2020 TANGLEWOOD SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT
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BSO MUSIC DIRECTOR ANDRIS NELSONS LEADS 12 PROGRAMS INCLUDING ACT III OF WAGNER’S TANNHÄUSER (7/11) AND THREE PROGRAMS SHOWCASING PAUL LEWIS IN ALL FIVE BEETHOVEN PIANO CONCERTOS (7/17-19); A WEEKEND-LONG CELEBRATION OF THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF ISAAC STERN’S BIRTH, WITH PERFORMANCES BY VIOLINISTS AUGUSTIN HADELICH, MIDORI, PAMELA FRANK, AND JOSHUA BELL (7/24-26); KEITH LOCKHART LEADING THE BOSTON POPS IN STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (8/21) AND THE ANNUAL JOHN WILLIAMS’ FILM NIGHT, HOSTED BY MR. WILLIAMS (8/15); THOMAS ADÈS DIRECTING THE 2020 FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC (8/6-10); AND A WIDE-RANGING SERIES OF PERFORMANCES AND ACTIVITIES DURING THE SECOND SEASON OF THE TANGLEWOOD LEARNING INSTITUTE (TLI) IN THE ACCLAIMED NEW LINDE CENTER
KEN-DAVID MASUR OPENS THE BSO’S SEASON ON JULY 3 WITH AN ALL-AMERICAN PROGRAM OF SCHUMAN’S NEW ENGLAND TRIPTYCH, BARBER’S KNOXVILLE: SUMMER OF 1915, FEATURING SOPRANO ANGEL BLUE, ROBERTO SIERRA’S CONCERTO FOR SAXOPHONES AND ORCHESTRA WITH SOLOIST JAMES CARTER, AND GERSHWIN’S AN AMERICAN IN PARIS; CONDUCTING LEGEND CHRISTOPH VON DOHNÁNYI CLOSES THE ORCHESTRA’S SEASON ON AUGUST 23 WITH THE TRADITIONAL SEASON-ENDING PERFORMANCE OF BEETHOVEN’S NINTH
FAVORITE TANGLEWOOD ARTISTS EMANUEL AX, SUSAN GRAHAM, LEONIDAS KAVAKOS, YO-YO MA, GARRICK OHLSSON, AND GIL SHAHAM JOIN 22 ARTISTS IN THEIR TANGLEWOOD DEBUTS
RINGO STARR OPENS THE TANGLEWOOD SEASON ON JUNE 19, FOLLOWED BY PERFORMANCES BY TREY ANASTASIO ON JUNE 20, AND JUDY COLLINS AND ARLO GUTHRIE ON JUNE 21; WAIT WAIT…DON’T TELL ME! WITH HOST PETER SAGAL RETURNS TO TANGLEWOOD ON AUGUST 27; ADDITIONAL POPULAR ARTISTS BE ANNOUNCED LATER
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BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons to be in residence at Tanglewood for twelve conducting appearances, July 10 through August 2. Highlights of his programs include:
• A Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) performance of Act III of Wagner’s Tannhäuser featuring Christopher Ventris in the title role (7/11)
• Three all-Beethoven concerts with Paul Lewis, the 2020 Koussevitzky Artist, performing all five piano concertos with the BSO (July 17-19)
• BSO concerts with preeminent guest artists the Jussen Brothers (Mozart Concerto in E-flat for two pianos, 7/10), Leonidas Kavakos (Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1, 7/31), Emanuel Ax (Chopin Concerto No. 2, 7/12), Daniil Trifonov (Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1, 8/1), and Yo-Yo Ma (Dvořák Cello Concerto, 8/2)
• BSO performances of Poulenc’s Gloria with Nicole Cabell (7/10), Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 3 (8/1), Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 (7/12), Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique (7/24), and Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 (8/1), as well as music of Julia Adolphe, Eric Nathan, Bartók, Debussy, Dutilleux, and Mozart
• Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra (TMCO) performance of Brahms’s Symphony No. 2 (7/20)
• Tanglewood on Parade, a day of musical activities and an evening program with the BSO, Boston Pops, and TMCO, with Mr. Nelsons sharing the podium with John Williams and Thomas Wilkins (7/28)
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2020 Tanglewood season celebrates the 100th anniversary of Isaac Stern’s birth, July 24-26, with several of the world’s most acclaimed violinists, and other prominent musicians, performing works closely associated with Mr. Stern’s 65-year career as one of the 20th century’s most significant artists
• Andris Nelsons-led program with Augustin Hadelich performing Beethoven’s Romance No. 1 and Dutilleux’s L’Arbre des songes (7/24)
• Midori performing Bernstein’s Serenade (7/25)
• Violinists Joshua Bell, Vadim Gluzman, Pamela Frank, and Nancy Zhou, cellists Steven Isserlis and Jian Wang, and pianist Jeremy Denk featured in program conducted by Stern’s sons—David and Michael Stern—to include Bach’s Concerto in D minor for two violin and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto (7/26)
• Tanglewood annual gala dinner on July 24 to celebrate Isaac Stern centennial
