TANGLEWOOD 2020 ONLINE FESTIVAL: WEEK FIVE, JULY 27 – AUGUST 2
CONTENT AVAILABLE AT WWW.TANGLEWOOD.ORG
NEW CONTENT, RECORDED ESPECIALLY FOR ONLINE FESTIVAL:
• July 29 at 8 p.m.: Recitals from the World Stage featuring Silkroad Ensemble in two world premieres, GILCHRIST / MOURAD, How the Knot Binds, PEREZ / WATANABE, Fragments; with special guest Rhiannon Giddens, hosted by Karen Allen
•July 31 at 8 p.m.: BSO Musicians in Recital featuring Mary Ferrillo, Steven Laraia, Daniel Getz, and Kyle Brightwell, joined by pianist Brett Hodgdon, hosted by Lauren Ambrose; the recital features the world premiere of American composer Ulysses Kay’s Sonatine for Viola and Piano, which was discovered 20 years after his death.
•August 1 at 8 p.m.: Great Performers in Recital from Tanglewood featuring Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax performing Beethoven, Brahms, and Mendelssohn, hosted by Nicole Cabell; the performance includes enlightening and entertaining conversations between these music legends — who are also great friends.
NEW TANGLEWOOD LEARNING INSTITUTE CONTENT:
• July 27 at 1 p.m.: TLI Open Forum: The Roaring Twentiespresents The Twenties Roaring: Deafening Developments in Classical and Popular Music and a Century’s Social Reverberations with Nadine Hubbs
•July 28 at 1 p.m.: TLI Celebrates Beethoven presents Beethoven and the Musical Workshop of Prince Lobkowicz with Kathryn L. Libin
•July 29 at 1 p.m.: TLI MasterPass featuring a violin class for Boston University Tanglewood Institute students with Midori
• July 30 at 1 p.m.: TLI ShopTalks featuring conductors Thomas Wilkins and JoAnn Falletta in candid conversation
Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax performing the Adagio from Brahms’s Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108 (performed on cello)
• July 28 at 5 p.m.: Tanglewood Family Concert with WBUR’s Circle Round featuring Thomas Wilkins; tales for this virtual event include “Every Other Friday,” a story from Mexico about a baker and countess featuring actors Melora Hardin and Gildart Jackson and BSO double bassist Ben Levy; “The Farmer’s Coin,” a Korean tale about a hardworking farmer featuring actors Greta Jung and Jin Ha and BSO violist Danny Kim; and an African story about the value of being slow and steady, featuring actor Chloe Coleman and BSO tuba player Mike Roylance
• August 2 at 10 a.m.: Tanglewood Music Center Chamber Concerts, an audio presentation of TMC Fellows performing chamber music of Beethoven, Weinberg, Schubert, Joan Tower, and Mendelssohn, hosted by Norman Fischer
• August 2 at 2:30 p.m.: BSO Encore Performances from Tanglewoodof Seiji Ozawa’s final Tanglewood concert as music director (July 2002), featuring music of Berlioz, Beethoven, and Thompsonand soloists Peter Serkin, Christine Goerke, Cynthia Haymon, Zheng Cao, Vinson Cole, Anthony Dean Griffey, and Paul Plishka, hosted by Jamie Bernstein
CLICK HERE TO VIEW COMPLETE TANGLEWOOD 2020 ONLINE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE, July 1-August 23, 2020
Andris Nelsons, Jessica Zhou, Thomas Wilkins, Yo-Yo Ma
HOW TO ACCESS CONTENT:
IN ADDITION TO THE TANGLEWOOD 2020 ONLINE FESTIVAL FREE-OF-CHARGE OFFERINGS,
OTHER ONLINE PROGRAMS RANGING IN PRICE FROM $5 TO $12 FOR A SINGLE STREAM, TO $15 TO $90 FOR MULTIPLE STREAM PACKAGES, ARE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC FOR
PURCHASE VIA WWW.TANGLEWOOD.ORG;
TANGLEWOOD GROUNDS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC—WITH PHYSICAL DISTANCING AND
CDC HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS IN PLACE—SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS FROM 10
