The 2017 Tanglewood season will run from June 18 to the Labor Day Weekend, offering Berkshire visitors an exceptional lineup of performances and musical activities. Especially noteworthy is that there will be ten programs led by Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director Andris Nelsons. There are also several new initiatives designed to give patrons a wide spectrum of musical, entertainment, and educational activities, including some to enjoy before and after selected performances throughout the summer. Weekly highlights of the coming Summer follow the text of their announcement.
In his most significant commitment yet to Tanglewood, Mr. Nelsons will lead both the opening and closing BSO concerts, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, and Beethoven Symphony No. 9; Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with Kristine Opolais; an opera gala with Ms. Opolais and Dmitri Hvorostovsky performing excerpts from Simon Boccanegra, La traviata, and Eugene Onegin; the world premiere of John Williams’s Markings with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter; and the first-ever BSO and festival concert performance of the complete Das Rheingold, a tour de force milestone in the history of the festival. Mr. Nelsons will also conduct the Boston Pops Orchestra for the first time, sharing the podium for Film Night with John Williams. Also new to Tanglewood in 2017, highly acclaimed composer/conductor/pianist Thomas Adès will make his first Tanglewood appearances as BSO Artistic Partner, leading orchestral concerts, performing as pianist with the Emerson Quartet, and working closely with the Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s acclaimed summer music academy.
Ihe 2017 Tanglewood season will launch new initiatives designed to give visitors a variety of activities to enjoy during pre- and post-concert hours around the BSO’s weekend performances, as well as a concert series to take place off-campus beyond the Tanglewood grounds, offering music lovers a new and different way to enjoy the festival’s musical offerings.
For example, on Sunday afternoons visitors will find new activities both before and after Sunday-afternoon BSO concerts (2:30 p.m.), starting when the gates open at noon. Though specific details of these programs will be announced at a later date, the Sunday-afternoon offerings are expected to include such activities as lectures and musical demonstrations for all ages, sing-alongs, food and wine tastings, face painting, yoga and Qigong, and games for children and families. Since many of the activities take place throughout the Tanglewood campus, visitors will be encouraged to spend more time enjoying and touring the Festival’s iconic grounds and buildings.
Tanglewood and Mass Audubon join together to present Tanglewood Takes Flight: A Celebration of Birds and Music. For this, Mass Audubon will bring a new dimension to the activity of bird walks by partnering the walks with live performances, including music from Messiaen’s Catalogue of the Birds, a monumental series of 13 piano pieces portraying the birds of Europe, to be performed by Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Piano Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center at both Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and Tanglewood (7/27-30).
]Along with these new programs, visitors to Tanglewood in 2017 will have many opportunities to enjoy the treasured traditions of the festival, including weekly concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and performances by the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Music Center orchestras; a lineup of extraordinary BSO guest artists, featuring some of the world’s most cherished musicians widely known to Tanglewood audiences, as well as new talents making their first appearances at the festival; chamber music and recital programs spotlighting today’s most sought-after artists in the intimate atmosphere of Ozawa Hall; weekly performances by the young Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s prestigious summer music academy, including the 2017 Festival of Contemporary Music; and a Popular Artist series sure to inspire music fans near and far to come hear their favorite musicians perform at the iconic festival. In addition, Tanglewood continues to offer many free and discounted ticket and educational programs, including free tickets for patrons 17 and younger, as well as a wide variety of café and fine dining options, and free tours of Tanglewood’s expansive grounds and famous performance spaces.
One of the premier summer music festivals in the world and summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1937, Tanglewood is located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills, between Stockbridge and Lenox, Massachusetts. Tickets for the 2017 Tanglewood season, $12-$124, are available through Tanglewood’s website, http://www.tanglewood.org, SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200, and at the Symphony Hall Box Office at 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston MA.
2017 TANGLEWOOD SEASON WEEK-BY-WEEK PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS
On Sunday, June 18, at 8 p.m., Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops bring Jaws to life, performing John Williams’s Academy Award-winning score live in sync with the iconic movie. Directed by Steve Spielberg, Jaws is one of the original summer blockbuster movies.
