Christine Ebersole, Michael Feinstein, Wynton Marsalis, Labor Day Boston Pops Added to Tanglewood 2012

This year the Tanglewood schedule has undergone a number of changes, the most significant being the relocation of the Jazz Festival to earlier in the season. This leaves the Festival’s old Labor Day weekend open to additional programming. Filling part of that weekend will be a newly added Boston Pops performance on Sunday September 2 at 2:30 pm featuring American Songbook expert Michael Feinstein and Broaway vocalist Christine Ebersole. Tickets for this special concert will go on sale tomorrow, May 15 at 10 am.

Speaking of the Tanglewood Jazz Festival which is now scattered through the summer season, the Wynton Marsalis Quartet will perform in Ozawa Hall on August 20, with the Christian McBride Trio opening the evening’s festivities with Christian Sand and Ulysses Owens, Jr.

Tickets are available at www.tanglewood.org or by calling 888-266-1200. Herewith the balance of the BSO news release:

Thomas Wilkins, appointed the Germeshausen Youth and Family Concerts Conductor of the BSO in 2011, will make his Tanglewood debut leading the Boston Pops at the close of the festival’s 75th Anniversary Season this September. Maestro Wilkins will lead the Pops in an “American Songbook” concert in the Koussevitzky Music Shed on Sunday, September 2, at 2:30 p.m. with the help of celebrated pianist, vocalist, and archivist of the great American songbook, Michael Feinstein. Broadway’s Christine Ebersole will join Thomas Wilkins and the Boston Pops for the performance, which will feature some of the most beloved tunes in the American songbook repertoire. Labor Day weekend will also bring the previously announced Grammy-award winning rock group Train back to Tanglewood on Friday, August 31, at 7 p.m.

WYNTON MARSALIS QUINTET TO HEADLINE OZAWA HALL CONCERT ON AUGUST 20
World-renowned trumpeter and Tanglewood Music Center alumnus Wynton Marsalis will bring his jazz quintet to Ozawa Hall on Monday, August 20, at 8 p.m. This concert, available for purchase now, replaces a Christian McBride concert previously scheduled for Sunday, August 19. The Christian McBride Triowith Christian Sands and Ulysses Owens, Jr. will now open for the Wynton Marsalis Quintetduring the Ozawa Hall performance.  All ticket holders for the cancelled August 19 Christian McBride concert will be contacted by the BSO by phone for ticket exchange opportunities.

Tickets for the Boston Pops “American Songbook” concert range from $21 to $117 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15, at www.tanglewood.org, by calling 888-266-1200, or at the Symphony Hall box office in Boston, MA. Tickets for the Wynton Marsalis Quintet range from $21 to $99 and are available for purchase now in the same locations.

MORE ON THOMAS WILKINS
[Thomas Wilkins]Thomas Wilkins is music director of the Omaha Symphony, a position he has held since 2005. He is also principal guest conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and holds the Germeshausen Family and Youth Concerts Conductor chair with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He was previously resident conductor of the Detroit Symphony as well as the Florida Orchestra (Tampa Bay) and associate conductor of the Richmond Symphony (Virginia). He served on the music faculties of North Park University (Chicago), the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Dedicated to promoting a lifelong enthusiasm for music, Thomas Wilkins brings energy and commitment to audiences of all ages.

MORE ON MICHAEL FEINSTEIN
[Michael Feinstein, photo by Zach Dobson]Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Symphony Hall in Boston, MA, Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace. More than simply a performer, Feinstein has received national recognition for his commitment to celebrating America’s popular song and preserving its legacy for the next generation. In 2007, he founded the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative, dedicated to celebrating the art form and preserving it through educational programs, master classes, and the annual High School Vocal Academy and Competition, which awards scholarships and prizes to students across the country. Feinstein also serves as Artistic Director of the Center for the Performing Arts, a $170 million, three-theatre venue in Carmel, Indiana, which opened in January 2011.

MORE ON CHRISTINE EBERSOLE
[Christine Ebersole]Christine Ebersole has captivated audiences throughout her performing career, from the Broadway stage to television series and specials, films, concert appearances, and recordings. Ms. Ebersole received virtually every Off-Broadway award and her second Tony Award for Leading Actress in a Musical for her “dual role of a lifetime” as Edith Beale and Little Edie Beale in “Grey Gardens.” Acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, the show was nominated for ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and its CD was nominated for a Grammy Award. Ms. Ebersole is also a frequent concert artist, performing in halls across the country. In 2009 Ms. Ebersole headlined a duet performance with Michael Feinstein at the singer’s Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, receiving critical acclaim from theNew York Times.

