Aspiring High School-Age Musicians help celebrate BUTI’s 50th Anniversary at Tanglewood
by Larry Murray
While the most famous artists of the classical and pop music worlds regularly capture the headlines when they visit Tanglewood each summer, a number of aspiring young players and vocalists have been giving up their summer vacations to advance their own careers as professional musicians. The 1812 Overture aside, the most sought after tickets at Tanglewood each year are concerts that feature Mahler, and any full-length opera. That high school and early college students can undertake such daunting works bodes well for the future of opera and classical music.
This confluence of aging superstars and relatively unknown newcomers has been going on for years as the photo montage above amply demonstrates. The Tanglewood Music Center and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) have operated in Lenox for decades. Here the focus will be on the the BUTI program, which operates from June 20-August 13, 2016. This year it will feature expanded concert programming; a new Opera Intensive featuring two full-length performances of Die Fledermaus (The Bat); a 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert highlighting alumni and featuring new commissions; a new Visiting Artist Residency Program with composer Nico Muhly and pianist Simone Dinnerstein; workshops led by distinguished performers and teachers from Boston University and the Boston Symphony Orchestra including new workshops in violin, viola, and cello; and rich programs of learning and performance. Led by Executive Director Hilary Field Respass, BUTI is the only program of its kind associated with one of the world’s great symphony orchestras, the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
BUTI students and faculty will perform more than 70 concerts in the Berkshire community (primarily Lenox), including faculty recitals, solo recitals, chamber music, opera scenes, vocal recitals, a full-length opera, and large ensemble concerts.
A highlight of the summer is the 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert on August 6 at Seiji Ozawa Hall at 2:30pm. The dazzling concert will celebrate the legacy and future of BUTI and will showcase students and faculty from BUTI’s Young Artists Programs, alumni guest artists from across the country, new compositions commissioned specially for this concert from alumni Nico Muhly and Timo Andres, and more.
BUTI has launched a new Young Artists Opera Intensive this summer in addition to the established Young Artists Vocal Program. The new opera program was conceived with undergraduate college students in mind and will culminate with a full-length black box version of Strauss’ Die Fledermaus on July 1 and 2 (double cast) at the West Street Theatre on BUTI’s Lenox campus. These performances give the students the unique opportunity to perform a full-length role while they are still undergraduates, enhancing their vocal and physical stamina and providing invaluable performance experience. The opera will be led by music director William Lumpkin and stage director Sarah Meyers. BUTI’s longtime Young Artists Vocal Program for high school students will continue to offer student vocal recitals and performances throughout the summer.
As part of the 50th Anniversary, BUTI is launching a new Visiting Artist Residency Program designed to integrate alumni artists deeply and broadly into the BUTI community as teachers, mentors, and role models. The inaugural Visiting Artists are composer Nico Muhly (BUTI ’96, ’97), who will be in residence July 25–August 6, and pianist Simone Dinnerstein (BUTI ’86, ’87), in residence August 7–13. Muhly and Dinnerstein will teach classes, coach ensembles, talk about their careers, work with composers, share meals with the students, and more. Muhly’s compositions will be played throughout the Young Artists Program. Dinnerstein will perform with the Young Artists Orchestra in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue on the August 13 Ozawa Hall season finale.
BUTI’s Young Artists Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Chorus will perform a series in Seiji Ozawa Hall and the Koussevitzky Music Shed on the Tanglewood grounds from July 16–August 13. A notable roster of guest conductors will work with these three ensembles including Paul Haas (BUTI ’87, ’88), Lawrence Loh, David J. Martins, Ken-David Masur (BUTI ’96), H. Robert Reynolds, and Katie Woolf (BU ’05).
The Institute’s affiliation with the Boston Symphony Orchestra continues to be a highlight of the program. BUTI’s Young Artists Orchestra and Chorus will be featured at as part of Tanglewood on Parade on August 2 at 4pm at the Koussevitzky Music Shed.
