The Academy Award-winning film version of “West Side Story” will be screened with live orchestral accompaniment in The Shed at Tanglewood as part of the 2013 summer season, just announced by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In an unusual feat of technology, the original vocal soundtrack — both singing and dialogue — will play as David Newman conducts.
Other highlights of the season, which runs July 5 through September 1, are concert performances of two recent full-length operas, John Harbison’s “The Great Gatsby” and George Benjamin’s “Written on Skin.” Major concert works will include the Verdi Requiem, Mahler’s First, Third and Fourth symphonies and the third act of Wagner’s “Die Walkure.” Yo-Yo Ma’s best-selling recording “The Goat Rodeo Sessions” will be reprised with bassist Edgar Meyer and madolinist Chris Thile, who recently received a MacArthur “genius” award. Also, Mark Morris will stage a double bill of Purcell’ “Dido and Aeneas” and Britten’s “Curlew River” with members of his dance company and musicians of the Tanglewood Music Center.
Because the BSO continues to perform without a music director after the departure of James Levine there will be a large roster of guest conductors. Among them, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos leads four concerts, while Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, and Christoph von Dohnányi will conduct two to three performances each. Returning soloists include violinist Joshua Bell, and pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Emanuel Ax, and Peter Serkin. Appearing in recital at Ozawa Hall will be baritone Bryn Terfel, and pianist Garrick Ohlsson, among others.
Other annual events include a live broadcast of “A Prairie Home Companion” (June 29), Tanglewood On Parade (August 6), and John Williams conducting film night (August 24).
A variety of discount ticket programs continue, including half price lawn seats for those under 17. In a new promotion, adults under age 40 can purchase tickets for just $20 to all BSO and Boston Pops concerts in The Shed. Tickets go on sale January 27 and are available by calling 888-266-1200 or by visiting www.tanglewood.org
Here’s the full schedule followed by the press release from the BSO.
Unless otherwise noted all performances are in The Shed; Friday and Saturday concerts are at 8:30 p.m., weeknights at 8 p.m, Sundays are at 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 23
Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra
Keith Lockhart, conductor
with Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers and Edie Brickell
Saturday, June 29, 5:45 p.m.
A Prairie Home Companion
Thursday, July 4, 7 p.m.
Popular artist TBA
Friday, July 5,
BSO, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor
Joshua Bell, violin
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, Symphony No. 5
Saturday, July 6,
BSO, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor
Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano
Woman of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus
MAHLER: Symphony No. 3
Sunday, July 7
Boston Pops, Keith Lockhart, conductor
with Vince Gill
Monday, July 8 Ozawa Hall
TMC Orchestra, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor
Turina: Danzas fantásticas, Op. 22
Kodaly: Dances of Galanta
Beethoven:Symphony No. 5
Thursday, July 11, 7:30 p.m. Ozawa Hall
Orchestra and Chorus of Emmanuel Music
Ryan Turner, artistic director and conductor
Harbison: The Great Gatsby (Concert performance)
Friday, July 12,
BSO, Kazushi Ono, conductor
Leon Fleisher, piano
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Ravel: Piano Concerto in D for the left hand
Saturday, July 13,
BSO, David Newman, conductor
Bernstein: West Side Story
Film screening with live orchestral performance
Sunday, July 14,
BSO, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor
Lynn Harrell, cello
Stravinsky: Suite from Pulcinella
Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1 in C
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8
Wednesday, July 17, Ozawa Hall
Borodin String Quartet
Brahms: Quartet No. 3 in B-flat, Op. 67
Tchaikovsky: Quartet No. 3 in E-flat minor, Op. 30
Thursday, July 18, Ozawa Hall
Bryn Terfel, baritone
Natalia Katyukova, piano
German and English art songs
Friday, July 19
BSO, Vladimir Jurowski, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Wagner : Prelude to Die Meistersinger
Liszt : Totentanz
Beethoven: (orch. MAHLER:) Symphony No. 3, Eroica
Saturday, July 20
BSO, Lothar Koenigs, conductor
Wagner: Die Walküre, Act 3 (concert performance)
Cast to include Katarina Dalayman, soprano, Amber Wagner, soprano, Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone
Sunday, July 21
Members of the BSO
Pinchas Zukerman, conductor, violin, and viola
Concertos of Vivaldi, Bach, Telemann
Monday, July 22, Ozawa Hall
TMC Orchestra, Stéphane Denève, conductor
Debussy: Jeux, Danses sacrées et profanes, La Mer
