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2015 TANGLEWOOD SEASON, JUNE 20-LABOR DAY WEEKEND, CELEBRATES TWO HISTORIC OCCASIONS: THE INAUGURAL SEASON OF BSO MUSIC DIRECTOR ANDRIS NELSONS AND THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER—THE BSO’S PRESTIGIOUS
2015 TANGLEWOOD SEASON OFFERS AUDIENCES A WIDE SPECTRUM OF PROGRAMS WITH THE
YO-YO MA AND EMANUEL AX EACH TAKE ON THE NEW TANGLEWOOD TITLE OF
ANDRIS NELSONS TO LEAD SIX TANGLEWOOD PROGRAMS INCLUDING MAHLER’S MONUMENTAL SYMPHONY NO. 8, “SYMPHONY OF A THOUSAND,” WITH THE TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER ORCHESTRA, TANGLEWOOD FESTIVAL CHORUS, BUTI CHORUS, AMERICAN BOY CHOIR, AND EIGHT VOCAL SOLOISTS IN HONOR OF THE SUMMER MUSIC ACADEMY’S 75TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON (8/8); FOUR BSO CONCERTS INCLUDING MAHLER’S SYMPHONY NO. 6 (8/14), SELECTIONS FROM VERDI’S OPERA OTELLO FEATURING KRISTINE OPOLAIS AS SOLOIST (8/15), TWO STRAUSS TONE POEMS, WORKS OF MENDELSSOHN, BEETHOVEN, AND BARBER, AND PROGRAMS FEATURING CHRISTIAN TETZLAFF, JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET, RENAUD CAPUÇON, AND GAUTIER CAPUÇON; AND TCHAIKOVSKY’S 1812 OVERTURE WITH THE COMBINED FORCES OF THE BSO AND TMCO, AS PART OF TANGLEWOOD ON PARADE (8/4)
ADDITIONAL BSO HIGHLIGHTS TO INCLUDE ACT I FROM PUCCINI’S TOSCA WITH BRYN TERFEL AS SCARPIA AND SONDRA RADVANOVSKY IN TITLE ROLE, UNDER THE DIRECTION OF BRAMWELL TOVEY (7/11); A WEEKEND DEVOTED TO THE MUSIC OF MOZART AND SCHUMANN WITH GUEST ARTISTS CHRISTIAN ZACHARIAS, SARAH CONNOLLY, BAIBA SKRIDE,
BOSTON POPS PRESENTS FOUR PROGRAMS: KEITH LOCKHART TO LEAD STEPHEN SONDHEIM TRIBUTE (6/20) AND PROGRAM WITH CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE (8/21); JOHN WILLIAMS AND DAVID NEWMAN TO LEAD THE EVER-POPULAR FILM NIGHT (8/22); BOSTON POPS BRASS AND PERCUSSION FEATURED ALONG WITH FAMED DRUM & BUGLE CORPS BOSTON CRUSADERS AND BLUE DEVILS (7/6)
POPULAR ARTIST SERIES TO FEATURE TONY BENNETT AND LADY GAGA (6/30); HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS (6/28); AND DIANA KRALL (6/21); JULY 4 DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED AT A LATER DATE
SPECIAL EVENTS AT OZAWA HALL INCLUDE THE RETURN OF MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP(6/25&26); AN OZAWA HALL PERFORMANCE BY WYNTON MARSALIS AND THE JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA(7/14); THE KNIGHTS PERFORMING FALLA’S MASTER PETER’S PUPPET SHOW (7/30) AND MATTHIAS GOERNE SINGING SCHUBERT’S WINTERREISE (8/5); CHAMBER MUSIC PERFORMANCES BY THE BOSTON SYMPHONY CHAMBER PLAYERS (7/1), EMERSON STRING QUARTET (7/22), AND APOLLO’S FIRE (7/2), AS WELL AS AN ALL-BRAHMS PROGRAM WITH YO-YO MA, EMANUEL AX, AND LEONIDAS KAVAKOS (8/6); AND RECITAL APPEARANCES BY SARAH CONNOLLY (7/14), LEON FLEISHER (7/8), PAUL LEWIS (7/21), AUDRA MCDONALD (7/19), BRYN TERFEL (7/9), AND CHRISTIAN TETZLAFF (8/12)
TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER CELEBRATES 75TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON WITH OVER 30 COMMISSIONS OF NEW WORKS; AN ANDRIS NELSONS-LED PERFORMANCE OF MAHLER SYMPHONY NO. 8 (8/8), WHICH WILL BE OFFERED AS A FREE LIVE WEBCAST AT WWW.TANGLEWOOD.ORG; AND FREE WEEKLY DOWNLOADS FROM THE 75-YEAR PERFORMANCE HISTORY OF THE TMC; A TMC 75 ARCHIVAL EXHIBIT IN THE TANGLEWOOD VISITORS CENTER; AND COMMEMORATIVE PROGRAM BOOKS WITH HISTORICAL NARRATIVES AND ARCHIVAL PHOTOGRAPHS TRACING THE TMC’S LONG AND STORIED HISTORY; DETAILS ON THE TMC 75 CELEBRATION ARE AVAILABLE HERE
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The 2015 Tanglewood season, June 20-Labor Day Weekend, boasts an abundance of musical riches with concerts by the incomparable Boston Symphony and Boston Pops orchestras, the Tanglewood Music Center, and internationally acclaimed guest artists from the worlds of classical, jazz, the American Songbook, Broadway, pop rock, dance, and film, as well as performances spotlighting special anniversaries, thematic programming, and theatrical presentations.
