2013 TANGLEWOOD SEASON WEEK BY WEEK PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS
Berkshire on Stage has extensive coverage of the Tanglewood 2013 season beginning with the original announcement (link) and a breakdown of the week to week highlights (link), and day by day details (link).
The BSO has announced Grammy- and Oscar-winning American rock singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge for the Tanglewood 2013 line-up, bringing her mixture of personal lyrics, pop-based folk-rock, and smoky vocals to the Shed on Friday, June 21, 2013, at 7 p.m.
Tanglewood will also present the Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration, a new symphonic project celebrating American musical icon Jerry Garcia, featuring Warren Haynes with the Boston Pops under the direction of Keith Lockhart on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at 8.30 p.m. in the Shed. This ground-breaking orchestral adventure will feature new orchestral arrangements of Jerry Garcia’s storied original compositions as well as classic interpretations of timeless standards that were hallmarks of Garcia’s shows. Powerhouse vocalist and guitarist Warren Haynes (The Allman Brothers Band, The Dead, and Gov’t Mule) will collaborate with the symphony, lending his soul-soaked, introspective blend of rock, blues, R&B, and jazz to Garcia’s masterworks.
On Saturday, June 29, American Public Media’s A Prairie Home Companion returns once again to the Tanglewood grounds for the program’s annual live broadcast from the Koussevitzky Music Shed. Host Garrison Keillor and a colorful cast of friends from the shores of Lake Wobegon will take the stage for this Tanglewood tradition, a favorite for audiences since A Prairie Home Companion was first broadcast live from the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home in 1998. On July 4, Tanglewood will hold its annual Fourth of July popular artist concert with festive fireworks following the concert. The artist will be announced in January 2013.
WEEK 1, JULY 5–11
Following the appearance of popular artist Jackson Brown and special guest Sara Watkins on July 4 (with fireworks to follow – Details Here) the BSO begins its season. Beloved guest conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos kicks off the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 76th Tanglewood season on Friday, July 5, with an all-Tchaikovsky program featuring violin virtuoso Joshua Bell—who returns to Tanglewood for 25th consecutive summer since his first guest appearance in 1989—in the composer’s beloved Violin Concerto. Maestro Frühbeck will also lead the BSO in the composer’s Symphony No. 5. The following evening, he will lead the BSO and the women of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, joined by mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter in Mahler’s Symphony No. 3.
On Sunday, July 7, Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops return to the Shed stage for a program featuring American country superstar Vince Gill. The Country Music Hall of Famer’s career spans three decades and includes countless hit songs, including “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away,” “When I Call Your Name,” and “Whenever You Come Around.”
On Thursday, July 11, the orchestra and chorus of Boston-based Emmanuel Music come to Ozawa Hall for John Harbison’s opera, The Great Gatsby, as part of Tanglewood’s 75th birthday tribute to the composer. The concert performance will be led by Emmanuel Music artistic director Ryan Turner and will feature tenor Gordon Gietz as Jay Gatsby and soprano Devon Guthrie as Daisy Buchanan. Writing the opera on a commission for the Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Harbison, Emmanuel Music’s former artistic director and a composer with close ties to the BSO and Tanglewood, adapted his own libretto from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, creating an evocation of the Roaring Twenties: the giddy jazz-inspired pop songs, the madcap dances, the omnipresent radio. Mr. Harbison underpins the frivolity with themes of romantic obsession, casual cruelty, corruption, betrayal, and death.
WEEK 2, JULY 12–18
Japanese conductor Kazushi Ono makes his Tanglewood debut with the BSO on July 12 to lead a program in the tradition of musical storytelling, featuring Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, composed as a birthday present for his second wife, Cosima, after the birth of their son; and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, inspired by Arabian Nights. At the heart of the program is Ravel’s Piano Concerto in D for the left hand, a piece written in 1929 and 1930 for Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm during World War I. The great American pianist Leon Fleisher, who celebrates his 85th birthday in July 2013, is soloist.