Following a one-year hiatus from Tanglewood, Mark Morrisand the Mark Morris Dance Group return to Ozawa Hall Wednesday, June 28, and Thursday, June 29, for a program marking the centennial of the revered American composer Lou Harrison (1917-2003). Performed in collaboration with Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, Lou 100: In Honor of the Divine Mr. Harrison will feature four works choreographed by Mark Morris to Harrison’s music: Pacific, set to the third and fourth movements of the Trio for violin, cello, and piano; Serenade, set to the Serenade for guitar and percussion; a new work by Mr. Morris set to Varied Trio for violin, piano, and percussion; and Grand Duo, set to Grand Duo for violin and piano.
On Wednesday, July 5, Apollo’s Fire: The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra returns for a second visit to Tanglewood, this time bringing its distinctive take on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Conductor/harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell and the orchestra present The Four Seasons as the revolutionary creations of musical storytelling they were meant to be—illustrating the naturalistic effects along the way, so that Vivaldi’s pictorial descriptions come to life. The orchestra will also perform Vivaldi’s Concerto in G minor for two cellos, strings, and continuo, and Dall’Abaco’s Concerto in E minor, “per più strumenti,” Op. 5, No. 3.
The six-part Schubert’s Summer Journey series of concerts kicks off on Thursday, July 6, with pianists Emanuel Ax, Peter Serkin, and Julia Hsu (in her Tanglewood debut), along with BSO principals William R. Hudgins (clarinet) and James Sommerville(horn) and Tanglewood Music Center Vocal Fellows. Program 1 of the series features an all-Schubert program featuring works from the final year before his death in November 1828, including The Shepherd on the Rock, D.965, for soprano, clarinet, and piano, believed to be the last song he composed; and Auf dem Strom, D.943, for piano, French horn, and piano. The program also includes a selection of part-songs with piano with Tanglewood Music Center Vocal Fellows, and three works for piano four-hands, performed by Peter Serkin and Julia Hsu: Lebensstürme, D.947; Variations in B minor, D.823; and Rondo in A, D.951, Schubert’s final work for piano-four hands.
WEEK 1, JULY 7-13
Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra open their 2017 Tanglewood season Friday, July 7, with a gala performance of Mahler’s grand, deeply emotional, and ultimately triumphant Symphony No. 2, Resurrection. Soprano Malin Christensson (in her Tanglewood debut) and mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink join Mr. Nelsons and the orchestra, along with the all-volunteer Tanglewood Festival Chorus.Mr. Nelsons returns to the podium for his second concert of the season on Sunday, July 9, for an afternoon program featuring 15-year-old Swedish violinist Daniel Lozakovich in his BSO and Tanglewood debuts performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5, and Mr. Nelsons’ second Mahler symphony of the weekend—Symphony No. 4 featuring soprano Kristine Opolais.
On Saturday, July 8, Tanglewood presents the symphonic Sondheim on Sondheim with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops. Sondheim on Sondheim is a retrospective of the life and work of America’s finest contemporary musical theater creator told through his own words via film, live performers, and his music. These performances—directed by Sarna Lapine and featuring a cast of vocalists including Philip Boykin, Carmen Cusak, Gabriel Ebert, and Lisa Howard—will include lush new arrangements for full orchestra, performed for the first time.
The Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra kicks off its 2017 season under the direction of Andris Nelsons on Monday, July 10. The performance features Swedish trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger, one of Mr. Nelsons’ closest artistic collaborators, and Thomas Rolfs, BSO principal trumpet and a former TMC Fellow. Highlighting the program are two concertos written for Mr. Hardenberger by acclaimed English composer Mark-Anthony Turnage. Mr. Hardenberger is soloist in the 2004 concerto From the Wreckage, an emotional journey transporting listeners from a spiky introduction to the calm plateau of its final resolution. Hardenberger is joined by Thomas Rolfs for Turnage’s 1995 double trumpet concerto Dispelling the Fears. Mark-Anthony Turnage’s music has been performed frequently at Tanglewood since he was a TMC Fellow in 1983. Also on the program is Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1, Classical, and Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements.
Russian pianist Daniil Trifinov performs the music of Schumann, Shostakovich, and Stravinsky in Ozawa Hall on Wednesday, July 12. Mr. Trifinov opens the program with three works by Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op. 15 (“Scenes from Childhood”), Toccata, and Kreisleriana, written in only four days in 1838. He’ll also perform selections from Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues—a collection of short pieces, one written in every major and minor key—and Stravinsky’s Three Movements from Petrushka, an arrangement of music from the ballet for solo piano.