Wednesday, July 24, Ozawa Hall
Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Harding, conductor
Paul Lewis, piano
Schumann: Symphony No. 2
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25 in C, K.503
Sibelius: Symphony No. 7
Thursday, July 25, Ozawa Hall
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Works of Beethoven, Schubert, Griffes, Chopin
Friday, July 26
BSO, Christoph Eschenbach, conductor and piano
Christine Schäfer, soprano
Mozart: “Ch’io mi scordi di te…” Concert aria
Piano Concerto No. 12 in A
Symphony No. 41, Jupiter
Saturday, July 27
BSO, Andris Nelsons, conductor
Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Sunday, July 28
BSO, Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Dvorak: Carnival Overture
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, From the New World
Wednesday, July 31, 7:30 p.m. Ozawa Hall
Thursday, August 1, 7:30 p.m. Ozawa Hall
Mark Morris Dance Group
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas
Britten: Curlew River
Friday, August 2
Koussevitzky Memorial Concert
BSO, Stéphane Denève, conductor
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Strauss: Death and Transfiguration
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4
Poulenc: Stabat Mater, for soprano, chorus, and orchestra
Saturday, August 3
BSO, Charles Dutoit, conductor
Lang Lang, piano
Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Ravel: Pavane for a Dead Princess
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé (complete)
Sunday, August 4
BSO, Charles Dutoit, conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Dvorak: Cello Concerto
Stravinsky: Rite of Spring
Tuesday, August 6,
Tanglewood on Parade
Program to include
Borodin: Polovetsian Dances from Prince Igor
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
Wednesday, August 7, Ozawa Hall
Christian Zacharias, piano
Works of Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann
Festival of Contemporary Music, August 8-12
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Festival Director
Thursday, August 8, Ozawa Hall
Stroppa: “Let Me Sing Into Your Ear”
Lachenmann: “…zwei Gefuhle…”
Mason: New Work
Friday, August 9, Ozawa Hall
Chamber works TBA
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano
Sunday, August 11 10 a.m. Ozawa Hall
Reich: Music for 18 Musicians
Works for piano by Ligeti and Nancarrow
Monday, August 12, Ozawa Hall
Benjamin: Written On Skin (Concert performance)
Friday, August 9
BSO, Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin
Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Brahms: Symphony No. 2
Saturday, August 10
BSO, Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3
Carter: Sound Fields
Brahms: Symphony No. 4
Sunday, August 11
BSO, Christian Zacharias, conductor and piano
Beethoven: Coriolan Overture, Piano Concerto No. 2
Symphony No. 6, Pastoral
Wednesday, August 14, Ozawa Hall
Emerson String Quartet
Music of Haydn, Britten, Beethoven
Thursday, August 15
The Goat Rodeo Show
Yo-Yo Ma, cello, Edgar Meyer, bass, Chris Thile, mandolin, and Stuart Duncan, fiddle, Aoife O’Donovan, vocalist.
Friday, August 16
Boston Pops Orchestra
Keith Lockhart, conductor
with Michael Feinstein
Saturday, August 17
BSO, Bernard Haitink, conductors
Isabelle Faust, violin
Camilla Tilling, soprano
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5
Mahler: Symphony No. 4
Sunday, August 18
Bernstein Memorial Concert
TMC Orchestra, Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat, K.271
Mahler: Symphony No. 1
Tuesday, August 20, Ozawa Hall
Boston Symphony Chamber Players
Menahem Pressler, piano
Carter: Wind Quintet,
Copland: Appalachian Spring
Mozart: Piano Quartet in E-flat
Thursday, August 22, Ozawa Hall
Daniil Trifonov, piano
Works of Scriabin, Liszt, Chopin
Friday, August 23
BSO, Andris Poga, conductor
Peter Serkin, piano
Stravinsky: Concerto for Piano and Winds
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7
Saturday, August 24
John Williams’ Film Night
Boston Pops Orchestra
John Williams and David Newman, conductors
Audra McDonald, vocalist
Sunday, August 25
BSO, Bernard Haitink, conductor
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
Sunday, August 25, Ozawa Hall
Monty Alexander Trio
Sunday, September 1
Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra
Thomas Wilkins, conductor
AND HERE’S THE FULL BSO PRESS RELEASE:
TANGLEWOOD 2013 SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT
BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SUMMER SEASON OPENS JULY 5 WITH
RAFAEL FRÜHBECK DE BURGOS LEADING AN ALL-TCHAIKOVSKY PROGRAM FEATURING VIOLINIST JOSHUA BELL, AND CLOSES WITH BERNARD HAITINK LEADING BEETHOVEN’S NINTH SYMPHONY ON AUGUST 25; TICKETS GO ON SALE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC SUNDAY, JANUARY 27
AT 888-266-1200 AND WWW.TANGLEWOOD.ORG