Unique to the 2015 Tanglewood season will be the celebration of two milestones: the inaugural season of BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons and the 75th anniversary of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s prestigious summer music academy. In a first for the Tanglewood Festival, Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax will each take on the newly created title of Koussevitzky Artist—an honorary title reflecting the BSO’s deep appreciation for their generous performance and teaching commitment to the 2015 Tanglewood season, and for each of their extraordinary 30-plus-year involvement with the BSO at Tanglewood and at Symphony Hall in Boston. In what is sure to be one of the highlights of the 2015 Tanglewood season, the legendary Tony Bennett and megastar songstress Lady Gaga will perform music from their acclaimed new album, Cheek to Cheek, 6/30.
Tickets for the 2015 Tanglewood season, priced from $10 to $124, go on sale Sunday, January 25, at 10 a.m. at 888-266-1200 and www.tanglewood.org., where visitors can also find full details of the 2015 Tanglewood concert schedule. Tanglewood—this country’s preeminent summer music festival and the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra—is located in the Berkshire Hills between Stockbridge and Lenox, MA.
ANDRIS NELSONS FEATURED IN SIX PROGRAMS IN HIS FIRST SEASON AS BSO MUSIC DIRECTOR
On August 8, Mr. Nelsons will join in the 75th TMC festivities by leading Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 8, featuring the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, supplemented by TMC alumni, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, BUTI Chorus, American Boy Choir, and a cast of internationally acclaimed soloists, to include sopranos Erin Wall and Christine Goerke, mezzo-sopranos Lioba Braun and Jane Henschel, tenor Klaus Florian Vogt, and baritone Matthias Goerne.
On August 14, Mr. Nelsons leads the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with soloist Christian Tetzlaff on a program with Mahler’s Symphony No. 6. For his final program of the 2015 Tanglewood season on August 15, Mr. Nelsons will be joined by Kristine Opolais for the Willow Song and “Ave Maria” from Act IV of Verdi’s Otello and “L’altra notte in fondo al mare” from Act III of Boito’s Mefistofele; the program will also feature the BSO in the Intermezzo from Act III of Puccini’s Manon Lesaut, Barber’s Second Essay for Orchestra, and Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben.
YO-YO MA AND EMANUEL AX GIVEN FIRST-EVER KOUSSEVITZKY ARTIST TITLE IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR IMPORTANCE TO THE BSO AND TANGLEWOOD
On Sunday, August 9, at 8 p.m., for only the second time in their performance history at Tanglewood, Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax will perform a recital—the complete Beethoven Cello Sonatas—in the Koussevitzky Music Shed, with a capacity for 5000 seats, in response to the overwhelming popularity and demand for tickets for their more frequent appearances together in the 1200-seat Ozawa Hall. In another special event with Yo-Yo Ma, the famed cellist is joined by fellow cellists Mike Block, Monika Leskovar, and Giovanni Sollima, and the Boston Cello Quartet, made up of BSO cellists Mihail Jojatu, Alexandre Lecarme, Adam Esbensen, and Blaise Déjardin, for an Ozawa Hall program entitled A Distant Mirror, exploring the musical worlds and contemporary resonances of the 16th and 17th centuries, including theimpact of the period’s most celebrated literary figures, Shakespeare and Cervantes (8/13). Emanuel Ax will join the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra during the Festival of Contemporary Music on July 20 to perform Robert Zuidam’s Piano Concerto, for Emanuel Ax and the TMCO.
For his solo appearance with the BSO, Mr. Ma will join the BSO, Andris Nelsons, and BSO principal viola Steven Ansell for Strauss’s Don Quixote on 8/2, as part of Tanglewood’s season tribute to the 400th anniversary of the publication of Cervantes’ Don Quixote, Part II. For his BSO appearance, Mr. Ax will join the orchestra and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 14 on 7/25. Mr. Ax and Mr. Ma will be joined by violinist Leonidas Kavakos for an all-Brahms program on August 6 in Ozawa Hall.
TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER CELEBRATES 75TH ANNIVERSARY
The Tanglewood Music Center, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s acclaimed summer academy for advanced musical study, will mark its 75th anniversary season in the summer of 2015 with events and programming that will spotlight its past accomplishments and celebrate its standing as one of this country’s preeminent places for the creation of new music and opportunities for collaborative music-making in the area of recital, chamber music, vocal, and orchestra performance. Considered among the top academies of its kind in the world, the TMC is the only summer music academy that operates under the auspices of a major symphony orchestra, with the membership of that orchestra, along with other prominent musicians, playing a key teaching role in preparing its Fellows for a future life in music. Many of the world’s most renowned classical music figures of the 20th and 21st centuries—including Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein, William Bolcom, Osvaldo Golijov, John Harbison, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Wynton Marsalis, Leontyne Price, Ned Rorem, Bright Sheng, and Dawn Upshaw—have passed through the TMC’s programs since the academy’s founding in 1940.