MORE ON WYNTON MARSALIS
[Wynton Marsalis, photo by Rob Waymen]Wynton Marsalis, a New Orleans native, is an internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, educator, and a leading advocate of American culture. He is the world’s first jazz artist to perform and compose across the full jazz spectrum, from its New Orleans roots to bebop to modern jazz.  Wynton made history in 1997 when he became the first jazz musician ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for his oratorio Blood on the Fields.  His lifetime commitment to inspiring and uplifting people though artistic excellence in jazz has made an unparalleled impact both in the United States and around the world.  Wynton Marsalis serves as the Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

HIGHLIGHTS OF TANGLEWOOD 2012
Tanglewood’s 75th anniversary season will present a spectacular lineup of musical guests. While honoring legendary moments from the festival’s rich tradition of presenting summertime concerts since 1937, the anniversary season will also look to the future with eight world premieres and new media initiatives including international radio broadcasts and major new streaming offers free to a worldwide audience.

Highlights include a gala celebration with appearances by John WilliamsKeith LockhartAndris NelsonsJames TaylorYo-Yo MaPeter Serkin, and Anne-Sophie Mutter, performing with theBSOBoston Pops, and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestras (July 14), a special John Williams 80th Birthday Celebration (August 18), an all-Beethoven (BSO opener on July 6) and an all-Wagner program (July 21), replicating two programs from Tanglewood’s first season in 1937, and eight world premiere performances.

The 75th anniversary season will also present James Taylor (July 2, 3, 4), Yo-Yo Ma with his Silk Road Ensemble (June 22 and 24); Joshua Bell (July 7); Jean-Yves Thibaudet (August 5); Mark Morris Dance Group (June 28 and 29); and Chris Botti (August 5). Bernadette Peters (July 8) as well as Maureen McGovern and Brian Stokes Mitchell (August 24), make welcome returns with the Boston Pops.

In addition to the star-studded gala concerts and historically resonant programming, Tanglewood’s 75th Anniversary will reach out to a worldwide audience by way of international radio broadcasts; an extraordinary offer of 75 Free Digital Streams, available for purchase after a 24 hour free period; as well as free digital streams of master classes and concerts by the Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center (TMC), the BSO’s renowned summer music academy for the advanced training of young professional-caliber musicians.

Continuing the BSO’s rich tradition of marking special anniversaries with the commissioning of new music, the Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Season will also showcase the world premieres of eight new works, many by composers who have a strong connection with Tanglewood and the BSO, includingMichael GandolfiJohn HarbisonAndré PrevinGunther Schuller, Edgar Meyer, as well as composers new to the BSO and its audiences.

The 75th season will bring the planting of 75 new trees to the Tanglewood campus enhancing what is already considered one of the most beautiful festival grounds anywhere in the world. The season will also be celebrated with a specially commissioned commemorative poster/stamp.

2012 TANGLEWOOD SEASON TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets for the 2012 Tanglewood season are available through Tanglewood’s website,www.tanglewood.org, and through SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200. Regular season ticket prices range from $9-$117; non-benefactor tickets to the July 14 Gala Anniversary Concert are priced from $30 to $250. Tickets for Saturday Morning Rehearsals range from $10-$30. All ticket prices include a $1 Tanglewood grounds maintenance fee.

Tickets are also available for purchase in person at the Tanglewood Box Office at Tanglewood’s Main Gate on West Street in Lenox, MA, as of June 21. 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.

TANGLEWOOD
One of the most popular and acclaimed music festivals in the world, Tanglewood attracts an average annual attendance of more than 300,000 visitors each season, and has a $60 million impact on the Berkshire economy each summer. Tanglewood presents orchestra concerts by the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and visiting ensembles, featuring many of the greatest classical musicians of our time; recital and chamber music concerts in the intimate setting of Ozawa Hall; programs highlighting the young musicians of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s prestigious summer music academy; performances by some of today’s leading popular artists; and a season-ending Labor Day Weekend festival.

SPONSORSHIP
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is proud to support Tanglewood and its education initiatives for Massachusetts students. Commonwealth Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation is proud to be in its ninth year as the official chauffeured transportation provider of the BSO. Steinway & Sons Pianos selected exclusively for Tanglewood. This Week at Tanglewood is sponsored by Harvard University Extension School.

Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is located between Lenox and Stockbridge, Massachusetts. For additional information about Tanglewood, visit www.tanglewood.org or call 617-266-1492.

Wynton Marsalis

Monday, August 20, 8 p.m. Ozawa Hall
Wynton Marsalis Quintet
Christian McBride Trio
with Christian Sands & and Ulysses Owens, Jr.


Sunday, September 2, 2:30 p.m. Shed
Boston Pops 
Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Michael Feinstein, piano and vocalist
Christine Ebersole, guest artist

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