2017 Tanglewood Season Highlights


The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons have announced details Of the 2017 Tanglewood Season. Tickets on sale now.
One of the premier summer music festivals in the world and summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1937, Tanglewood is located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills, between Stockbridge and Lenox, Massachusetts. 

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The 2017 Tanglewood season, June 18-Labor Day Weekend, offers visitors an exceptional lineup of performances and musical activities for music lovers of every age, highlighted by 10 programs led by Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director Andris Nelsons and major new initiatives designed to give patrons a wide spectrum of musical, entertainment, and educational activities, including some to enjoy before and after selected performances throughout the summer. In his most significant commitment yet to Tanglewood, Mr. Nelsons will lead both the opening and closing BSO concerts, Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, and Beethoven Symphony No. 9; an opera gala with Kristine Opolais  performing excerpts from Simon Boccanegra, La traviata, and Eugene Onegin, and the first-ever BSO and festival concert performance of the complete Das Rheingold, a tour de force  milestone in the history of the festival. Mr. Nelsons will also conduct the Boston Pops Orchestra for the first time, sharing the podium for Film Night with John Williams


In what promises to be one of the highlights of the 2017 Tanglewood season, and a significant event in the world of opera, Andris Nelsons will lead the first BSO concert performance of the complete Das Rheingold, the first of the four dramas that make up Wagner's masterpiece Der Ring des Nibelungen. The performance will feature Thomas J. Mayer as Wotan, Sarah Connolly as Fricka, and Jochen Schmeckenbecher as Alberich, among other eminent and prestigious singers. Kristine Opolais joins Mr. Nelsons and the BSO for a performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 4 on a program with Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 in A, with teenaged violinist Daniel Lozakovich in his BSO debut; Ms. Opolais will also be featured in a Nelsons-led opera gala program.  In a first-ever outing for Andris Nelsons, the BSO maestro will join John Williams  to share the podium for what isconsistently one of the most popular events each summer, John Williams' Film Night. In another close association with Mr. Williams in 2017, Mr. Nelsons will lead the world premiere of the composer's Markings, with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, who will also perform Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto.   

Mr. Nelsons will lead the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in two programs:  the Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concert with Paul Lewis performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 on a program with Strauss's An Alpine Symphony, and an Ozawa Hall program featuring Håkan Hardenberger and BSO principal trumpet Thomas Rolfs in works of Mark-Anthony Turnage.  These 10 programs, which take place over a four-week period of the 2017 festival, represent Mr. Nelsons' longest commitment to the Tanglewood season since he took on the title of BSO music director in the fall of 2014.  

Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Charles Dutoit, Christoph von Dohnányi, Mark Morris Dance Group
Tanglewood's 80-year tradition of presenting the very best of the classical music world is reflected in the selection of guest artists and ensembles making appearances in the 2017 season.  Preeminent artists with close connections to Tanglewood-making virtually annual appearances at the festival for decades, and featured prominently in several programs in 2017-include cellist Yo-Yo Ma who performs Schumann's Cello Concerto with the BSO, along with two performances in Ozawa Hall, and pianist Emanuel Ax, who performs Beethoven Emperor Concerto with the BSO along with four performances in Ozawa Hall. Mr. Ax has also taken on a special role this summer at Tanglewood as creator and curator of the six-concert series, Schubert's Summer Journey, details of which appear below.