BOSTON POPS, UNDER THE DIRECTION OF KEITH LOCKHART, JOHN WILLIAMS, AND DAVID NEWMAN, FEATURED IN FOUR PERFORMANCES; POPULAR ARTIST SERIES TO SPOTLIGHT TONY BENNETT AND LADY GAGA, DIANA KRALL, AND HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS
The Boston Pops will bring Cirque de la Symphonie and its magical fusion of circus and classical music to Tanglewood, following last year’s sold-out performances at Symphony Hall in Boston. Aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen are among the talented artists who will take the stage for an evening of circus magic with the one and only Boston Pops Orchestra. Mr. Lockhart will also lead the Boston Pops on July 5 and during Tanglewood on Parade on August 4. One of Tanglewood’s most beloved traditions—John Williams’ Film Night—will take place on August 22, with David Newman joining Mr. Williams and the Pops for one of the signature events of the summer.
On July 6, in an evening entitled Tanglewood Brass Spectacular!, members of the Boston Pops brass and percussion sections will perform a one-of-a-kind concert with two of the world’s most acclaimed drum-and-bugle corps: the Boston Crusaders, the third-oldest drum corps in America, celebrating their 75th anniversary, and the sixteen-timeDrum Corps International World Champion Blue Devils from Concord, California.
In addition to the highly anticipated appearance by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga in an evening of selections from their new album Cheek to Cheek, 6/30, the 2015 Tanglewood popular artist series will also feature Diana Krall, returning to Tanglewood as part of her Wallflower World Tour, featuring music from her soon-to-be-released album (February 2015), Wallflower, 6/21, and Huey Lewis and the News will make their Tanglewood debut as part of their “While We’re Young Tour,” 6/28. July 4 program details will be announced at a later date.
OZAWA HALL TO PRESENT THE RETURN OF THE MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP, A PERFORMANCE BY WYNTON MARSALLIS AND THE JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA, AND RECITAL APPEARANCES BY PAUL LEWIS, AUDRA MCDONALD, BRYN TERFEL, CHRISTIAN TETZLAFF, YO-YO MA, EMANUEL AX, LEONIDAS KAVAKOS, AND MATTHIAS GOERNE
The 2015 Ozawa Hall season will also present chamber music programs by the Emerson String Quartet performing music of Ives, Liebermann, and Beethoven (7/22); Boston Symphony Chamber Players performing music of Hannah Lash, Nielsen, and Brahms (7/1); and Apollo’s Fire, with the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra and music director Jeanette Sorrell, in a concert entitled A Night at Bach’s Coffee House, with music of Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi, as well as excerpts from Telemann’s incidental music to Don Quixote* (7/2); and an all-Brahms program of piano trios with Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, and Leonidas Kavakos (8/6). Ozawa Hall recital programs will feature Sarah Connolly and Baiba Skride in vocal and chamber music of Schumann and Mozart (7/14); Leon Fleisher with Katherine Jacobson in music of Bach, Perle, Koston, Kirchner, and Ravel (7/8); Paul Lewis in an all-Beethoven program (7/21); Audra McDonald in an evening of favorite show tunes, popularstandards, and original pieces written especially for her (7/19); Bryn Terfel (7/9); and Christian Tetzlaff in music of Ysaÿe, Bach, Kurtág, and Bartók (8/12).
*The Knights’ performance of Falla’s Master Peter’s Puppet Show, based on an episode from Cervantes’s Don Quixote (7/30), and the Apollo’s Fire performance of excerpts from Telemann’s incidental music to Don Quixote, (7/2); along with the BSO performance of Strauss’s Don Quixote with Yo-Yo Ma and Steven Ansell, under the direction of Andris Nelsons (8/2), are part of Tanglewood’s season tribute to the 400th anniversary of Cervantes’ Don Quixote, Part II.
BSO CONCERTS WITH GUEST CONDUCTORS IN THE KOUSSEVITZKY MUSIC SHED
A BSO weekend, July 17-19, devoted to works of Mozart and Schumann, will feature Christian Zacharias as pianist and conductor for two programs, July 17 and 18. On July 17 Mr. Zacharias will lead the BSO in Schumann’s Manfred Overture and Symphony No. 2; the program will also include Mozart’s Rondo in C, K.373, and Violin Concerto No. 5 in A, K.219, with Baiba Skride as soloist. On Saturday, July 18, Mr. Zacharias leads an all-Mozart program with Sarah Connolly joining Mr. Zacharias as pianist in “Ch’io mi scordi di te…Non temer, amato bene,” concert aria for soprano and orchestra with piano, K.505; Ms. Connolly will also perform “Deh per questo istante solo” from Act II of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito, on a program that will also include Mozart’s Symphony No. 38, Prague. On Sunday, July 19, Sir Neville Marriner will be joined by pianist Paul Lewis for Schumann’s Piano Concerto, on a program spotlighting the orchestra in two of Mozart’s most beloved symphonies: Symphony No. 35, Haffner, and Symphony No. 36, Linz.