The cinematic magic of West Side Story comes alive at Tanglewood on Saturday, July 13, when conductor David Newman, in his BSO debut, leads the orchestra in a live performance of Bernstein’s electrifying score while the newly re-mastered film is shown on large screens in high definition with the original vocals and dialogue intact. Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story won ten Academy Awards©—more than any other musical film—including Best Picture. Released in 1961 with choreography by Jerome Robbins and a screenplay by Ernest Lehman, the film is one of the greatest achievements in the history of movie musicals.
On Sunday, July 14, guest conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos returns to the Shed stage for the second week in a row, leading the BSO in Stravinsky’s neoclassical Suite from Pulcinella and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8. Cellist Lynn Harrell joins the orchestra for Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C.
On Wednesday, July 17, the venerable Moscow-based Borodin String Quartet (now in its 68th year) will perform Brahms’s Quartet No. 3 in B-flat, Op. 67, and Tchaikovsky’s Quartet No. 3 in E-flat minor, Op. 30, in Ozawa Hall. The following evening, Thursday, July 18, Welsh opera great Bryn Terfel will present a recital of German and English art songs. Pianist Natalia Katyukova, a participant in the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, will join the renowned baritone for this program.
WEEK 3, JULY 19–25
Vladimir Jurowski, principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, makes his Tanglewood debut on Friday, July 19, with guest pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet in Liszt’s fiendishly difficult Totentanz, for piano and orchestra. Also on the program, Maestro Jurowski leads the BSO in Wagner’s Prelude to Die Meistersinger and Mahler’s orchestration of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, Eroica.
On Saturday, July 20, German conductor Lothar Koenigs, music director of the Welsh National Opera, makes his BSO conducting debut, leading the orchestra in Wagner’s Die Walküre, Act 3, with a cast including sopranos Katarina Dalayman and Amber Wagner and baritone Bryn Terfel. The performance, along with the prelude to Die Meistersinger on Friday evening, is part of the BSO’s celebration of Wagner’s Bicentennial in 2013.
Conductor, violinist, and violist Pinchas Zukerman returns to the Shed stage on Sunday, July 21, for an afternoon of Baroque music, following the success of his all-Bach program with the BSO in 2012. The program will also feature a number of the BSO’s players as part of the orchestra’s ongoing commitment to feature the individual members of the orchestra. The afternoon’s program includes Vivaldi’s Concerto in B-flat for violin, cello, and strings, featuring Mr. Zukerman and his wife, cellist Amanda Forsyth; Vivaldi’s Concerto in A minor for two violins and strings, also featuring BSO Concertmaster Malcolm Lowe; Bach’s Concerto No. 2 in E for violin and strings; and Telemann’s Concerto in G for viola and strings. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F, featuring BSO principal flutist Elizabeth Rowe, principal oboe player John Ferrillo, and principal trumpet player Thomas Rolfs, completes the program.
The Mahler Chamber Orchestra takes the Ozawa Hall stage on Wednesday, July 24, led by conductor and former TMC Fellow Daniel Harding, and featuring British pianist Paul Lewis in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 in C, K.503. Brett Dean’s 2002 composition Testament opens the program, which also includes Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 7. The following evening, Thursday, July 25, pianist Garrick Ohlsson performs a recital in Ozawa Hall including Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 15 in D, Op. 28, Pastoral; Schubert’s Fantasy in C, D.760, Wanderer; Griffes’s The Night Winds, Barcarolle, and The White Peacock; and Chopin’s Fantaisie in F minor, Op. 49, and Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31.
WEEK 4, JULY 26–AUGUST 1
Change of Conductors Update as of July 23, 2013: The conducting duties for this weekend have been plagued by illness and injuries which you can read about in this article [link]. Briefly, Edo de Waart will lead this Friday’s all-Mozart, Carlo Montanaro the Saturday Verdi Requiem and Ludovic Morlot the Sunday Dvorak/Prokofiev conducting duties.
