Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano
Birds in Music
Seiji Ozawa Hall
In a fascinating centuries-spanning program, Pierre-Laurent Aimard explores the many recreations of birdsong in music by a diverse range of composers from the Baroque to the present day, including music by Daquin, Schumann, Ravel, Bartók, and Julian Anderson. The centerpiece will be a selection from Messiaen's monumental Catalogue of the Birds, to be interspersed with electronic works by French composer Bernard Fort incorporating the same bird calls.
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).