A.M. TO 4 P.M. AND WEDNESDAYS 9 A.M. TO NOON, THROUGH AUGUST 23; VISITS TO THE
GROUNDS WILL REQUIRE ADVANCE REGISTRATION AT WWW.TANGLEWOOD.ORG
SCRIM PANELS MOUNTED TO KOUSSEVITZKY MUSIC SHED FEATURE NAMES OF 1,072
GRADUATING SENIORS THROUGHOUT THE REGION AND ARTWORK BY LOCAL ARTISTS;
PITTSFIELD-BASED MILL TOWN CAPITAL IS LEAD UNDERWRITER, BERKSHIRE UNITED WAY
AND GREYLOCK FEDERAL CREDIT UNION ARE SPONSORS, AND LEE BANK,
THE PITTSFIELD COOPERATIVE BANK, AND PRICE CHOPPER ARE SUPPORTERS
TANGLEWOOD 2020 ONLINE FESTIVAL, BSO AT HOME, BOSTON POPS AT HOME, AND BSO HOMESCHOOL AUDIO AND VIDEO CONTENT SERIES WERE CREATED IN RESPONSE TO
CONCERT CANCELLATIONS OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS DUE TO CONCERNS OVER THE
SPREAD OF COVID-19; SINCE LAUNCHING BSO AT HOME ON MARCH 23, BSO REPORTS
WEBSITE TRAFFIC HAS DOUBLED AND MORE THAN 18 MILLION INTERACTIONS ON WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS
The Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival is a groundbreaking digital series of audio and video streams featuring newly created content being recorded at Tanglewood’s Linde Center in July alongside previously recorded material from Tanglewood being released for the first time. The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s first-ever Tanglewood digital festival—designed to capture the beauty and spirit of the Tanglewood grounds—will feature artists and programs of the originally announced 2020 Tanglewood season, among other content. Click here to view a quote from BSO Artistic Administrator and Director of Tanglewood Anthony Fogg.
In addition to the Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival free-of-charge offerings, other online programs ranging in price from $5 to $12 for a single stream, to $15 to $90 for multiple stream packages, are available for purchase via www.tanglewood.org.
The Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival is being offered in response to continuing concerns over the spread of COVID-19 and official crowd restriction policies that have necessitated the cancellation of the festival’s live performance series.
RECITALS FROM THE WORLD STAGE SERIES: SILKROAD ENSEMBLE Wednesday, July 29, at 8 p.m. – Hosted by Karen Allen, $8 for single video stream, $42 for series
Founded by Yo-Yo Ma, Silkroad Ensemble is the performing dimension of Silkroad, an initiative advocating and developing global cultural communication through music, art, and education. Tanglewood is a spiritual home for the ensemble, which first convened here two decades ago. In these performances newly recorded from Tanglewood’s Linde Center and elsewhere, Silkroad’s multitalented artists from several different countries and musical backgrounds—Maeve Gilchrist, Kevork Mourad, Edward Perez, and Kaoru Watanabe—team up to create works blending and highlighting both their individual artistry and collaborative spontaneity, performing on instruments as diverse as Celtic harp and Japanese shakuhachi. The concert features two world premieres jointly conceived by Maeve Gilchrist/Kevork Mourad and by Edward Perez/Kaoru Watanabe, and the presentation also includes archival footage from a 2012 Silkroad Ensemble performance at Tanglewood. Silkroad Ensemble’s special guest for this event is the multitalented American musician Rhiannon Giddens. Note that there will be a post-concert Q&A with the artists on July 29 only, available exclusively to patrons purchasing this individual event (or the Recitals from the World Stage series). A private link will be emailed to these ticket buyers shortly before the concert begins. Video available July 29, 2020, at 8 p.m. through August 5.
