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Festival of Contemporary Music Weekend, August 8—12



What are the key tools used by composers today? How has musical style evolved? What can today’s music tell us about our own time and place? Includes complimentary FCM concert pass, welcome breakfast, and Saturday lunch.



Introduction to The Cricket Recovers 
August 8, 3pm, Linde Center Gordon Studio

Learn more about composer Richard Ayers and his acclaimed chamber opera, based on an award-winning collection of animal stories by Dutch author Toon Tellgen, adapted by librettist Rozalie Hirs.


Opera and the Mind 
August 8, 4:30pm, Linde Center Gordon Studio

Join us for an engaging exploration of narratives of hysteria, madness, and mental illness in opera.


FCM Opera 
August 8, 8pm, Ozawa Hall

TMC Vocal Fellows
Richard AYRES The Cricket Recovers (American premiere)


Welcome Breakfast 
August 9, 9am, Linde Center


Arrival 2019 & 
The Composer’s Toolbox Today
Michael Gandolfi, composer 
August 9, 9:45am, Linde Center Studio E

Join TMC Composition Program Head and award-winning composer Michael Gandolfi for a two-part journey through musical and historical turning points that have contributed to what we consider contemporary music today and an exploration of the various elements that composers use to create modern-day masterpieces.


Introduction to Revelación (American premiere)
Hilda Paredes, composer
August 9, 11:30am, Linde Center Studio E

Join Hilda Paredes for an introduction to her compositional methods and her work for instrumental ensemble. Firmly established as one of the leading Mexican composers of her generation, she has made her home in London since 1979, and her music is now performed widely. She has been commissioned by soloists, ensembles and orchestras around the world and is a frequent guest lecturer and composition teacher at notable universities worldwide.


Chamber Music Concert 
August 9, 2:30pm, Linde Center Studio E

Erika FOX Hungarian Rhapsody (American premiere)
Andrew HAMILTON New work (world premiere; TCM commission)
Hilda PAREDES Revelación (American premiere)
Zoë MARTLEW Völuspá


Perspectives on New Work
Andrew Hamilton & Nathan Shields, composers
August 9, 4:15pm, Linde Center Studio E

Join us for an up close and personal conversation about the process of creating new work, the role that contemporary music plays in today’s society, and more. Moderated by BSO Assistant Artistic Administrator Eric Vallière.


Artist Perspectives
Erika Fox, composer
August 10, 11:30am, Linde Center Studio E

Award-winning composer Erika Fox was born in Vienna of Hungarian/Romanian parents and emigrated to England as a war refugee. Her highly distinctive musical style is a result of a childhood suffused with music of Eastern European origin and many of her works show a natural affinity for theatre and stage. Since the 1970s, her music has been regularly performed at festivals, the South Bank, Wigmore Hall, and received broadcasts in the UK and internationally.


On New Silent Film Scores
TMC Composition Fellows
August 10, 1pm, Cindy’s Café

In this panel discussion moderated by composer and Head of TMC Composition Program, Michael Gandolfi, learn about the challenges and joys of creating new music for silent film. Lunch is provided.


Thomas Adès & Tom Service in Conversation 
August 10, 2:30pm, Linde Center Studio E

Join BSO Artistic Partner and Director of the Festival of Contemporary music, composer Thomas Adès and writer, music journalist, and television and radio presenter Tom Service for a thought-provoking conversation about music, artistic influence, and creative friction. They previously collaborated to produce Thomas Adès: Full of Noises.


Introduction to FCM Prelude Concert Music 
August 10, 3:45pm, Linde Center Studio E

Join us to learn more about the program for this evening’s Prelude concert. Repertoire includes String Quartet No. 3 by Poul Ruders, receiving its American premiere at Tanglewood, Chaya Czernowin’s Anea Crystal, and Ruth Crawford Seeger’s String Quartet.


FCM Prelude Concert 
August 10, 6:15pm, Linde Center Studio E

Poul RUDERS String Quartet No. 3 (American premiere) 
SEEGER String Quartet
Chaya CZERNOWIN Anea Crystal


FCM Chamber Music Concert
TMC Fellows
August 11, 10am, Ozawa Hall

Andrew HAMILTON music for people who like art (American premiere)
Nathan SHIELDS New work (American premiere; TMC commission)
Steve REICH Radio Rewrite
Thea MUSGRAVE Space Play


Dramatic Elements in Contemporary Music 
Poul Ruders, composer
August 11, 12:30pm, Linde Center Studio E


New Silent Film Scores
TMC Composers and Fellows 
August 11, 5pm, Linde Center Studio E


(Re)Settings in Contemporary Music 
August 12, 3pm, Linde Center Studio E


Introduction to FCM Concert Music 
August 12, 4:30pm, Linde Center Studio E

Join us to learn more about the program for this evening’s Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra concert. Repertoire includes Gerald Barry’s Canada, Poul Ruders’ Symphony No. 5, Knussen’s Whitman Settings, and György Kurtág’s …concertante…, op. 42.


FCM Concert
Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra
Thomas Adès, conductor
TMC Conducting Fellows
TMC Vocal Fellows
August 12, 8pm, Ozawa Hall  

Gerald BARRY Canada (American premiere)
Poul RUDERS Symphony No. 5 (American premiere)
KNUSSEN Whitman Settings
György KURTÁG …concertante…, op. 42 (American premiere)




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Erika Fox, Hilda Paredes, Chaya Czernowin & Zoë Martlew 
August 8, 1pm, Linde Center Studio E

Join four leading composers for a candid, information conversation about their passion for new work, their struggles and successes, and their vision for the future of classical music.


Friday Night Concert August 9, 8pm, Shed

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Leonidas Kavakos, conductor and violin
BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto
DVORÁK Symphony No. 7


Saturday Night Concert August 10, 8pm, Shed

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Rafael Payare, conductor
Nikolai Lugansky, piano

CARREÑO Margariteña
RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 1
BRAHMS Symphony No. 1


Sunday Afternoon Concert August 11, 2:30pm, Shed

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Adès, conductor
Inon Barnatan, piano

IVES Three Places in New England
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6, Pastoral


Cinematics Film Series
Babette’s Feast
 August 11, 7pm, Shed

Babette’s Feast, with a score by acclaimed contemporary composer and writer Per Nørgård, explores the story of a 19th century Parisian political refugee who seeks shelter in a rough, Danish coastal town. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1987.


Yo-Yo Ma, cello August 11, 7:30pm, Shed

J.S. BACH Suites for Solo Cello