You can hear it at the ballpark, in the concert hall or while nursing a beer in a hipster performance space. Classical music abounds in the Bay Area this summer: There are festivals galore, plus multimedia operatic productions, chamber recitals, symphonies, Baroque explorations and avant-garde happenings. There's even a classical tribute to Sophia Loren, with the divine one in attendance. Read on:

June 19-21, Ojai North Music Festival

This three-day blast of fresh sounds is directed by Jeremy Denk, a 2013 MacArthur Foundation"genius" award winner who seems to be everybody's favorite pianist these days. Presented by Cal Performances, Ojai North -- offshoot of Southern California's groundbreaking Ojai Music Festival -- will unleash Denk on works by Beethoven, Janacek, Ives and Ligeti. It also will present the Bay Area premiere of "The Classical Style: An Opera (of Sorts)," which indeed is an opera with libretto by Denk and music by Steven Stucky. Conducted by Robert Spano, it's billed as "a love letter to Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven, and a satire of classical pomp."

Also appearing at Ojai North: genre-blurring jazz pianist Uri Caine (re-imagining Mahler), pianist-composer Timo Andres (re-imagining Mozart), nu-cabaret singer Storm Large and the chamber orchestra known as The Knights. $147 for festival pass, $20-$40 for single tickets; 510-642-9988, calperformances.org.

June 20, Switchboard Presents

Young cutting-edge musicians are shaping their own scene via Switchboard, here showcasing the Friction Quartet with clarinetist Jeff Anderle. They'll premiere a new work by Mary Kouyoumdjian, who recently was featured by the Kronos Quartet in its "Under 30 Project" for up-and-coming composers. Beer will be served. Center for New Music, San Francisco. $10-$15; centerfornewmusic.com/calendar or at door.

June 20-21, First Festival of French Classical Music

Presented by Alliance Française Silicon Valley, this appealing startup festival features French works by Alkan, Chausson, Fauré, Milhaud, Poulenc, Ravel and Edith Piaf. The exceptional performers include Ensemble San Francisco, pianist Gwendolyn Mok, flutist Isabelle Chapuis, mezzo-soprano Layna Chianakas and violinist Stephen Waarts. Community School of Music and Arts, Mountain View. Tickets: $20-$50 for one program, $60-$90 for two; 408-445-2095, ext. 1, festivalfrenchclassicalmusic.org.

June 20-22, Opera Parallèle

This sophisticated company presents the North American premiere of "Anya17" by British composer Adam Gorb, with libretto by Ben Kaye. Based on extensive research into human trafficking, it tells the story of four young Eastern European women sold into sexual slavery. Artistic director Nicole Paiement conducts. Marines' Memorial Theatre, San Francisco. $35-$80, 415-392-4400, operaparallele.org.

June 21, Garden of Memory

Spend the afternoon strolling the peaceful lanes of an Oakland columbarium, while listening to dozens of the Bay Area's rambunctious new-music luminaries. They include pianist Sarah Cahill, percussionist William Winant, Rova Saxophone Quartet, Del Sol String Quartet, Paul Dresher, Amy X Neuburg, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and ace whistler Jason Victor Serinus. This annual event is a gas. The Chapel of the Chimes. $10-$15, children $5; www.brownpapertickets.com/event/710497 or at the door.

June 22-28, Silicon Valley Music Festival

Four years ago, young flutist Ray Furuta decided to "pay it forward" to San Jose, his hometown. He created this festival, which gathers superb players from around the nation. This year's programs emphasize the folk roots of classical music. At venues in downtown San Jose. $15-$30; some events are free; www.svmusicfestival.org.

S.F. Symphony, "Peter Grimes" and more

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present a semi-staged production of Benjamin Britten's operatic masterpiece, concluding a centenary celebration of the composer. It's the latest of MTT's multimedia explorations; they tend to be visual feasts, smartly illuminating the music. On June 28, the orchestra performs the opera's "Four Sea Interludes," with video projections by Tal Rosner. Davies Symphony Hall. $50-$85; 415-864-6000, www.sfsymphony.org.

With conductor Edwin Outwater, the orchestra also performs two free outdoor concerts this summer in San Francisco: July 6 at Stern Grove, July 27 at Civic Center Plaza. On July 4, its annual concert-plus-fireworks extravaganza happens at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View: $20-$145.

July 3, Oakland East Bay Symphony

The "Target Independence Day Celebration" concert is free. Fireworks! John Philip Sousa marches! John Williams film music! Craneway Pavilion, Richmond; www.oebs.org.

July 5, San Francisco Opera

The company presents a free, live simulcast of Verdi's "La Traviata" at AT&T Park. More than 197,000 opera fans have attended 11 simulcasts since 2006, when the company launched this tradition. (Seven have been at the ballpark.) Projected on the stadium's Diamond Vision scoreboard (103 feet wide), the performance promises great music at the right price: zip. To ensure early entry at 6:30 p.m., online registration is recommended: sfopera.com/simulcast. Music starts at 8 p.m.

