SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, JULY 2 & 3
MUSICAL FIREWORKS AT MUSIC MOUNTAIN
Spend the 4th of July weekend at America’s oldest continuing summer chamber music festival, Music Mountain in Falls Village, CT as its 87th Anniversary Season continues with the young ensemble Cantata Profana on Sunday, July 3rd (3PM) performing Beethoven and Schubert. Saturday, July 2 (6:30pm) brings Swingtime Big Band back for their ninth season playing the best of the Swing Era! Chamber Music Concerts are $35 at the door/$30 in advance. Twilight Series Concerts are $30 at the door/$27 in advance. Pre-Concert Dinner is $70 and includes admission to Saturday evening concert. Children ages 5-18 are admitted FREE for ALL CONCERTS when accompanied by a ticket holder. Visit www.musicmountain.org or call 860-824-7126.
TUESDAY, JULY 5
TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER FELLOWS PERFORM IN CONCERT TOGETHER
TMC String Quartet]On Wednesday, July 5, the talented young musicians of BSO Music Director Laureate Seiji Ozawa’s Swiss Academy String Quartet Ensemble and the Tanglewood Music Center join together for a program including the first movement from Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat for Strings, Op. 20, and Grieg’s Holberg Suite. The musicians from the Seiji Ozawa International Academy Switzerland will perform string quartet excerpts during the first half of the program. Tickets for the July 5 concert are free and can be reserved at www.tanglewood.org.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 6
TANGLEWOOD BRASS: BOSTON POPS WITH FOUR WORLD-RENOWNED DRUM CORPS
On Wednesday, July 6, the Tanglewood Brass Spectacular! returns for its second year, featuring members of the Boston Pops brass and percussion sections performing a one-of-a-kind concert with four of the world’s best drum corps: the Boston Crusaders, the third oldest drum corps in America; the Rockford, Illinois-based Phantom Regiment; the Bluecoats, from Canton Ohio; and ten-time Drum Corps International World Champions, The Cadets, from Allentown, Pennsylvania.
THURSDAY, JULY 7
JORDI SAVALL, HESPÈRION XXI, AND TEMBEMBE ENSEMBLE CONTINUO
The universally celebrated Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI combine forces with the Mexican folklore ensemble Tembembe Ensamble Continuo on Thursday, July 7, in Ozawa Hall, to offer an intoxicating program of music inspired by the “discovery” of the New World entitled “Folias, Antiguas, and Criollas: From the Ancient to the New World.” A five-person ensemble joins Savall as he explores the connections and interactions among disparate musical traditions ranging from the colonials to the creole, African to indigenous. This program features works by Diego Ortiz and Pedro Guerrero, and colonial and folk music from across South America.
FRIDAY, JULY 8
BSO KICKS OFF 2016 TANGLEWOOD SEASON WITH JOSHUA BELL
The Boston Symphony Orchestra opens its 2016 Tanglewood season on Friday, July 8, at 8 p.m., with an Opening Night at Tanglewood program featuring music by Ravel, Saint-Saëns, and Prokofiev, led by Canadian conductor Jacques Lacombe. The performance features American violinist and Tanglewood favorite Joshua Bell as soloist in Saint-Saëns’s romantic Violin Concerto No. 3. Mr. Lacombe opens the program with Ravel’s raucous and colorfully Spanish-flavored Alborada del gracioso, and closes it with Prokofiev’s popular Symphony No. 5, a work composed in just one month in 1944 and given its American premiere in 1945 by Serge Koussevitzky and the BSO.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, JULY 8-9
CHIARA STRING TRIO IN CHARLEMONT
The Chiara String Quartet (Rebecca Fischer and Hyeyung Julie Yoon, violins; Jonah Sirota, viola; Gregory Beaver, cello) will perform two concerts presented by Mohawk Trail Concerts on July 8 and 9, 2016 at 7:30pm at Federated Church of Charlemont, MA (175 Main St.). Now in its 16th season, the Chiara has adopted a new way of performing: from memory, without printed sheet music. For almost all of the Quartet’s upcoming concerts, they will be performing entirely “by heart.” The Chiara’s performance in Charlemont includes Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major, Bartók’s String Quartet No. 5, and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 12 in E-flat Major, Op. 127 – all performed from memory.
