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Tanglewood

TANGLEWOOD—ONE OF THE WORLD’S PREMIER SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVALS AND FAMED SUMMER HOME OF THE BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SINCE 1937—ANNOUNCES 2017 SEASON, 
JUNE 18-LABOR DAY WEEKEND; TICKETS GO ON SALE JANUARY 29 AT WWW.TANGLEWOOD.ORG AND 888-266-1200

[Tanglewood 2017 Artists]

BSO MUSIC DIRECTOR ANDRIS NELSONS—EXPANDING HIS COMMITMENT TO TANGLEWOOD—LEADS TEN PROGRAMS OVER FOUR WEEKS, INCLUDING OPENING AND CLOSING BSO CONCERTS—MAHLER’S SYMPHONY NO. 2 ON JULY 7 AND BEETHOVEN’S NINTH SYMPHONYAUGUST 27—AS WELL AS THE BSO’S FIRST FULL-LENGTH CONCERT PERFORMANCE OF WAGNER’S DAS RHEINGOLD, AN UNPRECEDENTED UNDERTAKING FOR THE FESTIVAL (7/15)

TANGLEWOOD TO FEATURE SEVERAL NEW INITIATIVES COMPLEMENTING THE FESTIVAL’S BELOVED TRADITIONS OF WEEKLY PERFORMANCES BY THE BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, AN EXTRAORDINARY LINEUP OF GUEST ARTISTS FROM THE WORLDS OF CLASSICAL, BROADWAY, DANCE, AND POP CULTURE, FREE FAMILY FUN ACTIVITIES AND ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAMS, ON-SITE CAFES AND FINE DINING, A WIDE VARIETY OF DISCOUNTED TICKET PROGRAMS, FREE TICKETS FOR PATRONS 17 YEARS AND YOUNGER, AND FREE TOURS OF THE ICONIC GROUNDS

[Tanglewood 2017 Artists]

ADDITIONAL BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES UNDER THE DIRECTION OF ANDRIS NELSONS INCLUDE MAHLER'S SYMPHONY NO. 4 WITH SOPRANO KRISTINE OPOLAIS (7/9); THOMAS ADÈS’S THREE STUDIES FROM COUPERIN (7/14); THE WORLD PREMIERE OF JOHN WILLIAMS’S MARKINGS, WITH VIOLINIST ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER (7/16); AND AN OPERA GALA PROGRAM WITH MS. OPOLAIS AND DMITRI HVOROSTOVSKY (8/26)

MR. NELSONS TO CONDUCT THE BOSTON POPS—SHARING THE PODIUM WITH JOHN WILLIAMS FOR FILM NIGHT (8/19)—AND THE TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER ORCHESTRA IN TWO PROGRAMS:  THE LEONARD BERNSTEIN MEMORIAL CONCERT FEATURING STRAUSS’S AN ALPINE SYMPHONY AND PAUL LEWIS PERFORMING BEETHOVEN’S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 3, AS WELL AS AN OZAWA HALL PROGRAM FEATURING HÅKAN HARDENBERGER AND THOMAS ROLFS PERFORMING MUSIC OF MARK-ANTHONY TURNAGE (7/10)

[Tanglewood 2017 Artists]

NEW TO TANGLEWOOD IN 2017  

TANGLEWOOD TO INTRODUCE NEW INITIATIVES, A HIGHLIGHT OF WHICH WILL BE SUMMER SUNDAYS AT TANGLEWOOD OFFERING PATRONS OF ALL AGES A WIDE VARIETY OF ENTERTAINING AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES TO TAKE PLACE BEFORE AND AFTER SUNDAY-AFTERNOON BSO CONCERTS

TANGLEWOOD TAKES FLIGHT:  A CELEBRATION OF BIRDS AND MUSIC WITH MASS AUDUBON TO COMBINE BIRD WALKS WITH PERFORMANCES OF MESSIAEN’S CATALOGUE OF THE BIRDS, BOTH AT PLEASANT VALLEY WILDLIFE SANCTUARY AND TANGLEWOOD,
AND FEATURING PIERRE-LAURENT AIMARD 
AND TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER FELLOWS 
(7/27-30)

SCHUBERT’S SUMMER JOURNEY—A SERIES OF SIX OZAWA HALL RECITAL AND CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERTS, DEVISED AND CURATED BY EMANUEL AX, CELEBRATING SOME OF THE COMPOSER’S MOST INSPIRING WORKS AND FEATURING SUCH PRESTIGIOUS ARTISTS AS MR. AX, ANDRÈ SCHUEN, THOMAS ADÈS AND THE EMERSON QUARTET, COLIN JACOBSEN, YO-YO MA, JAMIE BARTON, GARRICK OHLSSON, PAMELA FRANK, AND SIMON KEENLYSIDE

THOMAS ADÈS MAKES HIS TANGLEWOOD DEBUT AS BSO ARTISTIC PARTNER LEADING THE BSO IN BRITTEN’S SINFONIA DA REQUIEM AND BEETHOVEN’S EMPEROR CONCERTO WITH EMANUEL AX (7/22) AND THE TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER ORCHESTRA IN HIS OWN POLARIS AND SIBELIUS SYMPHONY NO. 7 (7/24)

GARRICK OHLSSONTANGLEWOOD'S 2017 KOUSSEVITZKY ARTIST, TO BE FEATURED IN FIVE PERFORMANCES THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER, INCLUDING THREE SHED CONCERTS AND 
TWO OZAWA HALL PROGRAMS

[Tanglewood Popular Events]


BOSTON POPS AND TANGLEWOOD ON PARADE


KEITH LOCKHART
 TO LEAD THE BOSTON POPS IN SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM (7/8) AND THE POPULAR FILM SCORES TO JAWS (6/18) AND E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (8/25), WHILE FILM IS PROJECTED ONTO SCREENS FOR SHED AND LAWN PATRONS; TANGLEWOOD ON PARADE TO FEATURE JOHN WILLIAMS, KEITH LOCKHART, CHARLES DUTOIT, BRAMWELL TOVEY, AND MORITZ GNANN LEADING THE BOSTON SYMPHONYBOSTON POPS, AND TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER ORCHESTRAS IN MUSIC OF COPLANDKODÁLYMENDELSSOHN, AND WILLIAMS, WITH TCHAIKOVSKY’S 1812 OVERTURE 
AS CLOSER (8/1)

BSO GUEST CONDUCTOR HIGHLIGHTS
 
GUSTAVO GIMENO/BERNSTEIN’S AGE OF ANXIETY SYMPHONY 
(7/21); CHARLES DUTOIT/DVOŘÁK’S NEW WORLD SYMPHONY (7/28) AND BERLIOZ’S TE DEUM (7/29); BRAMWELL TOVEY/WALTON’S BELSHAZZAR’S FEAST(7/30); CHRISTOPH VON DOHNÁNYI/SCHUMANN’S CELLO CONCERTO WITH YO-YO MA (8/6) AND JULIAN ANDERSON’S INCANTESIMIAND BEETHOVEN’S SEVENTH SYMPHONY (8/12);  GIANCARLO GUERRERO/THE RITE OF SPRING(8/11); AND DAVID AFKHAM/MAHLER’S DES KNABEN WUNDERHORNAND RÜCKERT-LIEDERWITH BARITONE SIMON KEENLYSIDE (8/18); AS WELL AS BSO ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR KEN-DAVID MASUR/AARON JAY KERNIS’S MUSICA CELESTISAND MUSIC OF PROKOFIEV AND TCHAIKOVSKY (7/23) AND THE DEBUT OF LAHAV SHANI/SCHUBERT’S GREAT C MAJOR SYMPHONY AND MOZART’S VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 1 WITH JOSHUA BELL

HANS GRAF TO LEAD STAGED PRODUCTION OF MENDELSSOHN’S A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHT DREAMIN A RECENTLY DEVISED ADAPTATION BY STAGE DIRECTOR BILL BARCLAY (8/5)

[Tanglewood 2017 Artists]

OZAWA HALL

MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP
 IN LOU 100:  IN HONOR OF THE DIVINE MR. HARRISON (6/28&29), APOLLO’S FIRE IN VIVALDI’S FOUR SEASONS (7/5); DANIIL TRIFONOV IN WORKS OF SCHUMANN,SHOSTAKOVICH, AND STRAVINSKY (7/12); A HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY PRESENTATION OF PURCELL’S THE FAIRY-QUEEN (8/9); AND THE BOSTON SYMPHONY CHAMBER PLAYERS IN WORKS OF GUBAIDULINABACH, AND DVOŘÁK (8/16)

FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

2017 FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
, AUGUST 10-14, SHOWCASES  FORMER TMC ALUMS PIANIST JACOB GREENBERG, CELLIST KATHRYN BATES, AND VIOLIST NADIA SIROTA—DISTINGUISHED MUSICIANS, LEADERS IN THEIR FIELDS, AND ACTIVE CHAMPIONS OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC—WHO WILL CURATE PROGRAMS, COMMISSION WORKS, AND PARTICIPATE IN PERFORMANCES

BEYOND TANGLEWOOD’S CLASSICAL MUSIC OFFERINGS
DAVID SEDARIS (8/20), WITH ADDITIONAL POPULAR ARTIST DATES—INCLUDING PERFORMANCES ON JULY 3 AND 4 AND LABOR DAY WEEKEND—TO BE ANNOUNCED IN THE NEW YEAR

PURCHASING TICKETS
2017 TANGLEWOOD SEASON TICKETS, $12-$124, GO ON SALE JANUARY 29 AT 888-266-1200 OR WWW.TANGLEWOOD.ORG

SPONSORSHIP
COMMONWEALTH WORLDWIDE CHAUFFEURED TRANSPORTATION IS PROUD TO BE CELEBRATING ITS FOURTEENTH YEAR AS THE OFFICIAL CHAUFFEURED TRANSPORTATION PROVIDER OF THE BSO

[Andris Nelsons at Tanglewood]The 2017 Tanglewood season, June 18-Labor Day Weekend, offers visitors an exceptional lineup of performances and musical activities for music lovers of every age, highlighted by 10 programs led by Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director Andris Nelsons and major new initiatives designed to give patrons a wide spectrum of musical, entertainment, and educational activities, including some to enjoy before and after selected performances throughout the summer. In his most significant commitment yet to Tanglewood, Mr. Nelsons will lead both the opening and closing BSO concerts, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection,and Beethoven Symphony No. 9Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with Kristine Opolaisan opera gala with Ms. Opolais and Dmitri Hvorostovsky performing excerpts from Simon Boccanegra, La traviata, and Eugene Onegin; the world premiere of John Williams’s Markings with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter; and the first-ever BSO and festival concert performance of the complete Das Rheingold, a tour de force milestone in the history of the festival. Mr. Nelsons will also conduct the Boston Pops Orchestra for the first time, sharing the podium for Film Night with John Williams. Also new to Tanglewood in 2017, highly acclaimed composer/conductor/pianist Thomas Adès will make his first Tanglewood appearances as BSO Artistic Partner, leading orchestral concerts, performing as pianist with the Emerson Quartet, and  working closely with the Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s acclaimed summer music academy. 

[Tanglewood on Parade]In addition to these BSO highlights, the 2017 Tanglewood season will launch new initiatives designed to give visitors a variety of activities to enjoy during pre- and post-concert hours around the BSO’s weekend performances, as well as a concert series to take place off-campus beyond the Tanglewood grounds, offering music lovers a new and different way to enjoy the festival’s musical offerings. Sunday afternoons at Tanglewood will offer visitors a chance to engage in entertaining and educational activities both before and after Sunday-afternoon BSO concerts (2:30 p.m.), starting when the gates open at noon. Though specific details of these programs will be announced at a later date, the Sunday-afternoon offering are [Pierre-Laurent Aimard]expected to include such activities as lectures and musical demonstrations for all ages, sing-alongs, food and wine tastings, face painting, yoga and Qigong, and games for children and families. Since many of the activities take place throughout the Tanglewood campus, visitors will be encouraged to spend more time enjoying and touring the Festival’s iconic grounds and buildings.  Also, in a unique and first-ever endeavor between Tanglewood and Mass Audubon, Tanglewood Takes Flight:  A Celebration of Birds and Music with Mass Audubon will bring a new dimension to the activity of bird walks by partnering the walks with live performances, including music from Messiaen’s Catalogue of the Birds, a monumental series of 13 piano pieces portraying the birds of Europe, to be performed by Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Piano Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center at both Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and Tanglewood (7/27-30). Please read below for a full description of these and other new initiatives for the 2017 Tanglewood season.

[Keith Lockhart (photo by Marco Borggreve)]Along with these new programs, visitors to Tanglewood in 2017 will have many opportunities to enjoy the treasured traditions of the festival, including weekly concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and performances by the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Music Center orchestras; a lineup of extraordinary BSO guest artists, featuring some of the world’s most cherished musicians widely known to Tanglewood audiences, as well as new talents making their first [TMC Fellows in Ozawa Hall]appearances at the festival;   chamber music and recital programs spotlighting today’s most sought-after artists in the intimate atmosphere of Ozawa Hall; weekly performances by the young Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s prestigious summer music academy, including the 2017 Festival of Contemporary Music; and a Popular Artist series sure to inspire music fans near and far to come hear their favorite musicians perform at the iconic festival. In addition, Tanglewood continues to offer many free and discounted ticket and educational programs, including free tickets for patrons 17 and younger, as well as a wide variety of café and fine dining options, and free tours of Tanglewood’s expansive grounds and famous performance spaces.

One of the premier summer music festivals in the world and summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1937, Tanglewood is located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills, between Stockbridge and Lenox, Massachusetts. Tickets for the 2017 Tanglewood season, $12-$124, are available through Tanglewood’s website, www.tanglewood.org, SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200, and at the Symphony Hall Box Office at 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston MA

OVERVIEW OF 2017 TANGLEWOOD SEASON, JUNE 18-LABOR DAY WEEKEND

1. AUDIENCE FAVORITES, TANGLEWOOD TRADITIONS: ANDRIS NELSONS, YO-YO MA, EMANUEL AX, JOSHUA BELL, CHARLES DUTOIT, CHRISTOPH VON DOHNÁNYI, THE BOSTON POPS WITH KEITH LOCKHART, FILM NIGHT WITH JOHN WILLIAMS, TANGLEWOOD ON PARADE, POPULAR ARTISTS

Ray and Maria Stata BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons leads 10 concerts, including the BSO’s first-ever complete concert performance of Das Rheingold
[Andris Nelsons at Tanglewood (Photo by Marco Borggreve)]In what promises to be one of the highlights of the 2017 Tanglewood season, and a significant event in the world of opera, Mr. Nelsons will lead the first BSO concert performance of the complete Das Rheingold, the first of the four dramas that make up Wagner’s masterpiece Der Ring des Nibelungen. The performance will feature[Thomas Mayer]Thomas J. Mayer as Wotan, Sarah Connolly as Fricka, and Jochen Schmeckenbecher as Alberich, among other eminent and prestigious singers known the world over for their acclaimed performances of Wagner’s music.  Mr. Nelsons will also conduct BSO Artistic Partner Thomas Adès’s Three Studies from Couperin, on a program with music of Haydn and Ravel, and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 with Daniil Trifonov as soloist.  Kristine Opolais joins Mr. Nelsons and the BSO for a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 on a program with Mozart’s Violin [Anne-Sophie Mutter]Concerto No. 5 in A, with teenaged violinist Daniel Lozakovich in his BSO debut; Ms. Opolais will also be featured in a Nelsons-led opera gala program with baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky. For his first Tanglewood Opening Night concert, Mr. Nelsons will lead the BSO in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, with soloists Malin Christensson and Bernarda Fink. Mr. Nelsons leads the BSO’s season-closing concert, beginning the program with Ives’s “The Housatonic at Stockbridge,” from Three Places in New England, prior to the traditional performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Ode to Joy.  