BSO podium favorite Christoph von Dohnányi leads two programs: an all-Beethoven concert on July 24 and an all-Mozart program on July 26. The all-Beethoven program will feature Vadim Gluzman in his BSO debut performing the composer’s Violin Concerto on a program with Symphony No. 4. The all-Mozart program will spotlight the composer’s last three symphonies: Symphony No. 39, Symphony No. 40, and Symphony No. 41, Jupiter. The third BSO program of the weekend on July 25 will feature Michael Tilson Thomas leading Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, on a program with Emanuel Ax performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 14 in E-flat, K.449.
On Friday, July 31, Boston Symphony Orchestra Assistant Conductor Ken-David Masur will lead a program opening with the overture to Weber’s Der Freischütz, followed bySchubert’s Symphony No. 4, Tragic and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor, with soloist Garrick Ohlsson. BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons will lead the August 1 and 2 BSO programs previously described above.
On August 7, audience favorite Charles Dutoit leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and Stravinsky’s Petrushka (1911 version), on a program with Sibelius’s Violin Concerto, with soloist Leonidas Kavakos. On Sunday, August 9, longtime Tanglewood favorite Joshua Bell joins Mr. Dutoit and the BSO for a performance of the Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 2, on a program with one of the BSO’s signature works, Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. The Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra’s performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, “Symphony of a Thousand,” under the direction of Andris Nelsons (details described above), fills out the weekend on August 8.
The BSO’s final concert of the 2015 Tanglewood season on August 16, under the direction of Asher Fisch, will open with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra playing Copland’s Symphonic Ode, as the final performance of the TMC’s 75th anniversary celebration. The BSO’s performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 will feature soprano Julianna Di Giacomo, mezzo-soprano Renée Tatum, and tenor Paul Groves, bass-baritone John Relyea, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor. Following its August 16 performance, the Boston Symphony Orchestra will return to Boston to prepare for its first tour with its new music director, Andris Nelsons; the 2015 BSO European tour, August 22-September 5, will include performances in London, Salzburg, Grafenegg, Lucerne, Milan, Paris, Cologne, and Berlin.
Performances to take place in the Koussevitzky Music Shed the weekend of August 21-23 include the Boston Pops concert with Keith Lockhart and Cirque de la Symphonie (8/21) and Film Night with conductors John Williams and David Newman (8/22) described above.
Shed programs for July 4, August 23, 28, 29, and 30, as well as programs for Labor Day weekend, September 4-6, will be announced at a later date.
TANGLEWOOD WINE & FOOD CLASSIC, ONE DAY UNIVERSITY, AND FAMILY CONCERT
One Day University, the acclaimed adult educational series, will return to Tanglewood on Sunday, August 23, with Barry Schwartz, Professor at Swarthmore College, in “The Paradox of Choice: When More is Less”; Michael Sparer, Columbia University, “Living and Dying in America: The Politics of Healthcare”; and Anna Celenza, Georgetown University in “A Sinatra Centennial: What Made Ol’ Blue Eyes Great?.”
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PRESEASON OFFERING, JUNE 20-JUNE 26
Tanglewood opens its 2015 season with the Boston Pops in the Koussevitzky Music Shed on Saturday, June 20. Keith Lockhart—who celebrates 20 years with the Boston Pops in 2015—leads America’s Orchestra in a program honoring our greatest living musical theater composer, Stephen Sondheim, with an all-new tribute, “Sondheim on Sondheim” In Concert, celebrating his amazing body of work. The audience will have a rare opportunity to hear a program featuring a range of Sondheim’s music—From West Side Story and Gypsy though Follies, Sweeney Todd, and Into the Woods—played by full symphonic orchestra. Broadway stars (to be named at a later date) and Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center join the orchestra to bring Sondheim’s timeless music to life.
Jazz songstress Diana Krall returns to Tanglewood Sunday, June 21, with her Wallflower World Tour, featuring music from her latest album Wallflower, to be released in February 2015.
Back at Tanglewood in 2015 for their annual residency after a one year hiatus, Mark Morris and the Mark Morris Dance Group return to Ozawa Hall for two concerts on Thursday, June 25, and Friday, June 26, in collaboration with Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center. The program will open with Mark Morris, in his Tanglewood conducting debut, leading Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 (performed without dancers), followed by Mr. Morris’s Cargo set to Milhaud’s The Creation of the World and a new work commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra set to Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in a transcription for two pianos by Reger.
PRE-SEASON OFFERINGS, JUNE 27-JULY 2
On Saturday, June 27, American Public Media’s A Prairie Home Companion returns for the eighteenth consecutive year to the Tanglewood grounds for its annual live broadcast from the Koussevitzky Music Shed. Host Garrison Keillor and a colorful cast of friends from the shores of Lake Wobegon will take the stage for this perennially popular Tanglewood tradition.
Huey Lewis & The News celebrates their 35-year history with a Tanglewood performance on Sunday, June 28, bringing their While We Were Young Tour to the Shed for an afternoon concert featuring some of the rock and roll band’s greatest hits. The Grammy Award-winning group, which got its start in San Francisco in 1979, has sold over 20 million albums worldwide.