SATURDAY, JULY 9
ASTON MAGNA AT THE MAHAIWE
At the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, Aston Magna presents J.S. Bach, Sacred and Secular on Saturday, July 9th at 8pm. There will be a Pre-concert talk by Artistic Director Daniel Stepner at 7pm. Tickets are $25 Upper Balcony; $40 Side/Rear Orchestra and Mezzanine; $50 Prime Orchestra. The All-Bach program includes his Orchestral Suite No. 3, BWV 1068; Cantata No 12: and Cantata No. 201: The Singing Contest of Phoebus and Pan. Information at http://www.mahaiwe.org
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, JULY 9 & 10
MUSIC MOUNTAIN CONCERTS
Music Mountain, America’s oldest continuing summer chamber music festival in Falls Village, CT, continues its 87th Anniversary Season with a benefit concert on Sunday, July 10 (3pm) featuring legendary pianist Peter Serkin and rising star Julia Hsu performing J.S. Bach: Arr. György Kurtag O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig BWV 656; Brahms: (Arr. Brahms) Sextet in B Flat Major, Opus 18; Mozart: Andante and Variations in G Major, K. 501; and Bizet: Jeux d’Enfants. The dynamic Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks return for another summer playing the best of 1920s and ‘30s jazz on Saturday, July 9 (6:30pm). Chamber Music Concerts are $35 at the door/$30 in advance. Twilight Series Concerts are $30 at the door/$27 in advance. Pre-Concert Dinner is $70 and includes admission to Saturday evening concert. Children ages 5-18 are admitted FREE for ALL CONCERTS when accompanied by a ticket holder. Visit www.musicmountain.org or call 860-824-7126.
SATURDAY, JULY 9
TANGLEWOOD FAMILY CONCERT WITH BOSTON CELLO QUARTET
On Saturday, July 9, at 2:30 p.m., Tanglewood presents its annual Family Concert in Ozawa Hall, featuring the Boston Cello Quartet. The Family Concert provides an engaging and educational concert experience especially for children ages 3-8 and their families.
SATURDAY, JULY 9
JACQUES LACOMBE LEADS THE BSO IN ORFF’S CARMINA BURANA
On Saturday, July 9, at 8 p.m., Mr. Lacombe returns to lead a second consecutive program with the BSO. Debussy’s revolutionary symphonic poem Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun and Ravel’s atmospheric and beautiful Daphnis and Chloe, Suite No. 2, two quintessential French impressionist works that are specialties of the orchestra, open the program. For the second half, Mr. Lacombe and the BSO are joined by soprano Nadine Sierra and tenor Jean-Francis Monvoisin, both making their BSO and Tanglewood debuts, as well as baritone Stephen Powell and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, for the drama and the spectacle of Orff’s rousing Carmina burana.
SUNDAY, JULY 10
BOSTON POPS OPENS ITS 2016 TANGLEWOOD SEASON WITH SETH MACFARLANE
Famed actor, writer, director, and vocalist Seth MacFarlane joins Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra on Sunday, July 10, performing both classics and hidden gems from the Great American Songbook. Although best known as the comedic mastermind behind television shows such as Family Guy, Mr. MacFarlane has a passion for uncovering tunes from America’s rich musical past. Mr. MacFarlane will sing songs including Frank Sinatra’s, “Ol’ Man River,” and the jazz standard “Autumn in New York” from his recent Grammy-nominated album, No One Ever Tells You.
SUNDAY, JULY 10
JACQUES LACOMBE AND TMC CONDUCTING FELLOWS LEAD TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER ORCHESTRA
On Sunday, July 10, at 8 p.m., the instrumental fellows of the TMC come together for the first time in the 2016 season as the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. The program, opens with Bernstein’s On The Town: Three Dance Episodes, led by TMC Conducting Fellow Nuno Coelho, and concludes with Tchaikovsky’s swooning, rhapsodic concert overture Romeo and Juliet, led by Jacques Lacombe. In between, TMC Conducting Fellow Christian Reif leads the orchestra in Schumann’s Symphony No. 3, known as the “Rhenish,” and Mr. Coehlo conducts the TMCO in Rimsky Korsakov’s bright and boisterous Capriccio espagnol.