SPECIAL EVENTS IN THE 2013 SEASON INCLUDE A PRESENTATION OF THE NEWLY REMASTERED FILM CLASSIC WEST SIDE STORY, WITH THE BSO PERFORMING LEONARD BERNSTEIN’S ICONIC SCORE TO ACCOMPANY THE ORIGINAL VOCALS AND DIALOGUE, 7/13;
YO-YO MA, EDGAR MEYER, CHRIS THILE, AND STUART DUNCAN PERFORMING MUSIC INSPIRED BY THEIR RECENT GENRE-DEFYING RECORDING, THE GOAT RODEO SESSIONS, 8/15;
A CONCERT PERFORMANCE BY EMMANUEL MUSIC OF JOHN HARBISON’S THE GREAT GATSBY, 7/11;
TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER PRODUCTIONS OF PURCELL’S DIDO AND AENEAS AND
BRITTEN’S CURLEW RIVER, UNDER THE DIRECTION OF MARK MORRIS, 7/31 AND 8/1; AND THE
U.S. PREMIERE OF GEORGE BENJAMIN’S HIGHLY ACCLAIMED OPERA, WRITTEN ON SKIN, 8/12
BOSTON SYMPHONY HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE WAGNER’S DIE WALKÜRE, ACT III, WITH BRYN TERFEL, 7/20;
MAHLER’S THIRD SYMPHONY WITH VOCALIST ANNE SOFIE VON OTTER, 7/6;
VERDI’S REQUIEM WITH ANDRIS NELSONS CONDUCTING, 7/27;
VLADIMIR JUROWSKI IN HIS TANGLEWOOD DEBUT CONDUCTING WAGNER, LISZT, AND BEETHOVEN, 7/19;
STÉPHANE DENÈVE LEADING POULENC’S STABAT MATER & STRAUSS’S DEATH AND TRANSFIGURATION, 8/2;
CHARLES DUTOIT LEADING DAPHNIS AND CHLOÉ AND THE RITE OF SPRING, 8/3&4; AND
CHRISTOPH VON DOHNÁNYI LEADING BRAHMS’S SECOND AND FOURTH SYMPHONIES, 8/9&10
TWO BSO PROGRAMS WILL FEATURE ARTISTS AS CONDUCTOR AND SOLOIST: AN ALL-MOZART PROGRAM WITH CHRISTOPH ESCHENBACH, 7/26, AND AN ALL-BEETHOVEN PROGRAM WITH CHRISTIAN ZACHARIAS, 8/11;
AN ALL-BAROQUE CONCERT WILL SHOWCASE BSO MEMBERS AS SOLOISTS WITH THE ORCHESTRA, 7/21
A BELOVED SUMMER TRADITION CONTINUES ON AUGUST 24 WITH JOHN WILLIAMS’ FILM NIGHT;
MR. WILLIAMS AND THE BOSTON POPS WILL BE JOINED BY GUEST CONDUCTOR DAVID NEWMAN AND RENOWNED VOCALIST AUDRA McDONALD FOR WHAT HAS BECOME ONE OF THE
SIGNATURE EVENTS OF THE TANGLEWOOD SEASON
2013 SEASON SHOWCASES THE BOSTON POPS IN FIVE CONCERTS, INCLUDING KEITH LOCKHART LEADING PROGRAMS FEATURING STEVE MARTIN AND THE STEEP CANYON RANGERS, 6/23;
COUNTRY MUSIC LEGEND VINCE GILL, 7/7, AND
AMERICAN SONGBOOK CHAMPION MICHAEL FEINSTEIN, 8/16
A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION WITH GARRISON KEILLOR RETURNS TO TANGLEWOOD, 6/29
TANGLEWOOD 2013 PUTS A SPECIAL SPOTLIGHT ON OVER A DOZEN OF THE WORLD’S MOST CELEBRATED PIANO VIRTUOSOS, INCLUDING LEIF OVE ANDSNES, EMANUEL AX, YEFIM BRONFMAN, CHRISTOPH ESCHENBACH, LEON FLEISHER, LANG LANG, PAUL LEWIS, GARRICK OHLSSON, MENAHEM PRESSLER, JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET, DANIIL TRIFONOV, PETER SERKIN, AND CHRISTIAN ZACHARIAS
FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC, UNDER THE DIRECTION OF PIERRE-LAURENT AIMARD,
TO FOCUS ON WORKS BY GEORGE BENJAMIN, ELLIOTT CARTER, HELMUT LACHENMANN,
CHRISTIAN MASON, MARCO STROPPA, AND STEVEN REICH, 8/8-12
POPULAR ARTIST SERIES TO BE ANNOUNCED IN JANUARY 2013
NEW THIS YEAR–$20 TICKETS FOR ATTENDEES UNDER 40, BSO 101 MUSIC APPRECIATION SERIES,
AND UNDERSCORE FRIDAYS, FEATURING BSO MEMBERS SPEAKING FROM
THE STAGE ABOUT THE EVENING’S PROGRAM
TICKETS FOR THE 2013 TANGLEWOOD SEASON, PRICED FROM $9 TO $117 FOR REGULAR SEASON CONCERTS, GO ON PUBLIC SALE SUNDAY, JANUARY 27; DETAILS AVAILABLE AT TANGLEWOOD.ORG
TANGLEWOOD OFFERS FREE LAWN TICKETS TO YOUNG PEOPLE AGE 17 AND UNDER, A 50% DISCOUNT ON LAWN TICKETS TO COLLEGE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS, AND A VARIETY OF SPECIAL PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN, INCLUDING KIDS’ CORNER, WATCH AND PLAY, AND THE ANNUAL FAMILY CONCERT TO TAKE PLACE AUGUST 24
The 2013 Tanglewood season, June 23-September 1, offers music lovers a spectacular variety of musical guests and programs that spotlight Tanglewood’s rich tradition of presenting summertime concerts at their best since 1937. Widely known as one of the world’s most beloved music festivals and the famed summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood is situated in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. For further information about the concert schedule, family-friendly programs, and purchasing tickets, which go on sale to the public on Sunday, January 27, visit www.tanglewood.org.
TANGLEWOOD 2013 OVERVIEW
The 2013 Tanglewood season honors the festival’s tradition of presenting the BSO and many of the top artists of the classical music world in weekend concerts throughout July and August; a series of Boston Pops concerts presenting star entertainers and performers in a variety of genres, a recital and chamber music series in the beautiful setting of Ozawa Hall; programs by the talented young Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s acclaimed summer music academy; and special programs designed for families and young people of all ages, while also presenting several special events unique to the 2013 season. These include artist debuts, four opera presentations, several U.S. premieres, and concerts celebrating major anniversaries of Verdi, Wagner, and Britten. Details about the 2013 Popular Artist Series will be announced in January 2013.
