May 4, 2012

TANGLEWOOD 75TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON OFFERS SPECIAL CONCERTS AND ACTIVITIES DESIGNED FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY FIRST FAMILY EVENT OF THE SEASON IS TANGLEWOOD FAMILY FUN FEST, JUNE 29

FREE LAWN TICKETS AVAILABLE TO KIDS AND YOUNG ADULTS AGE 17 AND UNDER; DISCOUNTED LAWN TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS 18 AND OVER

"WATCH AND PLAY" AND "KIDS' CORNER" OFFER YOUNG CONCERT-GOERS A PLACE
TO LEARN ABOUT MUSIC BEFORE AND DURING WEEKEND CONCERTS

FAMILY CONCERT ON AUGUST 25 FEATURES CLASSICAL TANGENT, ADMISSION $10, FREE FOR PATRONS 17 AND UNDER; TANGLEWOOD ON PARADE ON AUGUST 7 FEATURES FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, offers a number of family-friendly ticket programs, concerts, and activities throughout its 75th anniversary season June 22-September 2, 2012. These offerings include a free scavenger hunt for children and families on June 29; free lawn tickets for all children and young adults age 17 and under; a 50% discount on Friday-evening concert tickets for students 18 and older; "Watch and Play" and "Kids' Corner", children's activities that take place in conjunction with weekend concerts; and the August 25th Family Concert with Classical Tangent, a lively group of musicians from the BSO, Berklee College of Music faculty, and other professional organizations that explores Folk music from around the world. Tanglewood on Parade takes place on August 7 this year, offering a full day of musical activities for the entire family, culminating in an 8:30 p.m. concert in the Shed featuring the BSO, Boston Pops, and TMC Orchestra under conductors Keith Lockhart, Lorin Maazel, Stéphane Denève, Christoph von Dohnányi, and John Williams. This family-oriented event is followed by a spectacular fireworks show over the Stockbridge Bowl. Detailed information about these programs is available at www.tanglewood.org.

Tanglewood, one of the world's most beloved music festivals and the famed summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, celebrates its 75th anniversary season, June 22-September 2, with a spectacular lineup of musical guests and programs that spotlight Tanglewood's rich tradition of presenting summertime concerts at their best since 1937.

TANGLEWOOD FAMILY FUN FEST

Tanglewood's celebratory 75th anniversary season will kick off with the Tanglewood Family Fun Fest, part of the Highland Street Foundation's Free Fun Fridays program. On Friday, June 29 from 4-7pm, families are invited to enjoy the beauty of the Tanglewood campus while taking part in an educational scavenger hunt, enjoying a live musical performance, and partaking in other fun family activities. A gift will be awarded to families who complete the scavenger hunt. For more information, please contact the BSAV office at 413-637-5393 or visit www.tanglewood.org/familyfunfest. The event is free, but advance registration is recommended.

FREE AND DISCOUNTED TICKETS

Free Lawn Tickets for Children and Young People 17 and Younger

Tanglewood's Children's Lawn Ticket Program provides free lawn seating to children and young adults aged 17 and under. All concert attendees need to have a ticket. Up to four free children's tickets are available per parent/legal guardian per concert at the Tanglewood Box Office the day of the concert.

Student Discounts

For students 18 and over, Tanglewood offers 50% discounts on lawn tickets for Friday-evening BSO concerts. Students can obtain a discounted lawn ticket by presenting a valid student ID at the Box Office on the night of the performance.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY CONCERTS

Family Concert, August 25

On August 25, 2012 at 2:30 p.m., Tanglewood will present its annual Family Concert featuring returning artists Classical Tangent, a lively group of musicians from the BSO, Berklee College of Music faculty, and other professional organizations that explores Folk music from around the world. Activities for children, including an instrument playground will begin at 12:30 p.m. Tickets for the Family Concert are free for children aged 17 and under and $10 for each adult and can be purchased at the Tanglewood Box Office, online at www.tanglewood.org, or through SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200.

Tanglewood On Parade, August 7

On Tuesday, August 7, 2012, the BSO presents Tanglewood on Parade, a full day of musical activities for the entire family, culminating in an 8:30 p.m. concert in the Shed featuring the BSO, Boston Pops, and TMC Orchestra. Fireworks will follow the concert.


WEEKEND ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

Watch and Play
Sundays - July 8 & 29, August 12 & 26 at 1 p.m.