Brooklyn-based chamber orchestra The Knights, led by conductor Eric Jacobsen, are joined by violinist Jennifer Koh, Musical America’s2016 Artist of the Year, on Thursday, July 13, in Ozawa Hall. The ensemble performs Purcell’s Fantasia upon One Note, John Adams’ Common Tones in Simple Time, a new work for violin and chamber orchestra by Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer (co-commissioned by the BSO), and Mozart’s Symphony No. 40.
WEEK 2, JULY 14-20
Andris Nelsons leads the orchestra in three performances over the BSO’s second weekend at Tanglewood, Friday, July 14-Sunday, July 16. Mr. Nelsons opens the weekend on Friday, July 14, with performances of two pieces written as an homage to French Baroque composer François Couperin, composed nearly 90 years apart: Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin and BSO Artist Partner Thomas Adès’s Three Studies from Couperin. Also on the program is Haydn’s Symphony No. 83, La Poule(“The Hen”), last performed by the BSO in 1990, and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K.467, featuring Russian pianist Daniil Trifinov.
On Saturday, July 15, Maestro Nelsons leads the BSO in one of the great highlights of the 2017 Tanglewood season: the festival’s first-ever complete concert performance of Wagner’s epic Das Rheingold, the first of the four dramas from Wagner’s masterpiece Der Ring des Nibelungen. The performance features a cast of all-star vocal soloists among the most respected for these roles, including bass-baritone Thomas J. Mayer as Wotan (in his BSO and Tanglewood debuts); mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly as Fricka; tenor Kim Begley as Loge (BSO and Tanglewood debuts); and baritone Jochen Schmeckenbecher (BSO and Tanglewood debuts) as Alberich, along with other prestigious singers known for their expertise performing Wagner’s music. The performance of Das Rheingold—sung in German with English subtitles—will run without an intermission.
Closing out the weekend on Sunday, July 16, Andris Nelsons and the BSO are joined by violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter for the world premiere of Boston Pops Conductor Laureate John Williams’ Markings, for solo violin, strings, and harp. Ms. Mutter also joins the orchestra for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, one of the most popular concertos for the instrument. Berlioz’s dazzling Symphonie fantastique completes the program.
Conductor Stefan Asbury and TMC Conducting Fellows lead the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in Ozawa Hall on Monday, July 17, in a program including the turbulent Brahms Tragic Overture and Elgar’s majestic Symphony No. 1.
On Wednesday, July 19, the Emerson String Quartet returns to Ozawa Hall for the first of two programs. Accompanied by an ensemble of seven actors, including David Strathairn and Jay O. Sanders, the Emerson Quartet presents “The Black Monk: Shostakovich, Stalin, and the Dread of a Second Chance—a Russian Fantasy.” The program, written and directed by James Glossman, weaves the tale of Dmitri Shostakovich’s 50-year obsessive quest to create an opera from The Black Monk, Chekhov’s theatrical chamber masterpiece and love, art, madness, and freedom. Through music—including a complete performance of Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 14—supported by actors and multimedia projections, we see Shostakovich himself trying over decades to retell Chekhov’s haunting and heroic story of a writer struggling for his sanity, only to be sidetracked again and again by the composer’s own struggle to survive as an artist amid the ever-changing imperatives of Stalin’s Soviet state.
For the second program in the Schubert’s Summer Journey concert series on Thursday, July 20, in Ozawa Hall, Thomas Adès and Italian baritone Andrè Schuen, in his U.S. debut, open the program with five night-inspired songs by Schubert—“Auf der Bruck,” D.853 (“At the Bruck”); “Der Wanderer an den Mond,” D.870 (“The Wanderer Speaks to the Moon”); “Nachtstück,” D.672 (“Nocturne”); “Wanderers Nachtlied II,” D.768 (“Wanderer’s Nightsong”); and “Willkommen und Abschied,” D.767 (“Welcome and Farewell”). As the centerpiece of the program, the Emerson String Quartet performs Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Shroud for string quartet, a rather personal work for the composer, with the first and fifth movements memorializing two of his close friends, Christopher Mills and Dag Jiggens. The middle three movements, which are lighter in tone, are dedicated to the Emerson Quartet. Closing the program, Mr. Adès and bassist Harold Robinsonjoin the Emerson Quartet for Schubert’s surpassingly tuneful Trout Quintet for piano and strings, D. 667, which the composer completed when he was just 22 years old and which remains one of the most familiar works in the chamber-music repertoire.