SPECIAL EVENTS UNIQUE TO THE 2013 TANGLEWOOD SEASON
Among the special events of the 2013 Tanglewood season will be the presentation of the acclaimed, newly re-mastered 1961 film West Side Story, featuring the Boston Symphony Orchestra performing Leonard Bernstein’s iconic score, while the film is shown on large screens in high definition with the original vocals and dialogue (7/13). Yo-Yo Ma, in one of his two performances this season, is joined by American string virtuosos Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, and Stuart Duncan to perform a program inspired by their recent genre-defying recording, The Goat Rodeo Sessions (8/15). Emmanuel Music will present a concert performance of John Harbison’s opera The Great Gatsby (7/11), in celebration of the composer’s 75th birthday, and the Tanglewood Music Center, with Mark Morris directing, will present a double opera bill of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Britten’s Curlew River (7/31, 8/1), in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Britten’s birth. In addition, Tanglewood is honored to present the U.S. premiere of George Benjamin’s highly acclaimed opera, Written on Skin (8/12), in concert performance, to take place during the Festival of Contemporary Music (8/8-12).
THE BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AT TANGLEWOOD
The BSO’s season at Tanglewood opens on July 5 with Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos leading an all-Tchaikovsky program featuring violin virtuoso Joshua Bell, and closes on August 25 with the welcome return of BSO Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink to the Tanglewood podium to conduct the season finale of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
The 200th anniversaries of the birth of Wagner and Verdi will be marked with two special programs: Bryn Terfel, along with Katarina Dalayman and Amber Wagner, will be featured in Act III of Wagner’s Die Walküre under the direction of the acclaimed Wagner conductor Lothar Koenigs (7/20), and Andris Nelsons will lead the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and an acclaimed cast of soloists in the Verdi Requiem (7/27).
The Tanglewood Festival Chorus will also join the orchestra for Poulenc’s Stabat Mater under the direction of Stéphane Denève (8/2) and Daphnis and Chloé under Charles Dutoit (8/3), as well as the performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under Bernard Haitink (8/25). Following on the success of last season’s all-Bach program and concerts featuring the solo players of the BSO, Tanglewood will present an all-Baroque program of music by Vivaldi, Bach, and Telemann, with BSO principal players Elizabeth Rowe, John Ferrillo, Thomas Rolfs, and Malcolm Lowe, under the direction of Pinchas Zukerman (7/21). Podium favorite Christoph von Dohnányi leads back-to-back performances of Brahms Second and Fourth symphonies (8/9 & 10).
Two artists will appear in the dual role of both conductor and soloist: Christoph Eschenbach in an all- Mozart program (7/26) and Christian Zacharias in an all-Beethoven program (8/11). In addition, Vladimir Jurowski, David Newman, Kazushi Ono, Ryan Turner, and Andris Poga, a BSO assistant conductor, make their Tanglewood BSO conducting debuts.
KEITH LOCKHART AND THE BOSTON POPS BRING STEVE MARTIN, VINCE GILL, AND MICHAEL FEINSTEIN TO THE TANGLEWOOD STAGE; JOHN WILLIAMS’ FILM NIGHT CONCERT TAKES PLACE AUGUST 24
Keith Lockhart will be joined by actor, comedian, author, playwright, producer, and musician Steve Martin and his bluegrass collaborators, The Steep Canyon Rangers, for a program of comedy and bluegrass on June 23; country music legend Vince Gill on July 7; and American Songbook stylist Michael Feinstein on August 16. The Boston Pops will bring the 2013 Tanglewood season to an end on September 1 with a concert under the direction of Thomas Wilkins. A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keiller returns to Tanglewood for their fourteenth consecutive live broadcast from the festival on June 29.
A beloved summer tradition contines on August 24 with John Williams’ Film Night. Mr. Williams and the Boston Pops will be joined by guest conductor David Newman and renowned vocalist Audra McDonald for what has become one of the signature events of the Tanglewood season.
A SUMMER SPOTLIGHTING MANY OF THE TOP PIANISTS PERFORMING TODAY
This summer Tanglewood will present a spectacular lineup of the world’s most celebrated piano virtuosos, including legendary figures Leon Fleisher (BSO/Ravel, 7/12) and Menahem Pressler (Mozart and Kurtág/Boston Symphony Chamber Players, 8/20). Other featured soloists will include established masters as Leif Ove Andnes (BSO/Beethoven, 8/2), Emanuel Ax (BSO/Mozart, 8/18), Yefim Bronfman (BSO/Beethoven, 8/10), Christoph Eschenbach (BSO/Mozart, 7/26), Paul Lewis (Mahler Chamber Orchestra/Mozart, 7/24), Garrick Ohlsson (BSO/Prokofiev, 7/28), Jean-Yves Thibaudet (BSO/Liszt, 7/19), Peter Serkin (BSO/Stravinsky, 8/23), and Christian Zacharias (BSO/Beethoven, 8/11). Two stars of the younger generation, Lang Lang (BSO/Beethoven, 8/3) and Daniil Trifonov (recital, 8/22), will also be featured.
