HIGHLIGHTS OF PERFORMANCES AUGUST 8–15
PERFORMANCES IN THE KOUSSEVITZKY MUSIC SHED
FRIDAY, AUGUST 9: LEONIDAS KAVAKOS LEADS THE BSO AS CONDUCTOR AND VIOLIN SOLOIST IN BEETHOVEN’S VIOLIN CONCERTO AND DVOŘÁK
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10: AS PART OF THE FESTIVAL FOR CONTEMPORARY MUSIC, RAFAEL PAYARE LEADS THE BSO IN CARREÑO’S MARGARITENA, ON A PROGRAM THAT ALSO INCLUDES BRAHMS’ SYMPHONY NO. 1 AND RACHMANINOFF’S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1, FEATURING NIKOLAI LUGANSKY
SUNDAY, AUGUST 11: THOMAS ADÈS CONDUCTS THE BSO IN BEETHOVEN’S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 4, WITH SOLOIST INON BARNATAN, AS WELL AS BEETHOVEN’S SYMPHONY NO. 6 AND IVES’ THREE PLACES IN NEW ENGLAND
SUNDAY, AUGUST 11: YO-YO MA PERFORMS BACH’S COMPLETE SUITES FOR UNACCOMPANIED CELLO
FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC (FRIDAY, AUGUST 8–MONDAY, AUGUST 12)
TANGLEWOOD’S ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC, DIRECTED THIS YEAR BY COMPOSER-CONDUCTOR-PIANIST AND BSO ARTISTIC PARTNER THOMAS ADÈS, CELEBRATES NEW AND RECENT COMPOSITIONS OVER THE COURSE OF SIX PERFORMANCES IN OZAWA HALL AND THE LINDE CENTER, PERFORMED ALMOST ENTIRELY BY FELLOWS OF THE TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER, INCLUDING THE AMERICAN PREMIERE OF RICHARD AYRES’ OPERA THE CRICKET RECOVERS
HIGHLIGHTS OF TANGLEWOOD LEARNING INSTITUTE (TLI) EVENTS–FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC IMMERSION WEEKEND, AUGUST 8-12
TANGLEWOOD PRESENTS IMMERSION WEEKEND IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE FESTIVAL OF COMTEMPORARY MUSIC; ACTIVITIES INCLUDE A TWO-PART EXPLORATION OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC WITH COMPOSER MICHAEL GANDOLFI, A CONVERSATION WITH COMPOSER THOMAS ADÈS AND WRITER AND MEDIA PRESENTER TOM SERVICE, A PERFORMANCE BY THE TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER ORCHESTRA DEDICATED TO RECENT WORKS, THREE CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERTS, AND MUCH MORE
HIGHLIGHTS ALSO INCLUDE CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS ERIKA FOX, HILDA PAREDES, CHAYA CZERNOWIN, AND ZOË MARTLEW DISCUSSING THEIR LIVES AND WORK AS PART OF SHOPTALKSON THURSDAY, AUGUST 8
ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS OF TANGLEWOOD LEARNING INSTITUTE (TLI) EVENTS
MONDAY, AUGUST 12: LEONIDAS KAVAKOS LEADS A MASTER CLASS WITH TMC VIOLIN FELLOWS
TUESDAY, AUGUST 13–THURSDAY, AUGUST 15: IN A TRIO OF MASTERPASS EVENTS, VOCAL COACH MARGO GARRETT, VIOLINIST PAMELA FRANK, AND PIANIST KIRILL GERSTEIN WORK WITH TMC FELLOWS IN MASTER CLASSES
THURSDAY, AUGUST 15: COLLABORATIVE PIANIST AND VOCAL COACH MARGO GARRETT AND CLARINETIST THOMAS MARTIN DISCUSS THEIR ARTISTRY AS PART OF SHOPTALKS
ADDITIONAL OZAWA HALL PROGRAMS
TUESDAY, AUGUST 13: VIOLINIST LEONIDAS KAVAKOS AND PIANIST EMANUEL AX GIVE RECITAL DEDICATED TO BEETHOVEN VIOLIN SONATAS
THURSDAY, AUGUST 15: CHAMBER ORCHESTRA THE KNIGHTS PERFORMS PROGRAM OF, AND OF WORKS INSPIRED BY, HUNGARIAN MUSIC, INCLUDING PIECES BY BRAHMS, KODÁLY, LIGETI, AND KURTÁG, WITH VIOLIN SOLOIST GIL SHAHAM
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BOSTON SYMPHONY AND OTHER PERFORMANCES IN THE KOUSSEVITZKY MUSIC SHED
FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 8 P.M. – LEONIDAS KAVAKOS LEADS BSO AS CONDUCTOR AND VIOLIN SOLOIST
