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2019 TANGLEWOOD SEASON ANNOUNCED! 
 
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In the 2019 Tanglewood season, BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons leads nine Boston Symphony concerts in July, featuring Emanuel Ax on Opening Night (7/5), Anne-Sophie Mutter in a 90th-birthday tribute to Sir André Previn (7/6), the Tanglewood debut of Polish-Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki (7/12), and the BSO-commissioned world premiere, with soprano Renée Fleming,Tanglewood’s 2019 Koussevitzky Artist, and baritone Rod Gilfry, of Kevin Puts’ The Brightness of Light, inspired by letters of the iconic American artist Georgia O’Keeffe (7/20).
 
 
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Opening Night at Tanglewood – July 5
Andris Nelsons conducts the BSO in Mozart and Mahler featuring Emanuel Ax.
 
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Live From Here with Chris Thile – June 15
American Public Media’s popular Live From Here returns to Tanglewood, with its host Chris Thile
 
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Across the Stars: Music of John Williams – July 7
Join the Boston Pops for the first of three programs this summer, celebrating the art of John Williams with David Newman and Anne-Sophie Mutter.
 
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Tanglewood Gala: Verdi Reqiuem – July 13
Andris Nelsons will conduct the Boston Symphony in a special Gala event featuring Kristine Opolais, in Verdi’s Reqiuem.
 
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Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert
August 16
Join Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops as they present this classic film scored by John Williams with live orchestral accompaniment. 
 
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John Williams’ Film Night
August 24
Join John Williams as he introduces this year’s celebration of the music of Hollywood and beyond, featuring the Boston Pops and conductor David Newman.
 
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INTRODUCING THE TANGLEWOOD LEARNING INSTITUTE

Marking a major milestone in the life of Tanglewood and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the 2019 Tanglewood season will see the launch of the Tanglewood Learning Institute (TLI)—offering participants new levels of wide-ranging enrichment and education initiatives, to be housed in a major new four-building Center for Music and Learning, which will also support the activities of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s acclaimed summer music academy. These new buildings will be Tanglewood’s first year-round facilities available for event and concert use by the BSO, the Berkshire community, and beyond, starting in fall 2019. 

Tanglewood’s major new four-building multi-use complex for performance and learning—opening in summer 2019—will be named the Linde Center for Music and Learning in recognition of leadership gifts made by Joyce and Edward H. Linde and their family. Construction of the new facilities will be completed early this year ahead of a June 2019 opening. The Linde Center will dramatically increase the learning and rehearsal space for the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s acclaimed summer music academy since 1940, and will also serve as a home to the Tanglewood Learning Institute’s programming—a new wide-ranging initiative of dynamic, engaging, and thought-provoking activities launching in summer 2019. These new buildings will be Tanglewood’s first year-round facilities available for event and performance use by the BSO and TLI, Berkshire community, and beyond.

“The early and visionary support of Ed and Joyce Linde and their family has given the BSO’s Trustees and management the ability to fully develop and implement plans that will have a life-changing effect on the ways we can deliver on our mission in the Berkshires,” said BSO President and CEO Mark Volpe. “Their gift encouraged us to work in partnership with new and existing donors and our communities to together create a new facility that will impact musicians, music lovers, music students, and visitors, and will further reinforce Tanglewood’s role as the preeminent destination for music and learning.” 

Introducing a new dimension to the Tanglewood experience, TLI’s programs will explore the power of music to illuminate the human experience by linking Tanglewood performance to relevant themes from the worlds of visual arts, film, history, philosophy, and current events, and offering TLI participants experiences that dissolve the traditional barrier between performer and audience. It will bring together community members, musicians, academics, guest artists, and patrons for creative thinking and cultural engagement, using music as a unifying force.

Complete details about the first season of the Tanglewood Learning Institute and opening of the Linde Center for Music and Learning will be announced on February 7. 

“Tanglewood has played a central role in our family’s summers, and we believe in the transformative powers of music to bring people together,” said Joyce Linde. “With this in mind, it has been exciting to work collectively with other donors, committee members, community leaders, staff, and management to think creatively about a beautiful space on the campus that can provide innovative programming and meaningful experiences for generations.”

In honor of Edward H. Linde, who was chair of the BSO board from 2005 until his passing in 2010, and his family’s vision-setting gift in 2009 to inspire the BSO to pursue ambitious initiatives that would have a significant impact on the organization, the communities it serves, and audiences, the central studio space in the Linde Center will be named Studio E. Joyce Linde, who became a BSO Trustee in 2010, has played an integral role in the BSO Board of Trustees’ ongoing planning work as chair of the committee to develop the Tanglewood Learning Institute and guide the design and construction of the new building complex.