OZAWA HALL OFFERING OF CHAMBER MUSIC, RECITALS, OPERAS, A FAMILY CONCERT,
AND TWO JAZZ PERFORMANCES
Ozawa Hall will be home to a wide-ranging series of chamber music, recitals, operas, and more, including a performance by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra featuring pianist Paul Lewis in music of Mozart, 7/24, and the BSO’s annual Family Concert, 8/24. The Ozawa Hall schedule will also feature several artists in recital, including Bryn Terfel and pianist Natalia Katyukova performing German and English art songs on July 18; Garrick Ohlsson in music of Beethoven, Schubert, Griffes, and Chopin on July 25; Christian Zacharias in music of Beethoven, Schubert, and Schumann on August 7, and Daniil Trifonov in music of Scriabin, Liszt, and Chopin on August 22. A rich schedule of chamber music concerts will feature the Borodin String Quartet, 7/17, Emerson String Quartet, 8/14, and Boston Symphony Chamber Players with pianist Menaham Pressler, 8/20. A favorite spot for jazz concerts, Ozawa Hall will also present Monty Alexander Trio on August 25. The performance by Emmanuel Music of John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby, 7/11, and the Tanglewood Music Center performances of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Britten’s Curlew River (7/31, 8/1) will also take place at Ozawa Hall. Friday-night BSO and Saturday-night Tanglewood Music Center chamber music Prelude Concerts take place at 6 p.m. in Ozawa Hall prior to evening BSO concerts and are free to all BSO concert ticket holders.
BSO BRINGS POPULAR SYMPHONY HALL TICKETING, EDUCATION, AND PROGRAMMING INITIATIVES TO TANGLEWOOD: $20 TICKETS FOR ATTENDEES UNDER 40, BSO 101, AND UNDERSCORE FRIDAY
Following on the success of some of its most popular ticketing, education, and programming initiatives offered during its winter season in Boston, the Boston Symphony Orchestra will bring three of those programs to Tanglewood in 2013. One of the BSO’s most popular discount ticket offers, $20 tickets for attendees under 40, will be available during the 2013 Tanglewood season for BSO and Boston Pops performances in the Shed. This new Tanglewood ticket discount program joins several other established ticket offerings, including free lawn tickets to young people age 17 and under and a 50% discount on lawn tickets to college and graduate students.
Now in its third season at Symphony Hall in Boston, BSO 101—a free music appreciation series led by BSO Director of Program Publications Marc Mandel and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra—will be introduced for the first time to BSO fans at Tanglewood; the series will take place on Wednesdays from 12:45–2pm in the Tanglewood Tent Club. BSO 101 sessions will focus on a single work 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 will 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 will also be an option to buy lunch at the Tent Club.
The BSO’s Underscore Friday series, featuring BSO musicians speaking from the stage about the evening’s program prior to select Friday-evening concerts during the season, will be introduced to Tanglewood audiences in the 2013 season.
BSO 101 and Underscore Fridays join several other educational initiatives at Tanglewood, including This Week at Tanglewood, a popular Friday-evening panel discussion; Talks and Walks featuring special guests appearing at Tanglewood on Thursday afternoons, and a Saturday morning Pre-Rehearsal Talk series, among others. Further details about these new programs and other established ticketing and education programs—including special kid- and family-friendly offerings, are available at www.tanglewood.org.
For full season details about the 2013 Tanglewood season, including downloadable photos and video, program listings, and artist photos and biographies, click here: www.tanglewood.org.
TICKET INFORMATION IN BRIEF AND SEASON DATES
Tanglewood’s 2013 season opens on Sunday, June 23, and closes Sunday, September 1, with tickets going on sale to the general public on Sunday, January 27, 2013. For detailed information about the 2013 Tanglewood season, including how to purchase tickets, priced from $9 to $117 for regular season concerts, visit www.tanglewood.org. As of January 27, tickets are available through Tanglewood’s website, www.tanglewood.org, through SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200, and at the Symphony Hall Box Office at 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston MA. New this year–$20 tickets for attendees under 40, will be available for BSO and Boston Pops performances in the Shed. Tanglewood continues to offer free lawn tickets to young people age 17 and under and a 50% discount on lawn tickets to college and graduate students, 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 Saturday, August 24. Additional ticket information appears near the end of this press release. A complete season listing also appears at the end of the release.
BRIEF OVERVIEW OF TANGLEWOOD, THE BSO’S SUMMER HOME SINCE 1937
One of the most popular and acclaimed music festivals in the world, Tanglewood—the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home since 1937—is located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills between Lenox and Stockbridge, MA. With an average annual attendance of more than 300,000 visitors each season, Tanglewood has a $60 million impact on the Berkshire economy each summer. Tanglewood presents orchestra concerts by the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and visiting ensembles, featuring many of the greatest classical musicians of our time; recital and chamber music concerts in the intimate setting of Ozawa Hall; programs highlighting the young musicians of the Tanglewood Music Center; and performances by some of today’s leading popular artists. New this year—$20 tickets for attendees under 40—will be available for BSO and Boston Pops performances in the Shed. Tanglewood is family-friendly, with free lawn tickets available for children and young people age 17 and under, a 50% discount on Friday-evening lawn tickets for college and graduate students, and a variety of special programs for children, including Kids’ Corner, Watch and Play, and the annual Family Concert, this year to take place on August 24. Tanglewood is also the home of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s preeminent summer music academy for the advanced training of young professional musicians, and Days in the Arts, a multi-cultural arts-immersion program that gives 400 fifth-, sixth-, and seventh-graders from communities across Massachusetts the opportunity to explore the arts throughout each week-long session of the summer. These are just two of the BSO’s many educational and outreach activities, for which more information is available at www.bso.org—the largest and most visited orchestral website in the country, receiving about 7 million visitors annually and generating over $75 million in revenue since its launch in 1996. The Boston Symphony Orchestra is online at www.bso.org. Music lovers can follow the BSO on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bostonsymphony or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bostonsymphony.