[John Williams]In a first-ever outing for Andris Nelsons, the BSO maestro will join John Williams to share the podium for what is consistently one of the most popular events each summer, John Williams' Film Night,  Tanglewood’s annual homage to film favorites and movie magic. In another close association with Mr. Williams in 2017, Mr. Nelsons will lead the world premiere of the composer’s Markings, with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, who will also perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto on a program that will close with a BSO signature work, Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique

[Paul Lewis]Mr. Nelsons will lead the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in two programs:  the Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concert with Paul Lewis performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 on a program with Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony, and an Ozawa Hall program featuring Håkan Hardenberger in two works by Marc-Anthony Turnage: From the Wreckage, for trumpet and orchestra and, along with BSO principal trumpet Thomas RolfsDispelling the Fears, for two trumpets and orchestra. The program will also include Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1, Classical, and Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements. These 10 programs, which take place over a four-week period of the 2017 festival, represent Mr. Nelsons’ longest commitment to the Tanglewood season since he took on the title of BSO music director in the fall of 2014.  

[Andris Nelsons (photo by Marco Borggreve)]Prior to the BSO’s Opening Night concert on July 7, Music Director Andris Nelsonswill spend time coaching the exceptionally talented Tanglewood Music Center Fellows ahead of their Brass Extravaganza concert on Sunday, July 2, at 10 a.m. at Ozawa Hall. This performance will be the first of the TMC’s regular Sunday morning chamber concerts of the 2017 season. In addition to coaching musicians and leading rehearsals, Mr. Nelsons and acclaimed Swedish trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger will conduct at least one piece in the Brass Extravaganza. Maestro Nelsons—a talented trumpeter who previously held the Principal Trumpet chair in the Latvian National Opera Orchestra—is also expected to give a rare performance on the trumpet with the TMC Fellows, as will BSO principals Thomas RolfsRichard SebringToby Oft, and Michael Roylance. The program will include the world premiere of a TMC commission for brass and percussion by Max Grafe. Additional program details will be announced at a later date.

Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Charles Dutoit, Christoph von Dohnányi, Mark Morris Dance Group
[Yo-Yo Ma]Tanglewood’s 80-year tradition of presenting the very best of the classical music world is reflected in the selection of guest artists and ensembles making appearances in the 2017 season.  Preeminent artists with close connections to Tanglewood—making [Emanuel Ax]virtually annual appearances at the festival for decades, and featured prominently in 2017—include cellist Yo-Yo Ma(Schumann Cello Concerto with BSO 8/16; two Ozawa Hall appearances 8/3 and 8/17) and pianist Emanuel Ax(Beethoven Emperor Concerto with BSO, 7/22; four Ozawa Hall appearances 8/3, 13, 17, and 23), who has taken on a special role this summer at Tanglewood as creator and curator of the six-concert series, Schubert’s Summer Journey, details of which appear below.

[Joshua Bell]Another Tanglewood favorite, violinist Joshua Bell, performs Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 1, while beloved guest conductors Charles Dutoit (Dvořák’s New WorldSymphony and Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Yefim Bronfman, 7/28; Berlioz’s Te Deum with tenor Paul Groves and Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the left hand with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, 7/29) and Christoph von Dohnányi (Beethoven’s [Mark Morris Dance Group]Symphony No. 7 and Julian Anderson’s Incantesimi, 8/12; Mozart’s Symphony No. 25/Schumann’s Symphony No. 2, 8/6) make welcome return appearances. Always popular at Tanglewood, theMark Morris Dance Group will perform in Ozawa Hall to the music of Lou Harrison on the occasion of the centenary of the composer’s birth (6/28&29). The immensely popular Tanglewood Festival Chorus will be featured prominently in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2; Berlioz’s Te Deum; Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast; the opera gala program; and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

Boston Pops and Keith Lockhart and Tanglewood on Parade
[Keith Lockhart (photo by Marco Borggreve)]Summertime at Tanglewood wouldn’t be complete without several performances by the Boston Pops under the direction of Keith Lockhart, who leads Sondheim on Sondheim and two special movie presentations with live orchestra accompanimentJaws and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

[Tanglewood on Parade]Tanglewood on Parade is the festival’s annual day-long celebration of music featuring performances and family-fun festivities throughout the afternoon and evening hours, including daytime performances with the Fellows of theTanglewood Music Center and students from the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Tanglewood’s summer program for talented high school-aged musicians.  Afternoon activities lead up to a gala 8 p.m. concert featuring performances by theBoston Symphony, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood Music Center orchestras, led by John Williams, Keith LockhartCharles Dutoit, Bramwell Tovey, and BSO Assistant Conductor Moritz Gnann, conducting music of Kodály, Mendelssohn, and John Williams, as well as Copland’s Piano Concerto with Garrick Ohlsson as soloist. Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with the sounds of cannons and bells, brings the program to a rousing close just in time for a grand fireworks display over the Stockbridge Bowl adjacent to the Tanglewood grounds. 

[David Sedaris]Beyond Tanglewood’s Classical Music Offerings:  David Sedaris and the Popular Artist Series
One of America’s preeminent humorists, David Sedaris brings his sardonic wit and incisive social critiques to the Koussevitzky Music Shed in connection with his new book, Theft By Finding (8/20); additional Popular Artist dates, including performances on July 3 and 4 and Labor Day Weekend, will be announced in the new year. 

 

2. NEW TO TANGLEWOOD IN 2017: TANGLEWOOD SUMMER SUNDAYS; THOMAS ADÈS AS BSO ARTISTIC PARTNER, GARRICK OHLSSON AS 2017 KOUSSEVITZKY ARTIST, AND TANGLEWOOD TAKES FLIGHT, A CELEBRATION OF BIRDS AND MUSIC WITH MASS AUDUBON

New Audiences Initiatives and Exciting Activities in Conjunction with BSO Concerts
In addition to summer Sunday activities at Tanglewood, as described above, the 2017 Tanglewood season also features new offerings in connection with its concert schedule, including the first Tanglewood appearances by BSO Artistic Partner Thomas Adès; concerts by Tanglewood's 2017 Koussevitzky Artist, Garrick Ohlsson; a series of six Ozawa Hall recital and chamber music concerts celebrating many of the iconic works of Franz Schubert, devised and curated by Emanuel Ax; and, as previously mentioned,  a first-ever collaboration between Tanglewood and Mass Audubon, focusing on bird song walks and musical performances both at Tanglewood and the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox, MA.   

First Tanglewood Appearances of Thomas Adès as the Deborah and Philip Edmundson BSO Artistic Partner
[Thomas Ades]The highly acclaimed composer/conductor/pianist Thomas Adès will make his first appearances at Tanglewood as BSO Artistic Partner in 2017; he began his three-year appointment in the new role with a series of programs this past fall (link to fall concert release). As BSO Artistic Partner, Mr. Adèsone of the greatest musical minds of the 21st centurywill be an integral figure at the BSO as composer, conductor, performer, and teacher, both in Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood; in 2018 and 2019, he will serve as the Director of the Festival of Contemporary Music. During the 2017 Tanglewood season, Mr. Adès will lead the BSO in a program opening with his own …but all shall be well, followed by Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem, and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor, with Emanuel Ax as soloist; he will also lead the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in Ozawa Hall in his own Polaris and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 7. In addition, Mr. Adès will join the Emerson Quartet, baritone Andrè Schuen, and double bassist Harold Robinson for a wide-ranging program of music of Schubert to include the Quintet in A for piano and Strings, Trout; the program will also include Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Shroud for string quartet.  Besides these three programs, Thomas Adès will also coach TMC Composition Fellows and chamber music ensembles.  

Tanglewood and Mass Audubon Enter Into First-Ever Collaboration
[Pierre-Laurent Aimard]Tanglewood Takes Flight:  A Celebration of Birds and Music with Mass Audubon, Tanglewood’s multi-faceted, first-ever collaboration with Mass Audubon, stretches the idea of concert-going in a new direction for the Festival:  the series will feature six guided bird walks/talks, the earliest of which will take place at 5:30 a.m. at Pleasant Valley, and five concerts, with three performances to take place as early as 7 a.m., in close proximity to the scheduled early morning bird walks. The bird walks will be partnered with music from Messiaen’s Catalogue of the Birds, a monumental series of 13 piano pieces portraying the birds of Europe, to be performed by Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Piano Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center at both Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and Tanglewood (7/27-30).

As part of this special series, on July 27, Ozawa Hall will present Pierre-Laurent Aimard in a fascinating centuries-spanning program that will explore the many recreations of birdsong in music by a diverse range of composers from the Baroque to the present day, including music of Daquin, Schumann, Ravel, Bartók, and Julian Anderson. The centerpiece of the concert will be a selection of movements from Messiaen’s Catalogue of the Birds, to be interspersed with electronic works by French composer Bernard Fort, incorporating the same bird calls. The program will be preceded by a “Birds at Dusk” session on the Tanglewood Grounds with Mass Audubon ornithologist Wayne Petersen.

Garrick Ohlsson is 2017 Koussevitzky Artist
[Garrick Ohlsson]Garrick Ohlsson, the 2017 Koussevitzky Artist, will be featured in five Tanglewood programs this summer. On August 1 he is the soloist for the annual Tanglewood on Parade concert, performing Aaron Copland’s Piano Concerto with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra.  Mr. Ohlsson returns to the Shed stage to perform Chopin’s Piano Concertos 1 and 2 with the BSO on August 4 and 5, respectively.  He will also be featured in two Ozawa Hall programs: a performance of Elgar’s Piano Quintet in A minor on July 26, and a solo recital of works by Schubert and Scriabin (as part of the Schubert’s Summer Journey concert series described below) on August 8. Created to pay homage to some of the living legends who have made an impact on Tanglewood’s and the BSO’s continuing legacy of great performances and educational accomplishments through the Tanglewood Music Center, the Koussevitzky Artist recognition was first given in 2015 to Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel AxCharles Dutoit was the 2016 Koussevitzky Artist.   

Garrick Ohlsson—the first American pianist to win the International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition in 1970—has had an impressive international career that has included close ties to the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  In the four decades since his BSO debut in 1971, when he performed Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 under Seiji Ozawa, Mr. Ohlsson has been featured in over 40 concerts with the orchestra. At Tanglewood, the pianist has been frequently featured in Ozawa Hall in the works of Chopin, a specialty of Mr. Ohlsson’s. His solo recital appearances at Tanglewood have included two all-Chopin programs, in 1982 and 1993; the complete Beethoven piano sonatas in 2006; two critically acclaimed programs in 2010, and a 2013 recital featuring works by Chopin, Schubert, Beethoven, and Griffes. Mr. Ohlsson also performed as soloist with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra with Kurt Masur in 2009—a memorable performance of Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat. Mr. Ohlsson’s repertoire includes over eighty concertos, as reflected in his numerous collaborations with the BSO, which have featured works of Beethoven, Brahms, Prokofiev, Mozart, Barber, Lutosławski, Bartók, Grieg, Rachmaninoff, and, of course, Chopin.

Schubert’s Summer Journey—Six Ozawa Hall concerts Celebrating the Composer’s Music
[Emanuel Ax]Schubert’s Summer Journey—a series of six Ozawa Hall recital and chamber music concerts devised and curated by Emanuel Ax—will feature some of the composer’s most inspiring works performed by an extraordinary lineup of BSO musicians and guest artists well known and beloved by Tanglewood audiences. Many of the works to be performed were composed during the last year of Schubert’s life, in 1828.   

[Peter Serkin]Schubert’s Summer Journey begins on July 6 with a vocal and chamber music performance featuring Julia Hsu and Peter Serkin in Schubert four-hands repertoire and BSO principal clarinetist William R. Hudgins, principal horn James SommervilleTMC Vocal Fellows, and Mr. Ax in chamber and vocal music, including the program’sopening work, The Shepherd on the Rock, for singer, clarinet, and piano—the last work Schubert composed before his death in 1828. On July 20, the highly acclaimed young Italian baritone Andrè Schuen, in his American debut,[Emerson String Quartet]joins Thomas Adès for a series of Schubert songs to open the program. Next on the program, the Emerson Quartet is front and center for a performance of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Shroud for string quartet, written for and premiered by the group in September 2016. To close the July 20 program, Mr. Adès will join the Emerson Quartet for a performance of one of Schubert’s most beloved works, the Trout Quintet.On August 3, Mr. AxYo-Yo Ma, violinist Colin Jacobsen, and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, a former TMC Fellow, come together for a program of Schubert songs, including the famous "Gretchen am Spinnrade," on a program with Schubert’s Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat, and the world premiere of a new work by Mr. Jacobsen for mezzo-soprano and piano trio, based on the poetry of Lydia Barker

[Garrick Ohlsson]On August 8, 2017 Koussevitzky Artist Garrick Ohlsson will perform a program of piano works by Schubert, including the Sonata No. 20 in A, contrasted with selected piano works of similar form by Scriabin; Mr. Ohlssohn recently recorded the complete Scriabin works for solo piano to be released in the coming year. On August 17, Messrs. Ax and Ma are joined by Pamela Frank for a program of Schubert chamber music including the Arpeggione Sonata for cello and piano, written in the last year of [Simon Keenlyside]the composer’s life, and the Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat; the program will also feature several major contemporary composers of our time, as well as Tanglewood Music Center Composition Fellows, all of whom have been asked to compose short songs inspired by Schubert. This series ends on August 23 with Mr. Ax performing Impromptus by both Schubert and Samuel Adams, who composed his Impromptus specifically with the intent that they accompany Schubert’s. This program will also include Schubert’s song cycle, Schwanengesang, one of the last works Schubert composed before his death, featuring baritone Simon Keenlyside.

3. EXTRAORDINARY LINEUP OF GUEST CONDUCTORS WITH THE BSO; OZAWA HALL RECITALS AND CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES

Guest Conductors
[Charles Dutoit]In addition to special appearances byCharles Dutoit and Christoph von Dohnányi(described above), the 2017 Tanglewood festival welcomes return appearances by conductors Gustavo Gimeno leading Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, Age of Anxiety, with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet; Bramwell Tovey leading Walton’s Belshazzar’s [Christoph von Dohnanyi]Feast with bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green(7/30); Giancarlo Guerrero leading The Rite of Spring(8/11); and David Afkham leading excerpts from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Rückert-Lieder with baritone Simon Keenlyside (8/18), as well as BSO Assistant Conductor Ken-David Masurleading Aaron Jay Kernis’s Musica Celestis and music of Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky (7/23).  The 2017 Tanglewood season will introduce the prodigiously gifted 27-year-old Israeli conductor Lahav Shani in his BSO debut leading Schubert’s Great C major Symphony and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with Joshua Bell as soloist (8/13).  

[Hans Graf]Another highlight of the summer will feature Hans Graf leading a staged production of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a recently devised adaptation by stage director Bill Barclay, featuring vocal soloists, the women of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, four actors performing various passages from the play, along with original stage props, costumes, and lighting, and a video projection designed to contribute to the dream-like atmosphere of the work (8/5). 

 

Ozawa Hall 
[Apollo's Fire]In addition to appearances by the Mark Morris Dance Group in Lou 100: In Honor of the Divine Mr. Harrison, the series of six Schubert’s Summer Journey concerts, and performances by 2017 Koussevitzky Artist Garrick Ohlsson, all previously mentioned, Ozawa Hall will also present programs featuring Apollo’s Firein their distinctive take on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (7/5); Daniil Trifonov in works of Schumann, Shostakovich, and Stravinsky (7/12); the Handel and Haydn Societyperforming Purcell’s The Fairy-Queen (8/9); and the Boston Symphony Chamber Players performing Bach’s Cantata No. 199, Mein Herze Schwimmt im Blut, with soprano Yulia Van Doren, and works by Gubaidulina and Dvořák—the Piano Quintet with special guest pianist Paul Lewis (8/16).

4. 2017 FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC AND TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER

Kathryn BatesFellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, who will be featured in vocal, chamber music, and orchestral performances throughout the summer, will also participate in performances for the 2017 Festival of Contemporary Music, August 10-15, which has invited TMC alumni pianist Jacob Greenberg, cellist Kathryn Bates, and violist [Nico Muhly]Nadia Sirota—distinguished musicians and active proponents of contemporary music—to curate programs, commission works, and participate in performances. In addition to four world premiere works by Nico MuhlyAnthony CheungNathan Davis, and Kui Dong (with Muhly, Davis, and Dong receiving first Tanglewood performances of any of their music), the festival will feature works by such giants of the contemporary music world asSofia Gubaidulina (Meditations), Harrison Birtwistle (a selection from Orpheus Elegies), György Ligeti (Clocks and Clouds), and Henri Dutilleux (The Shadows of Time).  The 2017 Festival of Contemporary Music will also introduce many composers whose work will be performed for the first time at Tanglewood, including Jack Body (Flurry), Phyllis Chen (Chimers), Ben Johnston (Quartet No. 4), George Lewis (Anthem), Lei Liang (Gobi Canticle), Rene Orth (Quartet), Terry Riley (G Song), Caroline Shaw (Blueprint), Dai Fujikura (Tocar e Luchar), Anna Thorvaldsdottir (Hrim), and Huang Ruo (Confluences).

