Each summer, with blankets and picnic baskets in hand, millions of Americans enjoy classical music in the casual setting of music festivals. SummerStages takes its listeners on the road every week to summer music venues in the southeast. The 13-week concert series travels from the Brevard Music Festival to the Savannah Music Festival, then to the Norfolk's Virginia Art's Festival before finishing its summer tour at Charleston's Spoleto Festival USA. The coming weeks on SummerStages spotlight 8 celebrated conductors and solo performances by such renowned artists as violinist Daniel Hope, cellist David Finckel and pianists Stephen Prutsman and Andre Watts.

SummerStages is hosted by Lauren Rico with co-hosts Matt Rogers and Dick Kowal. The series is a production of WDAV Classical Public Radio, one of America's leading producers of original classical-music programming and a service of Davidson College.

SummerStages is made possible by OrthoCarolina and WDAV's Listen Live Fund. Contributors include Cynthia Tyson, the Jane Cooke Brynn Music Education Fund, the Estates of Debra Buggie and Carol Douglas.