• Tanglewood Learning Institute programming to mark Isaac Stern centennial with special activities throughout the weekend (click here for details)
Additional highlights: Boston Pops, Tanglewood Festival Chorus’s 50th Anniversary,
2020 Festival of Contemporary Music, Ozawa Hall concerts:
• Two Boston Pops concerts led by Keith Lockhart: a film presentation of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, with the orchestra performing the score (8/21), and John Williams’ Film Night with Mr. Williams hosting (8/15)
• Tanglewood Festival Chorus’s 50th Anniversary celebrated with six BSO collaborations: Poulenc Gloria (7/10); Wagner Tannhäuser, Act III, also featuring the Boston Symphony Children’s Choir (7/11); Shostakovich Symphony No. 3 (8/1); Barber Prayers of Kierkegaard (8/2); Berlioz Requiem (8/22); and Beethoven Ninth (8/23), as well as the TFC’s annual Prelude Concert (7/31) and a special appearance at the Linde Center (8/1)
• Ozawa Hall appearances by the Mark Morris Dance Group (7/1 & 2), Boston Symphony Chamber Players (8/12), Meow Meow (7/8), Emerson String Quartet with Emanuel Ax (7/9), Paul Lewis (7/14), Strings for Peace with Amjad Ali Khan and Sharon Isbin (7/17), Silk Road presentation of Osvaldo Golijov’s Falling Out of Time (7/29), Susan Graham with Music from Copland House (7/30), Garrick Ohlsson in Brahms’s complete solo piano works (8/4, 11, 13 & 18), Danish String Quartet (8/5), and Emmanuel Music in Weill’s The Firebrand of Florence (8/20)
• 2020 Festival of Contemporary Music, 8/6-10, directed by Thomas Adès, featuring an American premiere by Andrew Haig and works by Joanna Baille, Derek Bermel, Harrison Birtwistle, Osvaldo Golijov, György Kurtág, György Ligeti, Nicholas Maw, Per Nørgård, Andrew Norman, Kaija Saariaho, Sean Shepherd, Mark Simpson, Linda Catlin Smith, Judith Weir, and Du Yun, as well as Mr. Adès, with performances by Tanglewood Music Center Fellows and special guests
Special Programs and Concerts for the Berkshire Community and Families and Children
• Tanglewood in the City: Pittsfield—a live video screen transmission on the Pittsfield Common of a BSO Shed performance for the wider Berkshire community
• Berkshire Night—offering Berkshire residents with valid ID free Shed tickets to a BSO performance
• Tanglewood Family Concert on August 1—an engaging concert experience for families with children ages 3-8, with conductor and narrator Thomas Wilkins in connection with the acclaimed Circle Round podcast
• Family Fun Fest on July 31—offering free live presentations by local artists/organizations and interactive activities inspired by the arts
• Kids’ Corner, Watch and Play, and What’s That Sound?—a wide spectrum of activities for families and young concertgoers attending Saturday-morning rehearsals and Sunday performances
• Summer Sundays—pre-concert activities for visitors of all ages attending Sunday-afternoon BSO performances
• Free lawn tickets to young people age 17 and under—one of the festival’s most popular ticket offerings
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The 2020 Tanglewood season, June 19 through August 30, will present major musical events, including an Andris Nelsons-led Act III of Tannhäuser, Paul Lewis performing all five Beethoven piano concertos, a weekend-long celebration of Isaac Stern on the 100th anniversary of his birth, a Boston Pops presentation of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back under the direction of Keith Lockhart, Film Night hosted by John Williams, Thomas Adès directing the 2020 Festival of Contemporary Music, and a Popular Artist series with Ringo Starr, Trey Anastasio, and Judy Collins and Arlo Guthrie. Alongside these programs taking place in the Koussevitzky Music Shed will be intimate chamber music and recital concerts in Ozawa Hall and engaging and thought-provoking activities in the Linde Center, which opened to great popular and critical acclaim in 2019 (see separate press release for 2020 Tanglewood Learning Institute programs here). Giants of the classical music field and beloved Tanglewood guest artists Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Pamela Frank, Susan Graham, Leonidas Kavakos, Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, and Gil Shaham perform alongside 22 artists making their Tanglewood debuts, as well as the talented musicians of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s famed summer music academy, which presents free and discounted concerts all summer long. Tickets for the 2020 Tanglewood season, June 19-August 30, go on sale to the public on February 9 at www.tanglewood.org and 888-266-1200. An overview of highlights of the 2020 Tanglewood season appears below; details are also available at www.tanglewood.org.
