It's that time of year once again, as the classical music "high season" is about to commence throughout our region. There will be a multitude of wonderful concerts and events from late June through Labor Day to cherish. Looking at the full late-spring-summer season, here are some Tanglewood highlights to plan on attending. This listing is hardly more than a sampler; go online at tanglewood.org and consider your own preferences.
* Mark Morris and the Mark Morris Dance Group return to Ozawa Hall for two concerts featuring a double opera bill on Wednesday, July 31, and Thursday, Aug. 1, in collaboration with the Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center. The program, centered around the theme of lost love, includes Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, with dancers, and a fully staged production of Britten's Curlew River, with stage direction by Mr. Morris.
* The BSO's Tanglewood season opens in the Shed on July 5 with Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos leading an all-Tchaikovsky program featuring violin virtuoso Joshua Bell, and closes on Aug. 25 with the return of BSO Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink, who will lead the combined forces of the BSO and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in the traditional seasonal finale of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
* The 200th anniversaries of the births of Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi will be marked by two special concerts: Bryn Terfel, Katarina Dalayman and Amber Wagner will be the featured singers in a performance of Act III of Richard Wagner's Die Walküre, led by maestro Lothar Koenigs (July 20).
* BSO Music Director-designate Andris Nelsons will lead the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and soloists in the Verdi Requiem (July 27). Surely, this will be one of the summer's hot tickets.
* The Tanglewood Festival Chorus will also join the BSO in a performance of Francis Poulenc's gorgeous Stabat Mater and Richard Strauss's philosophically profound Death and Transfiguration, led by Stephane Deneve (Aug. 2). Charles Dutoit conducts Maurice Ravel's spectacular Daphnis et Chloe and Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring (Aug. 3 and 4). What an orchestral showcase this will be for the BSO, and a sonic feast for music lovers.
* Andris Nelsons directs the BSO in a performance of Gustav Mahler's heaven-storming Third Symphony (July 6,) and maestro Christoph von Dohnanyi conducts the BSO in Brahms' Second and Fourth Symphonies (Aug. 9 and 10).
*The Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra (TMCO) will perform four concerts during the 2013 season, concluding with the annual Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concert in the Shed on Sunday, Aug. 18, with conductor Christoph von Dohnányi in a program of Mozart's Piano Concerto K.271 in E-flat with pianist Emanuel Ax and Mahler's Symphony No. 1. Other guest conductors to lead the TMCO this season include Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos in a program including Kodály's Dances of Galánta and Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, July 8; and Stéphane Denève in an all-Debussy program including Jeux, Danses sacrées et profanes, and La Mer, July 22. Fellows from the TMC Conducting Program will also conduct works on these programs. The TMCO will also perform during Tanglewood on Parade on August 6.
* For lovers of piano music, Tanglewood 2013 puts a spotlight on 13 of the world's great pianists during the festival season.
They are: Leif Ove Andsnes, Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Christoph Eschenbach, Leon Fleisher, Lang Lang, Paul Lewis, Garrick Ohlsson, Menahem Pressler, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Daniil Trifonov, Peter Serkin, and Christian Zacharias.
* In the populist sphere, "A Prairie Home Companion" returns for its traditional live broadcast from Tanglewood, hosted by Garrison Keillor and special guests on June 29.
* Composer/conductor John Williams leads the Boston Pops, joined by superstar vocalist Audra McDonald on Aug. 24 for his much-anticipated "Film Night."
* Keith Lockhart conducts the Pops in four concerts. Featured artists include country music legend Vince Gill (July 7) and Great American Songbook singer/pianist Michael Feinstein (Aug. 16).
* Ozawa Hall will once again be the place to hear the best in chamber music, solo and joint recitals, opera performances and jazz. Some highlights: the Mahler Chamber Orchestra with pianist Paul Lewis in music of Mozart (July 24); Bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, accompanied by collaborative pianist Natalia Katyukova will present a program of German and English art songs (July 18,) and a solo piano recital by the magnificent Garrick Ohlsson performing works by Beethoven, Schubert, Charles Griffes and Chopin (July 25).
* Lovers of ensemble chamber music will want to attend these two string quartet concerts: the Borodin String Quartet (July 17) and the Emerson String Quartet (Aug. 14).
* Attention opera aficionados: Composer John Harbison's "The Great Gatsby" will be performed in concert by the ensemble Emmanuel Music (July 11).
* For the adventurous listener, there's the Festival of Contemporary Music, curated by the stellar pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard. The 2013 Festival focuses on the music of British composer George Benjamin, and featuring the American premiere of Benjamin's widely acclaimed opera Written on Skin, on Aug. 12. The recently deceased, 103-year-old American master Elliott Carter and the German Helmut Lachenmann.
Works by Christian Mason, Marco Stroppa and Steve Reich will also be performed. The FCM runs from Aug. 8 to 12.
* Special events at Tanglewood 2013 will include a showing of the re-mastered 1961 film "West Side Story," with the Boston Symphony performing Leonard Bernstein's classic score live, while the film is shown on large monitors in high-definition, with the original vocals and dialogue (July 13).
* Superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma will be joined by string virtuosos Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile and Stuart Duncan in a program inspired by their recent genre-defying recording, "The Goat Rodeo Sessions" (Aug. 15).
Tickets for these and all Tanglewood events can be purchased on the website, above, through SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200, and at the Symphony Hall box office, located at 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston. In late June at a date to be announced, tickets will be available for purchase at the Tanglewood box office at the main gate, on West Street in Lenox.
Concerts and performances this week, ongoing and upcoming
* Tannery Pond Concerts presents a program of rousing and passionate Hungarian music by Bartok, Kodaly and Dohnanyi on Saturday, June 22 at 8 p.m. Tannery Pond is located on the grounds of Mount Lebanon Shaker Village and Darrow School, New Lebanon, N.Y., one-and-a-half miles east of the town center on Route 20. Tickets are $30 and $35. Reservations are recommended. Call 888-820-1696 or for more information go online at tannerypondconcerts.org.
* Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield presents the great Leonard Bernstein/Betty Comden and Adolph Green musical "On the Town," running now until July 13. Performances: Tuesday/Wednesday at 7 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 5 p.m. Tickets: start at $20. Call (413) 236-8888 or online at barringtonstageco.org/currentseason.
* The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Rodgers' and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma" Saturday, July 6, 5 p.m. at the Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street, Pittsfield. Call 413-997-4444, 413-298-5576 or go online: berkshiretheatregroup.org.