WEEK 3, JULY 21-27
Captivating French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins the BSO and conductor Gustavo Gimeno—who returns to the Tanglewood podium after making his debut with the orchestra last summer—for Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety, a piece dedicated to Serge Koussevitzky and premiered by the BSO in 1949. Mr. Gimeno also leads the BSO in Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.
BSO Artistic Partner Thomas Adès opens the Saturday, July 22 BSO program leading his own …but all shall be well, a piece inspired by lines from T.S. Eliot’s quotation of Julian of Norwich in Four Quartets: “Sin is Behovely, but All shall be well, and All manner of thing shall be well.” The program also features Emanuel Ax in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor, the last and most monumental of Beethoven’s concertos; as well as the dramatically expressive Sinfonia da Requiem by Benjamin Britten, a composer for whom Mr. Adès has a great affinity.
On Sunday, July 22, BSO Assistant Conductor Ken-David Masur is joined by Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky for Prokofiev’s sparkling Piano Concerto No. 3. Mr. Masur opens the afternoon program with Aaron Jay Kernis’s airy and moving Musica Celestis (“Heavenly Music”), written by the Grawemeyer Award-winning composer in 2000. Closing the concert is Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2, Little Russian.
Composer, pianist, conductor, and teacher Thomas Adèsjoins forces with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and TMC Conducting Fellows on Monday, July 24, in Ozawa Hall. The first work on the program is Benjamin Britten’s Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from Peter Grimes, an opera commissioned by the legendary Serge Koussevitzky and premiered by the Tanglewood Music Center under the direction of Leonard Bernstein in 1946. Mr. Adès then leads the TMCO in his own composition, Polaris, a work exploring the imagery of the cosmos and its relation to nautical navigation. The program also features two works by Jean Sibelius: the enigmatic tone poem The Bard, and his Symphony No. 7, the composer’s last extant symphony.
On Wednesday, July 26, the world-renowned Takács Quartet returns to Tanglewood for the first time since 1997 for a recital program featuring music by Haydn, Beethoven, and Elgar. Tanglewood 2017 Koussevitzky Artist Garrick Ohlsson, making his first appearance of the season, joins the quartet for Elgar’s Piano Quintet to close the program. The Takács Quartet also performs Haydn’s String Quartet No. 27 and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 13.
As part of Tanglewood’s collaboration with the Mass Audubon, pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs a fascinating centuries-spanning program that explores the many recreations of birdsong in music by a diverse range of composers from the Baroque to the present day, including Daquin, Schumann, Ravel, Bartók, and Julian Anderson. The centerpiece of the concert will be a selection of movements from Messiaen’s Catalogue of the Birds, interspersed with electronic works by French composer Bernard Fort incorporating the same bird calls. The program will be preceded by a “Birds at Dusk” session on the Tanglewood Grounds with a Mass Audubon ornithologist Wayne Petersen.
WEEK 4, JULY 28-AUGUST 3
Conductor Charles Dutoit leads the BSO in two programs on Friday, July 28, and Saturday, July 28. On Friday, Mr. Dutoit is joined by pianist Yefim Bronfman for Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2, one of the composer’s most barnstorming, free-spirited works. The BSO opens the program with the Overture to Beethoven’s The Creatures of Prometheus. Mr. Dutoit also leads the orchestra in Dvorak’s New World Symphony.
On Saturday, Mr. Dutoit is joined by Pierre-Laurent Aimardfor Ravel’s Piano Concerto 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. Mr. Dutoit also leads the BSO in two works by Berlioz: the Overture to Benvenuto Cellini, and the composer’s monumental Te Deum, featuring tenor Paul Groves and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.
Violinist Pinchas Zukerman returns to Tanglewood on Sunday, July 30, for a performance of Beethoven’s lyrical Violin Concerto with the BSO and English conductor Bramwell Tovey. Mr. Tovey and the BSO are then joined by bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus for Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast. An incredibly ambitious oratorio written for a large-scale orchestra including two brass bands along with the baritone soloist and chorus, the work is one of the composer’s most celebrated compositions.