One of the festival’s most beloved traditions, offering audiences a full day of musical activities for music lovers of every age, Tanglewood on Parade takes place on July 28 and culminates in an 8 p.m. concert in the Shed featuring the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood Music Center orchestras, under the direction of Andris Nelsons, John Williams, and Thomas Wilkins. Tanglewood’s many educational and family-friendly programs include the Tanglewood Family Fun Fest on July 31, offering visitors an afternoon of free live performances and family-friendly activities presented by local Berkshire artists and cultural organizations; it is part of the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays. This season’s Tanglewood Family Concert, Music of the Spheres, with conductor and narrator Thomas Wilkins, will take place on August 1 in partnership with Circle Round creators Rebecca Sheir and Eric Shimelonis. Berkshire Night will again take place this summer with free Shed tickets for Berkshire residents with valid identification. The BSO will present the second annual Tanglewood in the City: Pittsfield, a live video transmission of a concert from Tanglewood; the concert will be shown on a 15×27-foot screen on the Pittsfield Common and is designed to share one of the festival’s major Shed performances with a wider community of Berkshire residents. The dates for Berkshire Night and Tanglewood in the City: Pittsfield will be announced in the coming months.
Tanglewood continues to offer free lawn tickets to young people age 17 and under—one of the festival’s most popular ticket offerings—as well as a variety of special programs for families and children attending the BSO’s weekend activities. Summer Sundays offers musical and participatory activities for visitors of all ages at various locations throughout the grounds from noon to 2 p.m. prior to every Sunday-afternoon Boston Symphony performance. Sunday afternoon programs designed for young children, taking place in advance of BSO concerts, include Watch and Play, a series of lively discussions about instruments, concert themes, and musical concepts and What’s That Sound?, an up-close look at various instruments of the orchestra, demonstrated by members of the BSO. Kids’ Corner, taking place on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons is designed to provide child-friendly craft activities relating to concert music. In addition, a series of free TLI Open Houses will take place at the Linde Center, with details to be announced at a later date. Further details about these programs and the entire Tanglewood season are available at www.tanglewood.org and www.tli.org.
Tickets for the 2020 Tanglewood season range from $12-$132 (regular season tickets) and go on sale to the public on Sunday, February 9, at www.tanglewood.org and 888-266-1200.
Brief Description of Tanglewood
Tanglewood, located in the Berkshire Hills of Lenox and Stockbridge, MA, has been the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1937, when the festival was founded by Serge Koussevitzky (BSO Music Director 1924-1949). In addition to performances by the BSO and the annual Popular Artists series, Tanglewood also presents concerts by the Boston Pops, a chamber music and recital series in Ozawa Hall, and performances by the Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s acclaimed summer music academy, established in 1940 by Koussevitzky. The Tanglewood Learning Institute—introduced in summer 2019 and offering a wide spectrum of performances and multidisciplinary activities designed to engage curious minds seeking to become more involved with music and the arts—is Tanglewood’s first new programmatic offering since the introduction of its Popular Artists series in the 1960s. TLI activities take place in the Linde Center for Music and Learning, a four-building complex that opened to critical and popular acclaim in summer 2019.