SUNDAY, JULY 10
MUSIC FROM SALEM IN CAMBRIDGE, NY
Music from Salem Summer concert series begins on Sunday July 10 at 4:00 pm with the opening concert “A Wave Lifted Towards You…” The concert will be performed at Hubbard Hall, 25 East Main St., Cambridge, NY 12816. The suggested ticket price is $25, but Music from Salem (MfS) welcomes all under its “pay what you can” policy. Tickets are available at the door only. For information or reservations contact email@example.com or 518-232-2347.
For the opening concert of Music from Salem’s 30th Anniversary summer season, in the acoustically remarkable Hubbard Hall, artistic directors Lila Brown, viola (former member of the Boston Symphony and the Ensemble Modern of Germany), and Judith Gordon, piano (professor at Smith College and acclaimed collaborative artist), are joined by colleagues including violinist Markus Placci (international soloist), as well as Argentinian cellist, Jan Müller Szeraws and 2016 MfS intern David Rubin, violin, a graduate student at The Boston Conservatory. Eric Thomas, clarinetist extraordinaire, is featured as both performer and composer on this program.
Thomas’s trio shares klezmer/Jewish themes with Prokofiev’s haunting Overture on Hebrew Themes, and the seldom played “Cypresses” by Dvorak; vignettes for string quartet based on Indian love songs. The program closes with Tchaikovsky’s extravagant and passionate piano trio, a feast of soaring melodies and sonorities.
TUESDAY, JULY 12
EMERSON STRING QUARTET PERFORMS HAYDN’S COMPLETE OP. 76
On Tuesday, July 12, at 8 p.m., the Emerson String Quartet returns to Tanglewood and begins a two-part, two-night Ozawa Hall celebration of its 40th anniversary season. For the first performance, the ensemble performs all six of Haydn’s Op. 76 string quartets, composed between 1796 and 1797. Haydn pioneered the string quartet as an artistically significant and influential medium, and Op. 76 is the last completed set of his several seminal collections in the genre, including some of his most advanced, ambitious, and dazzling works.
JULY 13-30 at Mass Moca
BANG ON A CAN
For the 15th year, the Bang on a Can new music collective takes up residence at MASS MoCA, in North Adams, MA, filling the galleries with adventurous contemporary music from July 13-30, 2016.
Envisioned as a musical utopia, the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA brings together 30 young performers and composers from around the world with a faculty made up of members of the esteemed Bang on a Can All-Stars, Bang on a Can co-founders Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, and other stars of the new music world. This year’s special guest composer is 2014 Pulitzer Prize Winner John Luther Adams.
Highlights include an outdoor performance of John Luther Adams’ Ten Thousand Birds on July 28; the Bang on a Can All-Stars in Brian Eno’s ambient classic Music for Airports on July 23; plus a 6-hour Marathon concert featuring more music by John Luther Adams (In a Treeless Place, Only Snow and The Light Within); Steve Reich’s Music For Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ; Julia Wolfe’s raucous Tell Me Everything; and a world premiere by Bang on a Can All-Stars clarinetist Ken Thomson.
The full calendar can be found at: http://bangonacan.org/news_press/bang_on_a_can_summer_music_festival_at_mass_moca_performances_july_13_30
WEDNESDAY, JULY 13
SOPRANO RENÉE FLEMING JOINS EMERSON STRING QUARTET
On Wednesday, July 13, at 8 p.m., legendary American soprano Renée Fleming joins the Emerson String Quartet to continue and conclude its 40th anniversary celebration at Tanglewood. Ms. Fleming takes the stage with the quartet for Berg’s Lyric Suite, which makes use of the 12-tone system devised by Berg’s teacher Schoenberg and yes lives up to its lyrical title, and for the Sonnets by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Op. 52, a work by Berg’s exact contemporary Egon Wellesz that sets translations of Barrett Browning’s poetry by Rilke. Opening the program is Brahms’s Quartet in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2.