Highlights of the 2016 Boston University Tanglewood Institute Performance Calendar:Faculty Recital Series June 20–July 26, 2016 | Trinity Church, Lenox
Free concert series featuring BUTI’s faculty. See additional performance calendar for details.
Strauss, Die Fledermaus
July 1, 2016, 7:30 PM and July 2, 2016, 2:30 PM | West Street Theatre, Lenox
Full-length performance of Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, in English with piano, featuring double cast undergraduate student artists from the Young Artist Opera Intensive. William Lumpkin, music director; Sarah Meyers, stage director.
Young Artists Orchestra | Lawrence Loh, conductor
July 16, 2016, 2:30 PM | Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood
WAGNER Overture to Die Meistersinger
BRAHMS Variations on a Theme by Haydn
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5
Young Artists Wind Ensemble | David J. Martins, conductor
July 17, 2016, 2:30 PM | Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood
DUKAS Fanfare from La Péri
NELSON Savannah River Holiday
NEWMAN (BUTI ’90) The Rivers of Bowery
SALFELDER Shadows Ablaze
Young Artists Orchestra | Paul Haas, conductor
July 30, 2016, 2:30 PM | Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood
MAHLER Symphony No. 6
Young Artists Wind Ensemble | H. Robert Reynolds, conductor
July 31, 2016, 2:30 PM< | Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood
BATES (BUTI ‘94) Mothership
ETEZADY (BUTI ‘90) Shoutout
GRAINGER Children’s March
GRAINGER Colonial Song<
GRAINGER Shepherd’s Hey
HOLST First Suite in E-Flat for Military Band
TAMP Gvorkna Fanfare
STRAUSS Serenade, op. 7
WAGNER/CAILLIET Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral
Tanglewood on Parade | Young Artists Orchestra and Chorus; Paul Haas and Katie Woolf, conductors
August 2, 2016, 4:00 PM | Koussevitzky Shed, Tanglewood
Featuring performances by the BUTI Young Artists Orchestra and Chorus
***50th Anniversary Concert | Boston University Tanglewood Institute (1966–2016)***
August 6, 2016, 2:30 PM | Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood
Featuring students, faculty, and alumni from BUTI’s Young Artists Programs. Proceeds from this concert will benefit Boston University Tanglewood Institute
August 12 & 13, 20166:30 PM | West Street Theatre, Lenox
Selection of opera scenes featuring students in the Young Artists Vocal Program
Young Artists Orchestra | Ken-David Masur, conductor
August 13, 2016, 2:30 PM | Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood
ENESCU Romanian Rhapsody No. 1
GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue
Simone Dinnerstein (BUTI ’86, ’87), piano
BRAHMS Symphony No. 3
With additional performances by guest artists, students, and faculty to be announced
Venue and Ticket Information
|West Street Theatre||BUTI Main Campus 45 West Street, Lenox, MA 01240|
|Chamber Music Hall||Tanglewood Main Grounds 297 West Street, Lenox, MA 01240|
|Koussevitzky Music Shed||Tanglewood Main Grounds 297 West Street, Lenox, MA 01240|
|Seiji Ozawa Hall||Tanglewood Main Grounds 297 West Street, Lenox, MA 01240|
|Trinity Church||88 Walker Street, Lenox, MA 01240|
|Church on the Hill||169 Main Street, Lenox, MA 01240|
|Ventfort Hall||104 Walker Street, Lenox, MA 02140|
50th Anniversary Concert Tickets: $20 – Available in advance at bso.org, at the BSO Box Office, or day-of at the Ozawa Hall Gate.
Young Artists Orchestra Ozawa Hall Tickets: $12 – Available in advance at bso.org, at the BSO Box Office, or day-of at the Ozawa Hall Gate.
All other workshops, recitals, and concerts are free with open seating unless otherwise noted.
All artists and programs are subject to change. Please visit bu.edu/tanglewood for updated schedules.