Each summer Tanglewood draws an attendance of approximately 340,000 people and brings more than $100 million in economic activity annually to the Berkshires region. The Tanglewood Forever campaign for funding the construction of the Linde Center, the ongoing horticultural effort to restore and maintain the Tanglewood grounds, and the artistic programming for concerts and events presented in the Shed, Ozawa Hall, and the Linde Center, have raised $72.5 million to date; with strong interest from the donor community, the campaign will remain open until the end of December 2019. Further information about Tanglewood can be found at www.tanglewood.org; further details about the Tanglewood Learning Institute can be found at www.tli.org.
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Andris Nelsons, the Ray and Maria Stata BSO Music Director, to be in residence July 10-August 2
Andris Nelsons will lead 12 performances, beginning with a July 10 Boston Symphony program that opens with Debussy’s Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun, featuring BSO principal flute Elizabeth Rowe, and closes with Poulenc’s Gloria with soprano Nicole Cabell and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the first of six BSO programs throughout the 2020 Tanglewood season celebrating the ensemble’s 50th anniversary. The program will also include Mozart’s Piano Concerto in E-flat for two pianos featuring piano-duo brothers Lucas and Arthur Jussen in their Tanglewood debut, and American composer Julia Adolphe’s Underneath the Sheen. The following evening, Saturday, July 11, Mr. Nelsons leads a performance of Act III of Wagner’s Tannhäuser with Christopher Ventris in the title role, Sarah Jakubiak as Elisabeth, Marina Prudenskaya as Venus, and Michael Nagy as Wolfram; this performance will also feature the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Boston Symphony Children’s Choir. On Sunday, July 12, Emanuel Ax joins Andris Nelsons and the BSO for Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 on a program with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.
In what is sure to be a major highlight of the 2020 Tanglewood season, the following weekend, Mr. Nelsons leads a series of three programs featuring Paul Lewis—the 2020 Koussevitzky Artist—in all five Beethoven piano concertos, July 17-19 (July 17: The Consecration of the House Overture and Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3; July 18: Overture to The Ruins of Athens and Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 4; and July 19: selections from The Creatures of Prometheus and Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor). In another season highlight, Mr. Nelsons will lead the first of three BSO concerts celebrating the 100th anniversary of Isaac Stern’s birth, July 24-26, with a program featuring Augustin Hadelich in Beethoven’s Romance No. 1 in G and Dutilleux’s L’Arbre des songes for violin and orchestra; the program will end with Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. Tanglewood’s annual gala dinner will take place prior to the evening’s performance. Further details about the Isaac Stern weekend appear below.
Mr. Nelsons will join John Williams and Thomas Wilkins for the annual Tanglewood on Parade extravaganza on July 24, with performances by musicians of the Tanglewood Music Center and Boston University Tanglewood Institute throughout the day, leading up to the evening’s gala concert featuring the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood Music Center orchestras in a program to include Strauss’s Don Juan and the traditional finale of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, combining the forces of the BSO and TMCO, followed by a fireworks display over the Stockbridge Bowl. Mr. Nelsons will also lead the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra on July 20 in an Ozawa Hall program to include Brahms’s Symphony No. 2.
John Williams is the George and Roberta Berry Boston Pops Conductor Laureate and Thomas Wilkins is the Germeshausen BSO Youth and Family Concerts Conductor.
