Music: Sharps & Flats Alfresco

For thousands of U.S. music lovers, the summer downbeat has come. With packed picnic baskets and brimming vacuum jugs, sunburned families from Massachusetts to California are ready to follow top singers and instrumentalists into parks, amphitheaters, hills and valleys for a season of music with the sun, stars and mosquitoes.

The hot-weather lineup will be as varied as the locales. A few of the standouts:

¶ Tanglewood, Lenox, Mass.: Charles Munch, conductor of festival concerts in place of the late Director Serge Koussevitzky (TIME, June 18); Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland teaching conducting...

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