GORDON FAMILY AND VOLPE FAMILY HONORED THROUGH OTHER STUDIO NAMINGS
In addition to the naming of the Linde Center for Music and Learning and Studio E, generous donors have named the two other studios that are part of the Linde Center.

The Gordon Family Studio recognizes generous contributions and longstanding commitment to the BSO by BSO Trustee and Great Benefactor Michael Gordon and his family, Tanglewood patrons for more than two decades. The Volpe Family Studio is named in honor of the BSO’s Eunice and Julian Cohen President and CEO Mark Volpe, his wife Martha, and their family in recognition of a gift from Lia and Bill Poorvu and Arthur Segel and Patti Saris.

Other leadership donors have bolstered the Tanglewood Forever campaign, and their generosity will be recognized through naming of spaces, programs, and positions to be announced at a later date.

TANGLEWOOD FOREVER CAMPAIGN
The BSO launched the Tanglewood Forever campaign in 2012. Initially designed to help retire deferred capital projects in advance of fulfilling strategic goals for Tanglewood, Tanglewood Forever remained in a quiet phase, with donors contributing $54.4 million, until it was announced publicly in August 2018. To date, more than 450 donors have contributed $61.4 million to these transformative projects. The Tanglewood Forever campaign is chaired by BSO Trustee Cynthia Curme and has a goal of $64 million.

The first tangible enhancement to be supported by Tanglewood Forever donors was the creation and unveiling of the Weber Gate, located at Tanglewood’s Oak Lot, which opened in 2013. Named in recognition of the generosity of Stephen and Dorothy Weber, two of the earliest supporters of Tanglewood Forever, the Weber Gate provided a glimpse of the forthcoming transformations to the campus that have continued through the Tanglewood Forever campaign’s private and public phases.

Tanglewood Forever donors have also helped drive restoration and enhancements to Tanglewood’s trademark grounds, which 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. Many of these projects have been ongoing over the last several years, the most visible of which is the recently completed restoration of Tanglewood’s iconic Whispering Bench and its surrounding landscape, which had fallen into disrepair over its more than 100-year lifespan.  Additional projects will be announced at a later date.

To safeguard the future of the many physical improvements and programmatic innovations made possible by Tanglewood Forever donors, the campaign includes a donor-supported endowment fund that will allow the BSO to continue its investment in creating new cultural and intellectual pursuits through music and education for Tanglewood’s community of Fellows, alumni, faculty, artistic partners, and patrons forever.

For more information about the Tanglewood Forever campaign, visit tanglewoodforever.org.

 
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TANGLEWOOD ANNOUNCES NEW ADDITIONS TO THE 
2019 SEASON POPULAR ARTIST LINEUP:

BRIAN WILSON RETURNS TO TANGLEWOOD WITH PET SOUNDS (6/16); 
TRAIN AND THE GOO GOO DOLLS PERFORM IN THE SHED WITH OPENING ACT ALLEN STONE (8/5); BRITISH ROCK BAND SQUEEZE COMES TO TANGLEWOOD (8/29); AND BEN HARPER & THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS 
AND TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE MAKE THEIR 
TANGLEWOOD DEBUTS (8/31)

THESE ARTISTS JOIN TANGLEWOOD’S 2019 POPULAR ARTIST LINEUP, WHICH ALSO INCLUDES JAMES TAYLOR AND HIS ALL-STAR BAND (7/3 & 4) AND LIVE FROM HERE WITH CHRIS THILE (6/15)

TICKETS FOR JAMES TAYLOR’S TANGLEWOOD CONCERTS ON JULY 3 & 4 GO ON SALE MONDAY, JANUARY 28, AT 10 A.M.

THE ON-SALE DATE FOR TICKETS TO THE AUGUST 29 SQUEEZE CONCERT 
WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON AT WWW.TANGLEWOOD.ORG

TICKETS FOR ALL OTHER TANGLEWOOD 2019 SEASON CONCERTS, INCLUDING THE 
THREE NEWLY ANNOUNCED POPULAR ARTIST CONCERTS ON JUNE 16, AUGUST 5, 
AND AUGUST 31, GO ON SALE SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, AT 10 A.M. AT WWW.TANGLEWOOD.ORG AND 888-266-1200

FOR FULL SEASON DETAILS OF THE 2019 TANGLEWOOD SEASON, INCLUDING DOWNLOADABLE PHOTOS AND VIDEO, PROGRAM LISTINGS, AND ARTIST PHOTOS AND BIOGRAPHIES, CLICK HERE

Tanglewood is announcing four new popular artist events to take place during the 2019 season:

[Brian Wilson]On Sunday, June 16, at 2:30 p.m., Beach Boys legend and cofounder Brian Wilsonreturns to the Koussevitzky Music Shed for a performance of the entire album Pet Sounds, widely regarded as one of the best albums of all time. Beach Boys co-founder Al Jardine and former Beach Boys member Blondie Chaplin will join Mr. Wilson for this performance, which will also feature a deep dive into the Beach Boys catalog, including bona fide hits and rare gems. Brian Wilson last performed at Tanglewood in 2016, performing Pet Sounds in the Shed in celebration of the album’s 50th anniversary. Tickets for this concert range from $13-109.

