I've been thinking about paying a visit to Schloss Elmau in Bavaria for a couple of years now, and I'm sure I'll get around to it eventually. For those of you who don't know, the Schloss is a resort between Garmisch and Mittenwald that offers a fairly high level of live music year round. I've always fancied skiing to it in the winter, but thought I'd mention the place as a summer destination in case any of you are looking for something to do that doesn't involve Verbier or Verbier-like festivals. Their full concert listing can be found here, and the offerings include performances from people like Isabelle Faust, Renaud Capucon, Nicholas Angelich, and Christian Tetzlaff's eponymous quartet. Oh, and somewhat incongruously, Andreas Nohl will also be on hand to discuss his recent German translation of Tom Sawyer. I think Mark Twain would have been fairly tickled by such a lecture, and it's too bad Nohl didn't undertake the work 130 years ago so that Twain could have actually attended the discussion and written about it in A Tramp Abroad. Oh well.