Grammy award-winning rockers Evanescence will round out the popular artist festivities on Labor Day weekend at Tanglewood with a performance in the Koussevitzky Music Shed on September 1, at 7 p.m. Hard rock outfit Chevelle will open the Saturday-evening performance, and tickets, available on May 29, range from $76 to $22. Evanescence and Chevelle join a Labor Day line-up including the previously announced rock group Train, returning to Tanglewood on Friday, August 31, at 7 p.m., as well as the Tanglewood debut of BSO Youth and Family Conductor Thomas Wilkins, who leads the Boston Pops,Michael Feinstein, and Christine Ebersole in a season-ending “American Songbook” concert on Sunday, September 2, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for the Boston Pops “American Songbook” concert range from $21 to $117 and Train tickets range from $22 to $88.
MORE ON EVANESCENCE
The multi-platinum hard rock band Evanescence, led by Amy Lee’s operatic, passionate vocals, has sold close to 25 million albums since its 2003 debut,Fallen. Their premiere single, “Bring Me To Life,” snagged the band a Grammy for best hard rock performance. Other massive hits, including “My Immortal” and “Call Me When You’re Sober,” established Evanescence as worldwide tour headliners. After a break following the conclusion of the tremendously successful tour behind The Open Door, Lee, guitarists Terry Balsamo and Troy McLawhorn, bassist Tim McCord, and drummer Will Hunt came together to write a number of songs for Evanescence, their latest self-titled release. Though already superstars, Lee and her bandmates have the enthusiasm of newcomers, as they look to a future that is brimming with possibility brought by the release of Evanescence.
MORE ON CHEVELLE
Chicago alternative hard rock trio Chevelle preserve their underdog spirit onHats off to the Bull, their sixth full length album released December 6, 2011. That attitude has characterized the band since its independent debut, 1999’sPoint #1. Shortly after bursting onto the scene, the group made its major label breakthrough on the platinum-selling Wonder What’s Next in 2002. The album spawned chart-topping hits “Send the Pain Below” and “The Red,” leading to high-profile tours like OZZfest. Meanwhile, their next effort, 2004’sThis Type of Thinking Could Do Us In, exceeded gold status and the follow-upVena Sera bolstered their prominence even further. Most recently, the band scored its highest entry into the Billboard Top 200 with Sci-Fi Crimes in 2009 debuting at #6.
TANGLEWOOD 2012 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
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. The Tanglewood 75th anniversary gala concert on July 14, featuring many of the iconic artists identified with the festival mentioned above, has been added to the line-up of the PBS Arts Summer Festival and will air nationally on Friday, August 10 at 9 p.m. ET as part of GREAT PERFORMANCES (check local listings).
Highlights include a gala celebration with appearances by John Williams,Keith Lockhart, Andris Nelsons, James Taylor, Yo-Yo Ma, Peter Serkin, and Anne-Sophie Mutter performing with the BSO, Boston Pops, andTanglewood 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, spotlighting several composers who have had a strong connection with Tanglewood and the BSO, including Michael Gandolfi, John Harbison, André Previn, Gunther Schuller, and Edgar Meyer, as well as composers new to the BSO and its audiences.
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); Chris Botti (August 5); Wynton Marsalis (August 20), and Train (August 31). 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 for the Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center (TMC), the BSO’s renowned summer music academy for the advanced training of young professional-caliber musicians.
On the fun and light hearted side of the BSO’s Tanglewood 75th season, the anniversary will also be celebrated with a specially commissioned commemorative poster and stamp. In addition, special anniversary banners will appear in towns throughout the Berkshires and a series of musical instrument sculptures will be scattered throughout the region to remind visitors of the anniversary.
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. Tickets for the Boston Pops “American Songbook” concert range from $21 to $117. Tickets for Train range from $22-$88. Tickets for Evanescence and Chevelle go on sale May 29, ranging from $76 to $22.
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.
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.
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.