Tanglewood honors the 100th anniversary of Isaac Stern’s birth with a weekend-long celebration, July 24-26
Tanglewood’s 2020 season honors the 100th anniversary of legendary American violinist Isaac Stern’s birth (July 21, 1920) with a weekend-long celebration, July 24-26, featuring six of the world’s most acclaimed violinists performing works closely associated with Mr. Stern’s 65-year career as one of the most preeminent artists of the 20th century. Stern’s relationship with the BSO began in January 1948, when he made debut with the orchestra performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with Serge Koussevitzky conducting. He made his Tanglewood debut that summer and continued to perform regularly at Symphony Hall and Tanglewood for nearly 50 years. The BSO’s weekend of performances is the culmination of a season-long celebration of the centennial of Mr. Stern’s birth.
On Friday, July 24, Andris Nelsons and the BSO open the Stern weekend with the Tanglewood Gala, featuring violinist Augustin Hadelich in Beethoven’s Romance No. 1 in G, for violin and orchestra (which Stern performed with the BSO in 1965) and Dutilleux’s L’Arbre des songes, for violin and orchestra, a work written for and dedicated to Stern. Maestro Nelsons and the BSO close the gala program with Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique.
On Saturday, July 25, Midori joins the BSO and conductor Constantinos Carydis for a program featuring Bernstein’s Serenade (after Plato’s “Symposium”). Stern gave the world premiere of Serenade with Bernstein and the Israel Philharmonic in 1954, and the following year gave the U.S. premiere performances at with the BSO and Charles Munch. Mr. Carydis also leads the BSO in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.
The celebration of Isaac Stern’s 100th birthday wraps up with a star-studded BSO performance featuring violinists Joshua Bell, Pamela Frank, Vadim Gluzman, and Nancy Zhou, cellists Jian Wang and Steven Isserlis, and pianist Jeremy Denk, under the direction of Isaac Stern’s sons—conductors David and Michael Stern. The concert opens with J.S. Bach’s Concerto in D minor for two violins featuring Pamela Frank and Nancy Zhou (Ms. Zhou was the 2018 winner of the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition). Cellist Jian Wang—who, as a young prodigy, was featured in the documentary From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China—performs Tchaikovsky’s Andante cantabile. The afternoon closes with one of Stern’s signature works—Beethoven’s Triple Concerto—performed by Jeremy Denk, Joshua Bell, and Steven Isserlis. Further program details for the July 25 and 26 performances will be announced at a later date.
As part of the celebration, the Tanglewood Learning Institute will host a special Stern @ 100 Weekend, presented in conjunction with the weekend’s Shed programming. The TLI Weekend will explore cultural diplomacy here and abroad, leadership in the arts, and musical collaboration. Sessions include a leadership in the arts panel discussion with Mark Volpe, Eunice and Julian Cohen BSO President and CEO, and others, an open rehearsal of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and a TLI-TMC OpenStudio piano trios master class led by Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma, in honor of the incredible legacy of the Istomin-Stern-Rose Trio. For For further information about Stern @ 100 Weekend programs and activities, visit www.tli.org.
Tanglewood Festival Chorus Celebrates its 50th Anniversary Season in 2020
The Tanglewood Festival Chorus, under the direction of James Burton, marks its 50th anniversary in 2020 with a season-long celebration at Tanglewood featuring six performances with the BSO. The TFC, with soprano Nicole Cabell, will join the orchestra for a performance of Poulenc’s Gloria with Andris Nelsons conducting (July 10); Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Act III with Mr. Nelsons, the Boston Symphony Children’s Choir and a cast of soloists (July 11); Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 3 with Maestro Nelsons (August 1); Barber’s Prayers of Kierkegaard with Mr. Nelsons and soprano Rachel Willis-Sørenson (August 2); Berlioz’s Requiem with conductor Sir Mark Elder (August 22); and Brahms’s Geistliches Lied and Fest- und Gedenksprüche featuring TFC alumni and current members led by TFC Conductor James Burton followed by Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the current TFC led by Christoph von Dohnányi (August 23).
In addition to the six performances in the Shed this season, Mr. Burton conducts the TFC’s annual Prelude Concert on Friday, July 31 in Ozawa Hall, and members of the chorus will participate in a TFC Voice Class, led by Susan Graham, as part of the Tanglewood Learning Institute’s MasterPass program on Saturday, August 1.