July 11-20, "Bach's Inspiration" -- American Bach Soloists

A 10-day exploration of J.S. Bach, the composers who influenced him (i.e., Buxtehude, Reincken) as well as his famous contemporaries (i.e. Handel, Vivaldi). With orchestra, chorus and soloists conducted by Jeffrey Thomas, the Baroque riches will include two performances of Bach's Mass in B Minor. San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Festival passes (8 concerts) $127-$252, single tickets $10-$64; 415-621-7900, sfbachfestival.org. (Free lectures and master classes supplement this ambitious festival.)

July 11-20, Napa Valley Festival del Sole

A star-studded affair: Sophia Loren is to be honored at a "Bella Italia!" evening featuring her conductor son Carlo Ponti and his LA Virtuosi chamber orchestra. Other festival performers include violinists Joshua Bell and Pinchas Zukerman and the marvelous young soprano Julia Bullock. And if you're interested, there are wine tastings, yoga sessions and "wellness conversations." Festival passes $99-$349, VIP passes available at additional cost, single tickets $45-$125; 888-337-6272; festivaldelsole.org.

July 10-12, Merola Opera Program

A beloved showcase for young operatic talent, Merola launches its summer season with André Previn's "A Streetcar Named Desire" (at Everett Middle School, San Francisco). Its annual Schwabacher Summer Concert happens twice: July 17 at Everett Middle School, and July 19 at Yerba Buena Gardens (the Yerba Buena performance is free). Merola stages Mozart's "Don Giovanni," July 31 and Aug. 2, then presents its Grand Finale concert, Aug. 16 at War Memorial Opera House. $25-$60 (varies per event); 415-864-3330, www.merola.org.

July 18-Aug. 9, Music@Menlo

Entering its 12th season, the chamber music festival is one of the Bay Area's most exciting and consistently excellent events. Each year, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han -- husband and wife and co-artistic directors at Menlo, as well as at New York's Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center -- recruit several dozen of their favorite musicians, such as violinist Arnaud Sussmann, for three weeks' worth of music-making. "Around Dvorak" is this year's theme: the Czech composer's works will act as the fulcrum for programs connecting centuries of repertoire.

Headquartered at the Menlo School in Atherton, the festival offers concerts, multimedia seminars, informal cafe conversations. $20-$78, depending on concert and venue (all in Atherton); 650-331-0202, www.musicatmenlo.org.

July 19-27, Midsummer Mozart Festival

Directed by George Cleve, the festival enters its 40th season. Conductor Cleve is Mr. Mozart; he's had a lifelong affinity for the composer and this festival is his baby. Soloists and guests include pianist Seymour Lipkin and the San Francisco Boys Chorus. (A July 12-13 program with pianist Peter Serkin has been canceled.) Bing Concert Hall (Stanford University), St. Mark's Lutheran Church (San Francisco) and First Congregational Church (Berkeley). $30-$65; www.midsummermozart.org.

July 19-Aug. 2, Carmel Bach Festival

Music director Paul Goodwin presides over more than 40 events, beginning with the opening weekend's performances of J.S. Bach's Magnificat and St. Matthew Passion. The Baroque madness is concentrated in Carmel-by-the-Sea, though it spills over into venues in Pebble Beach and other nearby destinations. $21-$76; 831-624-1521, www.bachfestival.org.

July 26-Aug. 3, Target Summer Pops

Symphony Silicon Valley presents its annual free festival, which covers a lot of territory -- from mariachi to McCartney; from Tchaikovsky to Cole Porter. (The latter's songs will be handled by soprano Lisa Vroman of "Phantom of the Opera" fame.) Five outdoor shows on the Tower Lawn at San Jose State. www.symphonysiliconvalley.org.

July 26-Aug. 10, West Edge Opera's Summer Opera Festival

The creative East Bay company packs three fully staged operas into its rotation: Puccini's "La Bohème," Philip Glass' "Hydrogen Jukebox" and Jake Heggie's "The End of the Affair." Ed Roberts Campus, Berkeley. Subscriptions $148-$300, single tickets $55-$100; 510-841-1903, westedgeopera.org.

July 27-Aug. 10, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music

North America's most celebrated festival of new orchestral music is back for its 52nd season, led by conductor Marin Alsop. Performances will include the West Coast premieres of John Adams' Saxophone Concerto and Béla Fleck's The Impostor Concerto, featuring Fleck as banjo soloist. Adams and Fleck will be among 13 composers on hand to hear their works performed by the Festival Orchestra: Cabrillo is a window beyond the long-dead composers who dominate classical repertory. At Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium and Mission San Juan Bautista. $27-$55, many events free; 831-420-5260, cabrillomusic.org.

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