Legendary crooner Tony Bennett and superstar songstress Lady Gaga perform their renditions of jazz standards from their collaborative album, “Cheek to Cheek,” Tuesday, June 30 in the Shed. The unlikely duo met backstage at a charity gala in 2011, and first combined vocal forces on a release of “Lady Is A Tramp.” Mr. Bennett and Lady Gaga dove into the Great American Songbook to handpick a selection of tunes for the album and tour. The set list includes pieces penned by such musical luminaries as George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, and Irving Berlin.
On July 1, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players make their 2015 appearance in Ozawa Hall with a repeat performance of former TMC Fellow Hannah Lash’s Three Shades Without Angles for flute, viola, and harp, which was commissioned by the BSO for the Chamber Players’ 50th anniversary season and premiered in 2014. Also on the program are Nielsen’s Wind Quintet, Op. 43, considered by many the finest wind quintet in the repertoire; and Brahms’ Serenade No. 1 in D for winds and strings, reconstructed by Alan Boustead in the 1980s for what is presumed to be the original intended instrumentation.
Apollo’s Fire: the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, founded in 1992 by music director and conductor Jeannette Sorrell (a TMC Fellow in 1989), brings their latest program, A Night at Bach’s Coffee House, to Ozawa Hall on Thursday, July 2, in celebration of the composer’s 330th birthday year. The program will evoke the atmosphere of the famous coffee house, Café Zimmermann, in 1730s Leipzig, where Johann Sebastian Bach organized and performed lively concerts. Apollo’s Fire will perform excerpts from Telemann’s incidental music to Don Quixote to mark the 400th anniversary of Cervantes’ Don Quixote, Part II, as well as Bach’s Brandenberg concertos nos. 4 and 5, Handel’s Chaconnefrom Terpsichore, and Vivaldi’s La Folia.
WEEK 1, JULY 3-9
The Boston Symphony Orchestra opens its 2015 Tanglewood season on Friday, July 3, with an all-American Opening Night program in the Koussevitzky Music Shed featuring Copland’s Lincoln Portrait and Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F.
In celebration of Independence Day, a popular artist (to be announced in early 2015) will perform at Tanglewood on Saturday, July 4. Keith Lockhart, fresh off the July 4 festivities at the Boston Esplanade, returns to Tanglewood on Sunday, July 5, for an afternoon program with the Boston Pops Orchestra with a special guest star (to be announced at a later date).
The Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra performs their first concert of the 75th anniversary season on Sunday, July 5, led by conductor Stefan Asbury and TMC Conducting Fellows. The program includes Brahms’ Variation on a Theme by Haydn and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5.
On Monday, July 6, Tanglewood Brass Spectacular! will feature members of the Boston Pops brass and percussion sections performing a one-of-a-kind concert with two of the world’s best drum corps: the Boston Crusaders, the third oldest drum corps in America, celebrating their 75th anniversary; and sixteen-time DrumCorps International World Champion Blue Devils from Concord, California.
The Fleisher-Jacobson Piano Duo, featuring husband and wife pianists Leon Fleisher and Katherine Jacobson, will perform in recital on Wednesday, July 8, in Ozawa Hall. The program includes Bach’s “Sheep may safely graze” from Cantata No. 208; Kirchner’s L.H. for Leon Fleisher; Perle’s Musical Offerings; Koston’s Thoughts of Evelyn; Schubert’s Fantasy in D for piano four-hands; and Ravel’s La Valse. The following evening, Thursday, July 9, Welsh opera great Bryn Terfel presents an Ozawa Hall recital.
WEEK 2, JULY 10-16
Frequent guest conductor Stéphane Denève returns to Tanglewood on Friday, July 10, to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a program featuring virtuoso American organist Cameron Carpenter in his BSO debut. The program will open with Barber’s Adagio for Strings, one of the most popular orchestral works of the 20th century. Then Mr. Carpenter will join the BSO for Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ, Strings, and Timpani as well as and Saint-Saëns kaleidoscopic Organ Symphony. Immediately following the BSO concert, at 10:45 p.m., Cameron Carpenter will give a special short recital of virtuoso solo works featuring his famous Marshall & Ogletree touring organ in the Shed.
On Saturday, July 11, soprano Sondra Radvanovsky (Tosca) and baritone Bryn Terfel (Scarpia) are featured in a performance of the first act of Puccini’s Tosca with the BSO, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and conductor Bramwell Tovey at the helm on an all-Italian program.
Former BSO assistant conductor Ludovic Morlot returns to Tanglewood on Sunday, July 12, with violinist Pinchas Zukerman for Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3, written in Salzburg when the composer was just 19. The program also includes John Luther Adams’ crystalline The Light That Fills the World and Dvořák’s somber and intimate Symphony No. 7. Mr. Morlot also leads the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra on Monday, July 13, in a program including Hindemith’s Konzertmusik for strings and brass and Debussy’s Images for orchestra.
On Tuesday, July 14, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will perform in Ozawa Hall. The 15 piece in-house big band at Jazz at Lincoln Center has been performing with Marsalis since 1991, when he was hired as the group’s artistic director. Latvian violinist Baiba Skride and mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly take the stage in a recital on Thursday, July 16, featuring vocal and chamber music of Mozart and Schumann, including Schumann’s Frauenliebe und –leben—a prelude to the weekend’s exploration of the orchestral and solo works of both composers.