[Andris Nelsons]BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons opens the Tanglewood Music Center’s series of Ozawa Hall performances with a program featuring Håkan Hardenberger in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s From the Wreckage and Håkan Hardenberger and BSO principal trumpet Thomas Rolfs in Turnage's Dispelling The Fears, for two trumpets and orchestra, on a program that also includes Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony and Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements (7/10); Mr. Nelsons also leads the TMCO [Hakan Hardenberger]in a Shed performance of Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony and Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto with Paul Lewis as soloist (8/20). Stefan Asbury leads the TMCO in a program to include Brahms’s Tragic Overture and Elgar’s Symphony No. 1 (7/17).  BSO Artistic Partner Thomas Adès conducts the TMCO in his own Polaris and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 7, on a program that will also include music from Britten’s Peter Grimes and Sibelius’s The Bard (7/24). Under the direction of Stefan Asbury, the TMCO will also be featured, along with the Lorelei Ensemble, in the final program of the 2017 Festival of Contemporary Music, performing works of LigetiDai FujikuraAnna ThorvaldsdottirHuang Ruo, and Dutilleux (8/14).  They will also perform as part of Tanglewood on Parade on August 1, the details of which are described above. All of the TMCO’s Ozawa Hall performances will also feature TMCO Conducting Fellows leading some selections for each program.  

5.  TICKET INFORMATION AND BRIEF OVERVIEW OF TANGLEWOOD

Tickets for the 2017 Tanglewood, season, $12-$124, go on sale to the general public on Sunday, January 29, at 10 a.m. Tickets are available through Tanglewood’s website, www.tanglewood.org, through SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200, and at the Symphony Hall Box Office at 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston MA. Tickets will also be available for purchase in person at the Tanglewood Box Office at Tanglewood’s Main Gate on West Street in Lenox, MA, in June 2017. American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club, Discover, and cash are all accepted. For further information and box office hours, please call the Boston Symphony Orchestra at 617-266-1492 or visit www.tanglewood.org$20 tickets for attendees under 40, one of the BSO’s most popular discount ticket offers, will be available for select BSO and Boston Pops performances in the Shed. In addition, Tanglewood continues to offer free lawn tickets to young people age 17 and under, as well as a variety of special programs for children, including Kids’ Corner, Watch and Play, and the annual Family Concert, this year to take place July 22.Additional ticket information appears near the end of this press release.

BRIEF OVERVIEW OF TANGLEWOOD, THE BSO’S SUMMER HOME SINCE 1937 
[Tanglewood (photo by Marco Borggreve)]One of the most popular and acclaimed music festivals in the world, Tanglewood—the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home since 1937—is located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills between Lenox and Stockbridge, MA. With an average annual attendance of more than 300,000 visitors, Tanglewood has a $60 million impact on the Berkshire economy each summer. Tanglewood presents orchestra concerts by the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and visiting ensembles, featuring many of the greatest classical musicians of our time; recital and chamber music concerts in the intimate setting of Ozawa Hall; programs highlighting the young musicians of the Tanglewood Music Center; and performances by some of today’s leading popular artists. Introduced in 2013, $20 tickets for attendees under 40 will be available for select BSO and Boston Pops performances in the Shed. Tanglewood is family-friendly, with free lawn tickets available for children and young people age 17 and under, and a variety of special programs for children, including Kids’ Corner, Watch and Play, and the annual Family Concert, this year to take place on Saturday, July 22. Tanglewood is also the home of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s preeminent summer music academy for the advanced training of young professional musicians, and Days in the Arts, a multi-cultural arts-immersion program that gives 400 fifth-, sixth-, and seventh-graders from communities across Massachusetts the opportunity to explore the arts in week-long sessions throughout the summer. These are just two of the BSO’s many educational and outreach activities, for which more information is available online at the Boston Symphony Orchestra's website, www.bso.orgreceiving approximately 17 million visitors annually and generating over $118 million in revenue since its launch in 1996. Music lovers can follow Tanglewood via its new social media accounts on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/TanglewoodMusicFestival/, on Twitter @TanglewoodMA, and on Instagram @TanglewoodMusicFestival. The Boston Symphony is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bostonsymphony, on Twitter @bostonsymphony, and on Instagram @bostonsymphony. The Boston Pops is on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/thebostonpops, on Twitter @thebostonpops, and on Instagram @thebostonpops.

2017 TANGLEWOOD SEASON WEEK-BY-WEEK PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

TANGLEWOOD PRE-SEASON, JUNE 18 -JULY 6

KEITH LOCKHART AND THE BOSTON POPS PERFORM THE SCORE TO JAWS ALONGSIDE THE MOVIE (6/18); THE MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP RETURNS TO TANGLEWOOD JUNE 28 & 29 FOR A PROGRAM WITH TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER FELLOWS HONORING LOU HARRISON; APOLLO’S FIRE: THE CLEVELAND BAROQUE ORCHESTRA BRINGS ITS DISTINCTIVE TAKE ON VIVALDI’S THE FOUR SEASONS TO OZAWA HALL (7/5); TANGLEWOOD KICKS OFF ITS SIX-PART SERIES OF PROGRAMS DEVOTED TO THE MUSIC OF SCHUBERT (7/6)

[Keith Lockhart (photo by Marco Borggreve)]On Sunday, June 18, at 8 p.m., Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops bring Jaws to life, performing John Williams’s Academy Award-winning score live in sync with the iconic movie. Directed by Steve Spielberg, Jaws is one of the original summer blockbuster movies.

[Mark Morris Dance Group (photo by Hilary Scott)]Following a one-year hiatus from Tanglewood, Mark Morrisand the Mark Morris Dance Group return to Ozawa Hall Wednesday, June 28, and Thursday, June 29, for a program marking the centennial of the revered American composer Lou Harrison (1917-2003). Performed in collaboration with Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, Lou 100: In Honor of the Divine Mr. Harrison will feature four works choreographed by Mark Morris to Harrison’s music: Pacific, set to the third and fourth movements of the Trio for violin, cello, and piano; Serenade, set to the Serenade for guitar and percussion; a new work by Mr. Morris set to Varied Trio for violin, piano, and percussion; and Grand Duo, set to Grand Duo for violin and piano.

[Andris Nelsons (photo by Marco Borggreve)]Prior to the BSO’s Opening Night concert on July 7, Music Director Andris Nelsonswill spend time coaching the exceptionally talented Tanglewood Music Center Fellows ahead of their Brass Extravaganza concert on Sunday, July 2, at 10 a.m. at Ozawa Hall. This performance will be the first of the TMC’s regular Sunday morning chamber concerts of the 2017 season. In addition to coaching musicians and leading rehearsals, Mr. Nelsons and acclaimed Swedish trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger will conduct at least one piece in the Brass Extravaganza. Maestro Nelsons—a talented trumpeter who previously held the Principal Trumpet chair in the Latvian National Opera Orchestra—is also expected to give a rare performance on the trumpet with the TMC Fellows, as will BSO principals Thomas RolfsRichard SebringToby Oft, and Michael Roylance. The program will include the world premiere of a TMC commission for brass and percussion by Max Grafe. Additional program details will be announced at a later date.

[Apollo's Fire]On Wednesday, July 5, Apollo’s Fire: The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra returns for a second visit to Tanglewood, this time bringing its distinctive take on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Conductor/harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell and the orchestra present The Four Seasons as the revolutionary creations of musical storytelling they were meant to be—illustrating the naturalistic effects along the way, so that Vivaldi’s pictorial descriptions come to life. The orchestra will also perform Vivaldi’s Concerto in G minor for two cellos, strings, and continuo, and Dall’Abaco’s Concerto in E minor, “per più strumenti,” Op. 5, No. 3.

[Emanuel Ax]The six-part Schubert’s Summer Journey series of concerts kicks off on Thursday, July 6, with pianists Emanuel AxPeter Serkin, and Julia Hsu (in her Tanglewood debut), along with BSO principals William R. Hudgins (clarinet) and James Sommerville (horn) and Tanglewood Music Center Vocal Fellows. Program 1 of the series features an all-Schubert program featuring works from the final year before his death in November 1828, including The Shepherd on the Rock, D.965, for soprano, clarinet, and piano, believed to be the last song he composed; and Auf dem Strom, D.943, for piano, French horn, and piano. The program also includes a selection of part-songs with piano with Tanglewood Music Center Vocal Fellows, and three works for piano four-hands, performed by Peter Serkin and Julia Hsu: Lebensstürme, D.947; Variations in B minor, D.823; and Rondo in A, D.951, Schubert’s final work for piano-four hands.

WEEK 1, JULY 7-13

ANDRIS NELSONS AND THE BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OPEN THE ORCHESTRA’S 2017 TANGLEWOOD SEASON WITH MAHLER’S SYMPHONY NO. 2 (7/7); KEITH LOCKHART AND THE BOSTON POPS PRESENT SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM (7/8); MR. NELSONS AND THE BSO PERFORM MOZART AND MAHLER WITH VIOLINIST DANIEL LOZAKOVICH AND SOPRANO KRISTINE OPOLAIS (7/9); PIANIST DANIIL TRIFONOV PERFORMS IN OZAWA HALL (7/12); BROOKLYN-BASED CHAMBER ENSEMBLE THE KNIGHTS RETURN TO TANGLEWOOD (7/12)

[Andris Nelsons]Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra open their 2017 Tanglewood season Friday, July 7, with a gala performance of Mahler’s grand, deeply emotional, and ultimately triumphant Symphony No. 2, Resurrection. Soprano Malin Christensson (in her Tanglewood debut) and mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink join Mr. Nelsons and the orchestra, along with the all-volunteer Tanglewood Festival Chorus.Mr. Nelsons returns to the podium for his second concert of the season on Sunday, July 9, for an afternoon program featuring 15-year-old Swedish violinist Daniel Lozakovich in his BSO and Tanglewood debuts performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5, and Mr. Nelsons’ second Mahler symphony of the weekend—Symphony No. 4 featuring soprano Kristine Opolais.

[Sondheim on Sondheim logo]On Saturday, July 8, Tanglewood presents the symphonic Sondheim on Sondheimwith Keith Lockhart and the Boston PopsSondheim on Sondheim is a retrospective of the life and work of America’s finest contemporary musical theater creator told through his own words via film, live performers, and his music. These performances—directed by Sarna Lapine and featuring a cast of vocalists including Philip BoykinCarmen CusakGabriel Ebert, and Lisa Howard—will include lush new arrangements for full orchestra, performed for the first time.

[Hakan Hardenberger]The Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra kicks off its 2017 season under the direction of Andris Nelsons on Monday, July 10. The performance features Swedish trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger, one of Mr. Nelsons’ closest artistic collaborators, and Thomas Rolfs, BSO principal trumpet and a former TMC Fellow. Highlighting the program are two concertos written for Mr. Hardenberger by acclaimed English composer Mark-Anthony Turnage. Mr. Hardenberger is soloist in the 2004 concerto From the Wreckage, an emotional journey transporting listeners from a spiky introduction to the calm plateau of its final resolution. Hardenberger is joined by Thomas Rolfs for Turnage’s 1995 double trumpet concerto Dispelling the Fears. Mark-Anthony Turnage’s music has been performed frequently at Tanglewood since he was a TMC Fellow in 1983. Also on the program is Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1, Classical, and Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements.

[Daniil Trifinov]Russian pianist Daniil Trifinov performs the music of Schumann, Shostakovich, and Stravinsky in Ozawa Hall on Wednesday, July 12. Mr. Trifinov opens the program with three works by Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op. 15 (“Scenes from Childhood”), Toccata, and Kreisleriana, written in only four days in 1838. He’ll also perform selections from Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues—a collection of short pieces, one written in every major and minor key—and Stravinsky’s Three Movements from Petrushka, an arrangement of music from the ballet for solo piano.

[The Knights]Brooklyn-based chamber orchestra The Knights, led by conductor Eric Jacobsen, are joined by violinist Jennifer KohMusical America’s2016 Artist of the Year, on Thursday, July 13, in Ozawa Hall. The ensemble performs Purcell’s Fantasia upon One Note, John Adams’ Common Tones in Simple Time, a new work for violin and chamber orchestra by Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer (co-commissioned by the BSO), and Mozart’s Symphony No. 40.

 

WEEK 2, JULY 14-20

ANDRIS NELSONS, THE BSO, AND A CAST OF VOCAL SOLOISTS PERFORM WAGNER’S COMPLETE DAS RHEINGOLD (7/15); DANIIL TRIFINOV JOINS ANDRIS NELSONS AND THE BSO FOR MOZART’S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 21 ON PROGRAM WITH MUSIC BY RAVEL, HAYDN, AND AD
ÈS (7/14); MR. NELSONS LEADS THE BSO IN THE WORLD PREMIERE OF JOHN WILLIAMS’ MARKINGS, FEATURING SOLOIST ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER (7/16); THE EMERSON STRING QUARTET IS JOINED BY AN ENSEMBLE OF SEVEN ACTORS TO TELL THE STORY OF SHOSTAKOVICH’S 50-YEAR QUEST TO CREATE AN OPERA FROM CHEKHOV’S THE BLACK MONK (7/19); THE EMERSON QUARTET RETURNS WITH BARITONE ANDRÈ SCHUEN, PIANIST THOMAS ADÈS, AND DOUBLE BASSIST HAROLD ROBINSON FOR THE SECOND PROGRAM OF SCHUBERT’S SUMMER JOURNEY (7/20)

[Andris Nelsons (Photo by Marco Borggreve)]Andris Nelsons leads the orchestra in three performances over the BSO’s second weekend at Tanglewood, Friday, July 14-Sunday, July 16. Mr. Nelsons opens the weekend on Friday, July 14, with performances of two pieces written as an homage to French Baroque composer François Couperin, composed nearly 90 years apart: Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin and BSO Artist Partner Thomas Adès’s Three Studies from Couperin. Also on the program is Haydn’s Symphony No. 83, La Poule(“The Hen”), last performed by the BSO in 1990, and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K.467, featuring Russian pianist Daniil Trifinov.

[Thomas Mayer]On Saturday, July 15, Maestro Nelsons leads the BSO in one of the great highlights of the 2017 Tanglewood season: the festival’s first-ever complete concert performance of Wagner’s epic Das Rheingold, the first of the four dramas from [Sarah Connolly]Wagner’s masterpiece Der Ring des Nibelungen. The performance features a cast of all-star vocal soloists among the most respected for these roles, including bass-baritone Thomas J. Mayer as Wotan (in his BSO and Tanglewood debuts); mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly as Fricka; tenor Kim Begleyas Loge (BSO and Tanglewood debuts); and baritone Jochen Schmeckenbecher(BSO and Tanglewood debuts) as Alberich, along with other prestigious singers known for their expertise performing Wagner’s music. The performance of Das Rheingold—sung in German with English subtitles—will run without an intermission.

[Anne-Sophie Mutter]Closing out the weekend on Sunday, July 16, Andris Nelsons and the BSO are joined by violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter for the world premiere of Boston Pops Conductor Laureate John Williams’ Markings, for solo violin, strings, and harp. Ms. Mutter also joins the orchestra for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, one of the most popular concertos for the instrument. Berlioz’s dazzling Symphonie fantastique completes the program.

Conductor Stefan Asbury and TMC Conducting Fellows lead the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in Ozawa Hall on Monday, July 17, in a program including the turbulent Brahms Tragic Overture and Elgar's majestic Symphony No. 1.        