Renowned Greek violinist and conductor Leonidas Kavakos returns to the BSO to lead the orchestra in both capacities. The program begins with Mr. Kavakos as soloist in Beethoven’s lyrical Violin Concerto, which—like the composer’s symphonies—expanded and transformed its genre far beyond what had previously been attempted. Then, after intermission, he takes up the baton to conduct the orchestra in Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7. Reflecting inner turmoil at the recent loss of his mother and the outer conflict of Bohemia’s rising nationalism, the Seventh is both the composer’s darkest, most severe work and also one of his greatest.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, 8 P.M. – RAFAEL PAYARE AND NIKOLAI LUGANSKY JOIN THE BSO
Young Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare, who became music director of the San Diego Symphony this year, makes his BSO and Tanglewood debuts, leading a program that begins with a work by a fellow Venezuelan: Margaritena by Inocente Carreño. Russian virtuoso Nikolai Lugansky then joins Mr. Payare and the orchestra as soloist in Rachmaninoff’s youthful and impetuous Piano Concerto No. 1. The concert concludes with Brahms’ monumental Symphony No. 1, the composer’s towering breakthrough after decades of struggle to escape Beethoven’s symphonic shadow.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 11, 2 P.M. – THOMAS ADÈS CONDUCTS BEETHOVEN AND IVES, WITH PIANIST INON BARNATAN
BSO Artistic Partner Thomas Adès, who directs Tanglewood’s 2019 Festival of Contemporary Music, takes the Shed podium to lead the BSO in a program that begins with Ives’ evocative Three Places in New England, which includes the Berkshires-inspired third movement The Housatonic at Stockbridge. American-Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan then takes the stage as soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, the most lyrical and poetic of the composer’s five works in the genre. Bringing the concert to a close is Beethoven’s beloved Symphony No. 6, Pastoral, one of the great musical tributes to the beauty and power of nature.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 11, 8 P.M. – YO-YO MA PERFORMS BACH’S COMPLETE CELLO SUITES
In what is sure to be a highlight of the summer, superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma has the entire Shed stage to himself for a complete performance of Bach’s six immortal Suites for unaccompanied cello. The indisputable centerpiece of the solo cello repertoire, the suites epitomize Bach’s unparalleled combination of head and heart, technical compositional mastery and emotional power, and put the full measure of the performer’s ability on display. Mr. Ma is closely identified with these pieces, having release two different highly acclaimed recordings of the complete suites.
FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC (8/8–12)
The 2019 Festival is directed by composer-conductor-pianist and BSO Artistic Partner Thomas Adès.
Thursday, August 8
8 p.m., Ozawa Hall – The Cricket Recovers
Thomas Adès conducts TMC vocal and instrumental Fellows in the American premiere of British composer Richard Ayres’ chamber opera The Cricket Recovers (2005), with libretto by Rozalie Hirs, based on a story by Toon Tellegen.
Friday, August 9
2:30 p.m., Linde Center, Studio E – Chamber Music
TMC Fellows perform a concert of chamber music that features the world premiere of Irish composer Andrew Hamilton’s g = piano quintet (2019), a TMC commission. The program also includes Zoë Martlew’s Völuspá for string trio (2018), Erika Fox’s Hungarian Rhapsody (1989), and Hilda Paredes’ Revelación (2011).