Another Tanglewood favorite, violinist Joshua Bell, performs Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 1, while beloved guest conductors Charles Dutoit (Dvořák's New World Symphony and Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2  with Yefim Bronfman; Berlioz's Te Deum with tenor Paul Groves and Ravel's Piano Concerto for the left hand with Pierre-Laurent Aimard) and Christoph von Dohnányi(Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 and Julian Anderson's Incantesimi; Mozart's Symphony No. 25/Schumann's Symphony No. 2) make welcome return appearances. Always popular at Tanglewood, the Mark Morris Dance Group will perform in Ozawa Hall to the music of Lou Harrison on the occasion of the centenary of the composer's birth. The immensely popular Tanglewood Festival Chorus will be featured prominently in Mahler's Symphony No. 2; Berlioz's Te Deum; Walton's Belshazzar's Feast; the opera gala program; and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

jawsBoston Pops and Keith Lockhart and Tanglewood on Parade
Summertime at Tanglewood wouldn't be complete without several performances by the Boston Pops under the direction of Keith Lockhart, who leads Sondheim on Sondheim and two special movie presentations with live orchestra accompaniment-Jaws  and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Tanglewood on Parade is the festival's annual day-long celebration of music featuring performances and family-fun festivities throughout the afternoon and evening hours, including daytime performances with the Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center and students from the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Tanglewood's summer program for talented high school-aged musicians.  Afternoon activities lead up to a gala 8 p.m. concert featuring performances by the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood Music Center orchestras, which closes with Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, complete with the sounds of cannons and bells, followed by a grand fireworks display (8/1). 

[David Sedaris]Beyond Tanglewood's Classical Music Offerings: Natalie Merchant, David Sedaris and The Avett Brothers, and Future Announcements about the Festival's Popular Artist Series
In addition to Tanglewood's classical music offerings, the 2017 Tanglewood season features singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant, who makes her Tanglewood debut on Sunday, July 2, bringing her distinctive voice and style to the Koussevitzky Music Shed. One of America's preeminent humorists, David Sedaris brings his sardonic wit and incisive social critiques to the Koussevitzky Music Shed in connection with his new book, Theft By Finding(8/20). And, on Friday, September 1, American folk-rock band The Avett Brothers-named for brothers Scott and Seth Avett-make their Tanglewood debut in the Shed.

Additional Popular Artist dates, including performances on July 3 and 4 and Labor Day Weekend, will be announced at a later date.   


New Audiences Initiatives and Exciting Activities in Conjunction with BSO Concerts
In addition to Summer Sunday activities at Tanglewood and Tanglewood Takes Flight:  A Celebration of Birds and Music with Mass Audubon, described above, the 2017 Tanglewood season features additional new offerings in connection with its concert schedule, including the first Tanglewood appearances by BSO Artistic Partner Thomas Adès; concerts by Tanglewood's 2017 Koussevitzky Artist, Garrick Ohlsson; and a series of six Ozawa Hall recital and chamber music concerts celebrating many of the iconic works of Franz Schubert, devised and curated by Emanuel Ax.

First Tanglewood Appearances of Thomas Adès as the Deborah and Philip Edmundson BSO Artistic Partner
The highly acclaimed composer/conductor/pianist Thomas Adès will make his first appearances at Tanglewood as BSO Artistic Partner in 2017.  Mr. Adès will lead the BSO in a program opening with his own …but all shall be well, followed by Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem, and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor, with Emanuel Ax as soloist; he will also lead the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in an Ozawa Hall program of his own Polaris and Sibelius's Symphony No. 7, and join the Emerson Quartet for a wide-ranging program of music of Schubert and Mark-Anthony Turnage. Besides these three programs, Thomas Adès will also coach TMC Composition Fellows and chamber music ensembles.  

Garrick Ohlsson is 2017 Koussevitzky Artist
Garrick Ohlsson, the 2017 Koussevitzky Artist, will be featured in five Tanglewood programs this summer.  On August 1 he is the soloist for the annual Tanglewood on Parade concert, performing Aaron Copland's Piano Concerto with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra.  Mr. Ohlsson returns to the Shed stage to perform Chopin's Piano Concertos 1 and 2 with the BSO on August 4 and 5, respectively.  He will also be featured in two Ozawa Hall programs

Schubert's Summer Journey-Six Ozawa Hall concerts Celebrating the Composer's Music
Schubert's Summer Journey-a series of six Ozawa Hall recital and chamber music concerts devised and curated by Emanuel Ax-will feature some of the composer's most inspiring works performed by an extraordinary lineup of BSO musicians and guest artists well known and beloved by Tanglewood audiences. Many of the works to be performed were composed during the last year of Schubert's life, in 1828.   


