Tanglewood, the famed summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, quietly offers a range of special ticket deals and discounts every year, though with little fanfare. For the 2016 season, June 17-September 3, 2016 we have found a dozen special savings opportunities.
For an extensive overview of the coming season, read our highlights story.
For the complete calendar of events at Tanglewood visit our day by day schedule.
1. The first place to check is the half-tix booths located in Pittsfield, Great Barrington, Lenox and North Adams. They operate throughout the Tanglewood season and offer many other cultural attractions as well. Check out the details here.
2. Tanglewood’s Free Lawn Tickets for Children and Young People Program provides free lawn seating to children and young adults age 17 and under at BSO and Boston Pops concerts. Up to four free children’s tickets are available per parent/legal guardian per concert at the Tanglewood Box Office the day of the concert; all concert attendees must have a ticket. This free lawn ticket policy does not apply to organized groups of children. For Popular Artist concerts, free lawn tickets are only available for children under 2.
3. The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s popular “20 under 40” ticket program will once again be available on a first-come, first-served basis for BSO and Boston Pops concerts at Tanglewood. Concert-goers may choose as many dates as they like, with a limit of one pair of tickets per concert. The program does not apply to organized groups, and some blackout dates apply. The 2016 Tanglewood $20 Under 40 ticket program is supported by a generous gift from the Pumpkin Foundation/Joe and Carol Reich. Further details can be found at www.tanglewood.org.
4. 50% Student Discount – Lawn tickets for Friday-evening BSO concerts are available at half-off for college and graduate students, 18 and over, with a student ID. Students must purchase tickets in person at the Main Box Office on the night of the performance. Regular prices for lawn tickets for Friday-evening BSO concerts range from $11-$22.
5. The $100 Berkshire Resident Season Lawn Pass can be purchased by year-round Berkshire County residents and allows lawn admission to all BSO and Boston Pops concerts that take place during the 2016 Tanglewood season. Patrons with a valid Massachusetts license can purchase this photo ID pass at the Tanglewood Main Gate Box Office beginning June 15. The Berkshire Resident Season Lawn Pass is not valid for Popular Artists and A Prairie Home Companion.
6. The Tanglewood Grass Pass allows patrons lawn admission to all classical concerts that take place during the 2016 Tanglewood season, including Boston Symphony Orchestra performances, Boston Pops concerts, and Tanglewood on Parade on August 2. The Grass Pass, priced at $225, is a non-transferable photo ID pass that must be purchased in person at the Tanglewood Main Gate Box Office beginning June 15. The Grass Pass is not valid for Popular Artists and A Prairie Home Companion.
7. Lawn Pass Books, which include 11 undated lawn tickets, provide patrons flexibility when planning which concerts to attend throughout the summer. The tickets are valid for all regular and specially priced BSO concerts and Pops concerts in the Koussevitzky Music Shed, as well as performances in Ozawa Hall. Lawn Pass books are available for $180 through June 25, and $190 after June 25. Lawn tickets for BSO and Pops concerts are individually priced from $11-$24. Tickets in the Lawn Pass Book are not valid for Popular Artists and A Prairie Home Companion.
8. The Festival of Contemporary Music, dedicated to the memory of its late creator and curator Steven Stucky, takes place July 21-25, at Ozawa Hall. The FCM Pass allows general admission to five Festival performances and includes one lawn ticket to the July 25 concert at 8 p.m. The Festival of Contemporary Music Pass is available for $40. Tickets for the Festival of Contemporary Music concerts on July 21-24 are individually priced at $12, and lawn tickets for the July 25 concert also cost $12.