THURSDAY, JULY 14
THE KNIGHTS PRESENT “THE TIMES, THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’”
Brooklyn-based chamber orchestra The Knights returns to Ozawa Hall Thursday, July 14, at 8 p.m., for a program entitled “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” named for the famous Bob Dylan song that closes the program. The program also includes Haydn’s Symphony No. 64, Tempora mutantor (a Latin adage that also means “times change”); Gabriel Kahane’s Crane Palimpsest (the composer joins the orchestra on electric guitar, piano, and voice); and jazz staple “The Big Noise from Winnetka,” written by Bob Haggart and Ray Bauduc. Vocalist Christina Courtin, making her Tanglewood debut, joins the Knights for a selection of songs on the program.
FRIDAY, JULY 15
PINCHAS ZUKERMAN LEADS BSO IN ALL-MOZART PROGRAM
Violinist Pinchas Zukerman, a frequent BSO guest over the years and a renowned Mozart performer, joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra once again Friday, July 15, at 8 p.m., as both conductor and soloist for a program devoted entirely to that composer’s music. From the podium, Mr. Zukerman will lead the orchestra in the Haydnesque Symphony No. 25 and one of Mozart’s great, final three symphonies, No. 39 in E-flat. At the heart of the program, he takes up his violin to lead the BSO as soloist in the Violin Concerto—or the second, third, and fourth movements—from the composer’s Serenade in D, K.250, Haffner. For details about the 2016 Tanglewood season, please visit www.tanglewood.org.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, JULY 16 & 17
CONCERTS AT MUSIC MOUNTAIN
America’s oldest continuing summer chamber music festival, Music Mountain, in Falls Village, CT, continues its 87th Anniversary Season with the critically acclaimed Enso String Quartet with guest artist Daniel Epstein, piano performing Beethoven: Quartet in E Flat Major, Opus 74 “Harp”; Schumann: Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, Opus 47; and the Music Mountain premiere of Turina: Serenata, Opus 87on Sunday, July 17 (3PM). Jazz vocalist Joanna Wallfisch sings the sounds of the 1960s on Saturday, July 16 (6:30pm). Chamber Music Concerts are $35 at the door/$30 in advance. Twilight Series Concerts are $30 at the door/$27 in advance. Children ages 5-18 are admitted FREE for ALL CONCERTS when accompanied by a ticket holder. Visit www.musicmountain.org or call 860-824-7126.
SATURDAY, JULY 16
SOPRANO RENÉE FLEMING AND MAESTRO CHRISTOPH VON DOHNÁNYI JOIN THE BSO
On Saturday, July 16, at 8 p.m., revered BSO guest conductor Christoph von Dohnányi returns to Tanglewood, along with celebrated American soprano Renée Fleming, for a performance of Strauss’s powerfully emotional and autumnally beautiful Four Last Songs, the last major piece the composer wrote before his death a year later in 1949. Also on the program are Tchaikovsky’s beloved Symphony No. 6, Pathetiqué—which was also its composer’s final work before death—and Ives’s atmospheric and ruminative The Unanswered Question, perhaps his most popular work. Ms. Fleming made her BSO debut at Tanglewood 25 years ago, on July 13, 1991, performing Mozart’s Idomeneo with the BSO and Seiji Ozawa.
SUNDAY, JULY 17
YUJA WANG IN RAVEL’S PIANO CONCERTO IN G AND GERSHWIN’S RHAPSODY IN BLUE
Spanish conductor Gustavo Gimeno makes both his BSO and Tanglewood debuts on Sunday, July 17, at 2:30 p.m., leading the orchestra in Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1, Classical—a work that was inspired by and intended as a tribute to Haydn, and which is one of the earliest pieces in the so-called neoclassical style that became popular in the first half of the 20th century—and the suite from Stravinsky’s breakthrough early ballet, The Firebird. Brilliant Chinese pianist Yuja Wang joins Mr. Gimeno and the BSO for two heavily jazz-influenced works: Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, at turns breathless and beautiful, and Gershwin’s infectious and well-known Rhapsody in Blue.
SUNDAY, JULY 17
BOS MUSICIANS AT VENTFORT HALL IN LENOX
“An Evening of Duos” headlines the program to be performed by violist Michael Zaretsky and violinist Victor Romanul, both members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum on Sunday, July 17 at 7:00 pm.
