Tanglewood 2014 News: James Taylor July 3-4, Nelsons debuts, plus “Lizzie Borden” & “Candide”


On the Schedule:
Jason Alexander, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Yefim Bronfman,
Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos,
Josh Groban, Thomas Hampson, Garrison Keillor, Paul Lewis,
Keith Lockhart, Yo-Yo Ma, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Gil Shaham,
James Taylor, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Dawn Upshaw, and John Williams.

[Renee Fleming]Tanglewood—the famed summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and widely known as one of the world’s most beloved music festivals—has announced details of its 2014 season, June 28-August 30. The BSO’s July 5 all-American Opening Night Gala program with opera superstar Renée Fleming featured in an evening of music ranging from opera arias to popular songlaunches a season that will shine a spotlight on a wide variety of American music, performed by an extraordinary roster of the leading artists of our day. 
[Andris Nelsons, photo by Hilary Scott]

The authoritative Tanglewood 2014 Daily Program Guide [Click Here] includes the complete day by day listings of works and artists and is an invaluable supplement to this announcement.

In some of the most eagerly anticipated events of the 2014 Tanglewood season, Andris Nelsons will lead four programs in his first festival appearances as BSO Music Director Designate(7/11, 12, 19, and 20). Tickets for the 2014 Tanglewood season go on saleSunday, January 26, at 888-266-1200 and www.tanglewood.org.

In addition, the 2014 Tanglewood season will present Bernstein’s Candide, in a concert performance by theBoston Symphony Orchestra and cast of singers led by Bramwell Tovey (8/16) and a Boston Popsperformance of the score to The Wizard of Oz, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, to accompany a brilliantly restored print of the universally beloved movie classic (8/22). As part of a season-long celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood will present two concert operas:  Handel’s Teseo with thePhilharmonia Baroque Orchestra and soloists under the direction of Nicholas McGegan (8/14) and the new chamber version of American composer Jack Beeson’s opera Lizzie Borden with members of the Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra under the direction of David Angus (7/31).

[James Taylor, photo by Hilary Scott]Situated in the beautiful Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts, Tanglewood offers music lovers a wide spectrum of musical guests and programs that spotlight the festival’s rich tradition of presenting summertime concerts at their best since 1937.  The 2014 Tanglewood season will feature more than 100 performances, including concerts by the Boston Symphony OrchestraBoston Pops, andTanglewood Music Center; chamber music, recital, and concert opera presentations in Ozawa Hall; and a series of Popular Artist concerts, highlighted in 2014 by the return of James Taylor with his extraordinary band to the Koussevitzky Music Shed on July 3 and 4.

Tickets for the 2014 Tanglewood season go on sale Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 888-266-1200 and www.tanglewood.org; tickets for James Taylor’s July 3 and 4 concerts go on sale Thursday, January 16. Tanglewood is family-friendly, with free lawn tickets available for young people age 17 and under, and a 50% discount on Friday-evening lawn tickets for college and graduate students, among the many options for discounted tickets.  Tanglewood also offers a variety of special programs for children, including Kids’ Corner, Watch and Play, and the annual Family Concert, this year to take place on August 23, as well as a wide spectrum of education options for adults, ranging from pre-concert talks to One Day University (8/24), the latter featuring professors from prestigious universities offering in-depth lectures on music and beyond. In addition, this year’s Tanglewood Wine and Food Classic will take place August 7-10.

For further information about the concert schedule, family-friendly programs, educational offerings, and purchasing tickets visit www.tanglewood.org.