Saturday, August 10
6:15 p.m., Linde Center, Studio E – Prelude Concert
In a performance preceding the BSO’s 8 p.m. Shed concert as part of FCM, TMC Fellows present a trio of chamber works: Ruth Crawford Seeger’s String Quartet (1931), Poul Ruders’ String Quartet No. 4 (2012), and Chaya Czernowin’s Anea Crystal for string octet (2008).
Sunday, August 11
10:30 a.m., Ozawa Hall
A new, TMC-commissioned work by Nathan Shields receives its world premiere on a program that also includes Thea Musgraves’ Space Play (1974); Andrew Hamilton’s music for people who like art (2009), conducted by Jack Sheen; and Steve Reich’s Radio Rewrite (2012), conducted by Steven Drury. All works are performed by TMC Fellows.
Monday, August 12
6 p.m., Ozawa Hall – Prelude Concert: Tribute to Oliver Knussen
In advance of the 8 p.m. Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra performance, TMC Fellows give a Prelude Concert paying tribute to composer Oliver Knussen who died in 2018. The program includes four works by Knussen—Prayer Bell Sketch, Op. 29 (1998), Sonya’s Lullaby (1978), Variations (1989), and Ophelia’s Last Dance (2010)—as well as music by Takemitsu, Castiglioni, Carter, Jo Kondo, and Alexander Goehr.
8 p.m., Ozawa Hall
Thomas Adès and TMC Conducting Fellows lead the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in a quartet of works composed in the last 30 years. The program opens with Canada for tenor and orchestra (2017), by Gerald Barry, which sets an English translation of the text of the Prisoner’s Chorus from Beethoven’s Fidelio. More vocal music comes after intermission with Knussen’s Whitman Settings for soprano and orchestra (1991). Mr. Adès is on the podium for the other two works on the program: Poul Ruders’ Symphony No. 5 (2013) and Adès’ own Asyla, Op. 17 (1997).
TANGLEWOOD LEARNING INSTITUTE EVENTS: FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC WEEKEND (8/8–12)
What are the key tools used by composers today? How has musical style evolved? What can today’s music tell us about our own time and place? These intriguing questions and more are explored during FCM Weekend, presented in conjunction with Tanglewood’s annual Festival of Contemporary Music, through a diverse range of exciting programs—including multimedia presentations, sessions with guest composers from around the world and Tanglewood Music Center composition fellows, and the world premieres of new silent film scores.
Thursday, August 8
3 p.m., Linde Center, Gordon Studio – Introduction to The Cricket Recovers
An introduction to composer Richard Ayres and his acclaimed chamber opera, based on an award-winning collection of animal stories by Dutch author Toon Tellgen, adapted by librettist Rozalie Hirs.
4:30 p.m., Linde Center, Gordon Studio – Opera and the Mind
An engaging exploration of narratives of hysteria, madness, and mental illness in opera.
Friday, August 9
9 a.m., Linde Center – Welcome Breakfast
9:45 a.m., Linde Center, Studio E – Arrival 2019 & The Composer’s Toolbox Today
TMC Composition Program Head and award-winning composer Michael Gandolfi presents a two-part journey through musical and historical turning points that have contributed to what we consider contemporary music today and explores the various elements that composers use to create modern-day masterpieces.
11:30 a.m., Linde Center, Studio E – Introduction to Revelación (American premiere)
London-based Mexican composer Hilda Paredes introduces her compositional methods and her 2011 work for instrumental ensemble, which will be performed at the 2:30 p.m. FCM chamber music concert.
4:15 p.m., Linde Center, Studio E – Perspectives on New Work
Composers Andrew Hamilton and Nathan Shields participate in an up-close and personal conversation about the process of creating new work, the role that contemporary music plays in today’s society, and more. Moderated by BSO Assistant Artistic Administrator Eric Vallière.
Saturday, August 10
11:30 a.m., Linde Center, Studio E – Artist Perspectives: Erika Fox, composer
Hear from award-winning composer Erika Fox who was born in Vienna of Hungarian/Romanian parents and emigrated to England as a war refugee. Her highly distinctive musical style is a result of a childhood suffused with music of Eastern European origin and many of her works show a natural affinity for theatre and stage.
