November 13, 2014
2015 TANGLEWOOD SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT
BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CELEBRATES 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER—BSO’S ACCLAIMED SUMMER MUSIC ACADEMY AFFILIATED WITH SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST RENOWNED MUSICIANS OF THE 20TH AND 21ST CENTURIES
TMC 75TH ANNIVERSARY, JUNE 25 TO AUGUST 16, FEATURES SPECIAL PROGRAMMING THROUGHOUT THE 2015 TANGLEWOOD SEASON, INCLUDING MORE THAN 30 NEWLY COMMISSIONED WORKS BY COMPOSERS WITH CLOSE TIES TO THE TMC—CONTINUING THE TMC’S 75-YEAR COMMITMENT TO THE CREATION AND PERFORMANCE OF NEW MUSIC
BSO MUSIC DIRECTOR ANDRIS NELSONS LEADS MAHLER’S SYMPHONY NO. 8, “SYMPHONY OF A THOUSAND,” WITH THE TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER ORCHESTRA, TANGLEWOOD FESTIVAL CHORUS, AMERICAN BOYCHOIR, BUTI CHORUS, AND EIGHT ACCLAIMED SOLOISTS ON AUGUST 8; PERFORMANCE TO BE MADE AVAILABLE TO A WORLDWIDE AUDIENCE BY WEBCAST AT WWW.TANGLEWOOD.ORG
2015 FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC, JULY 20-27, FEATURES 15 COMMISSIONS; PROGRAMS CURATED BY OLIVER KNUSSEN, JOHN HARBISON, AND MICHAEL GANDOLFI; A TRIBUTE CONCERT TO GUNTHER SCHULLER; AND TWO TMCO PROGRAMS: A FESTIVAL-OPENING PROGRAM FEATURING FOUR NEW ORCHESTRAL WORKS, AND A FESTIVAL-CLOSING PROGRAM, UNDER THE DIRECTION OF MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS, FEATURING MUSIC OF LEONARD BERNSTEIN, AARON COPLAND,
TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER ORCHESTRA APPEARS IN EIGHT CONCERTS THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER IN FOUR WORLD PREMIERES AND MUSIC OF BERNSTEIN, BRAHMS, BRITTEN, COPLAND, DEBUSSY, FOSS, HINDEMITH, IVES, MAHLER, MOZART, AND TCHAIKOVSKY, UNDER THE DIRECTION OF ANDRIS NELSONS, STEFAN ASBURY, ASHER FISCH, LUDOVIC MORLOT, AND MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS
FREE WEEKLY DOWNLOADS OF PERFORMANCES FROM THE TMC’S TREASURE TROVE OF RECORDINGS TO BE MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH WWW.TANGLEWOOD.ORG
COMMEMORATIVE PROGRAM BOOKS AND A SPECIAL ARCHIVAL EXHIBIT AT TANGLEWOOD‘S VISITORS CENTER TO OFFER A DETAILED GLIMPSE INTO THE STORIED HISTORY OF THE TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER
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The Tanglewood Music Center, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s acclaimed summer academy for advanced musical study, marks its 75th anniversary season in summer 2015, with special events and programming spotlighting the TMC’s past accomplishments and celebrating its standing as one of this country’s preeminent places for the creation of new music and opportunities for collaborative music-making in the areas of recital, chamber music, vocal, and orchestra performance. The Tanglewood Music Center is the only summer musicacademy 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 afuturelife in music and establishing the academy among the top programs of its kind in the world. Many of the most renowned classical music figures of the 20th and 21st centuries—including Claudio Abbado, Emanuel Ax, Luciano Berio, Leonard Bernstein, William Bolcom, Stephanie Blythe, Sarah Caldwell, Aaron Copland, Lukas Foss, Osvaldo Golijov, John Harbison, Lorin Maazel, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Zubin Mehta, Sherrill Milnes, Ludovic Morlot, Seiji Ozawa, Leontyne Price, Ned Rorem, Gunther Schuller, Peter Serkin, Bright Sheng, Sanford Sylvan, August Read Thomas, DawnUpshaw, and John Williams—have passed through the TMC’s programs as Fellows or teacher/faculty since the academy’s founding in 1940.
The TMC’s 75th anniversary celebration, June 25-August 16, will be rich and multifaceted, highlighted by more than 30 newly commissioned works; the annual Festival of Contemporary Music, July 20-27, featuring 15 of those world premiere performances; and a Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra performance of Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 8, under the direction of BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons. The celebration will also feature two media projects designed to bring the TMC’s anniversary celebration to audiences far and wide: a free webcast of the Mahler 8 performance, with supplemental video about the TMC anniversary, and free weekly 75th anniversary music downloads, featuring some of the best of the TMC’s 75-year performance history, both to be made available at www.tanglewood.org during summer 2015. The Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra—the TMC’s most prestigious performing ensemble—will perform in eight concerts throughout the summer, including programs featuring four world premieres and works of Bernstein, Brahms, Britten, Copland, Debussy, Foss, Hindemith, Ives, Mahler, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky, under the direction of Andris Nelsons, Asher Fisch, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Stefan Asbury. Visitors to Tanglewood this summer will have a chance to learn more about the TMC and take in details of its history and mission through commemorative program books and an archival exhibit at Tanglewood’s Visitors Center.