[Train]Superstar rock bands Train—known around the world for hits including “Hey, Soul Sister” and “Drops of Jupiter”—and the Goo Goo Dolls—known for countless songs including “Iris,” “Slide,” and “Name”—perform in the Shed on Monday, August 5, at 7 p.m. American singer-songwriter Allen Stone opens the concert. This is Train’s fifth appearance at Tanglewood since making their debut in 2011. The Goo Goo Dolls and Allen Stone make their Tanglewood debuts. Tickets for this concert range from $18-159.

[Squeeze]British rock band Squeeze performs at Tanglewood on Thursday, August 29, kicking off the festival’s closing week at 7 p.m. in the Shed. Led by Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, fans can expect to hear songs from their recent albums, Cradle to the Grave and The Knowledge, as well as longtime favorites included “Tempted,” “Hourglass,” and more. The on-sale date for tickets to the August 29 Squeeze concert, $13-99, will follow at www.tanglewood.org.

 

[Train]On Saturday, August 31, at 7 p.m., Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue make their Tanglewood debuts as part of the closing weekend of the 2019 Tanglewood season. Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Ben Harper has released 15 studio albums and three live albums [Trombone Shorty]through his career, including 2016’s Call It What It Is with the Innocent Criminals. He’s won Grammy Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album, and Best Blues Album. New Orleans-based bandleader, singer, songwriter, and horn player Trombone Shorty has gained international acclaim for his musicianship, songwriting, and unique ability to blend traditional New Orleans styles with rock, funk, soul, and hip-hop. His most recent album, 2017’s Parking Lot Symphony, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Jazz Charts. Tickets for this concert range from $15-119.

Brian Wilson; Train and the Goo Goo Dolls; Squeeze; and Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue join James Taylor and his All-Star Band, as well as Live From Here with Chris Thile (6/15) as part of the 2019 Tanglewood season popular artist lineup.

Tickets for James Taylor’s concerts on July 3 and 4 go on sale Monday, January 28, at 10 a.m.

The on-sale date for tickets to the August 29 Squeeze concert will be announced soon at www.tanglewood.org.

Tickets for all other Tanglewood 2019 season concerts, including all other popular artist concerts, go on sale on Sunday, February 10, at 10 a.m.

All tickets can be purchased through www.tanglewood.org and by calling 888-266-1200.

2019 TANGLEWOOD SEASON AND POPULAR ARTIST SERIES       
The 2019 Tanglewood season will see Boston Symphony Music Director Andris Nelsons in residence throughout the month of July, leading 14 programs, including a first for Tanglewood—a concert performance of Wagner’s complete Die Walküre with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and a star-studded cast, presented in three concerts over a two-day period, July 27 & 28.  Tanglewood will also be the setting for the BSO’s Nelsons-led world premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts The Brightness of Light, a work for voices and orchestra inspired by letters between Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz; it was written especially for Renée Fleming and Rod Gilfry, who will be the featured soloists. Ms. Fleming, a favorite guest artist at Tanglewood since her BSO debut there in 1991, has been named the Koussevitzky Artist for the 2019 Tanglewood season. The BSO and Andris Nelsons open the orchestra’s summer season on Friday, July 5, with Mahler’s Symphony No. and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22, with Emanuel Ax as soloist—the first of twenty BSO programs taking place throughout July and August. 

Marking a major milestone in the history and life of Tanglewood and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the 2019 Tanglewood season will see the launch of the Tanglewood Learning Institute (TLI)—offering participants new levels of wide-ranging enrichment and education initiatives, and the opening of a major new four-building Center for Music and Learning—home to the TLI’s summer programming and supporting the activities of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s acclaimed summer music academy since 1940. These new buildings will be Tanglewood’s first year-round facilities available for event and concert use by the BSO, Berkshire community, and beyond, starting in fall 2019. Complete details about the launch of the Tanglewood Learning Institute and opening of the Tanglewood Center for Music and Learning will be announced on February 7, 2019. 