BSO MUSICIANS IN RECITAL FROM TANGLEWOOD SERIES
Friday, July 31, 8 p.m. – Hosted by Lauren Ambrose, $5 for single video stream, $28 for series
In addition to working together in their usual large-ensemble setting, the BSO’s individual musicians frequently perform as soloists or together in chamber music, a pursuit requiring a different, more intimate mode of musical collaboration. Three BSO violists (Mary Ferrillo, Steven Laraia, and Daniel Getz) perform on this program of 20th-century masterworks, joined by BSO percussionist Kyle Brightwell and pianist Brett Hodgdon. Both the English composer Rebecca Clarke’s and the German Paul Hindemith’s sonatas date from 1919, and both are staples of the viola-piano repertoire. The eminent American composer-conductor Ulysses Kay’s musical voice has roots deep in the American experience. He wrote his Sonatine for Viola and Piano in 1939. The great Italian composer Luciano Berio’s Naturale creates a remarkable landscape for viola and percussion evoking Italian folk song and incorporating pre-recorded Sicilian street cries.
GREAT PERFORMERS IN RECITAL FROM TANGLEWOOD SERIES: YO-YO MA AND EMANUEL AX
Saturday, August 1, 8 p.m. – Hosted by Nicole Cabell, $12 for single video stream, $80 for series Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax, both consummate solo artists, together form one of the closest musical friendships and chamber music partnerships of all time. The duo performs Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 3 in A, Op. 69, plus the Adagio from Brahms’s Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108 (performed on cello), and Mendelssohn’s Song Without Words, Op. 109. Note there will be special post-concert Q&A with Yo-Yo Ma on August 1 only, available exclusively to patrons purchasing this individual event (or the Recitals from the World Stage series). A private link will be emailed to these ticket buyers shortly before the concert begins.
TLI OPEN FORUM: THE ROARING TWENTIES Monday, July 27, 1 p.m., $5 for single video stream, $15 for series Dr. Nadine Hubbs, Professor of Women’s Studies and Music, University of Michigan, presents The Twenties Roaring: Deafening Developments in Classical and Popular Music and a Century’s Social Reverberations. In phrases like Roaring Twenties and Jazz Age, we recall the U.S. 1920s as a racially, socially, and sonically charged moment. In addition to the global ascent of American jazz, this era saw the rise of gay composers in U.S. concert music and the racial segregation of working-class southern music by the dawning U.S. music industry, via “race” (R&B) and “old-time” (country) marketing categories. What produced these potent social-sonic conjunctures, and how do they continue to resonate in our own time? The talk will be followed by a live Q&A session with Tanglewood Learning Institute Director Sue Elliott. Video available July 27, 2020 at 1 p.m. through August 30, 2020
TLI CELEBRATES BEETHOVEN
Tuesday, July 28, 1 p.m. – Beethoven and the Musical Workshop of Prince Lobkowicz, $5 for single video stream, $20 for series
For this regular Tuesday-afternoon series, preeminent musicians and Beethoven scholars of our time lead video presentations and discussions in celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. During a crucial period in Beethoven’s career, as he created works that challenged conventions and re-imagined traditional genres, he received significant aid from an aristocratic source. Franz Joseph Maximilian, 7th Prince Lobkowicz, possessed a large palace with a splendid concert room in central Vienna, an ensemble of excellent house musicians, and the willingness to put all his resources at Beethoven’s disposal. He was able to offer Beethoven the freedom to experiment, with experienced musicians, adequate rehearsal time, and an audience of connoisseurs who did not fear the new; in this workshop the Eroica Symphony and other symphonies, concertos, and chamber works found early hearings. Many of the orchestral parts used by players in those performances, often with Beethoven’s own corrections, as well as account records and other documentary evidence, are preserved in the Library & Archives of The Lobkowicz Collections. In this discussion we will consider what these valuable artifacts tell us, and what they reveal about the dedicated circle of musicians and listeners who helped Beethoven bring his music to life. This session, presented by Kathryn L. Libin (Vassar College, The Lobkowicz Collections) marks the first collaboration in a multi-year partnership with the House of Lobkowicz. A live Q&A session with Tanglewood Learning Institute Director Sue Elliott follows the presentation. Video available July 28, 2020, at 1 p.m. through August 30, 2020
TLI MASTERPASS Wednesday, July 29, 1 p.m. – Violin Class for Boston University Tanglewood Institute students led by Midori, $5 for video stream, $32 for series Midori is a visionary artist, activist, and educator whose unique career has transcended traditional boundaries through her relentless drive to explore and build connections between music and the human experience. A leading concert violinist for more than 35 years, she holds the Dorothy Richard Starling Chair in Violin Studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, is an honorary professor at Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music, and teaches regularly at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute and the Weimar Meisterkurse. TMC Associate Director Michael Nock is host. Video available July 29, 2020, at 1 p.m. through August 5, 2020.