One of the festival’s most beloved traditions, the ever-popular Tanglewood on Parade takes place this year on Tuesday, August 1, offering audiences a full day of musical activities for the entire family, culminating in an 8 p.m. concert in the Shed featuring all of the festival’s orchestras performing in a single concert. Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart and Pops Laureate John Williams, along with conductors Charles Dutoit, Bramwell Tovey, and BSO Assistant Conductor Moritz Gnann lead the BSO, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in a program of works including Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man; Copland’s Piano Concerto, featuring 2017 Koussevitzky Artist Garrick Ohlsson; the suite from Kodály’s Háry János; the Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Oveture; and music from John Williams’ scores to Jurassic Park, Minority Report, and Jaws. The traditional Tanglewood on Parade finale, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, closes the concert, followed by fireworks over the Stockbridge bowl.
On Thursday, August 3, Schubert’s Summer Journey continues with a recital performance featuring Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Colin Jacobson, and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, a former Tanglewood Music Center Fellow. Mr. Ax and Ms. Barton open the program with four songs from Schubert’s teenage years: “Der Konig in Thule,” D.367; “Gretchen am Spinnrade,” D.118; “Schäfers Klagelied”, D.121; and “Rastlose Liebe”, D.138. Ms. Barton also joins Mr. Jacobsen, Mr. Ma, and Mr. Ax for the world premiere of a new work for mezzo soprano and piano trio, written by Colin Jacobson based on the poetry of Lydia Barker. Also on the program is Schubert’s Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat and Sonatina No. 3 in G minor for violin and piano, another early work from the composer.
WEEK 5, AUGUST 4-AUGUST 9
On Friday, August 4, and Saturday, August 5, 2017 Koussevitzky Artist Garrick Ohlsson joins conductor Hans Graf and the BSO for performances featuring Chopin’s two piano concertos. On Friday, August 4, Mr. Ohlsson performs Chopin’s First Piano Concerto, written shortly after the composer finished conservatory. Maestro Graf also leads the BSO in Rachmaninoff’s melancholic Symphony No. 3, the composer’s final work in the genre, written almost 30 years after his second.
On Saturday, August 5, Mr. Ohlsson returns to perform Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto with the BSO, a virtuosic and remarkably successful work considering it was written when the composer was still a student and just 20 years old. The second half of the program features one of the best-known musical works inspired by Shakespeare—Mendelssohn’s incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream—in a specially designed production adapted by stage director Bill Barclay, which received its world premiere with the BSO at Symphony Hall in Boston in early 2016 as part of the BSO’s three-week Shakespeare celebration honoring the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. Mr. Graf and the orchestra are joined for this performance by soprano Kiera Duffy, mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer, and singers from the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Chorus, as well as four actors, including Will Lyman as Oberon; Karen MacDonald as Titania; and Carson Elrod as Felix Mendelssohn/Puck. The costumed actors will perform various passages from A Midsummer Night’s Dream interspersed throughout the performance, as prescribed in Mendelssohn’s score, with costumes by Kathleen Doyle and sets by Cristina Todesco.
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma returns to the Shed on Sunday, August 6, with revered German conductor Christoph von Dohnányi on a program featuring two works by Schumann—the free-flowing and adventurous Cello Concerto, featuring Mr. Ma, and the elevating Symphony No. 2 in C, the longest of the composer’s four symphonies. The afternoon concert opens with Mozart’s Symphony No. 25, last performed by the BSO at Tanglewood in 2000.
Garrick Ohlsson presents the fourth program in the Schubert’s Summer Journey series on Tuesday, August 8, bookending his Ozawa Hall recital with two of the composer’s sonatas, Sonata No. 14 in A minor, D.784, and Sonata No. 20 in A, D.959, one of his final three sonatas. The Schubert sonatas are contrasted by selected works by Scriabin—one of Mr. Ohlsson’s concentrations right now, as he recently finished recording the composer’s complete piano works—including the Sonata No. 5 in F-sharp, Op. 53.