Andris Nelsons Conducts The BSO And Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra 
[Andris Nelsons, photo by Marco Borggreve]In 2014 Tanglewood welcomes Andris Nelsons for his first festival appearances as BSO Music Director Designate (link to announcement release).  His first of four concerts with the BSO will be an all-Dvořák program, with the composer’s symphonic poem The Noonday Witch, the Violin Concerto with soloist Anne-Sophie Mutter, and the Symphony No. 8 (7/11).  For his second BSO program onJuly 19, Maestro Nelsons will be joined by Swedish trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger performing his compatriot Rolf Martinsson’s Trumpet Concerto, on a program with music by Brahms and Tchaikovsky.  The following Sundayafternoon (7/20), Maestro Nelsons will open his BSO program with Christopher Rouse’s Rapture, followed by Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole, with violin soloist Joshua Bell, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

In a special gala concert on July 12, Andris Nelsons will lead a dance-inspired program featuring both theBoston Symphony and fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s prestigious summer music academy. For his first performance with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Maestro Nelsons and the orchestra will be joined by a group of acclaimed opera singers for excerpts from Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier; the program will also feature the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances and Ravel’s Bolero. The evening’s performance will be preceded by a celebratory dinner on the occasion of Maestro Andris’s first Tanglewood appearances as BSO Music Director Designate; the festivities will continue with a post-concert party, also in honor of Mr. Nelsons.

2014 Tanglewood Season Celebrates American Music
[Thomas Hampson]In addition to the BSO’s July 5 all-American Opening Night Gala Concert withRenée Fleming (conductor to be announced at a later date) and the orchestra’sJuly 20 performance of Christopher Rouse’s Rapture with Andris Nelsonsconducting, Tanglewood will offer a special focus on American music with orchestral, opera, and film presentations in the Koussevitzky Music Shed, and in opera, chamber music, and recital programs in Ozawa Hall, which marks its 20th Anniversary Season in 2014.  Along with the concert performance of Bernstein’sCandide and the movie presentation with live orchestra of The Wizard of Oz, mentioned above, Tanglewood will present American baritone Thomas Hampsonin a selection of Old American Songs by Aaron Copland, with Christoph von Dohnányi conducting (7/18), and the world premiere of William Bolcom’s Circus Overture to open a BSO concert celebrating Leonard Slatkin’s 70th birthday (8/8).

[Chanticleer]The American music theme will extend to the season-long celebration of the 20th anniversary of Ozawa Hall with an appearance by Chanticleer in a program entitled She Said/He Said, with music ranging from Renaissance madrigals to new arrangements from Chanticleer’s popular and jazz repertoire (7/9); a performance of Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and a new work by Sam Adams by the National Youth Orchestra of the USA under the direction of David Robertson (7/24); The Knights with special guest Dawn[Ellis and Delfeayo Marsalis]Upshaw performing Maria Schneider’s Winter Morning Walks (7/23); and a recital program featuring pianistJeremy Denk performing Ives’s Concord Sonata (8/13).  The Boston Symphony Chamber Players will present the Tanglewood premiere of a new work by an American composer commissioned for the ensemble’s 50th anniversary season in 2013-14; that program will also include music of Debussy and Schubert (7/1).  The Ozawa Hall 20th Anniversary Season will also feature two jazz programs:  American jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis, Jr., and his son, trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, will perform jazz standards and original compositions in a program entitled The Last Southern Gentlemen (8/17); and the highly acclaimed Grammy Award-winning Maria Schneider Orchestra will perform on August 24.

The 2014 Festival of Contemporary Music, July 17-21, under the direction of John Harbison and Michael Gandolfi, will present programs featuring works by American composers, with a special emphasis on music from a younger generation of Americans, many of whom have been Fellows at the Tanglewood Music Center. Along with several of this country’s most prominent composers—John Adams, Steve Mackey, George Perle, Bernard Rands, and Roger Sessions—the festival will also feature several rising stars in the world of composition: Anthony Cheung (TMC 2005), Hannah Lash (TMC 2005), Eric Nathan (TMC 2010), and Kate Soper (TMC 2006).  In addition to works by  Mr. Harbison (TMC 1959) and Mr. Gandolfi (TMC 1986), the festival will also feature works by American composers Martin BoykanDavid DzubayKeeril Makan,James Matheson, Andrew Waggoner, and Anna Weesner.  Works by Korean composer Seung-Ah Oh(TMC 2006), German composer Benjamin Scheuer (TMC 2012), and British composer Charlotte Bray (TMC 2008) will also be included. The Festival of Contemporary Music programs will feature the Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, along with guest artists to be announced at a later date.