Watch and Play is an educational program designed to engage children in the day's musical program with lively discussions about instruments, concert themes, and musical concepts. The interactive program is offered at 1 p.m. in the Chamber Music Hall on July 8, July 29, August 12, and August 26. Tickets to the Sunday-afternoon concert performance are required. Watch and Play is sponsored by the Boston Symphony Association of Volunteers in collaboration with the BSO Education and Community Engagement department.

Kids' Corner is offered at noon on Sundays before the afternoon concerts, and during the Open Rehearsals at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday mornings. On days with Watch and Play (July 8, July 29, August 12, and August 26), Kids' Corner will begin at 2 p.m. Children accompanied by adults may take part in musical and crafts activities supervised by BSO staff. Interested families should check in at the Tanglewood Visitors Center. (Tickets to the Sunday concert or Saturday Open Rehearsal are required.)

Blackout dates for all ticket deals include Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor (June 30), Diana Krall (June 23), James Taylor (July 2, 3, and 4), Train (August 31), and any other Popular Artist event.For Popular Artists concerts, free lawn tickets are only available for children under age 2.

HIGHLIGHTS OF TANGLEWOOD 2012

Tanglewood's 75th anniversary season will present a spectacular lineup of musical guests. While honoring legendary moments from the festival's rich tradition of presenting summertime concerts since 1937, the anniversary season will also look to the future with eight world premieres and new media initiatives including international radio broadcasts and major new streaming offers free to a worldwide audience.

Highlights include a gala celebration with appearances by John Williams, Keith Lockhart, Andris Nelsons, James Taylor, Yo-Yo Ma, Peter Serkin, and Anne-Sophie Mutter, performing with the BSO, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestras (July 14), a special John Williams 80th Birthday Celebration (August 18), an all-Beethoven (BSO opener on July 6) and an all-Wagner program (July 21), replicating two programs from Tanglewood's first season in 1937, and eight world premiere performances.

The 75th anniversary season will also present James Taylor (July 2, 3, 4), Yo-Yo Ma with his Silk Road Ensemble (June 22 and 24); Joshua Bell (July 7); Jean-Yves Thibaudet (August 5); Mark Morris Dance Group (June 28 and 29); and Chris Botti (August 5). Bernadette Peters (July 8) as well as Maureen McGovern and Brian Stokes Mitchell (August 24),make welcome returns with the Boston Pops.

In addition to the star-studded gala concerts and historically resonant programming, Tanglewood's 75th Anniversary will reach out to a worldwide audience by way of international radio broadcasts; an extraordinary offer of 75 Free Digital Streams, available for purchase after a 24 hour free period; as well as free digital streams of master classes and concerts by the Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center (TMC), the BSO's renowned summer music academy for the advanced training of young professional-caliber musicians.

Continuing the BSO's rich tradition of marking special anniversaries with the commissioning of new music, the Tanglewood 75TH Anniversary Season will also showcase the world premieres of eight new works, many by composers who have a strong connection with Tanglewood and the BSO, including Michael Gandolfi, John Harbison, André Previn, Gunther Schuller, Edgar Meyer, as well as composers new to the BSO and its audiences.

The 75th season will bring the planting of 75 new trees to the Tanglewood campus enhancing what is already considered one of the most beautiful festival grounds anywhere in the world. The season will also be celebrated with a specially commissioned commemorative poster/stamp.

2012 TANGLEWOOD SEASON TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for the 2012 Tanglewood season are available through Tanglewood's website, www.tanglewood.org, and through SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200. Regular season ticket prices range from $9-$117; non-benefactor tickets to the July 14 Gala Anniversary Concert are priced from $30 to $250. Tickets for Saturday Morning Rehearsals range from $10-$30. All ticket prices include a $1 Tanglewood grounds maintenance fee.

Tickets are also available for purchase in person at the Tanglewood Box Office at Tanglewood's Main Gate on West Street in Lenox, MA, as of June 21. 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.

TANGLEWOOD

One of the most popular and acclaimed music festivals in the world, Tanglewood attracts an average annual attendance of more than 300,000 visitors each season, and 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, the BSO's prestigious summer music academy; performances by some of today's leading popular artists; and a season-ending Labor Day Weekend festival.

SPONSORSHIP

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is proud to support Tanglewood and its education initiatives for Massachusetts students. Commonwealth Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation is proud to be in its ninth year as the official chauffeured transportation provider of the BSO. Steinway & Sons Pianos selected exclusively for Tanglewood. This Week at Tanglewood is sponsored by Harvard University Extension School.

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TANGLEWOOD PRESS CONTACTS:

Bernadette Horgan, Director of Public Relations (bhorgan@bso.org) 617-638-9285

Kathleen Drohan, Associate Director of Public Relations (kdrohan@bso.org) 617-638-9286

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