WHAT FOLLOWS ARE SECTIONS ON WEEKLY CONCERT DESCRIPTIONS; TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER ORCHESTRA AND FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC PROGRAMS; TICKET PURCHASING AND SPONSORSHIP NEWS; FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES AND PATRON PERKS AND AMENITIES; AND THE BSO MEDIA CENTER
2013 TANGLEWOOD SEASON WEEK BY WEEK PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS
PRE-SEASON OFFERINGS, JUNE 23- JULY 4
STEVE MARTIN & THE STEEP CANYON RANGERS JOIN THE BOSTON POPS TO OPEN TANGLEWOOD JUNE 23; GARRISON KEILLOR’S PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION RETURNS ON JUNE 29
Kicking of the 2013 Tanglewood season, Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops will be joined by actor, comedian, author, playwright, producer, and musician Steve Martin and his collaborators, the Steep Canyon Rangers, on Sunday, June 23. Mr. Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers—along with special guest, singer-songwriter Edie Brickell—will bring their special blend of comedy and bluegrass to the Tanglewood stage for the first time.
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
VIRTUOSO VIOLINIST JOSHUA BELL JOINS THE BSO AND CONDUCTOR RAFAEL FRÜHBECK DE BURGOS TO OPEN THE ORCHESTRA’S 2013 TANGLEWOOD SEASON ON JULY 5 WITH AN ALL-TCHAIKOVSKY PROGRAM; VOCALIST ANNE-SOFIE VON OTTER JOINS BSO FOR MAHLER’S THIRD SYMPHONY ON JULY 6; KEITH LOCKHART LEADS THE BOSTON POPS WITH COUNTRY SINGER VINCE GILL ON JULY 7; AND THE ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS OF EMMANUEL MUSIC BRING JOHN HARBISON’S OPERA THE GREAT GATSBY TO OZAWA HALL ON JULY 11
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, a regular Tanglewood guest since 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
DAVID NEWMAN LEADS THE BSO IN BERNSTEIN’S WEST SIDE STORY ALONGSIDE THE NEWLY REMASTERED FILM JULY 13; PIANIST LEON FLEISHER JOINS ORCHESTRA FOR RAVEL’S PIANO CONCERTO FOR LEFT HAND ON JULY 12; LYNN HARRELL JOINS RAFAEL FRÜHBECK DE BURGOS AND THE BSO JULY 14; BARITONE BRYN TERFEL PERFORMS OZAWA HALL RECITAL JULY 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 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 MAKES HIS TANGLEWOOD DEBUT WITH THE BSO AND PIANIST JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET, JULY 19; BRYN TERFEL JOINS BSO FOR PERFORMANCE OF WAGNER’S DIE WALKÜRE, ACT 3, UNDER LOTHAR KOENIGS, JULY 20; BSO MEMBERS FEATURED AS SOLOISTS IN ALL-BAROQUE PROGRAM UNDER PINCHAS ZUKERMAN, JULY 21; DANIEL HARDING LEADS THE MAHLER CHAMBER ORCHESTRA IN PROGRAM FEATURING PIANIST PAUL LEWIS, JULY 24; GARRICK OHLSSON PERFORMS A RECITAL IN OZAWA HALL, JULY 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
CHRISTOPH ESCHENBACH LEADS THE BSO IN TWO CONCERTS—AN ALL-MOZART PROGRAM WITH SOPRANO CHRISTINE SCHÄFER, JULY 26, AND A DVOŘÁK AND PROKOFIEV PROGRAM WITH PIANIST GARRICK OHLSSON, JULY 28; LATVIAN CONDUCTOR ANDRIS NELSONS RETURNS TO THE TANGLEWOOD PODIUM FOR VERDI’S REQUIEM JULY 27; MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP RETURNS FOR PERFORMANCES OF OPERAS BY BRITTEN AND PURCELL WITH TMC FELLOWS, JULY 31 AND AUGUST 1
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 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 Hosho.