Additional Boston Symphony Orchestra Highlights
[Yo-Yo Ma, photo by Hilary Scott]Highlights among the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s offering of 22 concerts throughout the summer include Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, with conductor Christoph von Dohnányi (7/26); excerpts from Verdi’s NabuccoandAida under the direction of Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (7/27); an all-Tchaikovsky program with Yo-Yo Ma performing Variations on a Rococo Theme, for cello and orchestra, with conductor David Zinman (8/10); and Prokofiev’s score toAlexander Nevsky on a program with Emanuel Ax performing Beethoven’sEmperor Concerto, with Stéphane Denève conducting (8/15).  The BSO’s portion of the 2014 Tanglewood season will close on August 24 with Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, featuring pianist Yefim Bronfman, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, under the direction ofCharles Dutoit. The Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor, will be featured in the programs of excerpts from Verdi’s Nabucco and Aida on July 27; Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky on August 15; Leonard Bernstein’s Candide on August 16; and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Ninth Symphony on August 24.

Boston Pops Orchestra with Keith Lockhart, John Williams, Jason Alexander, and Josh Groban
[Josh Groban]Besides leading the Boston Pops in the score to The Wizard of Oz to accompany the universally beloved movie classic (8/22), Keith Lockhart will conduct Boston Pops concerts featuring Broadway veteran and Tony Award-winner Jason Alexander in a program of comedy, song, and dance (7/13), and superstar singerJosh Groban in a program that brings the 2014 Tanglewood season to a close onAugust 30. John Williams will lead Tanglewood’s Film Night, one of the most eagerly-anticipated evenings of the Tanglewood season, with special guests to be announced at a later date (8/2). The annual day-long musical celebration,Tanglewood on Parade, culminating in an evening concert with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood Music Center orchestras, led by Keith LockhartJohn WilliamsLeonard Slatkin, and Stéphane Denève will take place on August 5.

James Taylor And His Extraordinary Band Make Welcome Return to Tanglewood
Tanglewood welcomes back James Taylor and his extraordinary band for two performances in the Koussevitzky Music Shed, July 3 and 4.  A spectacular fireworks display over the Stockbridge Bowl will follow the concert. Mr. Taylor, who regularly performs to sold-out audiences at Tanglewood, has returned to the festival 21 times since his first performances there in 1974.  Tickets for James Taylor’s July 3 and 4 concerts go on sale Thursday, January 16.

Prairie Home Companion and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! 
Tanglewood will present two of this country’s most popular radio programs in 2014:  Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor will be broadcast live from the Koussevitzky Music Shed on June 28, andWait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! with host Peter Segal will be taped on August 28 for future broadcast.

Additional Ozawa Hall Highlights Celebrating the Venue’s 20th Anniversary Season 
[Emerson String Quartet]The intimate setting of Ozawa Hall provides the backdrop for two staged operas: Handel’s Teseo with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra under the direction ofNicholas McGegan (8/14) and the new chamber version of Jack Beeson’s Lizzie Borden, performed by a Boston Lyric Opera chamber ensemble under the direction of David Angus (7/31). The Sequentia Ensemble (7/15), Chanticleer(7/9), National Youth Orchestra of the USA (7/24), Emerson String Quartet([Hakan Hardenberger]7/10), and Boston Symphony Chamber Players, celebrating their 50th anniversary season (7/1), are among the prestigious ensembles to perform in Ozawa Hall during the 2014 Tanglewood season.  The Knights, the popular New York-based chamber orchestra, will present a program featuring soprano Dawn Upshawand trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger (7/23). Ozawa Hall will also host several other prominent artists in recital, chamber music, and orchestral concerts, including baritone Thomas Hampson with pianist Wolfram Rieger in a program celebrating the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss (7/16), and all-Brahms programs with The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen (8/6) and  pianist Emanuel Ax, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and violinistLeonidas Kavakos on August 7.