The program will consist of the following works: Sonata for two violins No. V in e minor by Jean-Marie Leclair; Duo for two violins in D major, Opus 67, No. 2 by Louis Spohr; Duo for violin and viola No. 1 in G major, K. 423 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Three Madrigals for violin and viola by Bohuslav Martinu. Tickets for the concert are $20. Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited. For information or reservations call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org. The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.
SUNDAY, JULY 17
MUSIC FROM SALEM AT HUBBARD HALL IN CAMBRDIGE, NY
Music from Salem’s Summer concert series continues on Sunday July 17 at 4:00 p.m with the program The Unbroken Message…From the Silence. The concert is at Hubbard Hall, 25 East Main St., Cambridge, NY 12816. The suggested ticket price is $25, but Music from Salem (MfS) welcomes all under its “pay what you can” policy. Tickets are available at the door only. For information or reservations contact email@example.com or 518-232-2347.
With this concert Music from Salem offers a rich palette of baroque and romantic works from Italy and France. The program includes Boston’s treasured oboist Peggy Pearson offering Bach on the oboe d’amore; a delightful trio by Luigi Boccherini; and the luscious and operatic piano quartet by the French romantic composer Ernest Chausson.
MONDAY, JULY 18
CHRISTOPH VON DOHNÁNYI LEADS THE TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER ORCHESTRA (Ozawa Hall)
The Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra gives its second performance of the season in Ozawa Hall, Monday, July 18, at 8 p.m., led by eminent conductor Christoph von Dohnányiand TMC Conducting Fellows Christian Reif and Nuno Coehlo. BSO associate principal horn Richard Sebringis featured in two works—“Siegfried’s Rhine Journey” from Wagner’s Götterdämmerung, the final installment in the composer’s Ring cycle (led by Mr. Reif), and as soloist in Strauss’s Horn Concerto No. 1 (led by Mr. Coehlo). The program concludes with Beethoven’s epochal Symphony No. 3, Eroica, led by Mr. von Dohnányi.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20
ALL-STAR CHAMBER MUSIC PERFORMANCE
On Wednesday, July 20, at 8 p.m., oboist François Leleux(in his Tanglewood debut), pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Lisa Batiashvili, violist Kim Kashkashian, and cellist Lynn Harrell—all internationally distinguished soloists in their own right—join forces for a chamber recital of works by Saint-Saëns, Mozart, Debussy, and Britten. Saint-Saëns’s Oboe Sonata in D, Op. 166, opens the program, which also includes two works by Mozart—duets from The Magic Flute, for oboe and violin, and the Oboe Quartet in F, K.370. Also on the program are two works from the 20th century: Debussy’s Violin Sonata in G minor and Britten’s Phantasy, Op. 2 for oboe, violin, viola, and cello.
THURSDAY, JULY 21-MONDAY, JULY 25
2016 FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
Tanglewood’s 2016 Festival of Contemporary Music, July 21-25, honors the memory of Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Steven Stucky, who passed away in February, and who planned and programmed the 2016 Festival in his role as director. Performance listings are in PDF form. Mr. Stucky described his approach to programming:“There are family trees, lineages, speaking across the generations to bring us the solace of tradition and continuity, but leavened too by the spark of innovation,” said Mr. Stucky. “Running throughout these programs are connections both personal and artistic. First, Messiaen taught Boulez, then both George Benjamin and the late, beloved Jonathan Harvey, whom we memorialize with his gorgeous Song Offerings for soprano and chamber ensemble. Second, a tight-knit group of friends—including Salonen, Lindberg, Hillborg, and me—have mutually influenced and supported one another for years, and we share a number of concerns in common. Meanwhile, Lutosławski was a chief mentor and father-figure to Salonen, Lindberg, and me, and an important presence too in Joseph Phibbs’s music; and in turn both Salonen and I have also mentored Phibbs, as has Tanglewood’s own Colin Matthews. Matthews, Benjamin, and Donald Crockett have all taught Elizabeth Ogonek.”
FRIDAY, JULY 22
MAESTRO SIR ANDREW DAVIS AND VIOLINIST LISA BATIASHVILI JOIN THE BSO
On Friday, July 22, at 8 p.m., English conductor Sir Andrew Davis—currently music director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and chief conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra—returns to the Shed stage for the first time since 2008. To open the program, he leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Vaughan Williams’s haunting Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, inspired by a melody by the great English Renaissance composer. Renowned Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili joins the orchestra for Dvořák’s Violin Concerto, and Maestro Davis and the BSO close the program with Sibelius’s soaring Symphony No. 5, written in 1915 on commission from the Finnish government in celebration of the composer’s 50th birthday and subsequently revised in 1916 and 1919.