On Wednesday, August 9, the Handel and Haydn Society performs Purcell’s The Fairy-Queen. Often referred to as a semi-opera, The Fairy-Queen is based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Led by conductor Harry Christophersand narrated by Antonia Christophers, the performance also features countertenor Robin Blaze as Mopsa and bass-baritone Matthew Brook as the Drunken Poet, Corydon, and Hymen; along with a cast of vocal soloists.
WEEK 6, AUGUST 11-17
Violinist Gil Shaham and cellist Alisa Weilerstein join forces on Friday, August 11, for a performance of Brahms’s Double Concerto for violin, cello, and orchestra, with Costa Rican conductor Giancarlo Guerrero and the BSO. Brahms composed the concerto—his final orchestral work—as an olive branch to his old friend and close musical collaborator Joseph Joachim, with whom he’d had a falling out over Joachim’s divorce. Also on the program are Dvořák’s Carnival Overture and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, the score to an intensely dramatic ballet and on its own some of the most dramatic music ever written.
Conductor Christoph von Dohnányi returns for a second concert on Saturday, August 12, leading the BSO in Julian Anderson’s Incantesimi, a BSO-commissioned work that receives its American premiere with the BSO in January 2017. Incantesimi is a study in long lines, using “five musical ideas that orbit each other in ever-differing relationships.” Mr. Dohnanyi and the orchestra are then joined by violinist Nikolaj Znaider for Brahms’s lyrical and refined Violin Concerto. The BSO closes out the program with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, one of the composer’s most popular works.
On Sunday, August 13, young Israeli conductor Lahav Shani makes his BSO debut on a program featuring Tanglewood regular, violinist Joshua Bell in Mozart’s energetic and playful Violin Concerto No. 1, written in 1773 when the composer was just 17. Mr. Shani also lead the BSO in the overture to Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Schubert’s Symphony in C, The Great. The composer’s ultimate symphony (in both senses of the word: it is his biggest and last work in the genre), the C major was famously praised for its “heavenly length” by Robert Schumann, who observed also that it “transports us into a world we cannot recall ever having been before.”
The Boston Symphony Chamber Players make their annual Tanglewood appearance on Wednesday, August 16. Opening the program is Sofia Gubaidulina’s Garden of Joys and Sorrows, for flute, viola, and harp, a one-movement piece inspired by Eastern storyteller Iv Oganov’s “Sayat-Nova” and verses by 20th-century German poet Francisco Tanzer. The program also features soprano Yulia Van Doren in Bach’s Cantata No. 199, Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, and pianist Paul Lewis in Dvořák’s Quintet in A for piano and strings, Op. 81.
On Thursday, August 17, pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Pamela Frank, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma perform the fifth program in the Schubert’s Summer Journey series in Ozawa Hall. The program includes Schubert’s Sonatina No. 2 in A minor for violin and piano, D.385; Arpeggione Sonata for cello and piano; and the composer’s second Piano Trio, in E-flat, D.929. In addition, Tanglewood Music Center Vocal Fellows will join Mr. Ax for new songs written by a selection of contemporary composers for this performance inspired by Schubert.
WEEK 7, AUGUST 18-23
On Friday, August 18, British baritone Simon Keenlyside makes his Tanglewood debut performing selections from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Rückert-Lieder with conductor David Afkham and the orchestra. Mr. Afkham also leads the BSO in Brahms’s energetic Symphony No. 2.
One of Tanglewood’s most popular summer traditions, John Williams’ Film Night, takes place on Saturday, August 19. Boston Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams shares the podium for this performance with BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons, who will lead the first half of the concert, including music from classic cinema scores by Erich Korngold, Bernard Herrmann, and Alex North. Mr. Nelsons made his debut with the Boston Pops Orchestra during the 2015 Tanglewood season, when he stepped in for Mr. Williams to lead “Throne Room and Finale” from Star Wars during Tanglewood on Parade. The second half of the program sees Mr. Williams leading music from his own scores, including selections from the Harry Potter series, E.T., and Far and Away. Also on the program is music from Mr. Williams’ score to Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, with a special guest trumpet soloist to be announced at a later date.
Andris Nelsons leads the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in the Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concert on Sunday, August 20, in the Shed. Brilliant English pianist Paul Lewis joins Mr. Nelsons and the orchestra for Beethoven’s dramatic and tumultuous Third Piano Concerto. Strauss’s large-scale An Alpine Symphony, the composer’s last tone poem, depicting an eleven-hour hike of an Alpine mountain, closes the program.