Distinguished German conductor Christoph Eschenbach, music director of the National Symphony Orchestra, returns to the BSO podium for two programs, Friday, July 26 and Sunday, July 28. On Friday, he leads the orchestra in an all-Mozart program, featuring soprano Christine Schäfer in a concert aria for soprano, piano, and orchestra, “Ch’io mi scordi di te…Non temer, amato bene,” K.505, considered one of Mozart’s greatest achievements in the genre. Maestro Eschenbach will also lead the BSO in the composer’s final symphony No. 41, Jupiter, and will take on the dual role of conductor and soloist for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 in A, K.414. On Sunday, July 28, Mr. Eschenbach and the BSO will be joined by American pianist Garrick Ohlsson for Prokofiev’s sparkling Piano Concerto No. 3. Dvořák’s Carnival Overture and Symphony No. 9, From the New World, round out the program.
To mark the bicentennial of Verdi’s birth in 1813, Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons returns to Tanglewood on Saturday, July 27 to lead a performance of the composer’s Requiem with soprano Kristīne Opolais, mezzo-soprano Lioba Braun, tenor Dmytro Popov, bass Ferruccio Furlanetto, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.
In their annual appearance, Mark Morris and the Mark Morris Dance Group return to Ozawa Hall for two concerts featuring a double opera bill on Wednesday, July 31, and Thursday, August 1, in collaboration with Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center. The program, centered around the theme of lost love, includes Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, with dancers, and a fully staged production of Britten’s Curlew River, with stage direction by Mr. Morris. Curlew River is based on the 15th-century Japanese noh play, Sumidagawa, a tragic story of a crazed woman in search of her missing child. These concerts are supported by the Britten-Pears Foundation. The performances on Wednesday and Thursday will be preceded by a free film screening of Motomasa’s Sumidagawa in the Theatre on Tuesday, July 30. The film features two of Japan’s Living National Treasures, Akiyo Tomoeda and Kan Hōshō.
WEEK 5, AUGUST 2–7
Stéphane Denève, chief conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, returns to Tanglewood on Friday, August 2, with Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, who appears as soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. The program opens with Strauss’s searching tone poem Death and Transfiguration and ends with Poulenc’s Stabat Mater for soprano, chorus, and orchestra.
Acclaimed Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit leads the orchestra in two programs, Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4, continuing the BSO’s multi-year survey featuring Maestro Dutoit focusing on repertoire from the early- to mid-twentieth century. On Saturday evening, Chinese pianist Lang Lang joins the BSO and Maestro Dutoit as soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1.
At Ozawa Hall on August 4 the debut of popular artist Esperanza Spalding will take place. (Details here)
The program will also include Ravel’s hauntingly beautiful Pavane for a Dead Princess and the composer’s complete ballet score Daphnis et Chloé, a signature piece for both Mr. Dutoit and the BSO. On Sunday, cellist Yo-Yo Ma joins the orchestra for Dvořák’s romantic Cello Concerto, on a program that also includes Stravinsky’s brief orchestral fantasy, Fireworks, and The Rite of Spring, an iconic work celebrating its centennial in 2013.
One of the festival’s most beloved traditions, the ever-popular Tanglewood on Parade (Tuesday, August 6), gives audiences a chance to hear all of the festival’s orchestras perform in a single extended concert. Mr. Denève and Mr. Dutoit are joined by Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart, and Laureate Conductor John Williams for a program that will include Borodin’s familiar Polovetsian Dances from Prince Igor, as well as the traditional TOP finale, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. This festive concert features performances by the BSO, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and the Boston Pops, followed by fireworks over the Stockbridge Bowl.
German pianist and conductor Christian Zacharias returns to Tanglewood on Wednesday, August 7, for a recital in Ozawa Hall, performing Beethoven Sonata Nos. 10 and 12, Schubert’s Moments musicaux, D. 780, and Schumann’s Kreisleriana. This is Mr. Zacharias’s first recital performance at Tanglewood.