[Emerson String Quartet]On Wednesday, July 19, the Emerson String Quartet returns to Ozawa Hall for the first of two programs. Accompanied by an ensemble of seven actors, including David Strathairn and Jay O. Sanders, the Emerson Quartet presents “The Black Monk: Shostakovich, Stalin, and the Dread of a Second Chance—a Russian Fantasy.” The program, written and directed by James Glossman, weaves the tale of Dmitri Shostakovich’s 50-year obsessive quest to create an opera from The Black Monk, Chekhov’s theatrical chamber masterpiece and love, art, madness, and freedom. Through music—including a complete performance of Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 14—supported by actors and multimedia projections, we see Shostakovich himself trying over decades to retell Chekhov’s haunting and heroic story of a writer struggling for his sanity, only to be sidetracked again and again by the composer’s own struggle to survive as an artist amid the ever-changing imperatives of Stalin’s Soviet state.

[Thomas Ades]For the second program in the Schubert’s Summer Journey concert series on Thursday, July 20, in Ozawa Hall, Thomas Adès and Italian baritone Andrè Schuen, in his U.S. debut, open the program with five night-inspired songs by Schubert—“Auf der Bruck,” D.853 (“At the Bruck”); “Der Wanderer an den Mond,” D.870 (“The Wanderer Speaks to the Moon”); “Nachtstück,” D.672 (“Nocturne”); “Wanderers Nachtlied II,” D.768 (“Wanderer’s Nightsong”); and “Willkommen und Abschied,” D.767 (“Welcome and Farewell”). As the centerpiece of the program, [Andre Schuen]the Emerson String Quartet performs Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Shroud for string quartet, a rather personal work for the composer, with the first and fifth movements memorializing two of his close friends, Christopher Mills and Dag Jiggens. The middle three movements, which are lighter in tone, are dedicated to the Emerson Quartet. Closing the program, Mr. Adès and bassist Harold Robinsonjoin the Emerson Quartet for Schubert’s surpassingly tuneful Trout Quintet for piano and strings, D. 667, which the composer completed when he was just 22 years old and which remains one of the most familiar works in the chamber-music repertoire.

WEEK 3, JULY 21-27

PIANIST EMANUEL AX JOINS BSO ARTISTIC PARTNER THOMAS AD
ÈS AND THE BSO FOR BEETHOVEN’S EMPEROR CONCERTO ON A PROGRAM WITH MUSIC BY ADÈS AND BRITTEN (7/22); PIANIST JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET JOINS CONDUCTOR GUSTAVO GIMENO AND THE BSO FOR BERNSTEIN’S SYMPHONY NO. 2, THE AGE OF ANXIETY (7/21); BSO ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR KEN-DAVID MASUR IS JOINED BY PIANIST NICOLAI LUGANSKY FOR PROKOFIEV’S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 3 (7/23); 2017 KOUSSEVITZKY ARTIST GARRICK OHLSSON AND THE TAKÁCS QUARTET PERFORM IN OZAWA HALL (7/26); PIERRE-LAURENT AIMARD PERFORMS A PROGRAM INSPIRED BY BIRDS IN MUSIC (7/27)

[Jean-Yves Thibaudet]Captivating French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins the BSO and conductor Gustavo Gimeno—who returns to the Tanglewood podium after making his debut with the orchestra last summer—for Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety, a piece dedicated to Serge Koussevitzky and premiered by the BSO in 1949. Mr. Gimeno also leads the BSO in Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.

[Emanuel Ax]BSO Artistic Partner Thomas Adès opens the Saturday, July 22 BSO program leading his own …but all shall be well, a piece inspired by lines from T.S. Eliot’s quotation of Julian of Norwich in Four Quartets: “Sin is Behovely, but All shall be well, and All manner of thing shall be well.” The program also features Emanuel Ax in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor, the last and most monumental of Beethoven’s concertos; as well as the dramatically expressive Sinfonia da Requiem by Benjamin Britten, a composer for whom Mr. Adès has a great affinity.

[Nikolai Lugansky]On Sunday, July 22, BSO Assistant Conductor Ken-David Masur is joined by Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky for Prokofiev’s sparkling Piano Concerto No. 3. Mr. Masur opens the afternoon program with Aaron Jay Kernis’s airy and moving Musica Celestis (“Heavenly Music”), written by the Grawemeyer Award-winning composer in 2000. Closing the concert is Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2, Little Russian.

[Thomas Ades]Composer, pianist, conductor, and teacher Thomas Adèsjoins forces with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and TMC Conducting Fellows on Monday, July 24, in Ozawa Hall. The first work on the program is Benjamin Britten's Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from Peter Grimes, an opera commissioned by the legendary Serge Koussevitzky and premiered by the Tanglewood Music Center under the direction of Leonard Bernstein in 1946. Mr. Adès then leads the TMCO in his own composition, Polaris, a work exploring the imagery of the cosmos and its relation to nautical navigation. The program also features two works by Jean Sibelius: the enigmatic tone poem The Bard, and his Symphony No. 7, the composer's last extant symphony.

[Takacs Quartet]On Wednesday, July 26, the world-renowned Takács Quartet returns to Tanglewood for the first time since 1997 for a recital program featuring music by Haydn, Beethoven, and Elgar. Tanglewood 2017 Koussevitzky Artist Garrick Ohlsson, making his first appearance of the season, joins the quartet for Elgar’s Piano Quintet to close the program. The Takács Quartet also performs Haydn’s String Quartet No. 27 and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 13.

[Pierre-Laurent Aimard]As part of Tanglewood’s collaboration with the Mass Audubon, pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs a fascinating centuries-spanning program that explores the many recreations of birdsong in music by a diverse range of composers from the Baroque to the present day, including Daquin, Schumann, Ravel, Bartók, and Julian Anderson. The centerpiece of the concert will be a selection of movements from Messiaen’s Catalogue of the Birds, interspersed with electronic works by French composer Bernard Fort incorporating the same bird calls. The program will be preceded by a “Birds at Dusk” session on the Tanglewood Grounds with a Mass Audubon ornithologist Wayne Petersen.

WEEK 4, JULY 28-AUGUST 3

CHARLES DUTOIT AND THE BSO ARE JOINED BY PIANIST YEFIM BRONFMAN FOR A PROGRAM OF BEETHOVEN, BRAHMS, AND DVO
ŘÁK (7/28), and PIANIST PIERRE-laurent AIMARD AND TENOR PAUL GROVES FOR A PROGRAM INCLUDING RAVEL’S PIANO CONCERTO FOR THE left HAND AND BERLIOZ’S TE DEUM (7/29); BRAMWELL TOVEY leads THE BSO IN BEETHOVEN’S VIOLIN CONCERTO, WITH soloist PINCHAS ZUKERMAN, AND WALTON’S BELSHAZZAR’S FEAST (7/30); TANGLEWOOD ON PARADE TAKES PLACE TUESDAY, AUGUST 1; EMANUEL AX, YO-YO MA, COLIN JACOBSEN, AND JAMIE BARTON PERFORM THE THIRD PROGRAM OF SCHUBERT’S SUMMER JOURNEY (8/3)

[Charles Dutoit]Conductor Charles Dutoit leads the BSO in two programs on Friday, July 28, and Saturday, July 28. On Friday, Mr. Dutoit is joined by pianist Yefim Bronfman for Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2, one of the composer’s most barnstorming, free-spirited works. The BSO opens the program with the Overture to Beethoven’s The Creatures of Prometheus. Mr. Dutoit also leads the orchestra in Dvorak’s New WorldSymphony.

[Paul Groves]On Saturday, Mr. Dutoit is joined by Pierre-Laurent Aimardfor Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the left hand, a piece written in 1929 and 1930 for Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm during World War I. Mr. Dutoit also leads the BSO in two works by Berlioz: the Overture to Benvenuto Cellini, and the composer’s monumental Te Deum, featuring tenor Paul Groves and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

[Pinchas Zukerman]Violinist Pinchas Zukerman returns to Tanglewood on Sunday, July 30, for a performance of Beethoven’s lyrical Violin Concerto with the BSO and English conductor Bramwell Tovey. Mr. Tovey and the BSO are then joined by bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus for Walton’s Belshazzar's Feast. An incredibly ambitious oratorio written for a large-scale orchestra including two brass bands along with the baritone soloist and chorus, the work is one of the composer’s most celebrated compositions.

[Tanglewood on Parade]One of the festival’s most beloved traditions, the ever-popular Tanglewood on Parade takes place this year on Tuesday, August 1, offering audiences a full day of musical activities for the entire family, culminating in an 8 p.m. concert in the Shed featuring all of the festival’s orchestras performing in a single concert. Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart and Pops Laureate John Williams, along with conductors Charles DutoitBramwell Tovey, and BSO Assistant Conductor Moritz Gnann lead the BSO, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in a program of works including Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man; Copland’s Piano Concerto, featuring 2017 Koussevitzky Artist Garrick Ohlsson; the suite from Kodály’s Háry János; the Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Oveture; and music from John Williams’ scores to Jurassic ParkMinority Report, and Jaws. The traditional Tanglewood on Parade finale, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, closes the concert, followed by fireworks over the Stockbridge bowl.

[Colin Jacobsen]On Thursday, August 3, Schubert’s Summer Journey continues with a recital performance featuring Emanuel AxYo-Yo MaColin Jacobson, and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, a former Tanglewood Music Center Fellow. Mr. Ax and Ms. Barton open the program with four songs from Schubert’s teenage years: “Der Konig in Thule,” D.367; "Gretchen am Spinnrade," D.118; "Schäfers Klagelied", D.121; and "Rastlose Liebe", D.138. Ms. Barton also joins Mr. Jacobsen, Mr. Ma, and Mr. Ax for the world premiere of a new work for mezzo soprano and piano trio, written by Colin Jacobson based on the poetry of Lydia Barker. Also on the program is Schubert’s Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat and Sonatina No. 3 in G minor for violin and piano, another early work from the composer.

WEEK 5, AUGUST 4-AUGUST 9

2017 KOUSSEVITZKY ARTIST GARRICK OHLSSON PERFORMS CHOPIN’S PIANO CONCERTO NOS. 1 AND 2 WITH THE BSO ON TWO PROGRAMS LED BY CONDUCTOR HANS GRAF, AUGUST 4 & 5; MR. OHLSSON ALSO PERFORMS A SOLO RECITAL OF WORKS BY SCHUBERT AND SCRIABIN (8/8); CELLIST YO-YO MA JOINS CHRISTOPH VON DOHN
ÁNYI AND THE BSO FOR SCHUMANN’S CELLO CONCERT (8/6); THE HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY PRESENTS A PERFORMANCE OF PURCELL’S THE FAIRY-QUEEN (8/9)

[Garrick Ohlsson]On Friday, August 4, and Saturday, August 5, 2017 Koussevitzky Artist Garrick Ohlsson joins conductor Hans Graf and the BSO for performances featuring Chopin’s two piano concertos. On Friday, August 4, Mr. Ohlsson performs Chopin’s First Piano Concerto, written shortly after the composer finished conservatory. Maestro Graf also leads the BSO in Rachmaninoff’s melancholic Symphony No. 3, the composer’s final work in the genre, written almost 30 years after his second.

[Bill Barclay]On Saturday, August 5, Mr. Ohlsson returns to perform Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto with the BSO, a virtuosic and remarkably successful work considering it was written when the composer was still a student and just 20 years old. The second half of the program features one of the best-known musical works inspired by Shakespeare—Mendelssohn’s incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream—in a specially designed production adapted by stage director Bill Barclay, which received its world premiere with the BSO at Symphony Hall in Boston in early 2016 as part of the BSO’s three-week Shakespeare celebration honoring the [Hans Graf]400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. Mr. Graf and the orchestra are joined for this performance by soprano Kiera Duffy, mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer, and singers from the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Chorus, as well as four actors, including Will Lyman as Oberon; Karen MacDonaldas Titania; and Carson Elrod as Felix Mendelssohn/Puck. The costumed actors will perform various passages from A Midsummer Night’s Dream interspersed throughout the performance, as prescribed in Mendelssohn’s score, with costumes by Kathleen Doyle and sets by Cristina Todesco.

[Yo-Yo Ma]Cellist Yo-Yo Ma returns to the Shed on Sunday, August 6, with revered German conductor Christoph von Dohnányi on a program featuring two works by Schumann—the free-flowing and adventurous Cello Concerto, featuring Mr. Ma, and the elevating Symphony No. 2 in C, the longest of the composer’s four symphonies. The afternoon concert opens with Mozart’s Symphony No. 25, last performed by the BSO at Tanglewood in 2000.

Garrick Ohlsson presents the fourth program in the Schubert’s Summer Journeyseries on Tuesday, August 8, bookending his Ozawa Hall recital with two of the composer’s sonatas, Sonata No. 14 in A minor, D.784, and Sonata No. 20 in A, D.959, one of his final three sonatas. The Schubert sonatas are contrasted by selected works by Scriabin—one of Mr. Ohlsson’s concentrations right now, as he recently finished recording the composer’s complete piano works—including the Sonata No. 5 in F-sharp, Op. 53.

[Harry Christophers]On Wednesday, August 9, the Handel and Haydn Society performs Purcell’s The Fairy-Queen. Often referred to as a semi-opera, The Fairy-Queen is based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Led by conductor Harry Christophersand narrated by Antonia Christophers, the performance also features countertenor Robin Blaze as Mopsa and bass-baritone Matthew Brook as the Drunken Poet, Corydon, and Hymen; along with a cast of vocal soloists.

 

WEEK 6, AUGUST 11-17

GIL SHAHAM AND ALISA WEILERSTEIN JOIN GIANCARLO GUERRERO AND THE BSO FOR BRAHMS'S DOUBLE CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN, CELLO, AND ORCHESTRA (8/11); CHRISTOPH VON DOHNÁNYI LEADS A PROGRAM OF MUSIC BY JULIAN ANDERSON, BRAHMS, AND BEETHOVEN (8/12); ISRAELI CONDUCTOR LAHAV SHANI MAKES HIS BSO DEBUT WITH PROGRAM FEATURING JOSHUA BELL (8/13); BOSTON SYMPHONY CHAMBER PLAYERS PERFORM AUGUST 16; EMANUEL AX, PAMELA FRANK, AND YO-YO MA PERFORM FIFTH SCHUBERT’S SUMMER JOURNEY PROGRAM (8/17)

[Gil Shaham]Violinist Gil Shaham and cellist Alisa Weilerstein join forces on Friday, August 11, for a performance of Brahms’s Double Concerto for violin, cello, and orchestra, with Costa Rican conductor Giancarlo Guerrero and the BSO. Brahms composed the [Alisa Weilerstein]concerto—his final orchestral work—as an olive branch to his old friend and close musical collaborator Joseph Joachim, with whom he’d had a falling out over Joachim’s divorce. Also on the program are Dvořák’s Carnival Overture and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, the score to an intensely dramatic ballet and on its own some of the most dramatic music ever written.

[Christoph von Dohnanyi]Conductor Christoph von Dohnányi returns for a second concert on Saturday, August 12, leading the BSO in Julian Anderson’s Incantesimi, a BSO-commissioned work that receives its American premiere with the BSO in January 2017. Incantesimi is a study in long lines, using “five musical ideas that orbit each other in ever-differing relationships.”  Mr. Dohnanyi and the orchestra are then joined by violinist Nikolaj Znaider for Brahms’s lyrical and refined Violin Concerto. The BSO closes out the program with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, one of the composer’s most popular works.

[Joshua Bell]On Sunday, August 13, young Israeli conductor Lahav Shani makes his BSO debut on a program featuring Tanglewood regular, violinist Joshua Bell in Mozart’s energetic and playful Violin Concerto No. 1, written in 1773 when the composer was just 17. Mr. Shani also lead the BSO in the overture to Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Schubert’s Symphony in C, The Great. The composer’s ultimate symphony (in both senses of the word: it is his biggest and last work in the genre), the C major was famously praised for its “heavenly length” by Robert Schumann, who observed also that it “transports us into a world we cannot recall ever having been before.”

[Boston Symphony Chamber Players]The Boston Symphony Chamber Players make their annual Tanglewood appearance on Wednesday, August 16. Opening the program is Sofia Gubaidulina’s Garden of Joys and Sorrows, for flute, viola, and harp, a one-movement piece inspired by Eastern storyteller Iv Oganov’s “Sayat-Nova” and verses by 20th-century German poet Francisco Tanzer. The program also features soprano Yulia Van Doren in Bach’s Cantata No. 199, Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, and pianist Paul Lewis in Dvořák’s Quintet in A for piano and strings, Op. 81.

