildhall.org.

LONG ISLAND DANCE CONSORTIUM (Heckscher Park, Huntington, July 10 and Aug. 6). As part of Huntington's Summer Arts Festival, consortium member companies -- from Long Island Dance Theatre to the Red Hot Mamas -- strut their stuff. 631-271-8423, huntingtonarts.org.

SAVION GLOVER'S 'SoLo iN TiME' (Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Aug. 29). The tap virtuoso and his dance ensemble The SaiNtz perform what they call "improvography" by Gregory Hines and Jimmy Slyde in the "Hooferz" style Glover invented. The program is a percussive medley of flamenco that presents tap dancing as song. 631-288-1500, whbpac.org.

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