WEEK 6, AUGUST 9–15
Christoph von Dohnányi takes the BSO podium on Friday, August 9, and Saturday, August 10, leading Sibelius’s Violin Concerto, performed by Gil Shaham, and Brahms’s warmly lyrical Symphony No. 2. On Saturday, August 10, pianist Yefim Bronfman joins Maestro von Dohnányi and the orchestra for Beethoven’s stormy Third Piano Concerto. Also on the program are Brahms’s towering Symphony No. 4 and Elliott Carter’s meditative Sound Fields for string orchestra, in commemoration of Mr. Carter’s recent passing.
On Sunday afternoon, August 11, Christian Zacharias returns for an all-Beethoven program, building on a relationship as conductor/pianist with the orchestra that began with his conducting debut during the BSO’s 2010-11 season. Mr. Zacharias will conduct the composer’s powerful Coriolan Overture and his Symphony No. 6, Pastoral, and will lead the Piano Concerto No. 2 from the keyboard.
The nine-time Grammy Award-winning, New York-based Emerson String Quartet takes the stage on Wednesday, August 14, in an Ozawa Hall program featuring Haydn’s Quartet No. 26 in G minor, Op. 20, No. 3, Britten’s Quartet No. 3, and Beethoven’s Quartet No. 7 in F minor, Op. 59, No. 1.
On Thursday evening, August 15, The Goat Rodeo Show featuring world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bassist/composer Edgar Meyer, mandolinist Chris Thile, and fiddler Stuart Duncan, comes to the Koussevitzky Music Shed, to perform material from the 2011 album, The Goat Rodeo Show, as well as new works. The Goat Rodeo Show brings together these four American string virtuosos from different musical spheres to create a bluegrass influenced genre-crossing chamber ensemble. American singer/songwriter Aoife O’Donovan will also be featured.
WEEK 7, AUGUST 16–22
Keith Lockhart will lead the Boston Pops in an evening concert in the Shed on Friday, August 16, with celebrated pianist, vocalist, and archivist of the great American Songbook, Michael Feinstein. The evening will feature some of the most beloved tunes in the American songbook repertoire.
Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink joins the BSO at Tanglewood for the first time in five years on Saturday, August 17, leading the BSO in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 with soloist Isabelle Faust and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, featuring soprano Camilla Tilling. The following afternoon, Sunday, August 18, Emanuel Ax joins conductor Christoph von Dohnányi and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra for the Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concert and the second weekend program dedicated to the music of Mozart and Mahler. Mr. Ax will perform as soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat, K.271, and the program closes with Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.
On Tuesday, August 20, revered chamber musician and former Beaux Arts Trio pianist Menahem Pressler, who celebrates his 90th birthday in 2013, joins the Boston Symphony Chamber Players for Mozart’s Piano Quartet in E-flat, K.492. Also on the program are Aaron Copland’s original chamber orchestra version of Appalachian Spring (1944), led by BSO assistant conductor, Marcelo Lehninger; Kurtág’s Impromptu al Ongarese…to Menahem Pressler; and Elliott Carter’s Wind Quintet (1948) and Figment III for Double Bass (2007).
21-year-old Russian piano prodigy Daniil Trifonov makes his Tanglewood recital debut on Thursday, August 22, performing Scriabin’s Sonata No. 2 in G-sharp minor, Op. 19, Sonata-Fantasy, Liszt’s Sonata in B minor, and Chopin’s Preludes, Op. 28.
WEEK 8, AUGUST 23–25
The BSO kicks off the final weekend of its 2013 Tanglewood season on Friday, August 23, with a program featuring pianist Peter Serkin and led by BSO Assistant Conductor Andris Poga in his Tanglewood debut. Mr. Serkin will join Mr. Poga and the orchestra for Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Winds on a program also including Poulenc’s Sinfonietta and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.
