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Musical Notes and Birdie Binges

Edinburgh International Festival
August 10-30, Edinburgh, Scotland
The Music: Edinburgh furnishes distinguished, innovative productions in opera as well as in theater, classical music and dance. Sir Charles Mackerras and Esa-Pekka Salonen with the Los Angeles Philharmonic are some of the headline performers. Call 011-44-131-473-2000 or visit eif.co.uk. The Golf: Once the fat lady is done singing, you'll find more great courses than you can shake a spear at. St. Andrews is an hour's drive; Craigielaw is a strong new layout set by Aberlady Bay, twenty miles east of Edinburgh. Call 011-44-187-587-0800 or visit craigielawgolfclub.com.

Saratoga Chamber Music Festival
August 5-24, Saratoga Springs, NY
The Music: Famous for its thoroughbred racetrack, Saratoga Springs flourished as a Gilded Age playground to the likes of Diamond Jim Brady. Come racing season, this beautiful town blossoms with performances by the Philadelphia Orchestra and chamber recitals by the world's best-known classical artists, including Joshua Bell. Call 518-584-9330 or visit spac.org. The Golf: Saratoga National Golf Club is a tough, tree-lined Roger Rulewich design that opened to strong reviews in 2001. Negotiate the forced carries over wetlands and ponds feeding nearby Lake Lonely and you'll be singing a happy tune. Call 518-583-4653 or visit golfsaratoga.com.

Ravinia Festival
June 6-September 8, Highland Park, IL
The Music: Almost every summer night you can hear a concert at the Ravinia Festival, the nation's oldest, founded in 1904. Variety is the byword: There is contemporary chamber music, cabaret reviews and musical-theatre presentations, as well as full-scale concerts by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and other internationally known ensembles. Call 847-266-5100 or visit ravinia.org. The Golf: Chicago is among our best golf towns; a recent debutant, the Glen Club, built by Tom Fazio on a decommissioned Air Force base, features a brutish set of par threes and is a worthy companion to Cog Hill's Dubsdread and Kemper Lakes (which is going private in 2005). Call 847-724-7272 or visit theglenclub.com.

Ojai Music Festival
May 28-June 1, Ojai, CA
The Music: Established after World War II as a haven for Los Angeles-based composers and performers like Copland and Stravinsky, the Ojai Festival has championed eclectic contemporary music by naming a diverse group of modern lions as music directors. This year, leading composer/conductor Pierre Boulez helped assemble an intensive array of recitals, master classes and orchestral performances. Call 805-646-2053 or visit ojaifestival.org. The Golf: The acclaimed Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is graced by its George Thomas-designed, Jay Morrish-updated course, a much-loved former Senior Tour stop where Jimmy Demaret and Doug Sanders were once resident pros. Call 800-422-6524 or visit ojairesort.com.

The Santa Fe Opera
June 27-August 23, Santa Fe, NM
The Music: The Santa Fe Opera, whose home has a truly breathtaking open-air stage, is one of the world's leading companies, premiering dozens of influential new operas as well as traditional works in sometimes unconventional presentations. Call 800-280-4654 or visit santafeopera.org. The Golf: Forty-five minutes south of Santa Fe, Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club is a superb Ken Dye design to be enjoyed in almost mystical isolation. Call 866-898-5987 or visit paakoridge.com.

Three More Duets
Tanglewood Music Festival, July 5-August 25, Lenox, MA (888-266-1200, tanglewood.org); Taconic Golf Club (413-458-3997)
Spoleto Festival USA, May 23-June 8, Charleston, SC (843-579-3100, spoletousa.org); RiverTowne Country Club (843-216-3777, rivertownecountryclub.com)
Aspen Music Festival and School, June 19-August 17, Aspen, CO (970-925-9042, aspenmusicfestival.com); River Valley Ranch Golf Club (970-963-3625, rvrgolf.com)


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