9. An especially good deal is available for the Saturday-morning rehearsals which take place at 10:30 a.m. throughout the Tanglewood season, with ticket prices ranging from $13-$33; rehearsals take place on July 9, 16, 23, and 30, and August 6, 13, 20, and 27. Rehearsals provide an inside view of the final preparations before a performance and give patrons an opportunity to see the conductor, soloists, and orchestra work together in an informal setting, as well as learn more about the program through pre-rehearsal talks. The pre-rehearsal talks—free to rehearsal ticket-holders—begin at 9:30 a.m. and are presented by Marc Mandel, Director of Program Publications, and Robert Kirzinger, Assistant Director of Program Publications—Editorial. Saturday-morning rehearsal Shed seats are reserved/ticketed seating only. Tickets range from $13-$33 and can be purchased at the Tanglewood Box Office, online at www.tanglewood.org, or through SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200. Subscription packages are also available and provide a 15% discount off the regular ticket price; a minimum of four Rehearsals must be selected.
10. The popular Date Night program, launched in 2014, returns to Tanglewood this season for five BSO Friday-night concerts on July 15, 22, and 29, and August 5 and 19. A $150 package includes a pre-concert dinner for two at Highwood Manor House and two premium tickets in the Shed; a $100 package includes two lawn tickets and two lawn chairs, plus a pre-concert dinner at Highwood. Both packages include a complimentary tour of the Tanglewood grounds. Tickets for a Date Night at Tanglewood are available by visiting www.tanglewood.org or by calling 888-266-1200.
11. Tanglewood again offers a ticket deal with the Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA. This $55 package includes two Tanglewood lawn tickets and two Clark museum admission tickets. The Clark’s collection features European and American paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and decorative arts from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. The collection also focuses on French Impressionist and Academic paintings, and the work of American artists Winslow Homer, George Inness, and John Singer Sargent. For more information on the Clark, visit clarkart.edu. Tanglewood lawn tickets are not valid for Popular Artists. More details can be found at www.tanglewood.org.
12. In partnership with Norman Rockwell Museum, Tanglewood offers a $60 package that includes two museum admission tickets and two Tanglewood lawn tickets. Norman Rockwell Museum houses the world’s largest and most significant collection of original Rockwell art and presents the works of contemporary and past masters of illustration. Tickets for this promotion must be picked up at the Tanglewood Box Office Will Call window before visiting Norman Rockwell Museum, located four miles south on Route 183. Tanglewood lawn tickets are not valid for Popular Artists. Visit www.tanglewood.org for blackout dates and www.nrm.org for more information.
Bonus: Yoga on the lawn. After a successful launch last summer, Tanglewood teams up with the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health once again to offer hour-long yoga classes on the lawn near the Tanglewood Visitor Center. These weekly classes will be led by accredited Kripalu teachers from 10:15-11:15 a.m. on Saturday mornings (weather permitting), and are offered at no charge to Saturday-morning rehearsal ticket-holders on July 9, 16, 23, and 30, and August 6, 13, 20, and 27.
—The Fine Print—
Blackout dates for all ticket deals include Dolly Parton (June 17), Earth, Wind & Fire (June 18), Brian Wilson (July 19), Jackson Browne (June 21), A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor (June 25), A Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration featuring Warren Haynes with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops (July 1), Bob Dylan with Mavis Staples (July 2), James Taylor (July 3 & 4), Train with Andy Grammer (August 23), Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! (September 1), and any other Popular Artist event. For Popular Artists concerts, free lawn tickets are only available for children under age 2.
TICKET INFORMATION IN BRIEF AND SEASON DATES
Tanglewood’s 2016 season opens on Friday, June 17 and closes Saturday, September 3. Regular season tickets, priced from $11 to $124, are available through Tanglewood’s website, http://www.tanglewood.org, through SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200, at the Symphony Hall Box Office at 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston MA, and, beginning Wednesday, June 15, at the Tanglewood Box Office at Tanglewood’s Main Gate on West Street in Lenox, MA. $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. In addition, Tanglewood continues to offer free lawn tickets to young people age 17 and under, 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 place July 4. A 50% discount on Friday-evening lawn tickets is available to college and graduate students 18 and over with a student ID. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Main Box Office, only on the night of the performance.