Since its founding in 1940 by Serge Koussevitzky (BSO Music Director 1924-49), the Tanglewood Music Center has had a wide-ranging influence around the globe, with prominent alumni including, along with those mentioned above, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Oliver Knussen, Cheryl Studer, Shirley Verrett, and David Zinman, among others. According to the most recent available estimates, 20 percent of the members of American symphony orchestras, and 30 percent of all first-chair players, studied at the Tanglewood Music Center. With more than 10,000 Fellows passing through the TMC’s programs since its founding in 1940 and approximately 1,500 faculty members representing the very best of the classical music world over the last 75 years, the TMC will also pay tribute in the 75th anniversary year to many of the artists, mentors, and Fellows who have made the TMC the extraordinary academy it is today.
The Tanglewood Music Center’s performance and educational activities take place at Tanglewood, this country’s leading summer music festival and the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, located in Lenox, MA; the 2015 Tanglewood season, June 19-Labor Day weekend, features performances by the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops orchestras, ensembles of the Tanglewood Music Center, and internationally renowned guest artists from the worlds of Classical, Jazz, American Songbook, Broadway, Pop Rock, Dance, and Film. Details of the 2015 Tanglewood season, June 19 through Labor Day Weekend, are available here.
OVERVIEW OF THE TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER’S 75TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
2015 Festival of Contemporary Music, July 20-27
Andris Nelsons leads Mahler’s Symphony No. 8
Free Weekly Music Downloads
Commemorative Program Books and an Archival Exhibit on the Tanglewood Grounds
OTHER ACTIVITIES OF THE TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER IN SUMMER 2015
In addition, the TMCO will share the stage with the Boston Symphony and the Boston Pops orchestras for Tanglewood on Parade on August 4, with Andris Nelsons leading the combined forces of the TMCO and BSO in Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Further details of the program—which will also feature conductors Keith Lockhart and Stéphane Denève—will be announced at a later date. For the first time ever, the TMCO shares the BSO’s season-ending concert, under the direction of Asher Fisch. The TMCO opens the program with Copland’s Symphonic Ode and the BSO performs the traditional Beethoven Symphony No. 9 to end their portion of the 2015 Tanglewood season on August 16; to view the full Tanglewood concert schedule, which runs through Labor Day weekend, please visit www.tanglewood.org.
Opening the season on June 20, Tanglewood Music Center Vocal Fellows will perform with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops, as well as Broadway stars, in “Sondheim on Sondheim” In Concert. In addition, the fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center will also be featured in vocal recitals and chamber music concerts throughout the summer. Further details will be announced at a later date.
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.
TMC and New Media
In summer/fall 2014 the Tanglewood Music Center was featured in “New Tanglewood Tales: Backstage with Rising Artists,” a behind-the-scenes documentary chronicling the lives of six young musicians during their summer as TMC Fellows; the seven-episode series received more than 425,000 views since first appearing in July 2014. In summer 2013, the TMC’s recording of the U.S premiere performance of George Benjamin’s opera—Written On Skin—received a webcast premiere on New York’s Q2 Music (q2music.org)—WQXR’s online music station devoted to new music; the performance was archived for on-demand listening for six months following the webcast.
In 2012, as part of the celebration of Tanglewood’s 75th anniversary season, the BSO released two streaming master classes—one led by BSO concertmaster Malcolm Lowe, and another led by BSO principal trumpet Thomas Rolfs and second trumpet Benjamin Wright—providing viewers an inside look into the dynamic teaching process between BSO musicians and the Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center. These classes, shot in documentary-like style in order not to disturb the teaching process, offered viewers a glimpse into what makes the TMC unique among summer music academies, and gave music students around the country and across the globe an opportunity to observe high-level instruction. Also as part of Tanglewood’s 75th anniversary in 2012, several Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra performances were featured during the release of 75 free digital streams (one for each day of the summer), designed to offer music lovers worldwide a glimpse into the storied performance history of the famed music festival founded in 1937, and its acclaimed music academy; the project resulted in more than 420,000 streams and downloads. The TMC’s most recent traditional media project featured the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, sharing the stage with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops orchestras, for a performance with musical luminaries Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Anne-Sophie Mutter, and Andris Nelsons for the Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration, taped for broadcast on PBS’s “Great Performances,” and telecast nationally and released on Blu-ray and DVD.
OVERVIEW OF THE TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER
TMC’s Impact on the Field of Classical Music
TMC Faculty Features Leading Musicians of the Times
In addition to high-profile orchestral performances, the Tanglewood Music Center Fellows participate in opera, chamber music and vocal recital programs, and master classes and coaching sessions led by some of the preeminent artists of our time. The Tanglewood Music Center (originally called the Berkshire Music Center) also offers programs for orchestral librarians, audio engineers, piano technicians, and publications professionals.
Tickets for the 2015 Tanglewood season go on sale to the general public on Sunday, January 25. Tickets are available through Tanglewood’s website, www.Tanglewood.org, through SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200, and at the Symphony Hall Box Office at 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA. Regular season ticket prices range from $10-$124. Tickets for Saturday Morning Rehearsals range from $13-$32. All ticket prices include a $2 Tanglewood grounds maintenance fee.
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.
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