Thursday, July 30, 1 p.m. – Conductors Thomas Wilkins and JoAnn Falletta, $5 for single video stream, $32 for series
Thursday-afternoon ShopTalks feature candid, informal discussions on life, music, and the future of the field with conductors, composers, soloists, and unsung heroes. For this week, host and Tanglewood Learning Institute Director Sue Elliott interviews BSO Artistic Advisor for Education and Community Engagement Thomas Wilkins—who leads the BSO Youth and Family Concerts, among other BSO responsibilities—and JoAnn Falletta, Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic and the first woman to lead a major American ensemble. Video available July 30, 2020, at
1 p.m. through August 6, 2020.
TANGLEWOOD FOR KIDS
Each Sunday afternoon, we invite kids and their families to enjoy the sights and sounds of Tanglewood from the comfort of home through Tanglewood for Kids. To make the experience even more fun, we’ve included specially-created activities, crafts, recipes, and videos that you can explore while you’re listening to the Boston Symphony Orchestra archival performance. Participants have learned about composers ranging from Mozart and Beethoven to Harbison and Ellington and how to make a rhythm shaker, smartphone speaker, and sleigh bells. Kids can also enjoy a performance by Keith Lockhart and Thomas Rolfs and try recipes with a Tanglewood twist (green smoothies, Crescendo Krispies, and piano key cookies, for example).
From a June 25, 2020 recording session at the Linde Center for Music and Learning (Photo credit by Hilary Scott)
TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER ORCHESTRA ENCORE PERFORMANCES
Monday, July 27, 8 p.m. – Hosted by Stefan Asbury with John WilliamsFREE audio stream
This program celebrates three titans of Tanglewood. Boston native and Harvard graduate Leonard Bernstein was a member of the TMC’s inaugural class of 1940 and the protégé of BSO Music Director Serge Koussevitzky, as well as of Aaron Copland, the TMC’s Head of Faculty. Bernstein’s 1971 musico-theatrical work Mass, from which his Meditations are taken, was written for the opening of the Kennedy Center, and this performance features another Tanglewood icon: cellist Yo-Yo Ma. John Williams served as conductor of the Boston Pops for over a decade and continues to reign at Tanglewood in its annual Film Night, a beloved tradition. Highwood’s Ghost—a BSO commission in honor of Bernstein’s 100th birthday—again features Mr. Ma, along with BSO Principal Harp Jessica Zhou. Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3, concluding with the famous “Fanfare for the Common Man,” was the final work Bernstein conducted with the TMC Orchestra in 1990.
TANGLEWOOD FAMILY CONCERT: THOMAS WILKINS AND CIRCLE ROUND Tuesday, July 28 at 5 p.m. – FREE audio stream
BSO Artistic Advisor for Education and Community Engagement and Germeshausen Youth and Family Concerts Conductor Thomas Wilkins hosts this special performance created in partnership with WBUR’s award-winning podcast Circle Round, which adapts folktales from around the world for kids aged 4 to 10. BSO musicians Ben Levy (double bass), Danny Kim (viola), and Mike Roylance (tuba) have featured roles.
TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER CHAMBER CONCERTS: TMC CHAMBER MUSIC Sunday, August 2, 10 a.m. – Hosted by Norman Fischer FREE audio stream
It is the tremendous talent collected at the TMC that allows monumental works of the chamber music repertoire to be put together in short periods of time and to such a high degree of excellence. Faculty member Andrew Jennings prepared both Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 135—the slow movement of which receives a performance of miraculous tenderness, with only the softest of touch—and Second String Force by TMC faculty member Joan Tower, performed here by New Fromm Player Chi Li. TMC Head of Chamber Music and cellist Norman Fischer coached Schubert’s Octet—another remarkable slow movement of sentiment and delicacy—and Weinberg’s Piano Quintet, in which Fischer plays as well, adding a further dimension to the Fellows’ experience. And the Mendelssohn (is there a more joyous first movement of any work anywhere?) was prepared by visiting TMC faculty member Yo-Yo Ma, always an unforgettable experience for those Fellows that work with him.