[Pamela Frank]On Thursday, August 17, pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Pamela Frank, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma perform the fifth program in the Schubert’s Summer Journey series in Ozawa Hall. The program includes Schubert’s Sonatina No. 2 in A minor for violin and piano, D.385; Arpeggione Sonata for cello and piano; and the composer’s second Piano Trio, in E-flat, D.929. In addition, Tanglewood Music Center Vocal Fellows will join Mr. Ax for new songs written by a selection of contemporary composers for this performance inspired by Schubert.

WEEK 7, AUGUST 18-23

JOHN WILLIAMS AND ANDRIS NELSONS LEAD THE BOSTON POPS IN JOHN WILLIAMS’ FILM NIGHT(8/19); PIANIST PAUL LEWIS JOINS ANDRIS NELSONS AND THE TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER ORCHESTRA FOR BEETHOVEN’S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 3 FOR THE LEONARD BERNSTEIN MEMORIAL CONCERT (8/20); BRITISH BARITONE SIMON KEENLYSIDE JOINS THE BSO AND CONDUCTOR DAVID AFKHAM FOR A PROGRAM OF MAHLER AND BRAHMS (8/18); MR. KEENLYSIDE ALSO JOINS EMANUEL AX FOR THE FINAL PROGRAM IN THE SCHUBERT’S SUMMER JOURNEYSERIES (8/23); DAVID SEDARIS PERFORMS IN THE SHED (8/20)

[David Afkham]On Friday, August 18, British baritone Simon Keenlyside makes his Tanglewood debut performing selections from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Rückert-Lieder with conductor David Afkham and the orchestra. Mr. Afkham also leads the BSO in Brahms’s energetic Symphony No. 2.

[John Williams]One of Tanglewood’s most popular summer traditions, John Williams’ Film Night, takes place on Saturday, August 19. Boston Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams shares the podium for this performance with BSO Music Director Andris Nelsonswho will lead the first half of the concert, including music from classic cinema scores by Erich Korngold, Bernard Herrmann, and Alex North. Mr. Nelsons made his debut with the Boston Pops Orchestra during the 2015 Tanglewood season, when he stepped in for Mr. Williams to lead “Throne Room and Finale” from Star Warsduring Tanglewood on Parade. The second half of the program sees Mr. Williams leading music from his own scores, including selections from the Harry Potter series, E.T., and Far and Away. Also on the program is music from Mr. Williams’ score to Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, with a special guest trumpet soloist to be announced at a later date.

[Paul Lewis]Andris Nelsons leads the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in the Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concert on Sunday, August 20, in the Shed. Brilliant English pianist Paul Lewis joins Mr. Nelsons and the orchestra for Beethoven’s dramatic and tumultuous Third Piano Concerto. Strauss’s large-scale An Alpine Symphony, the composer’s last tone poem, depicting an eleven-hour hike of an Alpine mountain, closes the program.

[David Sedaris]That evening, Tanglewood presents best-selling American author and humorist David Sedaris in his Tanglewood debut at 8 p.m. in the Shed. Mr. Sedaris will be celebrating the release of his new book, Theft by Finding, which comes out on June 6, 2017. In addition to Theft by Finding, David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, NakedMe Talk Pretty One DayDress Your Family in Corduroy and DenimWhen You Are Engulfed in Flames, and his most recent book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.

[Simon Keenlyside]On Wednesday, August 23, at 8 p.m., pianist Emanuel Ax opens the sixth and final concert in the Schubert’s Summer Journey series with the four Impromptus, D.935, and Samuel Adams’ Impromptus, three movements inspired by Schubert’s work. Mr. Adams intended for his three Impromptus to be performed as links between Schubert’s four Impromptus, creating a larger seven-movement arch. Baritone Simon Keenlyside joins Emanuel Ax to close out the program with Schubert’s Schwanengesang, D.957 (“Swan song”), 14 songs composed in 1828 in the final months of the composer’s life and published posthumously as a set.

WEEK 8, AUGUST 25-27

ANDRIS NELSONS AND THE BSO CLOSE THEIR 2017 TANGLEWOOD SEASON WITH TWO PERFORMANCES: AN OPERA GALA FEATURING KRISTINE OPOLAIS AND DMITRI HVOROSTOVSKY (8/26) AND BEETHOVEN’S SYMPHONY NO. 9 (8/27); KEITH LOCKHART AND THE BOSTON POPS PRESENT E.T. WITH ORCHESTRA (8/25)

[ET]Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops present a live performance of John Williams’ score to E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial—a best picture Oscar nominee and one of the most popular films of all time—alongside Steven Spielberg’s movie on Friday, August 25. E.T. with Orchestra brings the magic of the silver screen to life with this live performance by the Boston Pops of the Academy Award-winning score.

[Kristine Opolais]On Saturday, August 26, two of today’s most acclaimed singers—soprano Kristine Opolais and, in his Tanglewood debut, baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky—join Music Director Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra for an evening of opera and song, to feature arias, duets, and choruses from the Italian and Russian lyric stage. The program will include excerpts from Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra and La traviata, and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.

[Andris Nelsons]For the second year in a row, Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in its traditional season-ending performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Sunday, August 27. The performance features soprano Katie Van Kooten in her BSO and Tanglewood debuts; mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford; tenor Russell Thomas; and bass-baritone John Relyea, along with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Maestro Nelsons and the BSO open the program with Charles Ives’s tribute to Western Massachusetts, “The Housatonic at Stockbridge” from Three Places in New England.

One Day University at Tanglewood, Sunday, August 27, 2017
[One Day University]One Day University, the acclaimed lifelong learning series, is returning to Tanglewood on Sunday, August 27, featuring three award-winning professors, each presenting their best lecture in Ozawa Hall.  Topics to be discussed include “Understanding America Through Three Remarkable Photographs,” with Rutgers University Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History, Louis Masur; “The Supreme Court: An Insider’s View,” with George Washington University Professor of Law and National Constitution Center President Jeffrey Rosen; and “Music and the Brain:  Why We Like What We Like,” with Yale University Professor of Music Craig Wright. General admission for One Day University at Tanglewood is $159, and includes VIP parking and either one free lawn admission or a 10% discount on a Shed ticket for the BSO season-finale performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at 2:30 p.m. on August 27, led by BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons.  

2017 TANGLEWOOD SEASON: HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS AND ORDER A BROCHURE, FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES, PATRON PERKS AND AMENITIES, THE BSO MEDIA CENTER, AND SPONSORSHIP

HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS AND ORDER A BROCHURE
How to Purchase Tickets

Tickets for the 2017 Tanglewood season—regular-season ticket prices range from $12-$124—go on sale to the general public on Sunday, January 29, at 10 a.m. Tickets are available through Tanglewood’s website, www.tanglewood.org, through Symphony Charge at 888-266-1200, and at the Symphony Hall Box Office at 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA. Tickets will also be available for purchase in person at the Tanglewood Box Office at Tanglewood’s Main Gate on West Street in Lenox, MA, in June 2017. American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club, Discover, and cash are all accepted at the Tanglewood Box Office. For further information and box office hours, please call the Boston Symphony Orchestra at 617-266-1492 or visit www.tanglewood.org. All ticket prices include a $2 Tanglewood grounds maintenance fee. Tickets purchased online or over the phone are also subject to a $6.50 handling fee.

How to Order a Brochure
Tanglewood brochures with complete programs and information on how to order tickets will be available in early February by calling 617-266-1492 or visiting www.tanglewood.org. For Berkshire tourist information and reservations, contact the Berkshire Visitors Bureau at 413-743-4500 or visit www.berkshires.org.  

FREE AND DISCOUNTED LAWN TICKETS, NEW ACTIVITIES FOR MUSIC LOVERS OF ALL AGES
Free and Discounted Ticket Programs
The BSO’s $20 tickets for attendees under 40 will be available during the 2017 Tanglewood season for select performances. Beginning in May 2017, these tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis throughwww.tanglewood.org and through Symphony Charge. Certain blackout dates will apply. Eligible patrons may purchase up to two tickets per show and must provide proof of age when picking up their tickets at “will call” in order to receive the discount. Tickets for Saturday-morning rehearsals range from $13-$33. Tanglewood is pleased to offer free lawn tickets for children and young people age 17 and younger. Up to four free children’s lawn tickets are available per parent/legal guardian per concert at the Tanglewood Box Office on the day of the concert, as all patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket. Please note that the free lawn ticket policy does not apply to organized groups. For Popular Artists concerts, free lawn tickets are only available for children under age 2.

New Activities Come to Tanglewood every Sunday in 2017
New this season, Tanglewood will bring new activities for all ages to the festival grounds each and every Sunday afternoon throughout the season, similar the activities presented during the annual Tanglewood on Parade concert. The Tanglewood grounds will open at noon on Sundays for an afternoon of kid-friendly events including scavenger hunts, face painting, and musical arts and crafts activities. Offerings for adults will include wine and food tastings in pop-up tents found throughout the grounds, back massage services, and a post-concert session of yoga or Qigong.         

Additional Family-Friendly Activities
Tanglewood provides special programs for kids, such as the popular Kids’ Corner, a craft-related project supervised and supported by BSO staff on weekends, and the Watch and Play program, an interactive musical performance designed to engage children ages 3-10 in the Tanglewood musical experience. In addition, through its Tanglewood for Kids program, Tanglewood offers free lawn tickets, up to four per family, to all children and young adults age 17 and under. Tanglewood will present its annual Family Concert on Saturday, July 22, at 1:30 p.m. The pre-concert activities begin at 11:30 a.m. Tickets for the Family Concert are free to youth age 18 and under and $12 for each adult.

TANGLEWOOD PATRON AMENITIES, PERKS, AND EDUCATION OPTIONS, AND YOGA ON THE LAWN EVERY SATURDAY
UnderScore Fridays, Talks and Walks, and BSO 101
The orchestra will offer three UnderScore Fridays performances on July 21, August 4, and August 18. At these performances patrons will hear comments about the program directly from an onstage BSO musician. “Talks and Walks,” a series of informal conversations presented by guest artists and members of the BSO family, takes place in the Tent Club on Thursday afternoons, from July 6 through August 24. The Tent Club opens at noon and the talks begin at 1 p.m. To purchase tickets, available for $137 for a full series, call 617-638-9394 or email bsav@bso.org. Friends of Tanglewood and Business Partners receive a discount ($112 for the full series) and advance ordering privileges.

BSO 101—a free music appreciation series led by BSO Director of Program Publications Marc Mandel with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra—takes place on two Wednesdays from 12:45–2 p.m. in the Tanglewood Tent Club. BSO 101 sessions focus on music to be played by the BSO each Tanglewood weekend, examining and illuminating aspects of musical shape and form and of the composer’s individual musical style. All of these sessions include recorded musical examples, and each is self-contained, so that no prior musical training or attendance at any previous session is required.   Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch, though there is also the option of buying lunch at the Tent Club. This year's BSO 101 sessions are scheduled for July 12 and August 9.

Yoga on the Lawn Every Saturday Morning, 10:15-11:15 a.m.
Once again this summer, in collaboration with the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Tanglewood is pleased to offer hour-long yoga classes taught by fully accredited Kripalu teachers from 10:15–11:15am on Saturday mornings (weather permitting). Located on the lawn near the Tanglewood Visitor Center, these weekly classes are available at no additional charge to Saturday-morning BSO Rehearsal ticket-holders, on July 8, 15, 22, and 29, and August 5, 12, 19, and 26.               

Friday- and Saturday-evening Prelude Concerts, Walking Tours, and Lawn Chair Rentals
Tanglewood offers free hour-long walking tours of Tanglewood’s grounds and performance spaces on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays (email bsav@bso.org or call 617-638-9394 to confirm dates and times). Friday-evening Prelude Concerts, at 6 p.m. in Ozawa Hall, feature BSO musicians in small ensemble and chamber music settings. Saturday-evening Prelude Concerts, July in Ozawa Hall, feature Tanglewood Music Center Fellows in performance. Admission to Prelude Concerts is free to all BSO concert ticket holders.

Tanglewood offers Lawn Chair Rentals, for a fee of $5, available by the beer garden near the Shed at Shed concerts, and at the Bernstein Gate for Ozawa Hall performances. For the convenience of patrons, a Bank of America ATM is located outside the main gate.                 

MEDIA CENTER OFFERINGS AT BSO.ORG INCLUDING NEW BSO APP
AND MOBILE WEB OPTIONS
              

The BSO's Media Center and 
www.bso.org 
The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s extensive website, BSO.org, is one of the world’s largest and most-visited orchestral websites, receiving approximately 17 million visitors annually and generating over $118 million in revenue since its launch in 1996. The Boston Symphony Orchestra is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BostonSymphonyon Twitter at www.twitter.com/BostonSymphony, on Google+ at www.google.com/+bostonsymphony, and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/BostonSymphonyVideo content from the BSO is also available at www.YouTube.com/BostonSymphony

The site’s Media Center consolidates its numerous new media initiatives in one location. In addition to comprehensive access to all BSO, Boston Pops, Tanglewood, and Symphony Hall performance schedules, patrons have access to a number of free and paid media options. Free offerings include WCRB radio broadcast streams of select BSO, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood performances; a free music stream of Boston Pops recordings; audio concert preview podcasts; Emmy Award-winning audio and video interviews with guest artists and BSO musicians; music excerpts highlighting upcoming programs as well as all self-produced albums by the BSO, Boston Pops, Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and Tanglewood Music Center Fellows, and complete program notes for all performances, which can be downloaded and printed or saved offline to an e-reading device such as a Kindle or Nook.           Paid content includes digital music downloads produced and published under the BSO's music label BSO Classics and includes performances by the BSO, Boston Pops, Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and Tanglewood Music Center Fellows. The BSO Media Center is available by visiting www.BSO.org/mediacenter.    

BSO App and Mobile Web Offerings      

With the start of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 2015-16 season, the BSO launched a free app providing concertgoers with a new platform through which to interact with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood.  A highlight of the app, “Watch & Listen,” provides users with a variety of concert-related content including program notes, audio podcasts, and multimedia video podcasts. The app also provides ticketing and schedule information, as well as practical information about, and planning your visit to, Symphony Hall. In addition, it includes a social media feed connecting concertgoers with other listeners on Facebook and Twitter, as well as to reviews, comments, photos, and other social-media-generated content. The app is available for download and installation on iPhone devices via the iTunes App Store, and on Android devices via Google Play.               

The orchestra’s website, BSO.org, is also mobile-device compatible. Patrons can visit BSO.org on their mobile device to access performance schedules, purchase tickets as well as pre-performance food and beverages, download program notes, listen to radio broadcasts, music clips, and concert previews, watch video exclusives, and make donations to the BSO—all in the palm of their hand.         

RADIO BROADCASTS AND STREAMING  

Concerts from the Shed are broadcast across New England throughout the Tanglewood season in Boston on WCRB 99.5FM, a service of WGBH, and WJMF 88.7FM in Providence; in Albany on WAMC 90.3FM and its network of translators; and in Connecticut on WMNR 88.1FM. In addition, Sunday afternoon concerts are broadcast on WFCR 88.5FM in Amherst; in New Hampshire on WCNH 91.5FM and WEVO 89.1-HD2; and on a delayed basis on the classical music stations of Vermont Public Radio and of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. Live streaming of these broadcasts and schedule details are available at www.classicalwcrb.orgwww.wamc.orgwww.wmnr.orgwww.nepr.netwww.vpr.net; and www.mainepublic.org. On-demand audio of concerts is available at www.bso.org and www.classicalwcrb.org. .

SPONSORSHIP 
Commonwealth Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation is proud to be celebrating its fourteenth year as the Official Chauffeured Transportation Provider of the BSO. The Sunday, August 6 afternoon Shed concert is sponsored by Dell EMC.

For further information, call the Boston Symphony Orchestra at 617-266-1492. The Boston Symphony Orchestra is online at www.bso.org. All programs and artists are subject to change.

Classic rock singer-songwriters Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald join the 2017 Tanglewood season on Friday, June 30, at 7 p.m., with a performance in the Koussevitzky Music Shed. Grammy Award winning rock legend Boz Scaggs, whose 1976 solo album Silk Degrees went multi-platinum, rose to fame in the late 1960s as lead singer in the Steve Miller Band. He released his latest album, A Fool to Care, in 2015. With a career that spans more than four decades, five-time Grammy Award-winner singer-songwriter Michael McDonald made his mark as a member of Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers before launching a successful solo career in the 1980s. This performance marks Tanglewood debuts for both Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald.