1 p.m., Cindy’s Café – On New Silent Film Scores
In this panel discussion moderated by composer and Head of TMC Composition Program Michael Gandolfi, attendees will learn about the challenges and joys of creating new music for silent film.
2:30 p.m., Linde Center, Studio E – Thomas Adès & Tom Service in Conversation
Composer Thomas Adès, BSO Artistic Partner and Director of the Festival of Contemporary Music, and writer, music journalist, and television and radio presenter Tom Service present a thought-provoking conversation about music, artistic influence, and creative friction.
Sunday, August 11
12:30 p.m., Linde Center, Studio E – Dramatic Elements in Contemporary Music
Influential Danish composer Poul Ruders discusses the subject of drama in today’s music.
5 p.m., Linde Center, Studio E – New Silent Film Scores
TMC Instrumental Fellows perform new silent film scores composed by TMC Composition Fellows.
Monday, August 12
3 p.m., Linde Center, Studio E – (Re)Settings in Contemporary Music
An exploration of compositional techniques that include text settings, poetry, and reuse of musical ideas.
OTHER TANGLEWOOD LEARNING INSTITUTE EVENTS
The launch of the Tanglewood Learning Institute in summer 2019 represents a new chapter of dynamic and stimulating programs for the famed 82-year-old summer music festival, alongside its traditional schedule of major performances by the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood Music Center orchestras, as well as a Popular Artist series in the Koussevitzky Music Shed, and chamber music, large ensemble, and recital programs in Ozawa Hall.
Monday, August 12, 2 p.m., Ozawa Hall – Leonidas Kavakos
Led by world-renowned musicians, TLI OpenStudio master classes provide the rare opportunity to witness the exceptionally talented Tanglewood Music Center Fellows fine-tune their interpretive skills while exploring nuances of the classical repertoire. This week, violinist Leonidas Kavakos works with the fellows in a violin master class.
Thursday, August 15, 1 p.m., Linde Center, Studio E – Margo Garrett and Thomas Martin
Margo Garrett—award-winning collaborative pianist and vocal coach—and Thomas Martin—Associate Principal and E-flat Clarinet, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Clarinet, Boston Pops Orchestra—come together to discuss their artistry.
The TLI MasterPass provides participants with a multispectral insider’s view of the artistic process. In August, participants can attend up to 18 different behind-the-scenes musical experiences, including seven orchestral rehearsals, thought-provoking music appreciation talks, and open master classes with world-renowned artists, including pianist and vocal coach Margo Garrett (August 13), violinist Pamela Frank (August 14), pianist Kirill Gerstein (August 15), violist Roberto Díaz (August 16), and composer Michael Gandolfi (August 17). For complete details, including times and locations for events, as well as a complete listing of TLI MasterPassevents, click here.
Sunday, August 11, 7 p.m., Linde Center, Studio E – Babette’s Feast
Babette’s Feast, with a score by acclaimed contemporary composer and writer Per Nørgård, explores the story of a 19th-century Parisian political refugee who seeks shelter in a rough, Danish coastal town. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1987.
Saturday, August 10, 10 a.m., Linde Center’s Martignetti Lobby – Painting, Drawing, and Photography Classes
In partnership with IS183 Art School of the Berkshires, these weekly sessions allow amateur visual artists to hone their skills in photography, painting, and drawing using the immense natural beauty of Tanglewood as a backdrop.
Sunday, August 11, 12:30 p.m., Theatre – The Birds of Tanglewood
Free of charge to ticket-holders for the Sunday 2:30 p.m. concert.
ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS IN OZAWA HALL
TUESDAY, AUGUST 13, 8 P.M. – LEONIDAS KAVAKOS AND EMANUEL AX
Two world-class soloists on their respective instruments come together for a joint recital as violinist Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Emanuel Ax take the Ozawa Hall stage. The program is dedicated to three violin sonatas by Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 4 in A minor, Op. 23; Violin Sonata No. 6 in A, Op. 30, No. 1; and Violin Sonata No. 10 in G, Op. 96. The first two are excellent examples of the young Beethoven’s innovative approach to traditional Classical style, while the final work dates from the end of his middle period, by which time he had become a much more pioneering and iconoclastic composer.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 8 P.M. – THE KNIGHTS AND GIL SHAHAM
Innovative New York–based chamber orchestra The Knights returns to Ozawa Hall with a program of music by Hungarian composers, as well as two works by Brahms with distinct Hungarian influences. Violinist Gil Shaham joins the orchestra as soloist in Brahms’ Violin Concerto, which was dedicated to Hungarian violinist Joseph Joachim and which includes a finale inspired by Hungarian gypsy music. The concert begins with the fourth movement of Ligeti’s Concert Românesc, and the second half of the program interweaves selections from Brahms’ Hungarian Dances and György Kurtág’s Signs, Games, and Messages, as well as Kodály’s complete Dances of Galánta.
TICKETS FOR TLI PROGRAMMING AND 2019 TANGLEWOOD SEASON
Tickets for TLI programs, ranging from $19 for some Full Tilt events to $399 for each of the four TLI Weekends, and tickets for the entire 2019 Tanglewood season, ranging from $12–$130 (regular season prices), will go on sale on February 10 at www.tanglewood.org and 888-266-1200. (Link to season announcement)
Ticket prices for TLI events throughout the summer:
- TLI Weekends—O’Keeffe Weekend, July 19–21; Wagner Weekend, July 26–28; FCM Weekend, August 8–12; and Film Weekend, August 23–25 are priced at $399.
- String Quartet MasterPass is priced at $150 for activities taking place June 22–30.
- TLI MasterPass, offering 40 different activities throughout the summer, is priced at $249 per month.
- The Big Idea presentations are priced at $68, $58, and $45 per event.
- TLI OpenStudio master classes are priced at $58, $47, and $35 per event ($49 for Music Director Andris Nelsons’ conducting class).
- Meet the Makers tickets are priced at $34 per event.
- Full Tilt tickets are priced at $19 per event ($58, $47, and $35 for Meow Meow’s performance).
- Focal Point tickets are priced at $34 per class.
- Cinematics film presentations are priced at $95 as a full series and $12 per single ticket (single tickets available at a later date).
- ShopTalks are priced at $125 as a full series and $20 per single ticket.
Brief Overview of 2019 Tanglewood Season
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. 5 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 Tanglewood Learning Institute and opening of the Tanglewood Center for Music and Learning are available here.
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 Nelsons, Keith Lockhart, and John Williams, are joined by an extraordinary roster of guest artists, including beloved familiar faces—Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, and Joshua Bell; other favorite performers—Yefim Bronfman, Christine Goerke, Hilary Hahn, Paul Lewis, Ryan Speedo Green, Thomas Hampson, Leonidas Kavakos, Ken-David Masur, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Kristine Opolais, Morris Robinson, Gil Shaham, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet; and exciting debuts—Inon Barnatan, J’Nai Bridges, Yu-An Chang, MILOŠ, Simon 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 Ahers, Gerald Barry, Erica Fox, Poul 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’ A Little Summer Suite, Ravel’s La Valse and Daphnis and Chloé (complete), Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 2, Strauss’ “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. The 2019 Popular Artist Series includes Richard Thompson (6/21), Postmodern Jukebox (6/22), The Boston Pops Celebrates Queen with Marc Martel (6/27), Earth, Wind & Fire (6/28), Rodrigo y Gabriela (6/30), Josh Groban (7/2), James Taylor and his All-Star Band (7/3 & 4), Train and the Goo Goo Dolls (8/5), Gladys Knight and The Spinners (8/28), Squeeze—The Squeeze Songbook Tour (8/29), Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Melissa Etheridge (8/30), Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminalsand Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (8/31), and Reba McEntire (9/1).
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 premieres—The Lost Words, for children’s choir and orchestra, by BSO Choral Director James Burton, featuring the Boston Symphony Children’s Choir; and André Previnand 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 featuring Ms. Mutter, will take place in memory of André Previn.