One Day University And The Tanglewood Wine and Food Classic
On Sunday, August 24, One Day University, the acclaimed adult educational series, returns to Tanglewood with lectures on What Would The Founding Fathers Think of America Today? with Wendy Schiller from Brown University; The Art of Aging:  Discovering New Sources of Creativity and Perception with Dr. Sherwin B. Nuland from Yale University, Sponsored by The Boys From Brooklyn; and Rhapsody In Blue: Gershwin’s Remarkable Masterpiece with Orin Grossman, Fairfield University.

The Tanglewood Wine and Food Classic, August 7-10, features wine from around the world and locally sourced foods enjoyed in the incomparable setting of the Tanglewood grounds.

A full schedule of Popular Artist program will be announced at a later date.

Tanglewood’s 2014 season opens on Saturday, June 28 and closes Saturday, August 30. Tickets, priced from $10 to $121, go on sale Sunday, January 26, and are available through Tanglewood’s website,www.tanglewood.org, through SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200, and at the Symphony Hall Box Office at301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston MA. Information about the July 12 Gala Concert in honor of Andris Nelsons— including details about the pre- and post-concert festivities and gala-priced concert tickets—is available by contacting Kathleen Pendleton at 617-638-9391 or kpendleton@bso.org.

Two special discount ticket offers introduced last season will be available again in 2014:  $20 tickets for attendees under 40, one of the BSO’s most popular discount ticket offers, will be available for BSO and Boston Pops performances in the Shed; Tanglewood will also once again offer the BSO’s popular college card.In addition, Tanglewood continues to offer free lawn tickets to young people age 17 and under and a 50% discount on lawn tickets to college and graduate students, as well as a variety of special programs for children, including Kids’ Corner, Watch and Play, and the annual Family Concert, this year to take placeAugust 23..

Tickets for the 2014 Tanglewood season go on sale to the general public on Sunday, January 26. 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-$121. Tickets for Saturday Morning Rehearsals range from $11-$31. 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 late June. 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.

The BSO’s $20 tickets for attendees under 40 will be available during the 2014 Tanglewood season for select performances. Beginning January 26, tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis throughwww.tanglewood.org and through SymphonyCharge. Blackout dates include all Popular Artist concerts; June 28, July 3 and 4, and August 28. Eligible patrons may purchase up to two tickets per show and must provide proof of age when picking up their tickets at will call in order to receive the discount.

Tanglewood will offer the BSO’s popular college card at the orchestra’s summer home again this season. College students can purchase the college card for $25 (online, by phone or in person). With the college card, students have the opportunity to attend an unlimited number of classical and orchestral concerts throughout the Tanglewood season for no additional cost. Tickets can be picked up—one per cardholder, student ID required—at the Tanglewood Box Office beginning on Monday the week of the concert date. Availability is not guaranteed for all concerts, and is posted online. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and must be picked up by 8 p.m. or 2 p.m. on the day of the concert. Blackout dates include all Popular Artist concerts; June 28, July 3 and 4, and August 28.

Tanglewood is pleased to offer free lawn tickets for children and young people age 17 and younger and a50% discount on Friday-evening lawn tickets to college and graduate students for Friday-evening concerts. Up to four free children’s lawn tickets are available per parent/legal guardian per concert at the Tanglewood Box Office on the day of the concert, as all patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket. Please note that the free lawn ticket policy does not apply to organized groups. For Popular Artists concerts, free lawn tickets are only available for children under age 2.

Tanglewood brochures with complete programs and information on how to order tickets will be available in early February by calling 617-638-9467. For further information, please call the Boston Symphony Orchestra at 617-266-1492 or visit www.tanglewood.org. For Berkshire tourist information and reservations, contact the Berkshire Visitors Bureau at 800-237-5747 or www.berkshires.org.

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