The June 30 concert is part of the Tanglewood 2017 Popular Artist Series, which includes performances by “Four Voices,” featuring Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Amy Ray, and Emily Saliers (6/17); John Mellencamp with Emmylou Harris and Carlene Carter (7/1); singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant (7/2); James Taylor and his All-Star Band (7/3 & 4); humorist David Sedaris (8/20), and The Avett Brothers (9/1).

Tickets for the Friday, June 30,  concert featuring Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald range from $12.50 to $109.50 Tickets go on sale Friday, March 17, at 10 a.m. by phone at 888-266-1200 or online at www.tanglewood.org.

James Taylor returns to Tanglewood with his All-Star Band for performances on Monday, July 3, and Tuesday, July 4, 2017, each at 8 p.m. in the Koussevitzky Music Shed. The July 4 concert will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display over the Stockbridge Bowl in celebration of the Independence Day holiday. Taylor’s music embodies the art of songwriting in its most personal and universal forms.  He is a master at describing specific, even autobiographical situations in a way that resonates with people everywhere. His iconic songs, including “Fire and Rain,” “Country Road,” “Something in the Way She Moves,” “Mexico,” “Shower the People,” “Your Smiling Face,” “Carolina In My Mind,” “Sweet Baby James,” “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight,” “You Can Close Your Eyes,” “Walking Man,” “Never Die Young,” and “Shed a Little Light,” among others, have had a profound influence on songwriters and music lovers from all walks of life. Mr. Taylor, who regularly performs to sold-out audiences at Tanglewood, has returned to the festival 25 times since his first performance there in 1974.          

As in past years, Kim and James Taylor will donate proceeds from the July 4 performance to Tanglewood.

Tickets for the July 3 and 4 concerts by James Taylor, priced from $27 (lawn tickets) to $108, go on sale March 6 at 10 a.m. at  888-266-1200 or www.tanglewood.org, where visitors can also find full details of the 2017 Tanglewood concert schedule, including performances by the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops orchestras, the Tanglewood Music Center, and guest artists from the worlds of classical, jazz, the American Songbook, Broadway, pop rock, and film. Tanglewood—this country’s preeminent summer music festival and the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra—is located in the Berkshire Hills between Stockbridge and Lenox, MA. 

JAMES TAYLOR         
As a recording and touring artist, James Taylor has touched people with his warm baritone voice and distinctive style of guitar-playing for more than 40 years, while setting a precedent to which countless young musicians have aspired.  Over the course of his celebrated songwriting and performing career, Taylor has sold more than 100 million albums, earning gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards for classics ranging from Sweet Baby James in 1970 to October Road in 2002.  In 2015, Taylor released Before This World, his first new studio album in thirteen years, which earned him his first ever #1 album.  He has won multiple Grammy awards and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame.  In 2012, Taylor was awarded the distinguished Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government and the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony.  In November 2015, Taylor was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. In December 2016 Taylor received the Kennedy Center Honors, which are presented annually to individuals who have enriched American culture by distinguished achievement in the performing arts.
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JULY 2 – NATALIE MERCHANT 
Singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant makes her Tanglewood debut on Sunday, July 2, at 7 p.m., bringing her distinctive voice and style to the Koussevitzky Music Shed. Ms. Merchant, who began her career with alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs in 1981, has released seven solo albums—most recently Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings (released in November 2015), a collection of all-new recordings revisiting Merchant's multi-platinum solo debut Tigerlily, originally released in 1995. Tickets for Natalie Merchant on July 2 range from $16.50 to $109.

SEPTEMBER 1 – THE AVETT BROTHERS 
On Friday, September 1, American folk-rock band The Avett Brothers—named for brothers Scott and Seth Avett—make their Tanglewood debut. Hailing from Concord, North Carolina, The Avett Brothers released their ninth studio album, True Sadness, in the summer of 2016; it topped Billboard charts and scored two Grammy nominations. Recently, they were inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame and continue to be revered as one of the top folk-rock acts in the country. Tickets for The Avett Brothers on September 1 range from $16-89.

Additional Updates to the 2017 Tanglewood Season
In addition to Natalie Merchant (7/2) and The Avett Brothers (9/1), soprano Dawn Upshaw will perform Rodgers and Hart’s Blue Moon and Manhattan during the Tanglewood on Parade program on Tuesday, August 1. Pianist Anna Polonsky joins pianist Peter Serkin for three works for piano four-hands on the first Schubert’s Summer Journey program on Thursday, July 6: Lebensstürme, D.947; Variations in B minor, D.823; and Rondo in A, D.951, Schubert’s final work for piano-four hands. (Ms. Polonsky replaces pianist Julia Hsu for this performance). On Saturday, July 29, conductor Charles Dutoit will lead the BSO in Stravinsky’s Chant funèbre in place on Berlioz’s Overture to Benvenuto Cellini on a program that also includes Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the left hand (featuring Pierre-Laurent Aimard).

DIANA ROSS JOINS 2017 TANGLEWOOD SEASON POPULAR ARTIST LINE-UP WITH PERFORMANCE IN THE SHED ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30

MELISSA ETHERIDGE JOINS KEITH LOCKHART AND THE BOSTON POPS FOR A SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, SEASON-ENDING PERFORMANCE

TICKETS FOR THESE PERFORMANCES TO GO ON SALE MONDAY, MARCH 27, 
AT 
WWW.TANGLEWOOD.ORG AND 888-266-1200

[Diana Ross & Melissa Etheridge]


Tanglewood welcomes two new popular artists to the 2017 season line-up this summer. On Wednesday, August 30, iconic singer Diana Ross performs in the Koussevitzky Music Shed at 7 p.m. Her daughter, American singer and actress Rhonda Ross, opens the concert. Diana Ross previously performed at Tanglewood in 1989.

Grammy and Oscar award-winning American rock singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge joins Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops for a season-closing performance on Sunday, September 3, at 2:30 p.m., bringing her mixture of personal lyrics, pop-based folk-rock, and smoky vocals to the Shed. Melissa Etheridge made her Tanglewood debut in 1989, and last performed in the Shed in 2013.

Diana Ross and Melissa Etheridge join the Tanglewood 2017 Popular Artist Series line-up, which also includes performances by “Four Voices,” featuring Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Amy Ray, and Emily Saliers (6/17); Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald (6/30); John Mellencamp with Emmylou Harris and Carlene Carter (7/1); singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant (7/2); James Taylor and his All-Star Band (7/3 & 4); humorist David Sedaris (8/20), and The Avett Brothers (9/1).

Tickets for the Wednesday, August 30, Diana Ross concert range from $12.50 to $149. Tickets for the Saturday, September 3, Boston Pops concert featuring Melissa Etheridge range from $23 to $124. Tickets for both concerts go on sale Monday, March 27, at 10 a.m. by phone at 888-266-1200 or online at www.tanglewood.org.

Tickets for previously announced Tanglewood performances are currently on sale. The Tanglewood website also provides full details of the 2017 Tanglewood concert schedule, including performances by the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops orchestras, the Tanglewood Music Center, and guest artists from the worlds of classical, jazz, the American Songbook, Broadway, pop, rock, and film. Tanglewood—this country’s preeminent summer music festival and the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra—is located in the Berkshire Hills between Stockbridge and Lenox, Massachusetts.        

2017 TANGLEWOOD SEASON AND POPULAR ARTIST SERIES
The 2017 Tanglewood season, June 17-Labor Day Weekend, offers visitors an exceptional lineup of performances and musical activities for music lovers of every age, highlighted by 10 programs led by Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director Andris Nelsons and major new initiatives designed to give patrons a wide spectrum of musical, entertainment, and educational activities, including some to enjoy before and after selected performances throughout the summer. In his most significant commitment yet to Tanglewood, Mr. Nelsons will lead both the opening and closing BSO concerts, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, and Beethoven Symphony No. 9; an opera gala with Kristine Opolais and Dmitri Hvorostovsky performingexcerpts from Simon Boccanegra, La traviata, and Eugene Onegin, and the first-ever BSO and festival concert performance of the complete Das Rheingold, a tour de force milestone in the history of the festival. Mr. Nelsons will also conduct the Boston Pops Orchestra for the first time, sharing the podium for Film Night with John Williams. In addition to Tanglewood’s classical music offerings, the 2017 Tanglewood season also includes performances by “Four Voices”—featuring Joan BaezMary Chapin Carpenter, and Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls—on Saturday, June 17; Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald on Friday, June 30; John Mellencamp with Emmylou Harris and Carlene Carpenter on Saturday, July 1; singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant, who makes her Tanglewood debut on Sunday, July 2, bringing her distinctive voice and style to the Koussevitzky Music Shed. James Taylor and his All-Star Band return the Shed on July 3 and 4. One of America’s preeminent humorists, David Sedaris brings his sardonic wit and incisive social critiques to the Koussevitzky Music Shed in connection with his new book, Theft By Finding (8/20). And, on Friday, September 1, American folk-rock band The Avett Brothers—named for brothers Scott and Seth Avett—make their Tanglewood debut in the Shed.

SPONSORSHIP 
Commonwealth Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation is proud to be celebrating its fourteenth year as the Official Chauffeured Transportation Provider of the BSO. The Sunday, August 6 afternoon Shed concert is sponsored by Dell EMC.

For further information, call the Boston Symphony Orchestra at 617-266-1492. The Boston Symphony Orchestra is online at www.bso.org. All programs and artists are subject to change.                                                
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BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES MAJOR NEW INVESTMENTS IN THE FUTURE OF TANGLEWOOD, EXPANDING THE SCOPE AND BREADTH OF THE FESTIVAL THROUGH A HEIGHTENED COMMITMENT TO THE TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER, THE BSO'S ACCLAIMED SUMMER MUSIC ACADEMY; ENHANCING THE AUDIENCE EXPERIENCE WITH ENRICHMENT AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS; AND BROADENING TANGLEWOOD'S REPUTATION AS ONE OF THE WORLD'S PREMIER FESTIVALS AND SUMMER HOME OF THE BSO SINCE 1937

PLANS INCLUDE NEW FOUR-BUILDING COMPLEX TO SUPPORT THE PERFORMANCE AND REHEARSAL  ACTIVITIES OF THE TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER AND SERVE AS THE HOME OF THE NEW TANGLEWOOD LEARNING INSTITUTE FOR VISITORS TO THE FESTIVAL

[Rendering of Tanglewood's new building complex]

OPENING IN SUMMER 2019, NEW BUILDING COMPLEX WILL BE CLIMATE-CONTROLLED AND MADE AVAILABLE FOR USE BY THE BERKSHIRE COMMUNITY DURING THE OFF-SEASON

WILLIAM RAWN ASSOCIATES, ARCHITECTS, TO DESIGN TANGLEWOOD'S NEW BUILDINGS, 
TO BE LOCATED AT THE TOP OF THE LAWN LEADING DOWN TO OZAWA HALL; 
REED HILDERBRAND TO SERVE AS LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

ADDITIONAL PLANS INCLUDE COMPREHENSIVE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE 
OZAWA HALL CAMPUS AND A NEW HORTICULTURAL INITIATIVE FOR TANGLEWOOD'S
FAMOUS GROUNDS COMPRISING 524 ACRES

$30 MILLION BUILDING PROJECT IS PART OF MULTI-YEAR FUNDRAISING EFFORT TO SUPPORT ONGOING TANGLEWOOD BUILDING AND LANDSCAPE UPGRADES, PROVIDING AN ENHANCED VISITOR EXPERIENCE FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS OF MUSICIANS AND CONCERTGOERS; FUNDRAISING EFFORT ALSO TO INCLUDE SPECIAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE BSO'S CONCERT ACTIVITIES AND OTHER TANGLEWOOD PROGRAMMING

COMPONENTS OF MAJOR NEW INITIATIVES AT TANGLEWOOD
NEW FOUR-BUILDING COMPLEX TO SUPPORT THE REHEARSAL, EDUCATIONAL, AND PERFORMANCE ACTIVITIES OF THE TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER, AS WELL AS HOST THE NEW TANGLEWOOD LEARNING INSTITUTE—A WIDE-RANGING ENRICHMENT AND EDUCATION INITIATIVE OFFERING A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES ALONGSIDE TANGLEWOOD'S TRADITIONAL CONCERT SCHEDULE

LARGEST BUILDING—A MULTI-USE, MULTI-SEASON SPACE—TO  ACCOMMODATE REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE ACTIVITIES WITH AN AUDIENCE CAPACITY OF UP TO 200, MULTI-MEDIA EDUCATION AND LECTURE PROGRAMS, AND SOCIAL AND DINING EVENTS

ADDITIONAL BUILDINGS INCLUDE A 150-SEAT DINING CAFE DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE INTERACTION BETWEEN MUSICIANS AND AUDIENCE MEMBERS, AND TWO SMALLER STUDIOS PROVIDING ADDITIONAL SPACE FOR REHEARSAL, PERFORMANCE, AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS TO OZAWA HALL GATE, INCLUDING A NEW ENTRANCEWAY, AND UPDATED AND EXPANDED AUDIENCE AMENITIES ARE ALSO PART OF THE NEW INITIATIVES AT TANGLEWOOD

OFFICIAL GROUNDBREAKING FOR NEW BUILDING COMPLEX TO TAKE PLACE AT END OF SUMMER 2017; SPECIFIC DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED DURING 2017 TANGLEWOOD SEASON

The Boston Symphony Orchestra announces a major new investment in the future of Tanglewood that will  broaden its reputation as one of the premier festivals in the world and famed summer home of the BSO since 1937, as well as that of its acclaimed summer music academy, the Tanglewood Music Center, founded in 1940.  Launching a new chapter in the illustrious festival's 80-year history, Tanglewood has announced plans for the construction of a new multi-use, multi-season four-building complex designed to support the performance and rehearsal activities of the Tanglewood Music Center and be the focal point of a new initiative, the Tanglewood Learning Institute, offering wide-ranging education and enrichment programs designed to enhance the patron experience. 

Scheduled to open in summer 2019, the new building complex will be designed by William Rawn Associates, Architects, and will be the largest building project at Tanglewood since the construction of Ozawa Hall (1994), also designed by William Rawn Associates.  Reed Hilderbrand will serve as the project's landscape architects.  An announcement with details about the official ground-breaking ceremony for the new building project, to take place late summer 2017, will be distributed during the upcoming 2017 Tanglewood season.

[Rendering of Tanglewood's new building complex]

OVERVIEW OF BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA'S MAJOR INVESTMENTS IN TANGLEWOOD
Designed to support the activities of the Tanglewood Music Center and house the new Tanglewood Learning Institute, the largest building of Tanglewood's new four-building complex will provide state-of-the-art space for rehearsal and concert activities accommodating an audience of up to 200; multi-media education and lecture programs with a seating capacity of up to 300; and a wide variety of social and dining events.  Additional buildings include a 150-seat dining cafe, designed in part as a hub for visitors, TMC Fellows and Faculty, and TLI participants, and two smaller studios providing additional space for rehearsal, performance, educational, and social  activities.  Located on the Tanglewood grounds in close proximity to Ozawa Hall, this new highly sustainable building complex will be climate-controlled to accommodate use by the Berkshire community in the off-season. 

Major improvements at Tanglewood will also include renovations to the Ozawa Hall Bernstein campus, including a reconfiguration of the entranceway gate to effectively integrate the campus with the new building complex, and improved restroom and food service amenities. The BSO will also implement a new horticultural plan for Tanglewood's famous 524-acre grounds, investing in both redesigning and revitalizing landscape elements, as well as uniform strategies for documenting, maintaining, preserving, and enhancing Tanglewood's horticultural assets.    

This $30 million building project is part of a multi-year fundraising effort to support ongoing Tanglewood building upgrades and horticultural renewal programs, providing enhanced experiences for current and future generations of concertgoers and performing artists.  This fundraising effort will also include a special endowment for the BSO's concert activities and other Tanglewood programming.  Further details of this fundraising effort will be announced at the end of the 2017 Tanglewood season.  