WEEK 3, JULY 17-22
The Boston Symphony Orchestra will explore the works of Mozart and Schumann over the course of three weekend programs, July 17-19. On Friday, July 17, acclaimed German conductor Christian Zacharias will lead the orchestra in Schumann’s Overture from the incidental music to Manfred and Symphony No. 2 in C, along with Mozart’s elegant Rondo in C for violin and orchestra and Violin Concerto No. 5 with violinist Baiba Skride. On Saturday, July 18, Mr. Zacharias returns to the podium and piano for an all-Mozart program featuring Piano Concerto No. 25 and Symphony No. 38, Prague. Mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly will join Mr. Zacharias and the orchestra for “Ch’io mi scordi di te…Non temer amato bene,” a concert aria for soprano and orchestra with piano solo (played by Mr. Zacharias), as well as “Deh per questo istante solo” from La clemenza di Tito, Act II.
On Sunday afternoon, July 19, Sir Neville Marriner returns to Tanglewood for the first time in 10 years to celebrate his 90th birthday. Sir Marriner will lead the BSO in Mozart symphonies No. 35, Haffner, and No. 36, Linz. The centerpiece of the program is Schumann’s intensely lyrical Piano Concerto, featuring widely praised English pianist Paul Lewis, who is quickly becoming a Tanglewood audience favorite.
On Sunday evening, six time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald brings her own ensemble, featuring bassist Mark Vanderpoel and drummer Gene Lewis, to Ozawa Hall offering a program of favorite show tunes, popular standards, and original pieces written especially for the songstress.
Stefan Asbury and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra open the 2015 Festival of Contemporary Music on Monday, July 20, performing a concert of four world premieres, all Tanglewood Music Center commissions. The premieres include Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Lost Landscapes – Tanglewood, for solo violin and strings; Andreia Pinto-Correia’s Timaeus; a new work by Detlev Glanert; and Robert Zuidam’s Piano Concerto, featuring pianist Emanuel Ax.
Paul Lewis takes the Ozawa Hall stage in a performance of Beethoven’s transcendent final three piano sonatas, nos. 30, 31, and 32, in recital Tuesday, July 21. The Emerson String Quartet returns to the recital hall on Wednesday, July 22, performing Ives’s hymn-inspired Quartet No. 1, American composer Lowell Liebermann’s new Quartet No. 5 (a BSO co-commission, premiered by the group in September 2014), and Beethoven’s Quartet No. 16 in F, Op. 135.
WEEK 4, JULY 24-30
One of the BSO’s favorite guest conductors, Christoph von Dohnányi, leads the orchestra in two programs, July 24 and 25. On Friday, July 24, Maestro von Dohnányi leads an all-Beethoven program featuring the buoyantly cheerful Symphony No. 4 and the Violin Concerto with Vadim Gluzman in his BSO debut. On Sunday, July 26, Maestro von Dohnányi returns for an all-Mozart program featuring the composer’s final three Symphonies, Nos. 39, 40, and 41, Jupiter.
Former TMC Fellow and world famous conductor Michael Tilson Thomas celebrates his 70th birthday in 2015, and joins the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood to lead Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 14, featuring pianist Emanuel Ax, and Mahler’s expansive and chaotic Symphony No. 5, written during one of the happiest times in Mahler’s life.
As part of the Festival of Contemporary Music, which takes place July 20-27, Michael Tilson Thomas and Tanglewood Music Center Conducting Fellows will lead the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and BUTI Chorus, Ann Howard Jones, conductor, in an all-American program to celebrate the TMC’s 75th anniversary. The concert, featuring three composers who had strong ties to Tanglewood, includes Copland’s Orchestral Variations, Foss’s Quintets for orchestra, and Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs, for clarinet and orchestra, as well as Charles Ives’s New England Holidays.
On July 30, Brooklyn-based chamber ensemble The Knights return to Ozawa Hall for a theatrical evening featuring Falla’s Master Peter’s Puppet Show, based on Cervantes’ Don Quixote, another piece in the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the novel. The production will feature New York City-based puppeteer Basil Twist, along with soprano Awet Andemicael as the boy, tenor Nicholas Phan as Master Peter, and bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen as Don Quixote. The program will also include other Spanish-flavored music of Boccherini, Ravel, Falla, Paco de Lucía, José de Nebra, and Geminiani, as well as readings of Pablo Neruda’s poetry with musical improvisation.
WEEK 5, JULY 31-AUGUST 6
Ken-David Masur leads his first program as BSO assistant conductor at Tanglewood, Friday, July 31, in an UnderScore Friday concert. Weber’s Overture to Der Freischütz opens the program, followed by Schubert’s Fourth Symphony, Tragic, and closing with Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, the last and most monumental of Beethoven’s concertos, featuring pianist Garrick Ohlsson.
BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons makes his first appearances at Tanglewood in 2015 on August 1 and 2. On Saturday, August 1, Mr. Nelsons is joined by pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and brothers violinist Renaud Capuçon and cellist Gautier Capuçon, for Beethoven’s Triple Concerto for piano, violin, and cello. Mr. Nelsons then leads the BSO in Shostakovich’s tragic and powerful Symphony No. 10, often interpreted as the composer’s reaction to Stalinist oppression following the death of the Soviet leader.