Originally formed under the joint sponsorship of Boston University and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the all-volunteer Tanglewood Festival Chorus was established in 1970 by its founding conductor, the late John Oliver, who stepped down from his leadership position with the TFC at the end of the 2015 Tanglewood season after 45 years. Though first established for performances at the BSO’s summer home, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus was soon playing a major role in the BSO’s subscription season as well as BSO concerts at Carnegie Hall; the ensemble now performs year-round with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops. In February 2017, James Burton was named the new Conductor of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, also being appointed to the newly created position of BSO Choral Director.
Mr. Burton is the Alan J. and Suzanne W. Dworsky BSO Choral Director and Conductor of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.
Boston Pops and Tanglewood on Parade
The Boston Pops perform four times throughout the 2020 Tanglewood season: On Saturday, June 20, as part of Tanglewood’s Popular Artist Series, Keith Lockhart and the orchestra performs with legendary Phish co-founder, composer/guitarist/vocalist Trey Anastasio during the festival’s opening weekend. On Saturday, August 15, the Boston Pops celebrates John Williams’ Film Night’s 20th anniversary as one of Tanglewood’s most anticipated and beloved evenings. John Williams hosts the program, which celebrates some of his favorite selections from Film Nights past, performed by the Pops and led by Maestro Lockhart during his 25th anniversary season as Pops conductor.
On Friday, August 21, Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops present Disney’s Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, performing the classic film with live orchestral accompaniment. The performance follows last year’s presentation of Star Wars: A New Hope. The Boston Pops is also featured alongside the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra for the annual Tanglewood on Parade concert, taking place on Tuesday, July 28.
Keith Lockhart is the Julian and Eunice Cohen Boston Pops Conductor.
Popular Artist Series
Tanglewood’s Popular Artist series kicks off June 19, 2020, in the Shed with Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band opening the 2020 Tanglewood season. The Tanglewood concert is part of Starr’s 2020 North American tour following the recent release of his new album, What’s My Name. The following night, June 20 at 7:30 p.m., composer/guitarist/vocalist Trey Anastasio, a founding member of the rock band Phish, joins Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops in concert in the Shed. American music icons Judy Collins and Arlo Guthrie finish out the opening weekend with an afternoon performance in the Shed (6/21). Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, NPR’s oddly informative news quiz show, returns to Tanglewood on Thursday, August 27, at 8 p.m. The Peabody Award-winning show offers a fast-paced, irreverent look at the week’s news, hosted by Peter Sagal with judge and scorekeeper Bill Kurtis. Additional popular artists will be announced in early 2020.
Artists Making Their BSO and Tanglewood debuts
BSO and Tanglewood debuts in the Shed
This Tanglewood season will see the BSO and Tanglewood debuts of a number of musicians, beginning with the opening night Tanglewood debuts of soprano Angel Blue (Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, for soprano and orchestra) and saxophonist James Carter (Roberto Sierra’s Concerto for Saxophones and Orchestra) on July 3. Anna Rakitina makes her BSO and Tanglewood debuts on Sunday, July 5, conducting her first program as BSO assistant conductor: Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K.488, featuring soloist Ingrid Fliter, and Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. The following weekend, the young Dutch duo-pianist brothers Lucas and Arthur Jussen make their Tanglewood debut performing Mozart’s Concerto in E-flat for two pianos, K.365, following their BSO debut opening the orchestra’s 2019-20 Symphony Hall season. On Saturday, July 25, as part of Tanglewood’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of Isaac Stern’s birth, conductor Constantinos Carydis makes his Tanglewood debut conducting Bernstein’s Serenade (after Plato’s “Symposium”), for violin and orchestra featuring Midori, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. In August, violinist Leila Josefowicz—who’s performed with the BSO and Boston Pops in Boston—makes her Tanglewood debut performing Thomas Adès’s Violin Concerto on a program led by Mr. Adès himself.
Three vocalists make their BSO and Tanglewood debuts in 2020. Soprano Sarah Jakubiak, singing the role of Elizabeth, and mezzo-soprano Marina Prudenskaya as Venus join Andris Nelsons and the BSO for Act III of Wagner’s Tannhäuser on July 11, and on August 23, soprano Tamara Wilson makes her debut in the traditional season-closing performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, this year conducted by Christoph von Dohnányi.