These major events and milestones take place during a season that also honors Tanglewood’s cherished  musical traditions, among them concerts by the one and only Boston Pops, including the annual John Williams’ Film Night; a series of chamber music and recital programs in the acoustically acclaimed Ozawa Hall, celebrating its 25th anniversary season in 2019; frequent performances by the talented Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center; and a Popular Artist series, including two appearances by one of the festival’s most beloved singers, James Taylor, on July 3 and 4. The BSO’s musical leadership, Andris NelsonsKeith Lockhart, and John Williams, are joined by an extraordinary roster of guest artists, including beloved familiar faces—Yo-Yo MaEmanuel Ax,  and Joshua Bell; other favorite performers—Yefim BronfmanChristine GoerkeHilary HahnPaul LewisRyan Speedo GreenThomas HampsonLeonidas KavakosKen-David MasurAnne-Sophie Mutter,  Kristine OpolaisMorris RobinsonGil Shaham, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet; and exciting debuts—Inon Barnatan, J’Nai BridgesMILOŠSimon O’Neill, and François-Xavier Roth, who make their first appearances at the storied music festival. The 2019 Festival of Contemporary Music, under the direction of BSO Artistic Partner Thomas Adès, August 8-12, boasts a tremendous array of works by composers of our time and recent history, with nine American premieres, including works by Richard AyresGerald BarryErica FoxGyörgy KurtágHilda ParedesPoul Ruders, and Nathan Shields, as well as a TMC-commissioned world premiere from Andrew Hamilton; there will also be a special concert dedicated to the piano works of the late Oliver Knussen

Musical highlights of the season also include Copland’s Symphony No. 3, Debussy’s La Mer, Dvořák’s New World Symphony, Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Betsy Jolas’s A Little Summer Suite, Ravel’s La Valse and Daphnis and Chloé (complete), Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 2, Strauss’s “Dance of the Seven Veils” from Salome, Joan Tower’s Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 1, and an Andris Nelsons-led Verdi Requiem, as well as works by Brahms, Gershwin, Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Stravinsky, among many other favorite composers. The traditional season-ending finale of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with a cast of acclaimed soloists and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, James Burton, conductor, will be led by Giancarlo Guerrero; the program will open with Schoenberg’s Friede auf Erden (Peace on Earth) for unaccompanied chorus.  In another major highlight of the 2019 season, Yo-Yo Ma, who will be featured in three concerts during the 2019 Tanglewood season, will make a special solo appearance in the Shed, performing Bach’s Six Unaccompanied Cello Suites as part of his own two-year The Bach Project, in which Mr. Ma will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s six suites for solo cello in 36 locations on six continents.  Opening the 2019 season on June 15, American Public Media’s popular Live from Here, with host, vocalist and mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile, will broadcast from Tanglewood for the second consecutive year.

In addition to the programs of the 2019 Festival of Contemporary Music and the new Kevin Puts work, new pieces to be performed during the season include two world premieresThe Lost Words, for children’s choir and orchestra, by BSO Choral Director James Burton, featuring the Boston Symphony Children’s Choir; and André Previn and Tom Stoppard’s Penelope, for soprano, string quartet, and soprano, with Renée Fleming and the Emerson String Quartet—as well as the American premiere of Avner Dorman’s Double Concerto for violin, cello, and orchestra, with Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth. The performance of Penelope, along with André Previn’s Violin Concerto, Anne-Sophie, written for and featuringMs. Mutter, will take place in celebration of Sir André Previn’s 90th birthday year.

Beyond the schedule of performances, Tanglewood continues to offer a wide variety of discounted ticket options, among them $20 tickets for attendees under 40 and free lawn tickets to young people age 17 and under—two of the festival’s most popular ticket offerings—as well as a variety of special programs for families and children, including Kids’ CornerWatch and Play, the annual Family Concert, which will feature the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Thomas Wilkins on July 27, and Summer Sundays, an afternoon of entertaining and educational activities planned around the weekly Sunday-afternoon BSO concerts. Tickets for the 2019 season—regular-season ticket prices range from $12-$130—go on sale to the public on Sunday, February 10 at www.tanglewood.org and 888-266-1200. Tickets for James Taylor’s concerts on July 3 & 4 go on sale on Monday, January 28. Visit www.tanglewood.org for complete information about concert programming, ticket purchasing, and the many family- and children-centric programs Tanglewood offers each summer. 

 
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TANGLEWOOD FOR KIDS

Free lawn tickets for children and young people up to 17! Tanglewood is pleased to offer free lawn tickets for children and young people age 17 and younger. Up to four free children’s tickets are available per parent/legal guardian per concert at the Tanglewood Box Office on the day of the concert. Children under five are not permitted in the Koussevitzky Music Shed or Seiji Ozawa Hall during concerts. All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket. This free lawn ticket policy does not apply to organized groups of children. For Popular Artist concerts, free lawn tickets are only available for children under 2.

 
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