On Sunday, August 2, Mr. Nelsons leads the BSO in Haydn’s Symphony No. 90, a work that hasn’t been performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in nearly 20 years. Swedish trumpet virtuoso Håkan Hardenberger, one of Mr Nelsons’ frequent collaborators, will join the orchestra for Australian composer Brett Dean’s Dramatis personae, for trumpet and orchestra, a concerto given its American premiere at Symphony Hall in November 2014. Dean’s work incorporates the spirit of theater and the silver screen, with allusions to superheroes, Shakespeare, and Charlie Chaplin. The program closes with Strauss’s Don Quixote (celebrating the novel’s 400th anniversary) featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma and BSO principal viola Steven Ansell.
On Sunday, August 2, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra will perform a program of opera highlights, including excerpts from Mozart’s Idomeneo and Britten’s Albert Herring.
One of the festival’s most beloved traditions, the ever-popular Tanglewood on Parade takes place this year on Tuesday, August 4, giving audiences a chance to hear all of the festival’s orchestras perform in a single concert. BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons, conductor Stéphane Denève, and Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart will lead this gala program, ending with the traditional TOP finale, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. This festive concert features performances by the BSO, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and the Boston Pops, followed by fireworks over the Stockbridge Bowl.
On Wednesday, August 5, in Ozawa Hall, German baritone Matthias Goerne and pianist Markus Hinterhäuser will perform Schubert’s Winterreise. One of Schubert’s greatest works, completed by the composer shortly before his death at 31, Winterreise is a song cycle featuring 24 poems by Wilhelm Müller about a lone traveler in winter, frozen by rejection and grief.
Brahms takes the spotlight for the second year in a row in an evening performance Thursday, August 6, by pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Leonidas Kavakos, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The three star musicians will come together for performances of the composer’s first three (of four) piano trios.
WEEK 6, AUGUST 7-13
BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons will take part in the TMC 75th anniversary by leading a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No 8, “Symphony of a Thousand,” on August 8. One of the largest-scale works in the classical concert repertoire—as its descriptive title suggests—and Mahler’s most ambitious work, the Symphony No. 8 is a strongly dramatic two-part edifice, its first section a setting of the hymn “Veni creator spiritus,” the second a treatment of the final scene from Goethe’s Faust. This performance showcases the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, American Boy Choir, and a cast of internationally acclaimed soloists, including sopranos Erin Wall and Christine Goerke, mezzo-sopranos Lioba Braun and Jane Henschel, tenor Klaus Florian Vogt, and baritone Matthias Goerne; the bass vocalist will be announced at a later date. A special video of this performance of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, along with features about the TMC 75th anniversary, will be made available to the public through a live webcast at www.tanglewood.org, bringing the TMC’s celebration to music lovers across the nation and around the world.
Charles Dutoit returns to Tanglewood for two programs featuring world class violinists. The first, on Friday, August 7, features Leonidas Kavakos in Sibelius’s Violin Concerto on a program that also includes Ravel’s fairy tale-inspired Mother Goose Suite and Stravinsky’s Petrushka, composed for Diaghilev’s legendary Ballet Russes. On Sunday, August 9, Joshua Bell joins the orchestra for Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2. Mr. Dutoit will also lead Mussorgsky’s chilling Night on Bald Mountain, and Berlioz’s feverish Symphonie fantastique. The Sunday, August 9, concert is sponsored by EMC Corporation.
On Sunday night, August 9, Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax, Tanglewood’s 2015 Koussevitzky Artists, will perform Beethoven’s complete sonatas for cello and piano in the Koussevitzky Music Shed. Christian Tetzlaff will appear in recital in Ozawa Hall on Wedneday, August 12, performing Ysaÿe’s Sonata in G minor forsolo violin; Bach’s Sonata No. 3, solo violin movements from Kurtág’s Signs, Games, and Messages, and Bartok’s Sonata for Unaccompanied Violin.
In a special cello-centric evening, Thursday, August 13, Yo-Yo Ma brings together a consortium of talented musicians, including the Boston Cello Quartet (BSO cellists Adam Esbensen, Alex Lecarme, Mihail Jojatu, and Blaise Dejardin) and Mike Block, Monika Leskovar, and Giovanni Sollima for an engrossing program exploring the late 16th and early 17th centuries, which represented a unique period of globalization, cultural exchange, and artistic ferment. Inspired by the book A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman, Yo-Yo Ma and friends explore the musical world and contemporary resonances of the time, and of its most celebrated literary figures, Shakespeare and Cervantes.
WEEK 7, AUGUST 14-20
On Friday, August 14, Andris Nelsons leads the BSO and acclaimed violinist Christian Tetzlaff in Mendelssohn’s sparkling Violin Concerto. The program will also feature Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 6, one of the composer’s most heartfelt symphonies, marked by its dark, emotional intensity. The Saturday, August 15 program features the highly acclaimed soprano Kristine Opolais, who joins her husband Andris Nelsons for a program of operatic showpieces, including Boito’s “L’altra note in fondo al mare” from Act III of Mefistofele, , and Verdi’s Willow Song and “Ave Maria” from Act IV of Otello. The program also includes Barber’s Second Essay for Orchestra, Puccini’s Intermezzo from Act III of Manon Lescaut, and Strauss’s tone poem Ein Heldenleben.