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’ Corner, Watch 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—are now on sale at www.tanglewood.org and 888-266-1200. Visit www.tanglewood.org for complete information about concert programming, ticket purchasing, and the many family- and children-centric programs Tanglewood offers each summer.
TICKET DETAILS/DISCOUNTED OPTIONS/ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
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. Details appear at end of this press release about purchasing tickets and Tanglewood’s 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 children and families, including Kids’ Corner, Watch and Play, the annual Family Concert, 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. Visit www.tanglewood.org for complete information about concert programming, ticket purchasing, and the many family- and children-centric programs Tanglewood offers each summer.
2019 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
Tickets for the 2019 Tanglewood season—regular-season ticket prices range from $12-$130*—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, beginning June 12. American Express, Visa, MasterCard, 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. Tickets purchased online or over the phone are also subject to a $6.50 handling fee. *Please note: Ticket prices for additional popular artist concerts to be featured during the 2019 Tanglewood season will be set when the that schedule is announced over the coming months. 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, ACTIVITIES FOR MUSIC LOVERS OF ALL AGES, AND MORE
The BSO’s $20 tickets for attendees under 40 will be available during the 2019 Tanglewood season for select performances; these tickets are available starting at the end of May on a first-come, first-served basis through www.tanglewood.org and through Symphony Charge. 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 $14-$34; certain blackout dates will apply. 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 Artist concerts, free lawn tickets are only available for children under age 2.
Saturday-Morning Rehearsals in the Shed allow audiences to watch the BSO in rehearsal. Saturday-Morning Rehearsal Shed seats, priced $24-$34, are reserved/ticketed seating only, with $14 general admission Lawn seating; these rehearsals begin at 10:30 a.m., with a Pre-Rehearsal Talk at 9:30 a.m. free to Rehearsal ticket holders. A discount of 15% off the regular ticket price will be applied to orders with a minimum of four Rehearsals. Tickets for Saturday-Morning Rehearsals can be purchased in person at Symphony Hall, over the phone at 888-266-1200, or online at www.tanglewood.org starting February 10, and at the Tanglewood Box Office (beginning June 12).
Tanglewood’s Lawn Pass Book contains 11 tickets that are valid for all regular and specially priced BSO and Pops concerts in the Koussevitzky Music Shed and Ozawa Hall. Lawn Pass Books are priced at $190 through June 23 and $200 thereafter. The Tanglewood Grass Pass is a season lawn pass priced at $225; these tickets are non-transferable. In addition, Year-round Berkshire County residents of Massachusetts may purchase a Berkshire Resident Season Lawn Pass priced at $100; local residents must show a valid Massachusetts license which is required to obtain a photo ID pass. Tickets for the Lawn Pass Book may be purchased in advance and make great gifts. Grass Passes and Berkshire Resident Season Lawn Passes are available for purchase in person at the Main Gate Box Office beginning June 12; Lawn Pass Book tickets and Berkshire/Grass passes are not valid for Popular Artist concerts.
For complete information on Group Discounts and other group benefits, including ticket discounts, advance ticket sales, and exclusive use of Tanglewood’s private tents either before or after concerts, please call the Group Sales Office at 617-638-9345 or 800-933-4255.
TANGLEWOOD PATRON ACTIVITIES FOR ADULTS/CHILDREN/FAMILIES: PATRON PERKS AND EDUCATION OPTIONS, PLUS YOGA ON THE LAWN EVERY SATURDAY
Summer Sundays Return to Tanglewood in 2019 and Other Family Friendly Activities
Summer Sundays will return to Tanglewood, bringing activities for all ages to the festival grounds every Sunday afternoon throughout the season. The Tanglewood grounds will open at noon on Sundays for an afternoon of kid-friendly events including musical arts and crafts, temporary tattoos, and other special activities; offerings for adults will include wine and food tastings in pop-up tents found throughout the grounds, and lectures that will appeal to all ages. Summer Sundays also offers “What’s That Sound?“, a chance to see and hear various instruments of the orchestra up close, from bassoon to harp, organ to alpine horn, and “Watch and Play,” an interactive musical performance designed to engage children, ages 3-10, in the Tanglewood musical experience. In addition to the Summer Sunday offerings, Tanglewood provides special programs for kids, such as the popular Kids’ Corner, a craft-related project supervised and supported by BSO staff on weekends. Admission to Summer Sundays and family-friendly activities is free to all BSO concert ticket holders; activities will take place 1 p.m. each Sunday at the Tanglewood Visitor Center.