One of the premier summer music festivals in the world and summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1937, Tanglewood is located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills, between Stockbridge and Lenox, Massachusetts.  The Tanglewood Music Center is the Boston Symphony Orchestra's acclaimed summer music academy; Serge Koussevitzy (BSO Music Director 1925-49) founded the festival in 1937 and opened the TMC in 1940. For a complete history of the buildings on the Tanglewood grounds click here.

Quote from Mark Volpe, BSO's Eunice and Julian Cohen Managing Director 
[Mark Volpe (photo by Marco Borggreve)]"As stewards of one of the world's most beloved summer music festivals and one of the top summer music academies for young musicians embarking on professional careers, all of us at the BSO feel a tremendous obligation to continue advancing Tanglewood's highest performance and education aspirations. We also welcome our role as caretakers of Tanglewood's exquisite beauty—an inspiration for the millions of concertgoers who have played an essential role in sustaining the festival since its founding in 1937.  To that end, we are thrilled to announce plans for a new four-building complex—one of the biggest building and landscaping investments at Tanglewood since Ozawa Hall opened in 1994.

"Tanglewood's new building complex represents a major milestone for the BSO as it furthers its commitment to the Tanglewood Music Center by providing a new state-of-the-art facility to match the extraordinary level of talent exhibited by the Fellows each summer. In addition, the Tanglewood Learning Institute will introduce an exciting new venture by offering patrons an entirely new paradigm of education and enrichment programs, sure to expand the reach of the festival and bring welcome newcomers to the BSO's famed summer home.

"Furthermore, the  BSO is committed to ensuring the festival's growth through a new fundraising effort that addresses the many levels of support—including Tanglewood's buildings, grounds, and artistic programming—necessary to keep our cherished festival as vibrant and inspiring as possible. None of this would happen without the loyal support of our incredible patrons and generous donors, so many of whom join the musicians and staff of the BSO in celebrating all that Tanglewood is and can be going forward."

Quote from Andris Nelsons, BSO's Ray and Maria Stata Music Director
[Andris Nelsons (photo by Marco Borggreve)]"My first experience at Tanglewood in the summer of 2012 marked the beginning of a deep appreciation for the many exceptional qualities of Tanglewood that make it an absolutely unique experience in the world of summer music festivals. The great BSO Music Director Serge Koussevitzky had tremendous foresight in recognizing the potential of Tanglewood as a beacon of inspiration for all those visiting and experiencing its many gifts, so our investment in its future is essential as we continue to expand Tanglewood's many wonderful offerings.  

"Tanglewood’s new building project will provide the best possible atmosphere for the talented Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center to learn and grow on their path to becoming the next generation of musicians, earning their spots in the world's great orchestras, concert halls, and opera houses. The new Tanglewood Learning Institute starts a new chapter in the orchestra's remarkable history by connecting our audience to our music-making in new ways and expanding Tanglewood's reach by welcoming new visitors experiencing the festival's profound and extraordinary musical gifts.

"I am truly grateful to our incredibly important patrons, whose tremendous support and belief in all possibilities for the festival inspires us all each day of our work with the BSO. I so look forward to playing my part in that future together with the brilliant TMC and BSO musicians – where we can embrace these wonderful innovations while always relishing Tanglewood's great legacy."

DETAILS OF BSO'S NEW BUILDINGS AND PROGRAMMING PROJECTS AT TANGLEWOOD

Four New Buildings for the Tanglewood Music Center and the Tanglewood Learning Institute, Opening at Tanglewood in 2019
[Ozawa Hall]In summer 2019, Tanglewood will celebrate the opening of a major new multi-use, multi-season four-building complex to support the performance and rehearsal activities of the Tanglewood Music Center (TMC), the orchestra's acclaimed summer music academy for advanced musical study; it will be the largest building project on the Tanglewood grounds since the construction of Ozawa Hall in 1994.  This new facility—including a 200-seat concert space—will enhance, support, and streamline TMC activities to assure that it continues to attract the most competitive class of Fellows, as well as a stellar faculty, including many of today's most prestigious composers, performers, and conductors. This new building complex will provide significantly more rehearsal and performance space, creating optimal conditions for the activities of the TMC Fellows and ensuring that the facilities match the world-class level of its education program. These new buildings will also serve as the home of the Tanglewood Learning Institute, a program designed to provide the festival's patrons with a rich array of educational and enrichment experiences that encourage a closer connection between artists and audiences and complement the festival's traditional schedule of performances, resulting in a more expansive, integrated, and engaged campus.  In addition, these new climate-controlled buildings, which can adapt to accommodate groups of various sizes and purposes, will be made available for rental by the Berkshire community for use in the off season.

Description of Tanglewood's New Building Project Provided by William Rawn Associates, Architects
This project has been designed to reflect the Tanglewood experience of beauty and intensity of music-making infused by the surrounding Berkshire landscape and informality of gatherings on the festival's iconic expansive lawn. Located along the top of the Highwood ridge, overlooking the Ozawa Lawn and more distant views of the Berkshire Hills, this ensemble of four buildings gathers around a 100-foot tall Red Oak, with a sinuous covered walkway connecting each building and framing views and paths through the landscape.

[Bill Rawn]At the heart of the four-building project, Studio 1 (77 ft x 52 ft) represents a uniquely Tanglewood approach to music – excellent acoustics and open to the landscape.  A full wall of glass (30 feet high and 50 feet wide) allows the large Red Oak and landscape beyond to serve as a backdrop to the stage.  A 50 foot wide (10 foot high) retractable glass wall can open directly out to the porch and the surroundings, recalling Ozawa Hall’s 50 foot “barn door,” which opens Ozawa Hall to its lawn.  As the largest of the three studios, Studio 1 is equipped with technologies that maximize its flexibility for performance,  rehearsal, and educational offerings of the Tanglewood Learning Institute.  Retractable seating that is both cutting-edge and comfortable allows the room to transform from flat floor to raked seating; when retracted, the flat floor is slightly larger than the stage of Ozawa Hall (35 ft x 55 ft).  Variable acoustic elements allow this tall volume space to be “tuned” to support a range of events, including recital, chamber music, and chamber orchestra performances with an audience of 200; performances by larger ensembles with an audience of 100; rehearsals for a full orchestra as well as large ensembles; lectures for an audience of 300; or social and dining events. Robust audio-visual technology will support recording and distance learning, giving the content created in this space a global presence.

Studios 2 (45 ft x 37 ft) and 3 (35 ft x 27 ft) will support TMC rehearsals and performances, as well as TLI events. As rehearsal and performance space for small and medium ensembles, Studio 2 can accommodate audiences of 60 and Studio 3 can accommodate 40.

The Café (107 ft x 30 ft), with 150 seats, has been designed to become a center of gravity for everyone at Tanglewood, an informal place for musicians and audience members to interact—a hub for visitors, TMC Fellows and Faculty, and TLI participants. 

The four buildings—Tanglewood’s first year-round structures with both heating and air conditioning— embody a strong commitment to environmental stewardship. Natural ventilation and abundant day lighting in all the main spaces are designed to minimize energy use during the busy summer season.  Other notable sustainable features include rainwater harvesting for irrigation; high-efficiency mechanical systems with low-velocity ductwork, meeting acoustic requirements; highly efficient LED theatrical lighting; water-saving plumbing fixtures; red cedar cladding harvested from renewable sources; and recyclable zinc roofing. 

In addition to its uses by the TMC and TLI, the new building complex will also benefit the activities of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, including providing needed rehearsal space for the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, among other BSO-related rehearsal and concert activities.  

The Launch of a New Initiative—The Tanglewood Learning Institute
[Tanglewood]The Tanglewood Learning Institute will offer patrons several new and distinctive education and enrichment offerings. Though still in the development phase, the Tanglewood Learning Institute will offer a variety of learning and appreciation programs, featuring  seminars and panel discussions, film presentations, conversations with artists, and special access to concerts and master classes.  A keynote lecture series will spotlight highly sought-after speakers to give presentations on subjects related directly and indirectly to each Tanglewood season. The Tanglewood Learning Institute will also develop a unique and focused set of special offerings attractive to the festival's local concertgoers, as well as to visitors from across the United States and abroad. This program will include an all-inclusive "passport program," whereby participants are given access to BSO and TMC closed rehearsals, TMC master classes, and backstage visits with BSO and TMC musicians, guest artists, and conductors, among other activities. The Tanglewood Learning Institute will also have a distance-learning component featuring webcast audio and video of many of the TLI sessions, as well as of select Tanglewood Music Center master classes and rehearsals. Specific details of the first session of the 2019 Tanglewood Learning Institute will be announced in the fall of 2018.     

Major Improvements to Ozawa Hall's Bernstein Gate
[Ozawa Hall]Building upon the highly acclaimed success of Ozawa Hall as one of the leading venues of its kind in the country, Tanglewood will make a major investment in upgrading, improving, and enhancing many of the patron amenities in the area surrounding the hall, which draws over 50,000 people annually. Changes will include renovation and relocation of the Ozawa Hall Gate, to better integrate it into the expanded Tanglewood Music Center campus, which will now encompass Ozawa Hall and the new four-building complex. Additional changes will include an upgrade to the Ozawa Hall Gate box office and improved patron amenities, including upgrades to the restroom facilities and food services operation.

DETAILS OF BSO'S NEW GROUNDS PROJECTS AT TANGLEWOOD

Description of Horticultural Plan to Enhance Tanglewood's Famous Grounds Provided by Reed Hilderbrand
For many of the Festival's 350,000 annual visitors, the Tanglewood grounds are just as integral to the overall experience as the music that defines the festival's 80-year tradition of great performances.  As part of the overall major investment in Tanglewood, the BSO will revitalize and strengthen Tanglewood's bucolic Berkshire landscape, with new plantings, pedestrian circulation improvements, and the restoration of views of the Stockbridge Bowl. 

[Tanglewood]Infrastructure changes will include upgrades to improve the efficiency of Tanglewood's 50-year-old lawn irrigation system, which plays a major role in the upkeep of the festival's magnificent expanse of lawn.   The planting of approximately 144 trees, including 87 new understory trees and 57 canopy trees, will  enhance the festival's beloved scrubland and woodland landscape character while also strengthening Tanglewood’s ecological health. To better manage storm water on the property, Reed Hilderbrand will design extensive new infiltration systems, replacing conventional sewers and drains with treatment soils and plants. Materials specified by Reed Hilderbrand for landscape improvements, most visibly paving stone, are to be sourced from local quarries and manufacturers. For Reed Hilderbrand, construction of the Tanglewood Learning Institute presents opportunities for investment in sustainable infrastructure and stewardship initiatives that strengthen Tanglewood’s place in the Berkshire community. 

Tanglewood's Horticultural Stewardship Program 
In addition, Tanglewood has established the Horticultural Stewardship Program, a comprehensive new initiative to create and implement uniform strategies for documenting, maintaining, preserving, and enhancing Tanglewood's horticultural assets. Initial program components include new software for data collection, record keeping, and mapping existing plantings on campus. Future plans include a systematic blueprint for plant care and landscape management, as well as a public education program for patrons interested in knowing more about the plant landscape of Tanglewood.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF TANGLEWOOD FESTIVAL CONCERT OFFERINGS, PROPERTY, AND BUILDINGS

Tanglewood's Annual Summertime Offerings
[Tanglewood]In addition to the new programs outlined in this press release, visitors to Tanglewood will have many opportunities to enjoy the treasured traditions of the festival, including weekly concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and performances by the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Music Center orchestras; a lineup of extraordinary BSO guest artists, featuring some of the world’s most cherished musicians widely known to Tanglewood audiences, as well as new talents making their first appearances at the festival;   chamber music and recital programs spotlighting today’s most sought-after artists in the intimate atmosphere of Ozawa Hall; weekly performances by the young Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, including the annual Festival of Contemporary Music; and a Popular Artist series sure to inspire music fans near and far to come hear their favorite musicians perform at the iconic festival. In addition, Tanglewood continues to offer many free and discounted ticket and educational programs, including free tickets for patrons 17 and younger, as well as a wide variety of cafe and fine dining options, and free tours of Tanglewood’s expansive grounds and famous performance spaces. For a complete history of Tanglewood 
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Description of Tanglewood property and link to chronology of Tanglewood Buildings
[Tanglewood]Tanglewood—one of the premier summer music festivals in the world and summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1937—is located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills, between Stockbridge and Lenox, Massachusetts, over an expanse of grounds covering 524 acres, with approximately 100 buildings of various sizes and architecture on the Tanglewood property. The main campus comprises 330 acres, including the 210-acre William Aspinwall Tappan estate, the original property donated to the orchestra in 1937 by family descendants Mrs. Gorham Brooks and Mary Aspinwall Tappan, and the property where the Koussevitzky Shed is located.  In 1986, the BSO purchased Highwood, the adjoining 120-acre former estate of Samuel Gray Ward, from Mr. and Mrs. John Mason. It is the location of the Bernstein campus and Ozawa Hall (opened in 1994), the focal point of the activities of the TMC, and the future location of Tanglewood's new four-building complex. In 1979, the BSO purchased Seranak, the 170-acre former estate of Serge Koussevitzky (BSO Music Director, 1924-1949), located on Richmond Mountain Road about one mile from the entrance to the Tanglewood grounds; it serves as a residence for TMC faculty, guest artists, and Tanglewood guides, as well as a facility for special events and a supper club for donors. Filling out the remaining acreage are parking lot areas and two smaller properties used to house staff and TMC Fellows and faculty. For a chronology of Tanglewood's buildings 
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OVERVIEW OF THE TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER
[TMC Fellows in Ozawa Hall]Founded in 1940 by Serge Koussevitzky (BSO Music Director, 1924-49), the Tanglewood Music Center is a world-renowned summer institute created to further the tradition of classical music and serve as an American center for advanced musical study for young professional instrumentalists, singers, composers, and conductors who have completed the majority of their formal training. Considered the premier program of its kind in the country and around the world, the TMC is the only music academy that is a core activity of a major symphony orchestra, with the membership of that orchestra playing a key role in preparing Fellows for a future life in music. More than half the members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra teach at the TMC each summer; in addition to BSO member participation, the full-time faculty comprises highly accomplished musicians, and is further enriched by preeminent guest artists and conductors who work with the TMC in conjunction with their appearances at Tanglewood with the BSO or in other major performance capacities in the festival’s concert schedule. Admission to the TMC is highly competitive, with approximately 1,500 musicians competing annually for roughly 150 positions. Those accepted into the program receive fellowships that cover tuition, room, and board. 

TMC’s Impact on the Field of Classical Music
[Tanglewood]Since its founding, the TMC has had a profound impact on the field of music and the quality of musicianship in the United States, with many TMC alumni among the most recognized and influential composers, conductors, and soloists of their time. Over the past 76 years, more than 10,000 musicians have passed through the prestigious music academy. According to the most recent available estimates, 20 percent of the members of American symphony orchestras, and 30 percent of all first-chair players, studied at the Tanglewood Music Center. Prominent alumni of the TMC include BSO Music Director Laureate Seiji Ozawa, Claudio Abbado, Jamie Barton, Luciano Berio, Leonard  Bernstein, William Bolcom, Sarah Caldwell, Phyllis Curtin, David Del Tredici, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Jacob Druckman, Lukas Foss, Michael Gandolfi, Osvaldo Golijov, John Harbison, Oliver Knussen, Lorin Maazel, Wynton Marsalis, Zubin Mehta, Sherrill Milnes, Ludovic Morlot, Leontyne Price, Ned Rorem, Bright Sheng, Cheryl Studer, Sanford Sylvan, Augusta Read Thomas, Michael Tilson Thomas, Dawn Upshaw,  Shirley Verrett, and David Zinman.

TMC Faculty Features Leading Musicians of the Times
[Aaron Copland Statue]From its first season in 1940, Serge Koussevitzky set a precedent of bringing the leading musicians of the time to teach at the Tanglewood Music Center, with Aaron Copland as the first Director of the School, and Gregor Piatagorsky, Boris Goldovsky, and Paul Hindemith among the prestigious faculty in the early years of the academy, and Leonard Bernstein, Lukas Foss, and Sarah Caldwell among its first students. Since that time, the list of musicians who have served on the TMC faculty or in a significant teaching capacity has included such luminaries of the classical music field as Emanuel Ax, Stephanie Blythe, Elliott Carter, Phyllis Curtin, Luigi Dallapiccola, Jacob Druckman, Lukas Foss, Michael Gandolfi, Osvaldo Golijov, John Harbison, Hans Werner Henze, Oliver Knussen, Yo-Yo Ma, Sanford SylvanGunther SchullerPeter Serkin, and Dawn Upshaw, among others.  Many of the world’s most prestigious conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Erich Leinsdorf, James Levine, Charles Munch, Andris Nelsons, Seiji Ozawa, and William Steinberg, have led TMC Orchestra concerts and worked with TMC Conducting Fellows. 

