SATURDAY, JULY 14 – TANGLEWOOD 75TH CELEBRATION GALA
In an event that is sure to be a highlight of the Tanglewood 75th anniversary season, June 22-September 2, the BSO will present a star-studded concert featuring some of Tanglewood’s most distinguished and longtime guests Saturday, July 14, at 8:30 p.m. For this special event, the BSO, Boston Pops, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and Tanglewood Festival Chorus join forces with conductors John Williams, Keith Lockhart, Stefan Asbury, Andris Nelsons, and David Zinman, guest artists including pianistEmanuel Ax, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, and pianistPeter Serkin, Tanglewood’s longtime friend James Taylor, and former and current Tanglewood Music Center Vocal Fellows as vocal soloists. The July 14 concert has been added to the PBS Arts Summer Festival and will air nationally on Friday, August 10, at 9 p.m. ET as part of GREAT PERFORMANCES.
The Tanglewood 75th Celebration Gala will open with BSO brass performing Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, followed by a Boston Pops performance of Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from On the Town, both under the direction of Keith Lockhart. James Taylor will join Boston Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra to perform some of the most beloved hits of the Great American Songbook, including “Over the Rainbow,” “Shall We Dance?,” and “Ol’ Man River.” The next part of the program will feature the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, first accompanying soloist Emanuel Ax in the second and third movements of Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D, under the direction of Stefan Asbury, followed by Tchaikovsky’s Andante cantabile, for cello and strings, with Yo-Yo Ma, and Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy, for violin and orchestra, with soloist Anne-Sophie Mutter, under the direction of Andris Nelsons. Following intermission, the Boston Symphony Orchestra takes center stage to perform one of its signature works—Ravel’s La Valse, under the direction of Andris Nelsons. The program will come to a close with David Zinman leading the BSO in one of the most popular Tanglewood works, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy in C minor for piano, chorus, and orchestra, featuring pianist Peter Serkin, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and former and current TMC vocalists: sopranos Emalie Savoy and Eudora Brown; mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy; tenors Alex Richardson and William Ferguson, and bass-baritone Richard Ollarsaba.
Tanglewood, one of the world’s most beloved music festivals and the famed summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, celebrates its 75th anniversary season, June 22-September 2, with a spectacular lineup of musical guests and programs that spotlight Tanglewood’s rich tradition of presenting summertime concerts at their best since 1937. Tickets, priced from $9 to $117 for regular season concerts, are available at tanglewood.orgor at 888-266-1200; Tanglewood offers free lawn tickets to young people age 17 and under and a 50% discount on lawn tickets to college and graduate students.
FRIDAY, JULY 13 – ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER JOINS BSO AS CONDUCTOR AND SOLOIST IN MOZART CONCERTOS
Eminent German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter follows up her July 11 Ozawa Hall recital with an appearance as both soloist and conductor on Friday, July 13, at 8:30 p.m. Mutter, who opened the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 2011–12 subscription season with performances of the five Mozart violin concertos, rejoins the orchestra at Tanglewood for the composer’s Second, Third, and Fifth concertos. All written between 1773 and 1775 when Mozart was still a teenager, the violin concertos display a combination of the composer’s youthful energy and rapidly maturing genius.
SUNDAY, JULY 15 – ANDRIS NELSONS JOINS BSO TO CONDUCT BRAHMS AND STRAVINSKY
Latvian conductor and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Music DirectorAndris Nelsons, who has previously conducted the BSO only at Carnegie Hall, makes his Tanglewood debut Sunday, July 15, at 2:30 p.m. Mr. Nelsons and the orchestra are joined by the Tanglewood Festival Chorus for Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms—influenced by the complex counterpoint and piquant modal harmonies of Renaissance sacred music—on a program that also includes Brahms’s exhilarating Symphony No. 2.
PERFORMANCES IN OZAWA HALL ON JULY 18 AND 19
WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, AND THURSDAY, JULY 19 – GERHARD OPPITZ BEGINS BRAHMS ODYSSEY
This season, Tanglewood audiences will have a rare opportunity to hear Brahms’s complete works for solo piano in four Ozawa Hall recitals by outstanding German pianist Gerhard Oppitz. Mr. Oppitz plays the first two installments of the series on Wednesday, July 18, at 8 p.m. (featuring the Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5; the Four Piano Pieces, Op. 119; the Scherzo in E-flat minor, Op. 4; and the Two Rhapsodies, Op. 79) and Thursday, July 19, at 8 p.m. (featuring the Four Ballades, Op. 10; the Variations on a Theme by Schumann, Op. 9; the Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 21, No. 1; the Variation on a Hungarian Song, Op. 21, No. 2; and the Sonata No. 1 in C, Op. 1). The cycle continues the following week on July 25 with performances of Six Piano Pieces, Op. 118; Sixteen Waltzes, Op. 39; Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book I; Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book II, and Seven Fantasies, Op. 116. The final concert in the series on July 25 includes Eight Piano Pieces, Op. 76; Sonata No. 2 in F-sharp minor, Op. 2; Three Intermezzi, Op. 117; and Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24.
PERFORMANCES BY THE TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER, THE BSO’S SUMMER MUSIC ACADEMY
MONDAY, JULY 16 – TMCO PRESENTS MUSIC OF THREE GREAT ROMANTICS, WITH BSO ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR MARCELO LEHNINGER
The Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, led by conductor Brazilian-born BSO Assistant Conductor Marcelo Lehninger and TMC Conducting Fellows,gives its second performance of the season Monday, July 16, at 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall. Focusing on music of the Romantic period, the program features Brahms’s Tragic Overture, dramatic in nature and symphonic in sweep; Schubert’s beloved Symphony No. 8, which, for unknown reasons, the composer abandoned after two movements and left unfinished; and Strauss’s iconic tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra, inspired by Nietzsche and immortalized by Stanley Kubrick. The Strauss will be led by BSO Assistant Conductor Marcelo Lehninger, the Brahms and Schubert by TMC Conducting Fellows.
The Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor, will present the free Prelude Concert in Ozawa Hall taking place on Friday, July 13, at 6 p.m., before the evening’s Shed concert. The Friday-evening Prelude Concert is open to all ticket holders for the evening’s Shed concert.
TICKET INFORMATION IN BRIEF
Tanglewood, this year celebrating its 75th anniversary as the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, opens on Friday, June 22, with the return of Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble, and closes September 2, with a Boston Pops concert led by Thomas Wilkins and featuring the ever-popular Michael Feinstein. For detailed information about the 2012 Tanglewood season, including how to purchase tickets, priced from $9 to $117 for regular season concerts (non-benefactor tickets to the July 14 Gala Anniversary Concert are priced from $30 to $250), visit www.tanglewood.org. Tickets are available through Tanglewood’s website, www.tanglewood.org, and through SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200. Tanglewood continues to offer free lawn tickets to young people age 17 and under and a50% discount on lawn tickets to college and graduate students.
TANGLEWOOD CONCERT LISTING, JULY 13-19
Friday, July 13, 6 p.m. Ozawa Hall
Friday, July 13, 7:15 p.m. Shed
Friday, July 13, 8:30 p.m. Shed
Saturday, July 14, 8:30 p.m. Shed
Sunday, July 15, 2:30 p.m. Shed
Monday, July 16, 8 p.m. Ozawa Hall
Wednesday, July 18, 8 p.m. Ozawa Hall
Thursday, July 19, 8 p.m. Ozawa Hall