UnderScore Fridays and Friday- and Saturday-evening Prelude Concerts
The orchestra will offer three UnderScore Fridays performances on July 19, August 2, and August 9; this program features BSO musicians discussing the evening’s program from the stage prior to these Friday evening concerts at 8 p.m. Admission to UnderScore Fridays is free to all BSO concert ticket holders. 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, which will be presented primarily in Studio A of the Center for Music and Learning from July 6-August 17, feature Tanglewood Music Center Fellows in performance. Admission to Prelude Concerts is free to all BSO concert ticket holders.
Yoga on the Lawn Every Saturday Morning During Open Rehearsals
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 10:15–11:15 a.m. on Saturday mornings (weather permitting). Located at the top of the lawn near the Tappan Manor House, these weekly classes are available at no additional charge to Saturday-morning BSO Rehearsal ticket-holders, on July 6, 13, 20, and 27, and August 3, 10, 17, and 24.
Tanglewood offers free hour-long walking tours of Tanglewood’s grounds and performance spaces to the general public from July 6-August 25 on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. and Sundays at 12:30 p.m. (on Sundays, only available for ticket holders only). Walking Tours begin at the Visitors Center at the Tanglewood Manor House.
TANGLEWOOD DINING OPTIONS
The Highwood Manor House will be open to the public for dinner on Friday and Saturday, and for Sunday brunch. Highwood offers an elegant buffet dinner at a fixed price of $65 per person and a Sunday Brunch buffet for $45 (inclusive of tax; 18% gratuity will be added to the bill). Cocktails, bottled wine, and à la carte desserts are also available. For reservations, call 413-637-4486 at least 48 hours in advance. Highwood will also be open post-concert on Sundays, weather permitting, for cocktails and light appetizers. Tanglewood also offers two casual dining locations—the casual fare of the Tanglewood Café and the Tanglewood Grille featuring Taste of the Berkshires with offerings from local favorite restaurants. Additionally, guests may also order picnics to enjoy on the spacious groups in advance online at tanglewood.org/dining or by phone at 413-637-5152. For those attending Shed concerts, light snacks and beverages are available for purchase at the Shed and Tappan Shacks and the Shed Beer Garden whenever the grounds are open for concerts.
For those patrons picnicking and listening to the concerts on the lawn, Tanglewood offers Lawn Chair Rentals,for a fee of $5, available by the beer garden during Shed concerts, and at the Bernstein Gate for Ozawa Hall performances.
BUS SERVICE AND LODGING DETAILS
Bus series to the Lenox area is offered by Peter Pan and Greyhound Bus Lines. For fare and scheduling information, please call 800-343-9999 or 800-231-2222. Special excursions are offered by the Berkshire Tour Company at 781-438-8620. Contact the Berkshire Visitors Bureau at 413-743-4500, or Berkshires.org, to obtain a guide to lodging, dining, and other activities in the area. Visitors may also patronize the many generous Tanglewood Business Partners who support our organization. For a complete list, visit tanglewood.org/partners.
MEDIA CENTER OFFERINGS AT BSO.ORG INCLUDING 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 20 million visitors annually and generating over $134 million in revenue since its launch in 1996.
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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 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. The BSO Media Center is available by visiting www.BSO.org/mediacenter.
BSO Phone and Tablet Apps and Mobile Web Offerings
The BSO’s free phone app provides concertgoers with a 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 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. 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, music clips, and concert previews, watch video exclusives, and make donations to the BSO—all in the palm of their hand.
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