WEEK 5, AUGUST 2–7
STÉPHANE DENÈVE RETURNS TO TANGLEWOOD FOR POULENC’S STABAT MATER AND BEETHOVEN’S PIANO CONCERT NO. 4 WITH LEIF OVE ANDSNES, AUGUST 2; FREQUENT BSO GUEST CONDUCTOR CHARLES DUTOIT LEADS PROGRAMS FEATURING PIANIST LANG LANG AND YO-YO MA, AUGUST 3 AND 4; TANGLEWOOD ON PARADE TAKES PLACE AUGUST 6
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 French 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. 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 LEADS THE BSO AUGUST 9 WITH VIOLIN SOLOIST GIL SHAHAM AND AUGUST 10 WITH PIANIST YEFIM BRONFMAN; CONDUCTOR/PIANIST CHRISTIAN ZACHARIAS JOINS ORCHESTRA FOR AN ALL-BEETHOVEN PROGRAM, AUGUST 11; EMERSON STRING QUARTET RETURNS TO OZAWA HALL, AUGUST 14; THE GOAT RODEO SESSIONS COME TO THE SHED, AUGUST 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 Ozawa Hall, 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
MICHAEL FEINSTEIN & FRIENDS JOIN KEITH LOCKHART AND THE BOSTON POPS, AUGUST 16; BSO CONDUCTOR EMERITUS BERNARD HAITINK RETURNS TO TANGLEWOOD FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2008, AUGUST 17; EMANUEL AX JOINS CHRISTOPH VON DOHNÁNYI AND THE TMCO FOR MOZART’S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 9, AUGUST 18; MENAHEM PRESSLER JOINS BOSTON SYMPHONY CHAMBER PLAYERS FOR AUGUST 20 PROGRAM; 21-YEAR-OLD PIANIST DANIIL TRIFONOV MAKES HIS TANGLEWOOD DEBUT WITH RECITAL ON AUGUST 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 joins the Boston Symphony Chamber Players for Aaron Copland’s original chamber orchestra version of Appalachian Spring (1944), written for the choreographer Martha Graham; Kurtág’s Impromptu al Ongarese…to Menahem Pressler; and Mozart’s Piano Quartet in E-flat, K. 492. Also on the program are 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
BSO ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR ANDRIS POGA MAKES HIS BSO DEBUT WITH PIANIST PETER SERKIN, AUGUST 23; JOHN WILLIAMS, BOSTON POPS, GUEST CONDUCTOR DAVID NEWMAN, AND RENOWNED VOCALIST AUDRA McDONALD FEATURED IN JOHN WILLIAMS’ FILM NIGHT, AUGUST 24; TANGLEWOOD SEASON COMES TO ITS TRADITIONAL CLOSE WITH BEETHOVEN’S NINTH SYMPHONY UNDER THE DIRECTION OF BSO CONDUCTOR EMERITUS BERNARD HAITINK, AUGUST 25; MONTY ALEXANDER TRIO BRINGS JAZZ TO OZAWA HALL, AUGUST 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, is 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 Germeshausen Youth and Family Concerts Conductor, 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 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 Galanta 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.
One Day University at Tanglewood, August 25, 2013
One Day University, the acclaimed adult education series, is returning to Tanglewood on Sunday, August 25, presenting three lectures by professors from Yale, Rutgers, and Columbia. Topics to be discussed include “The Nature of Genius: From Leonardo da Vinci to Beethoven” with Yale University’s Craig Wright; “Abraham Lincoln: Separating Fact from Fiction” with Rutgers University’s Louis Masur; and “Five Paintings Every Art Lover Should See” with Columbia University’s Tina Rivers. The cost for One Day University at Tanglewood is $159, and includes VIP parking and lawn admission for the 2:30 p.m. BSO season-finale performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, led by Bernard Haitink. Advance purchase is required. For more information or to register for One Day University at Tanglewood, call Symphony Charge at 888-266-1200 or visit www.tanglewood.org/onedayu.
2013 TANGLEWOOD SEASON: HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS, HOW TO ORDER A BROCHURE, FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES, PATRON PERKS AND AMENITIES, THE BSO MEDIA CENTER, AND SPONSORSHIP
HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS, HOW TO ORDER A BROCHURE, AND FREE AND DISCOUNTED LAWN TICKETS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Tickets for the 2013 Tanglewood season go on sale to the general public on Sunday, January 27. Tickets are available through Tanglewood’s website, www.tanglewood.org, through SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200, and at the Symphony Hall Box Office at 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston MA. Regular season ticket prices range from $9-$117. Tickets for Saturday Morning Rehearsals range from $10-$30. All ticket prices include a $1 Tanglewood grounds maintenance fee.
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, as of late June. 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.
The BSO’s $20 tickets for attendees under 40 will now be available during the 2013 Tanglewood season for BSO and Boston Pops performances in the Shed. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and there may be a limited number of blackout dates when tickets would not be available. There is a limit of one pair per performance, but patrons may attend as many performances as desired.
Tanglewood is pleased to offer free lawn tickets for children and young people age 17 and younger and a 50% discount on Friday-evening lawn tickets to college and graduate students for Friday-evening concerts. 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.
Tanglewood brochures with complete programs and information on how to order tickets will be available in early February by calling 617-638-9467. For further information, please call the Boston Symphony Orchestra at 617-266-1492 or visit www.tanglewood.org. For Berkshire tourist information and reservations, contact the Berkshire Visitors Bureau at 800-237-5747 or www.berkshires.org.
Tanglewood provides special programs for kids, such as the popular Kids’ Corner, a musical and craft-related project supervised and supported by BSO staff on weekends, and the Watch and Play program, a series of lively discussions about instruments, concert themes, and/or musical concepts on selected Sundays. 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, August 24. Tickets for the Family Concert are free to youth age 18 and under and $10 for each adult.
TANGLEWOOD PATRON AMENITIES AND PERKS
Tanglewood offers a free pre-concert panel discussion series called “This Week at Tanglewood” on Fridays at 7:15 p.m. in the Koussevitzky Music Shed, and free hour-long walking tours of Tanglewood’s grounds and performance spaces daily (email email@example.com or call 617-638-9394 for 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 6-August 17, at 6 p.m. in Ozawa Hall, feature Tanglewood Music Center Fellows in performance. Admission to Prelude Concerts is free to all BSO concert ticket holders.
