Tanglewood Takes Flight
MASS AUDUBON WILL COMBINE BIRD WALKS WITH
PERFORMANCES OF MESSIAEN'S CATALOGUE OF THE BIRDS, BOTH AT PLEASANT
VALLEY WILDLIFE SANCTUARY AND TANGLEWOOD
Tanglewood Takes Flight: A Celebration of Birds and Music with Mass Audubon, Thursday, July 27-Sunday, July 30
This program has ended for the 2017 Tanglewood Season.
Tanglewood Takes Flight: A Celebration of Birds and Music with Mass Audubon, Tanglewood's multi-faceted, first-ever collaboration with Mass Audubon, stretches the idea of concert-going in a new direction for the Festival: the series will feature six guided bird walks/talks, the earliest of which will take place at 5:30 a.m. at Pleasant Valley, and five concerts, with three performances to take place as early as 7 a.m., in close proximity to the scheduled early morning bird walks. The bird walks will be partnered with 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).
As part of this special series, on July 27, Ozawa Hall will present Pierre-Laurent Aimard in a fascinating centuries-spanning program that will explore the many recreations of birdsong in music by a diverse range of composers from the Baroque to the present day, including music of 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, to be 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 Mass Audubon ornithologist Wayne Petersen.