That evening, Tanglewood presents best-selling American author and humorist David Sedaris in his Tanglewood debut at 8 p.m. in the Shed. Mr. Sedaris will be celebrating the release of his new book, Theft by Finding, which comes out on June 6, 2017. In addition to Theft by Finding, David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and his most recent book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.
On Wednesday, August 23, at 8 p.m., pianist Emanuel Ax opens the sixth and final concert in the Schubert’s Summer Journey series with the four Impromptus, D.935, and Samuel Adams’ Impromptus, three movements inspired by Schubert’s work. Mr. Adams intended for his three Impromptus to be performed as links between Schubert’s four Impromptus, creating a larger seven-movement arch. Baritone Simon Keenlysidejoins Emanuel Ax to close out the program with Schubert’s Schwanengesang, D.957 (“Swan song”), 14 songs composed in 1828 in the final months of the composer’s life and published posthumously as a set.
WEEK 8, AUGUST 25-27
Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops present a live performance of John Williams’ score to E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial—a best picture Oscar nominee and one of the most popular films of all time—alongside Steven Spielberg’s movie on Friday, August 25. E.T. with Orchestra brings the magic of the silver screen to life with this live performance by the Boston Pops of the Academy Award-winning score.
On Saturday, August 26, two of today’s most acclaimed singers—soprano Kristine Opolais and, in his Tanglewood debut, baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky—join Music Director Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra for an evening of opera and song, to feature arias, duets, and choruses from the Italian and Russian lyric stage. The program will include excerpts from Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra and La traviata, and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.
For the second year in a row, Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in its traditional season-ending performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Sunday, August 27. The performance features soprano Katie Van Kooten in her BSO and Tanglewood debuts; mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford; tenor Russell Thomas; and bass-baritone John Relyea, along with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Maestro Nelsons and the BSO open the program with Charles Ives’s tribute to Western Massachusetts, “The Housatonic at Stockbridge” from Three Places in New England.
One Day University at Tanglewood, Sunday, August 27, 2017
One Day University, the acclaimed lifelong learning series, is returning to Tanglewood on Sunday, August 27, featuring three award-winning professors, each presenting their best lecture in Ozawa Hall. Topics to be discussed include “Understanding America Through Three Remarkable Photographs,” with Rutgers University Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History, Louis Masur; “The Supreme Court: An Insider’s View,” with George Washington University Professor of Law and National Constitution Center President Jeffrey Rosen; and “Music and the Brain: Why We Like What We Like,” with Yale University Professor of Music Craig Wright. General admission for One Day University at Tanglewood is $159, and includes VIP parking and either one free lawn admission or a 10% discount on a Shed ticket for the BSO season-finale performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at 2:30 p.m. on August 27, led by BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons.
How to Purchase Tickets
Tickets for the 2017 Tanglewood season—regular-season ticket prices range from $12-$124—go on sale to the general public on Sunday, January 29, at 10 a.m. Tickets are available through Tanglewood’s website, www.tanglewood.org, through Symphony Charge at 888-266-1200, and at the Symphony Hall Box Office at 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA. 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, in June 2017. 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. All ticket prices include a $2 Tanglewood grounds maintenance fee. Tickets purchased online or over the phone are also subject to a $6.50 handling fee.
How to Order a Brochure
Tanglewood brochures with complete programs and information on how to order tickets will be available in early February by calling 617-266-1492 or visiting www.tanglewood.org. For Berkshire tourist information and reservations, contact the Berkshire Visitors Bureau at 413-743-4500 or visit www.berkshires.org.
Free and Discounted Ticket Programs
The BSO’s $20 tickets for attendees under 40 will be available during the 2017 Tanglewood season for select performances. Beginning in May 2017, these tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis throughwww.tanglewood.org and through Symphony Charge. Certain blackout dates will apply. 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. Tickets for Saturday-morning rehearsals range from $13-$33. Tanglewood is pleased to offer free lawn tickets for children and young people age 17 and younger. 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.