“Talks and Walks,” a series of informal conversations presented by guest artists and members of the BSO family in the Tent Club on Thursday afternoons, begins with a talk at 1 p.m. and a guided tour of the grounds at 1:45 p.m. To purchase tickets, available at $17 each or $119 for a full series, call 617-638-9394.
BSO 101—a free music appreciation series led by BSO Director of Program Publications Marc Mandel and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra—will be introduced for the first time to BSO fans at Tanglewood; the series will take place on Wednesdays from 12:45–2 p.m. in the Tanglewood Tent Club. BSO 101 sessions will focus on a single work 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 will 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 will also be an option to buy lunch at the Tent Club.
Tanglewood offers Lawn Chair Rentals, for a fee of $4, available at the Grille at the Main Gate for Shed concerts, and at the Bernstein Gate for Ozawa Hall performances. Pre-ordered meals are available in the Tanglewood Grille and the Tanglewood Café. Meals may be ordered online at www.tanglewood.org or by calling 413-637-5152. Tanglewood also offers large video screens for the pleasure of lawn patrons on Friday and Saturday nights, and, for the convenience of patrons, a Bank of America ATM is located outside the main gate.
Boston Common Coach will again offer round trip transportation from Boston and Newton to Tanglewood for most concerts. For more information, call 888-958-0873. Bus Service to the Lenox area is offered by Peter Pan and Greyhound Bus Lines. For fare and scheduling information, call 800-343-9999 or 800-231-2222. Special excursions are offered by the Berkshire Tour Company, 781-438-8620; Greylock Discovery Tours, 413-637-4442; Animactions Unlimited, 413-448-2115; and Gateway Travel Service, 781-729-6900. Limited bus service is offered by AAA Connecticut/Connecticut Motor Club, 203-928-6556 and K&L Tours, 617-267-1905. Information about lodging, dining, and other Berkshire-area activities is available by contacting the Berkshire Visitors Bureau at 413-743-4500.
MEDIA OFFERINGS AT BSO.ORG
BSO.org is the largest and most-visited orchestral website in the United States, attracting close to 7 million unique visitors annually and generating over $75 million in revenue since its launch in 1996. In the fall of 2011, the BSO redesigned and updated its popular website at BSO.org. The site’s Media Center, consolidates its numerous new media initiatives in one location. In addition to comprehensive access to all BSO, Boston Pops, Tanglewood, and Symphony Hall performance schedules, patrons have access to a number of free and paid media options. Free offerings include WGBH radio broadcast streams of select BSO, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood performances; audio concert preview podcasts; Emmy Award-winning audio and video interviews with guest artists and BSO musicians; the BSO’s video podcast series, “It’s Your BSO,” featuring interviews with BSO members; music excerpts, of up to three minutes, highlighting upcoming programs as well as all self-produced albums by the BSO, Boston Pops, Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and Tanglewood Music Center Fellows, and complete program notes for all performances, which can be downloaded and printed or saved offline to an e-reading device such as a Kindle or Nook.
Responding to the rapid increase in the use of smart phones, the Boston Symphony’s revamped website is now available across all smart mobile devices capable of web browsing. Later in Fall 2012, users will have on-the-go access to virtually all of the BSO’s online content including media offerings such as podcasts, audio clips, and even live streams of BSO performances. Mobile users will also be able to access performance calendars, program notes, and artist bios, as well as purchase tickets, meals, and parking, and make donations via hand-held devices such as iPhones, iPads, Android phones and Tablets, and select Blackberry devices.
Paid content on BSO.org includes digital music downloads of all self-produced and self-published content by the BSO, Boston Pops, Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and Tanglewood Music Center Fellows. Albums available include the BSO’s and James Levine’s most recent recordings of Mozart’s symphonies 14, 18, 20, 39, and 41; the BSO’s Grammy-winning recording of Ravel’s complete Daphnis and Chloé, Brahms’s A German Requiem; the Boston Pops’ The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers featuring Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Ed Harris, and The Red Sox Album; the Tanglewood “From the Audio Archives” 75 Streams Digital Music Subscription, featuring historic, remastered recordings from performances across Tanglewood’s first 75 years; as well as the Tanglewood Festival Chorus’s 40th Anniversary CD. Digital music is available in standard definition MP3, and select content is also available in high definition (HD) stereo and surround formats. The Media Center can be visited by clicking on Media Center at bso.org/mediacenter.
RADIO BROADCASTS AND STREAMING
Concerts from the Shed are broadcast each Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon on WGBH’s Classical New England service, including 99.5 FM in Boston and 88.7 in Providence; in Albany on WAMC 90.3 FM and its network of translators; and in Connecticut on WMNR 88.1 FM. In addition, Sunday-afternoon concerts are broadcast on WFCR 88.5 in Amherst. Streaming, and now on-demand audio of the broadcasts can also be accessed via the stations’ websites at WGBH’s www.classicalnewengland.org; www.wamc.org; www.wmnr.org; and www.wfcr.org.
Commonwealth Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation is proud to be celebrating its tenth year as the Official Chauffeured Transportation Provider of the BSO.
For further information, call the Boston Symphony Orchestra at 617-266-1492. The Boston Symphony Orchestra is online at www.bso.org. All programs and artists are subject to change.
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Bernadette Horgan, Director of Public Relations (firstname.lastname@example.org) 617-638-9285