BSO ENCORE PERFORMANCES FROM TANGLEWOOD SERIES
Sunday, August 2, 2:30 p.m. – Hosted by Jamie BernsteinFREE video stream
Seiji Ozawa’s brilliant 29-year tenure as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra ended with the completion of the 2001-02 Symphony Hall season. His history with the orchestra and with Tanglewood was marked in a weekend of “Celebrating Seiji!” events, culminating in this Shed performance. Maestro Ozawa leads a scintillating performance of a work strongly identified with the BSO’s legacy: Berlioz’s kaleidoscopic, virtuosic Symphonie fantastique. The Tanglewood Festival Chorus (under founding director John Oliver) and six outstanding vocalists (Christine Goerke, Cynthia Haymon, Zheng Cao, Vinson Cole, Anthony Dean Griffey, and Paul Plishka), along with perennial Tanglewood presence Peter Serkin as piano soloist, join Maestro Ozawa for Beethoven’s majestic and rousing Choral Fantasy in C minor. To conclude the concert, the audience was asked to participate in a performance of Randall Thompson’s a cappella work Alleluia, the piece that opens the Tanglewood Music Center’s annual summer session. Also, a special note: BSO timpanist Everett (Vic) Firth was acknowledged onstage at the end of this performance upon his retirement from the orchestra after his monumental 50-year career.
TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER PROGRAMS FOR THE CLASS OF 2020 In addition to the weekly Monday-evening Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra performances (8 p.m.) and Sunday-morning Chamber Music concerts (10 a.m.), available for free through the Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival, the Tanglewood Music Center will offer private online classes to its 2020 class of Fellows made up of 140 talented young musicians from across the country and the around the world who had been invited to spend the summer advancing their skills under the tutelage of BSO musicians, TMC faculty, and many of the renowned artists performing at Tanglewood each summer (the class of 2020 has been invited back in summer 2021). This summer’s online offerings for the TMC class of 2020 will include special masterclasses and seminars, as well as a chance to socialize with their classmates and participate in discussions on the challenges young musicians face today. During the week of July 27 there will be online classes in conducting, harp, percussion, voice, strings, woodwind, brass, and composition, as well as a viola masterclass with Roberto Diaz, a talk by BSO principal tuba Mike Roylance about the audition process, and a presentation by BSO Chief Operation Officer Alexandra Fuchs covering a range of topics.
Board Members and Friends to Match Contributions Made to the BSO, May 15-August 31, in Support of Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival
Several generous BSO Board members and friends have joined together in these unprecedented times to match contributions made to the Boston Symphony Orchestra from May 15 through August 31, 2020. The matched funds apply to new annual contributions and ticket donations, both of which are tax-deductible. The matched funds enable the BSO—the non-profit organization that owns and operates Tanglewood—to share the joy of music online through the Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival and other virtual programming, and to ensure that the BSO and Tanglewood are ready and able to welcome concertgoers in person when the time is right. Donors of $100 or more will receive complimentary access to all programs in the Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival. Those who want to make a gift and have it matched can visit customerservice or call 888-266-1200.
Brief Background on Tanglewood and the Boston Symphony Orchestra
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.
Tanglewood typically draws an attendance of approximately 340,000 people and brings more than $100 million in economic activity annually to the Berkshires region. Except for several years during World War II, when the performance schedule was curtailed or, in 1945, canceled in its entirety, Tanglewood has been a fixture in the Berkshires and has strengthened its position as this country’s premier summer music festival. This year, the unprecedented health crisis resulting from the spread of COVID-19 has necessitated the cancellation of live performances with audiences at Tanglewood for summer 2020. In response to this understandable disappointment, the BSO has put all its creative energy into offering thoughtful and innovative online performance streams, Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival, designed
to connect performers—both BSO musicians and guest artists—with audiences. In addition, the BSO is pleased to open the magnificent Tanglewood grounds to the public on a limited, scheduled basis. 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.