In addition to high-profile orchestral performances, the Tanglewood Music Center Fellows participate in opera and music theater projects, chamber music and vocal recital programs, and master classes and coaching sessions led by some of the preeminent artists of our time. The Tanglewood Music Center (originally called the Berkshire Music Center) also offers fellowships for orchestral librarians.

Tanglewood Festival/Tanglewood Music Center:  New Media
In recent years, the Tanglewood Music Center has taken measures to share its activities with audiences and students beyond the confines of the Tanglewood campus through new media outlets. Several of these programs are featured on the BSO’s website, 
bso.org (also accessible through tanglewood.org), the largest and most-visited orchestral website in the country, receiving approximately 7 million visitors annually.

In 2015, as part of the Tanglewood Music Center’s 75th anniversary, the TMC offered free weekly downloads at[Andris Nelsons with the TMCO]
www.tanglewood.org featuring some of the most iconic recordings from its archives. The weekly releases focused on great orchestra programs led by former BSO music directors including Serge Koussevitzky, Erich Leinsdorf, James Levine, and Seiji Ozawa; such distinguished alumni as Leonard Bernstein; and current BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons. The releases also featured some of the most memorable and significant TMC performances of new music, chamber music, and vocal music. These recordings were part of a larger effort to digitize the TMC’scomplete library of recorded works, ensuring that this impressive historic collection is preserved and made available for current and future generations of musicologists and music lovers. Also during 2015, a special webcast of the Tanglewood Music Center 75th Anniversary Gala performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, “Symphony of a Thousand,” led by BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons, was made available for on-demand viewing on Tanglewood.org, bringing the TMC’s anniversary celebration to viewers around the world. Boston’s Copley Square also hosted a free live screening of the concert, which was broadcast on a 16-foot screen.

In summer/fall 2014 the Tanglewood Music Center was featured in “New Tanglewood Tales: Backstage with Rising Artists,” a behind-the-scenes web documentary chronicling the lives of six young musicians during their summer as TMC Fellows; the seven-episode series received more than 425,000 views since first appearing in July 2014, and was later featured on select PBS stations across the country. A second season of New Tanglewood Tales, “New Tanglewood Tales: Life On Stage and Off,” followed the behind-the-scenes experience of five BSO musicians and an assistant conductor through their 2015 Tanglewood summer, rehearsing for concerts and working with TMC Fellows. In summer 2013, the TMC’s recording of the U.S premiere performance of George Benjamin’s opera Written On Skin received a webcast premiere on New York’s Q2 Music (q2music.org), WQXR’s online music station devoted to new music; the performance was archived for on-demand listening for six months following the webcast.

[Andris Nelsons]In 2012, as part of the celebration of the Tanglewood Festival’s 75th anniversary season, the BSO released two streaming master classes—one led by BSO concertmaster Malcolm Lowe, and another led by BSO principal trumpet Thomas Rolfs and second trumpet Benjamin Wright—providing viewers an inside look into the dynamic teaching process between BSO musicians and the Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center. These classes, shot in documentary-like style in order not to disturb the teaching process, offered music students around the country and across the globe an opportunity to observe the interaction between the BSO musicians and their young TMC counterparts that epitomizes the teaching method at the Center. Also as part of the Tanglewood Festival’s 75th anniversary in 2012, several Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra performances were featured during the release of 75 free digital streams (one for each day of the summer) designed to offer music lovers worldwide a glimpse into the storied performance history of the famed music festival founded in 1937, and its acclaimed music academy; the project resulted in more than 420,000 streams and downloads.  The TMC’s most recent traditional media project featured the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra sharing the stage with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops orchestras for a performance with musical luminaries Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Anne-Sophie Mutter, and Andris Nelsons for the Festival’s 75th Anniversary Celebration, taped for broadcast on PBS’s “Great Performances,” telecast nationally, and released on Blu-ray and DVD.

Throughout the summer, WCRB Boston, a service of WGBH, produces and broadcasts Tanglewood concerts from the Shed, which can be heard on WCRB 99.5FM in Boston and WJMF 88.7FM in Providence; WAMC 90.3FM in Albany; and WMNR 88.1FM in Connecticut. In addition, Sunday-afternoon concerts are broadcast on WFCR 88.5FM in Amherst, WCNH 91.5 in Concord, NH, and on the classical music stations of Vermont Public Radio and Maine Public Broadcasting Network. Streams of these broadcasts can be accessed via the station’s websites at classicalwcrb.orgwamc.org ; wmnr.orgnepr.netnhpr.orgvpr.net; and mpbn.net. In partnership with WCRB, on-demand audio of the broadcasts is made available on WCRB’s website and on the BSO website’s Media Center (bso.org/mediacenter) in the days following performances and for up to a year after the original date. Likewise, visitors to WCRB’s website can enjoy the “BSO Concert Channel,” which provides a continuous high-quality audio stream of live BSO performances from Symphony Hall and Tanglewood.

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    JOHN OLIVER, FOUNDER AND CONDUCTOR OF THE TANGLEWOOD FESTIVAL CHORUS SINCE 1970, TO STEP DOWN FROM LEADERSHIP POSITION WITH THE ENSEMBLE

    TANGLEWOOD MEDAL OF HONOR TO BE GIVEN TO JOHN OLIVER DURING
    2015 TANGLEWOOD SEASON IN ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF HIS 45 YEARS
    OF SERVICE TO THE TFC AND BSO

    JOHN OLIVER, WHO TAKES ON TITLE OF FOUNDER AND CONDUCTOR LAUREATE OF THE TFC, WILL ALSO ASSUME THE TITLE OF MASTER TEACHER CHAIR AT THE TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER, WHERE HE WILL WORK WITH CONDUCTING, COMPOSER, AND VOCAL FELLOWS AT THE BOSTON SYMPHONY’S FAMED SUMMER MUSIC ACADEMY

    [John Oliver (Photo by Michael J. Lutch)]

    CJohn Oliver, the Founder and Conductor of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, will step down from his leadership position with the ensemble as of the end of the 2015 Tanglewood season.  Mr. Oliver’s final concert as Conductor of the chorus will take place on Sunday, August 16, in connection with a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, featuring the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and soloists, under the direction of Asher Fisch (further details available at www.tanglewood.org).  

    Mr. Oliver, who has consistently garnered high praise from critics and audiences alike for his work with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, founded the ensemble as the official chorus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1970.  He has prepared the TFC in more than 200 works for well over 1000 performances, including appearances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall, Tanglewood, Carnegie Hall, and on tour in Europe and the Far East, as well as with visiting orchestras and as a solo ensemble.  The TFC, under the direction of Mr. Oliver, has been featured with the BSO in more than forty commercial releases, as well as on the BSO Classics label, with James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Leonard Bernstein, Keith Lockhart, and John Williams.  .

    In honor of his 45 years of service to the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the BSO will give Mr. Oliver the Tanglewood Medal at a ceremony to take place during the 2015 Tanglewood season.  Mr. Oliver is only the second recipient of the Tanglewood Medal; Seiji Ozawa was the first recipient of the awardin 2012, when the medal was created as a new tradition in honor of the festival’s 75th anniversary that summer. In addition to taking on the newly created lifetime title of Founder and Conductor Laureate of the TFC, John Oliver will also assume the title of Master Teacher Chair at the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s preeminent summer music academy, beginning in summer of 2016.  In this new role, Mr. Oliver will work with TMC Fellows in a variety of capacities, the details of which will be announced at a later date.  

    “John Oliver will always be deeply appreciated for the pivotal role he has played with the TFC in bringing the world’s greatest choral masterworks to BSO audiences here in Boston, at Tanglewood, in New York, and around the globe,” said BSO Managing Director Mark Volpe.  “I wish John great fulfillment in his retirement from the chorus and in his reflections on a lauded decades-long career with the distinguished Tanglewood Festival Chorus. His enormous artistic contribution to the BSO is recognized today and will be remembered far into the future, as the orchestra’s impressive accomplishments and vibrant tradition continue to be documented for music lovers today and for generations to come.” 

    “I truly admire John Oliver’s tremendous achievements as Conductor of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus since 1970,” said BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons. “Our wonderful chorus and its conductor have been treasured by all of us at the BSO, and no one expresses that appreciation more than our fantastic audiences who give the chorus the most enthusiastic applause at the end of every one of their performances. The TFC is very much regarded for its dedication to excellence in performance, impressive commitment to a rigorous work schedule, and generosity in giving their time and skill to the BSO, and I know John Oliver has been such an essential source of inspiration for them.  I sincerely thank John for his years of service and I wish him the very best following his remarkable career with the TFC and BSO."

    The BSO is currently in the process of forming a search committee that will be charged with appointing the next conductor of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.  

    [John Oliver takes a bow with Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, the TFC, and BSO. (Photo by Stu Rosner)]

    John Oliver Bio
    [John Oliver (Photo by Michael J. Lutch)]John Oliver founded the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in 1970 and has since prepared the TFC for more than 1000 performances, including appearances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall, Tanglewood, Carnegie Hall, and on tour in Europe and the Far East, as well as with visiting orchestras and as a solo ensemble. Occupant of the BSO’s Alan J. and Suzanne W. Dworsky Chair for Voice and Chorus, he has had a major impact on musical life in Boston and beyond through his work with countless TFC members, former students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (where he taught for thirty-two years), and Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center who now perform with distinguished musical institutions throughout the world. Mr. Oliver’s affiliation with the Boston Symphony began in 1964 when, at twenty-four, he prepared the Sacred Heart Boychoir of Roslindale for the BSO’s performances and recording of excerpts from Berg’s Wozzeck led by Erich Leinsdorf. In 1966 he prepared the choir for the BSO’s performances and recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, also with Leinsdorf, soon after which Leinsdorf asked him to assist with the choral and vocal music program at the Tanglewood Music Center.

    [John Oliver with Seiji Ozwa in 1973 (Photo credit: Courtesy of BSO Archives)]In 1970, Mr. Oliver was named Director of Vocal and Choral Activities at the Tanglewood Music Center and founded the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. He has since prepared the chorus in more than 200 works for chorus and orchestra, as well as dozens more a cappella pieces, and for more than forty commercial releases with James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Leonard Bernstein, Keith Lockhart, and John Williams. John Oliver made his Boston Symphony conducting debut in August 1985 at Tanglewood with Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and his BSO subscription series debut in December 1985 with Bach’s B minor Mass, later returning to the Tanglewood podium with music of Mozart in 1995 (to mark the TFC’s 25th anniversary), Beethoven’s Mass in C in 1998, and Bach’s motet Jesu, meine Freude in 2010 (to mark the TFC’s 40th anniversary). In February 2012, replacing Kurt Masur, he led the BSO and Tanglewood Festival Chorus in subscription performances of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, subsequently repeating that work with the BSO and TFC for his Carnegie Hall debut that March.  

    [John Oliver conducting the TFC in 1978 ((Photo credit: Courtesy of BSO Archives)]In addition to his work with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and Tanglewood Music Center, Mr. Oliver has held posts as conductor of the Framingham Choral Society, as a member of the faculty and director of the chorus at Boston University, and for many years on the faculty of MIT, where he was lecturer and then senior lecturer in music. While at MIT, he conducted the MIT Glee Club, Choral Society, Chamber Chorus, and Concert Choir. In 1977 he founded the John Oliver Chorale, which performed a wide-ranging repertoire encompassing masterpieces by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and Stravinsky, as well as seldom heard works by Carissimi, Bruckner, Ives, Martin, and Dallapiccola. With the Chorale he recorded two albums for Koch International: the first of works by Martin Amlin, Elliott Carter, William Thomas McKinley, and Bright Sheng, the second of works by Amlin, Carter, and Vincent Persichetti. He and the Chorale also recorded Charles Ives’s The Celestial Country and Charles Loeffler’s Psalm 137 for Northeastern Records, and Donald Martino’s Seven Pious Pieces for New World Records.

    Mr. Oliver’s appearances as a guest conductor have included Mozart’s Requiem with the New Japan Philharmonic and Shinsei Chorus, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony with the Berkshire Choral Institute. In May 1999 he prepared the chorus and children’s choir for André Previn’s performances of Benjamin Britten’s Spring Symphony with the NHK Symphony in Japan; in 2001-02 he conducted the Carnegie Hall Choral Workshop in preparation for Previn’s Carnegie performance of Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem. John Oliver made his Montreal Symphony Orchestra debut in December 2011 conducting performances of Handel’s Messiah. In October 2011 he received the Alfred Nash Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Choral Arts New England in recognition of his outstanding contributions to choral music.

    [Tanglewood Festival Chorus at Tanglewood (Photo by Hilary Scott)]

    Tanglewood Festival Chorus
    [Tanglewood Festival Chorus]Founded in January 1970 when conductor John Oliver was named Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus made its debut on April 11 that year, in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Leonard Bernstein conducting the BSO. Made up of members who donate their time and talent, and formed originally under the joint sponsorship of Boston University and the Boston Symphony Orchestra for performances during the Tanglewood season, the chorus originally numbered 60 well-trained Boston-area singers, soon expanded to a complement of 120 singers, and also began playing a major role in the BSO’s subscription season, as well as in BSO performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Now numbering over 300 members, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus performs year-round with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops. The chorus gave its first overseas performances in December 1994, touring with Seiji Ozawa and the BSO to Hong Kong and Japan. It performed with the BSO in Europe under James Levine in 2007 and Bernard Haitink in 2001, also giving a cappella concerts of its own on both occasions. In August 2011, with John Oliver conducting and soloist Stephanie Blythe, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus gave the world premiere of Alan Smith’s An Unknown Sphere for mezzo-soprano and chorus, commissioned by the BSO to mark the TFC’s 40th anniversary.      

    The chorus’s first recording with the BSO, Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust with Seiji Ozawa, received a Grammy nomination for Best Choral Performance of 1975. In 1979 the ensemble received a Grammy nomination for its album of a cappella 20th-century American choral music recorded at the express invitation of Deutsche Grammophon, and its recording of Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder with Ozawa and the BSO was named Best Choral Recording by Gramophone magazine. The Tanglewood Festival Chorus has since made dozens of recordings with the BSO and Boston Pops, on Deutsche Grammophon, New World, Philips, Nonesuch, Telarc, Sony Classical, CBS Masterworks, RCA Victor Red Seal, and BSO Classics, with James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Leonard Bernstein, Keith Lockhart, and John Williams. Its most recent recordings on BSO Classics, all drawn from live performances, include a disc of a cappella music released to mark the ensemble’s 40th anniversary in 2010, and, with James Levine and the BSO, Ravel’s complete Daphnis and Chloé (a Grammy-winner for Best Orchestral Performance of 2009), Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, and William Bolcom’s Eighth Symphony for chorus and orchestra, a BSO 125th Anniversary Commission composed specifically for the BSO and Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

    Besides their work with the Boston Symphony, members of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus have performed Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic at Tanglewood and at the Mann Music Center in Philadelphia; participated in a Saito Kinen Festival production of Britten’s Peter Grimes under Seiji Ozawa in Japan, and sang Verdi’s Requiem with Charles Dutoit to help close a month-long International Choral Festival given in and around Toronto. In February 1998, singing from the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations, the chorus represented the United States in the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics when Seiji Ozawa led six choruses on five continents, all linked by satellite, in Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. The chorus performed its Jordan Hall debut program at the New England Conservatory of Music in May 2004; had the honor of singing at Sen. Edward Kennedy’s funeral; has performed with the Boston Pops for the Boston Red Sox and Boston Celtics, and can also be heard on the soundtracks to Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River, John Sayles’s Silver City, and Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan. TFC members regularly commute from the greater Boston area, western Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine, and TFC alumni frequently return each summer from as far away as Florida and California to sing with the chorus at Tanglewood. Throughout its history, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus has established itself as a favorite of conductors, soloists, critics, and audiences
     

        

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