For more information and to order tickets, visit www.tanglewood.org.
SATURDAY, JULY 23 AND SUNDAY, JULY 24
MUSIC MOUNTAIN WELCOMES JAZZ PIANIST DAN TEPFER AND AVALON STRING QUARTET
The Avalon String Quartet and guest artist Soyeon Kate Lee, piano, will perform a special program highlighting Haydn, Janacek, and Faure on Sunday, July 24 (3PM). The weekend begins on Saturday, July 23 (6:30PM) with Jazz Factory jazz pianist Dan Tepfer offering his remarkable Goldberg Variations. Sunday the Avalon offers select pieces that are being performed for only the second and third time at Music Mountain: Haydn: String Quartet in G Minor, Opus 20 # 3; Janacek: String Quartet # 2: Intimate Letters;” and Faure: Piano Quartet # 2 in G minor, Opus 45. For a complete summer schedule, special ticket prices, and to download a ticket order form visit www.musicmountain.org or call 860-824-7126.
SATURDAY, JULY 23
GARRICK OHLSSON PERFORMS TCHAIKOVSKY’S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1
Spanish maestro Juanjo Mena, chief conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, begins a two-night stint leading the BSO on Saturday July 23 and Sunday, July 23, at 8 p.m. To begin the concert on July 23, Mr. Mena is joined by American pianist and frequent BSO and Tanglewood guest Garrick Ohlsson for Tchaikovsky’s rhapsodic and beloved Piano Concerto No. 1. Spanish soprano Raquel Lojendio, making her BSO debut, joins the orchestra for the second half of the program, featuring Falla’s complete The Three-cornered Hat, a ballet based on Pedro Antonio comic novella, El sombrero de tres picos. Falla wrote the score in 1919 for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, the impresario and company that were responsible for commissioning many of the 20th century’s greatest ballet music.
SUNDAY, JULY 24
JUANJO MENA LEADS THE BSO IN BEETHOVEN, GINASTERA, AND MOZART
On Sunday, July 24, at 2:30 p.m., 27-year-old German violinist Veronika Eberle makes her BSO and Tanglewood debuts with Maestro Mena and the orchestra in a performance of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4, written 1775, when the composer was just 19 years old. Also on the program is Beethoven’s ever-popular Symphony No. 6, Pastoral, and Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera’s Variaciones concertantes—a theme and 11 variations in which the composer wrote that all of the instruments are treated “solistically”—performed to mark the 100th anniversary of Ginastera’s birth.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27
CHANTICLEER PERFORMS LUNAR-INSPIRED MUSIC IN OVER THE MOON
On Wednesday, July 27, at 8 p.m., the San Francisco-based all-male a cappella ensemble Chanticleer returns to Ozawa Hall. Over the Moon, Chanticleer’s lunar-inspired program, features early works by Monteverdi, Orlando di Lasso, Josquin des Prez, and Robert Parsons; more romantic yearnings by Elgar and Mahler; and contemporary works by composers such as Jakko Mäntyjärvi, Stephen Paulus, and Mason Bates. Over the Moon also includes treatments of jazz standards by Henry Mancini and Bart Howard, as well as more recent songs by Elbow and others.
THURSDAY, JULY 28
DANISH STRING QUARTET PERFORMS BEETHOVEN, MENDELSSOHN, AND NØRGÅRD
The Danish String Quartet makes its Tanglewood debut with a Thursday, July 28, performance at 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall. The concert begins with Danish contemporary composer Per Nørgård’s Quartet No. 1, Quartetto breve, a 1952 work which Nørgård explained “has a firm root in the Nordic tradition and is strongly inspired by Jean Sibelius and my teacher Vagn Holmboe.” Also on the program are Mendelssohn’s Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13, and Beethoven’s Quartet No. 12 in E-flat, Op. 127, from 1825, one of the composer’s legendary co-called “late quartets,” which took the string quartet medium to new artistic heights.