Asher Fisch will lead the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and the BSO in their final concerts of the 2015 Tanglewood season, Sunday, August 16.The program will open with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra performing Copland’s Symphonic Ode, as the final concert of the TMC’s 75th anniversary celebration. The BSO’s traditional season-ending performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 will feature soprano Julianna Di Giacomo, mezzo-soprano Renée Tatum, tenor Paul Groves, and bass-baritone John Relyea, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor. Following its August 16 performance, the Boston Symphony Orchestra will return to Boston to prepare for its first tour with its new music director, Andris Nelsons; the 2015 BSO European tour, August 22-September 5, will include performances in London, Salzburg, Grafenegg, Lucerne, Milan, Paris, Cologne, and Berlin.
WEEK 8, AUGUST 21-23
Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops kick off the final week of Tanglewood 2015 in a collaboration with the aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dances, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen of the visually stunning Cirque de la Symphonie, Friday, August 21. The Cirque de la Symphonie concerts will synchronize the elegant and daring cirque acts of former Olympians and world record-holders with Boston Pops renditions of classical music masterpieces, including Tchaikovsky’s famous waltz from Swan Lake, Saint-Saëns’ Dance Macabre, and a romantic medley, “Gershwin in Love.”
John Williams’ Film Night, one of the most eagerly-anticipated evenings of the Tanglewood Season, takes place on Saturday, August 22. Mr. Williams and the Boston Pops will be joined by guest conductor David Newman for what has become one of the signature events of the Tanglewood season.
2015 TANGLEWOOD SEASON: HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS, HOW TO ORDER A BROCHURE, FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES, PATRON PERKS AND AMENITIES, THE BSO MEDIA CENTER, AND SPONSOPSHIP
HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS, HOW TO ORDER A BROCHURE, AND FREE AND DISCOUNTED LAWN TICKETS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
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, as of Wednesday, June 17, at 10 a.m. American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club, Discover, and cash are all accepted at the Tanglewood Box Office. For further information and box office hours, please call the Boston Symphony Orchestra at 617-266-1492 or visit www.tanglewood.org.
The BSO’s $20 tickets for attendees under 40 will be available during the 2015 Tanglewood season for select performances. Beginning January 25, tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis through www.tanglewood.org and through SymphonyCharge. Blackout dates include all Popular Artist concerts. 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.
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.
Tanglewood brochures with complete programs and information on how to order tickets will be available in early February by calling 617-638-9467. For further information, please call the Boston Symphony Orchestra at 617-266-1492 or visit www.tanglewood.org. For Berkshire tourist information and reservations, contact the Berkshire Visitors Bureau at 800-237-5747 or www.berkshires.org.
TANGLEWOOD PATRON AMENITIES AND PERKS
“Talks and Walks,” a series of informal conversations presented by guest artists and members of the BSO family in the Tent Club on Thursday afternoons, begins with a talk at 1 p.m. and a guided tour of the grounds at 1:45 p.m. To purchase tickets, available at $19 each or $114 for a full series, call 617-638-9394 or email [email protected].
BSO 101—a free music appreciation series led by BSO Director of Program Publications Marc Mandel and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra—takes place on three Wednesdays (July 15, July 22, August 5) from 12:45–2 p.m. in the Tanglewood Tent Club. BSO 101 sessions will focus on a single work to be played by the BSO each Tanglewood weekend, examining and illuminating aspects of musical shape and form and of the composer’s individual musical style. All of these sessions will include recorded musical examples, and each is self-contained so that no prior musical training or attendance at any previous session is required. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch, though there will also be an option to buy lunch at the Tent Club.
Tanglewood offers Lawn Chair Rentals, for a fee of $5, available at the Grille at the Main Gate for Shed concerts, and at the Bernstein Gate for Ozawa Hall performances. For the convenience of patrons, a Bank of America ATM is located outside the main gate.
Bus Service to the Lenox area is offered by Peter Pan and Greyhound Bus Lines. For fare and scheduling information, call 800-343-9999 or 800-231-2222. Boston Common Coach will offer round-trip transportation from Boston and Newton to Tanglewood for most concerts. Please call 888-958-0873 for
MEDIA OFFERINGS AT BSO.ORG
Responding to the rapid increase in the use of smart phones, the Boston Symphony’s revamped website is now available across all smart mobile devices capable of web browsing. Users have on-the-go access to virtually all of the BSO’s online content including media offerings such as podcasts, audio clips, and even live streams of BSO performances. Mobile users will also be able to access performance calendars, program notes, and artist bios, as well as purchase tickets, meals, and parking, and make donations via hand-held devices such as iPhones, iPads, Android phones and Tablets, and select Blackberry devices.
RADIO BROADCASTS AND STREAMING
Visit Sarasota County returns for a second year as Sponsor of the Boston Pops at Tanglewood Series.
The Sunday, August 9, 2:30 p.m. concert is Sponsored by EMC Corporation.
For further information, call the Boston Symphony Orchestra at 617-266-1492. The Boston Symphony Orchestra is online at www.bso.org. All programs and artists are subject to change.
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