Guest Conductors
In addition to special appearances by Charles Dutoit and Christoph von Dohnányi (described above), the 2017 Tanglewood season welcomes return appearances by conductors Gustavo Gimeno leading Bernstein's Symphony No. 2, Age of Anxiety, with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet; Bramwell Tovey leading Walton's Belshazzar's Feast with bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green (7/30); Giancarlo Guerrero leading The Rite of Spring(8/11); and David Afkham leading excerpts from Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Rückert-Lieder with baritone Simon Keenlyside (8/18), as well as BSO Assistant Conductor Ken-David Masur leading Aaron Jay Kernis's Musica Celestis and music of Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky (7/23).  The 2017 Tanglewood season will introduce the prodigiously gifted 27-year-old Israeli conductor Lahav Shani in his BSO debut leading Schubert's Great C major Symphony and Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 1 with Joshua Bell as soloist (8/13). Another highlight of the summer will feature Hans Graf leading a staged production of Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream in a recently devised adaptation by stage director Bill Barclay, featuring vocal soloists, the women of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, four actors performing various passages from the play, along with original stage props, costumes, and lighting, and a video projection designed to contribute to the dream-like atmosphere of the work (8/5). 

Ozawa Hall
In addition to appearances by the Mark Morris Dance Group in Lou 100: In Honor of the Divine Mr. Harrison, the series of six Schubert's Summer Journey  concerts, and performances by 2017 Koussevitzky Artist Garrick Ohlsson, all previously mentioned, Ozawa Hall will also present programs featuring Apollo's Fire in their distinctive take on Vivaldi's Four Seasons (7/5); Daniil Trifonov in works of Schumann, Shostakovich, and Stravinsky (7/12); the Handel and Haydn Society performing Purcell's The Fairy-Queen (8/9); and the Boston Symphony Chamber Players performing Bach's Cantata No. 199, Mein Herze Schwimmt im Blut, with soprano Yulia Van Doren, and works by Gubaidulina and Dvořák-the Piano Quintet with special guest pianist Paul Lewis (8/16).


Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, who will be featured in vocal, chamber music, and orchestral performances throughout the summer, will also participate in performances for the 2017 Festival of Contemporary Music, August 10-15, which has invited TMC alumni pianist Jacob Greenberg, cellist Kathryn Bates, and violist Nadia Sirota-distinguished musicians and active proponents of contemporary music-to curate programs, commission works, and participate in performances. In addition to four world premiere works by Nico Muhly, Anthony Cheung, Nathan Davis, and Kui Dong (with Muhly, Davis, and Dong receiving first Tanglewood performances of any of their music), the festival will feature works by such giants of the contemporary music world as Sofia Gubaidulina (Meditations), Harrison Birtwistle (a selection from Orpheus Elegies), György Ligeti (Clocks and Clouds), and Henri Dutilleux (The Shadows of Time), as well additional works by composers of our time. 

BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons opens the Tanglewood Music Center's series of Ozawa Hall performances with a program featuring acclaimed trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger and BSO principal trumpet Thomas Rolfs in music of Mark-Anthony Turnage (7/10); Mr. Nelsons also leads the TMCO in a Shed performance of Strauss's An Alpine Symphony and Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto with Paul Lewis as soloist (8/20).  Stefan Asbury leads the TMCO in a program to include Brahms's Tragic Overture and Elgar's Symphony No. 1 (7/17) and the final program of the 2017 Festival of Contemporary Music, to include works of Ligeti, Dai Fujikura, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Huang Ruo, and Dutilleux (8/14). BSO Artistic Partner Thomas Adès conducts the TMCO in his own Polaris and Sibelius's Symphony No. 7 (7/24).