A beloved summer tradition continues on August 24 with John Williams’ Film Night. Joining John Williams and the Boston Pops for this special program, are guest conductor David Newman and vocalist Audra McDonald. Earlier in the day, Tanglewood’s annual Family Concert will take place at 2:30 p.m. in Ozawa Hall.
The Tanglewood season comes to a close on Sunday, August 25, with the BSO’s traditional performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, led by BSO Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink. Maestro Haitink, the orchestra, and Tanglewood Festival Chorus will be joined by soprano Erin Wall, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford, tenor Joseph Kaiser, and bass-baritone John Relyea to finish out the orchestra’s 2013 season.
On Sunday evening, Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander brings his trio to Ozawa Hall for an evening of jazz. Details of the Labor Day Weekend Festival, featuring popular artists on Friday, August 30, and Saturday, August 31, and a Boston Pops concert Sunday, September 1, led by Thomas Wilkins, the BSO’s Germeshause will be announced in January.
TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER HIGHLIGHTS, JUNE 30-AUGUST 18
The Tanglewood Music Center (TMC), the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer academy for advanced musical study, is considered one of the world’s foremost graduate-level educational programs for young professional musicians. TMC Fellows work closely with members of the BSO and renowned guest artists, performing some 40 concerts each season, including chamber music concerts and large-scale orchestral programs.
The Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra will perform four concerts during the 2013 season, concluding with the annual Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concert in the Shed on Sunday, August 18, with Youth and Family Concerts Conductor, Christoph von Dohnányi in a program of Mozart’s Piano Concerto K.271 in E-flat with pianist Emanuel Ax and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. Other guest conductors to lead the TMCO this season include Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos in a program including Kodály’s Dances of Galánta and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, July 8; and Stéphane Denève in an all-Debussy program including Jeux, Danses sacrées et profanes, and La Mer, July 22. Fellows from the TMC Conducting Program will also conduct works on these programs. The TMCO will also perform during Tanglewood on Parade on August 6.
Another highlight of the Tanglewood Music Center’s 2013 season includes the TMC’s annual collaboration with Mark Morris and the Mark Morris Dance Group on July 31 and August 1, with the dance company and TMC singers and instrumentalists performing Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with dancers, and TMC fellows performing Britten’s opera Curlew River in a fully staged production with stage direction by Mr. Morris.
2013 FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC, AUGUST 8-12
The 2013 Festival of Contemporary Music, under the direction of Pierre-Laurent Aimard, will particularly highlight the works of two composers relatively unknown to American audiences—German composer Helmut Lachenmann and Italian composer Marco Stroppa—each of whom will be represented with three major works. English composers George Benjamin and Christian Mason, and American composers Elliott Carter and Steve Reich will also be featured. The closing concert of the Festival will be the U.S. premiere of George Benjamin’s widely acclaimed opera Written on Skin on August 12, in a concert performance.
Among the other highlights of the festival will be the East Coast premiere of Elliott Carter’s Instances, a work co-commissioned by the TMC, in a tribute to the late composer whose works were regularly featured by the BSO and TMC, August 8; the world premiere of a second Tanglewood Music Center commission by young British composer Christian Mason, August 8; and a performance of Steve Reich’s iconic Music for 18 Musicians, in celebration of the composer’s 75th birthday, August 11; that same program will feature works for 2 pianos and piano 4-hands by Ligeti and Nancarrow.
Mr. Aimard will be featured as pianist in several programs, performing solo and chamber works with guest ensemble the Jack Quartet on August 9, and with Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center and guests to be announced, on August 10. The Festival of Contemporary Music, which began at Tanglewood in 1964, is a project of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s prestigious summer music academy; Festival programs feature performances by TMC Fellows and guest artists. Further details about the 2013 Festival of Contemporary Music will be announced at a later date.