New Activities Come to Tanglewood every Sunday in 2017
New this season, Tanglewood will bring new activities for all ages to the festival grounds each and every Sunday afternoon throughout the season, similar the activities presented during the annual Tanglewood on Parade concert. The Tanglewood grounds will open at noon on Sundays for an afternoon of kid-friendly events including scavenger hunts, face painting, and musical arts and crafts activities. Offerings for adults will include wine and food tastings in pop-up tents found throughout the grounds, back massage services, and a post-concert session of yoga or Qigong.
Additional Family-Friendly Activities
Tanglewood provides special programs for kids, such as the popular Kids’ Corner, a craft-related project supervised and supported by BSO staff on weekends, and the Watch and Play program, an interactive musical performance designed to engage children ages 3-10 in the Tanglewood musical experience. In addition, through its Tanglewood for Kids program, Tanglewood offers free lawn tickets, up to four per family, to all children and young adults age 17 and under. Tanglewood will present its annual Family Concert on Saturday, July 22, at 1:30 p.m. The pre-concert activities begin at 11:30 a.m. Tickets for the Family Concert are free to youth age 18 and under and $12 for each adult.
TANGLEWOOD PATRON AMENITIES, PERKS, AND EDUCATION OPTIONS, AND YOGA ON THE LAWN EVERY SATURDAY
UnderScore Fridays, Talks and Walks, and BSO 101
The orchestra will offer three UnderScore Fridays performances on July 21, August 4, and August 18. At these performances patrons will hear comments about the program directly from an onstage BSO musician. “Talks and Walks,” a series of informal conversations presented by guest artists and members of the BSO family, takes place in the Tent Club on Thursday afternoons, from July 6 through August 24. The Tent Club opens at noon and the talks begin at 1 p.m. To purchase tickets, available for $137 for a full series, call 617-638-9394 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Friends of Tanglewood and Business Partners receive a discount ($112 for the full series) and advance ordering privileges.
BSO 101—a free music appreciation series led by BSO Director of Program Publications Marc Mandel with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra—takes place on two Wednesdays from 12:45–2 p.m. in the Tanglewood Tent Club. BSO 101 sessions focus on music to be played by the BSO each Tanglewood weekend, examining and illuminating aspects of musical shape and form and of the composer’s individual musical style. All of these sessions include recorded musical examples, and each is self-contained, so that no prior musical training or attendance at any previous session is required. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch, though there is also the option of buying lunch at the Tent Club. This year’s BSO 101 sessions are scheduled for July 12 and August 9.
Yoga on the Lawn Every Saturday Morning, 10:15-11:15 a.m.
Once again this summer, in collaboration with the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Tanglewood is pleased to offer hour-long yoga classes taught by fully accredited Kripalu teachers from 10:15–11:15am on Saturday mornings (weather permitting). Located on the lawn near the Tanglewood Visitor Center, these weekly classes are available at no additional charge to Saturday-morning BSO Rehearsal ticket-holders, on July 8, 15, 22, and 29, and August 5, 12, 19, and 26.
Friday- and Saturday-evening Prelude Concerts, Walking Tours, and Lawn Chair Rentals
Tanglewood offers free hour-long walking tours of Tanglewood’s grounds and performance spaces on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays (email email@example.com or call 617-638-9394 to confirm dates and times). Friday-evening Prelude Concerts, at 6 p.m. in Ozawa Hall, feature BSO musicians in small ensemble and chamber music settings. Saturday-evening Prelude Concerts, July in Ozawa Hall, feature Tanglewood Music Center Fellows in performance. Admission to Prelude Concerts is free to all BSO concert ticket holders.
Tanglewood offers Lawn Chair Rentals, for a fee of $5, available by the beer garden near the Shed at Shed concerts, and at the Bernstein Gate for Ozawa Hall performances. For the convenience of patrons, a Bank of America ATM is located outside the main gate.
BSO App and Mobile Web Offerings
With the start of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 2015-16 season, the BSO launched a free app providing concertgoers with a new platform through which to interact with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood. A highlight of the app, “Watch & Listen,” provides users with a variety of concert-related content including program notes, audio podcasts, and multimedia video podcasts. The app also provides ticketing and schedule information, as well as practical information about, and planning your visit to, Symphony Hall. In addition, it includes a social media feed connecting concertgoers with other listeners on Facebook and Twitter, as well as to reviews, comments, photos, and other social-media-generated content. The app is available for download and installation on iPhone devices via the iTunes App Store, and on Android devices via Google Play.