Tanglewood Debuts in Ozawa Hall
In Ozawa Hall, sarod player Amjad Ali Khan and guitarist Sharon Isbin make their Tanglewood debuts performing a program entitled Strings for Peace on July 15. Using the similarities between the sarod and the guitar to find common ground between Indian and Western musical traditions, sarod master Amjad Ali Khan and virtuoso guitarist Sharon Isbin explore centuries of artistic cross-fertilization for an evening of spiritual uplift and discovery featuring traditional ragas, plus works by Albéniz, Tárrega, Amjad Ali Khan, and more. They’re joined by sarod players Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayann Ali Bangash in their Tanglewood debuts.
On July 22 and 23, French conductor François-Xavier Roth’s orchestra Les Siècles makes its Tanglewood debut, performing two programs featuring music of Gossec, Beethoven, Méhul, and Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Soprano Julie Fuchs—also making her Tanglewood debut—joins the ensemble on July 22 for Beethoven’s concert aria, Ah! Perfido, and on July 23, violinist Chouchane Siranossian makes her Tanglewood debut, performing Chevalier de Saint-Georges’s Violin Concerto in D, Op. 2, No. 2.
In its first Tanglewood appearances, Music from Copland House, the resident ensemble of Aaron Copland’s National Historic Landmark home in New York, is joined by mezzo-soprano Susan Graham for the world premiere performances of Richard Danielpour and former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove’s A Standing Witness. Co-commissioned by the BSO, A Standing Witness is a cycle of thirteen songs written for Ms. Graham and the Music from Copland House ensemble. offering a sweeping retrospective on pivotal historical events and moments in the U.S. over the past half-century. The work can be perceived as a series of musical snapshots tracing the trajectory of American civilization since 1968, as well as an invitation to bring forth what Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature.” The program also features Pierre Jalbert’s Crossings and Copland’s Sextet for clarinet, piano, and string quartet.
Festival of Contemporary Music (FCM), August 6-10
Curated for the third season by Thomas Adès, the 2020 Festival of Contemporary Music, August 6-10, features works for large and small ensembles performed by Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center. This season features works by nearly 20 contemporary composers, including Thomas Adès, Richard Ayres, Joanna Baille, Derek Bermel, Harrison Birtwistle, Osvaldo Golijov, György Kurtág, Ligeti, Nicholas Maw, Per Nørgård, Andrew Norman, Kaija Saariaho, Sean Shepherd, Mark Simpson, Linda Catlin Smith, Judith Weir, John Woolrich, and Du Yun. The opening performance on August 6 will feature the American premiere of a new work by former TMC Composition Fellow Andrew Haig (a TMC co-commission).
This year’s Festival will also feature a program of short silent films with original scores by the Composition Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center (August 9). Click here to view the 2020 Tanglewood season listing for the complete FCM details.
Thomas Adès is the Deborah and Philip Edmundson Artistic Partner and the Merwin Geffen, M.D. and Norman Solomon, M.D., Festival of Contemporary Music Director.
Tanglewood Music Center/BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists Recitals
In addition to the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra’s performances during Tanglewood on Parade (July 28) and during the Festival of Contemporary Music (August 10), the orchestra performs three more times throughout the 2020 season. On July 6, Stefan Asbury and TMC Conducting Fellows lead a concert highlighted by the world premiere of Bernard Rands’s Symphonic Fantasy (a BSO/TMC co-commission). The concert also features the Suite from Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances. BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons conducts the TMCO on July 20 in a program including Brahms’s Symphony No. 2, and on August 16, Christoph von Dohnányi conducts the orchestra in a performance in the Koussevitzky Music Shed featuring Strauss’s Burleske for piano and orchestra, featuring Francesco Piemontesi, and Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, along with Schumann’s Symphony No. 2.
In a new collaboration with BBC Radio 3, TMC Fellows and participants in Radio 3’s New Generation Artists program will present a series of free one-hour lunchtime recitals in the Linde Center, Studio E – Mondays, July 6–August 10, 1:30 p.m. Each recital will be recorded for delayed broadcast on Radio 3.
Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center are also featured in vocal and chamber music performances throughout the summer, with further details to be announced at a later date.
2020 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 2020 Tanglewood season—regular-season ticket prices range from $12-$132—go on sale on Sunday, February 9, 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, beginning June 17 at 10 a.m. American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and cash are all accepted at the Tanglewood Box Office. For further ticket information and box office hours, please call the Boston Symphony Orchestra at 617-266-1492 or visit www.tanglewood.org. Tanglewood brochures with complete program and ticket information will be available in early February by calling 617-266-1492 or visiting www.tanglewood.org.
Please note: tickets purchased online or over the phone are also subject to a $6.50 handling fee; ticket prices for additional popular artist concerts to be featured during the 2020 Tanglewood season will be set when the that schedule is announced over the coming months.
FREE AND DISCOUNTED LAWN TICKETS, ACTIVITIES FOR MUSIC LOVERS OF ALL AGES, AND MORE
The BSO’s $25 tickets for attendees under 40 will be available during the 2020 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. Additionally, a 50% discount to the Friday-evening lawn tickets is available to college and graduate students with a valid student ID. These discounted student tickets available for purchase in-person at the Main Gate Box office the night of the performance. 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.
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 general admission lawn seating tickets priced at $14; 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 of four or more 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 9, and at the Tanglewood Box Office June 17 at 10 a.m.
Tickets for Saturday-morning rehearsals range from $14-$34; certain blackout dates will apply.
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 21 and $200 thereafter. Lawn Pass Books go on sale on February 9, making them great gift options in advance of the Tanglewood season. 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. Grass Passes and Berkshire Resident Season Lawn Passes are available for purchase in person at the Main Gate Box Office beginning June 17 at 10 a.m. These special lawn offers 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 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. On alternating Sundays, 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 at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays and noon on Sundays. Tickets to the Sunday afternoon concert are required to participate in these activities.
Talks, Concerts, and events Free to BSO Ticket Holders: Underscore Fridays, Friday and Saturday Prelude Concerts, Saturday Morning Yoga on the Lawn, and Walking Tours
The orchestra will offer three UnderScore Fridays performances on July 17, July 31, and August 7; 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 E at the Linde Center for the Center for Music and Learning from July 11-August 15, feature Tanglewood Music Center Fellows in performance. Admission to Prelude Concerts is free to all BSO concert ticket holders.
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 Tanglewood Visitor Center, these weekly classes are available at no additional charge to Saturday-morning BSO Rehearsal ticket-holders, on July 4, 11, 18 and 25, and August 1, 8, 15, and 22.
Tanglewood offers free hour-long walking tours of Tanglewood’s grounds and performance spaces to the general public from July 5- August 23 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. The Tanglewood Tours Program is supported by a generous gift from Nancy and Richard Lubin and Family
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. Tanglewood also offers three casual dining locations—the casual fare of Cindy’s Café, the Tanglewood Café, and the Tanglewood Grille featuring Taste of the Berkshires with offerings from local favorite restaurants. Cindy’s Cafe will also be open post-concert on Sundays for cocktails and light appetizers. Additionally, guests may also order picnics to enjoy on the Tanglewood grounds 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. 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.
For Berkshire tourist information and reservations, contact the Berkshire Visitors Bureau at 413-743-4500 or visit www.berkshires.org.
Tanglewood brochures with complete program and ticket information will be available in Early February by calling 617-266-1492 or visiting www.tanglewood.org.RADIO BROADCASTS FROM TANGLEWOOD
Concerts from the Shed are broadcast on the radio throughout the summer, produced by 99.5 WCRB, a service of WGBH. These broadcasts, which frequently include interviews with visiting artists, composers, BSO musicians, and BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons, can be heard on 99.5 WCRB-FM in Boston (Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 7pm); 90.3 WAMC-FM in Albany and 88.1 WMNR-FM in Monroe (Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2:30pm); and 88.5 WFCR-FM in Springfield (Saturdays at 1pm and Sundays at 2:30pm); and streaming online at www.classicalwcrb.org.
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
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; order 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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