You don’t have to wait until the fall for great live performances. Summer festivals abound in this region, which we’re calling Kentucky, Indiana (Bloomington) and Ohio (Cincinnati), and we’ve compiled a short list of events within 2 hours driving. If you decide to head to a festival, let us know! Add your comments below with your impressions, recommendations and insights.

Cincinnati Opera: This company is a summer company, presenting a handful of operas in a tightly-scheduled two months. You still have time to catch Aida, which opens tonight and runs through July 28th. Tickets and information here and (513) 241-2742.

Indiana University: Summer Music 2013 starts today with the highlight symphony concert tonight at 8pm, featuring Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and Augusta Read Thomas’ Of Paradise and Light. The festival ends next Tuesday with Mozart’s “Great” Mass and Barber’s Adagio for Strings/Agnus Dei. Tickets and information here and (812) 855-7433.

Chamber Music Festival of Lexington: The 2013 festival expands to two weeks with Texas-based wind quintet WindSync, presenting planned and pop-up concerts around town. The second week of concerts at the Fasig-Tipton Pavilion (normally the home for Thoroughbred auctions) present tenor Nicholas Phan, pianist Alessio Bax, composer Raymond Lustig, among others. The festival runs August 12-25, and tickets and information are here and

Daniel Gilliam is Program Director and host