Tanglewood Takes Flight

[Tanglewood]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

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.


[Tanglewood]SCHEDULE

All events at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary are free and open to the public, though registration is required. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 472 West Mountain Rd., Lenox, MA.


July 27, Thursday

5:30 am Guided Bird Walk
Free Event at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary*
Registration required 

7:00 am Recital by Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Free Event at the Barn at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary • From MESSIAEN Catalogue of the Birds
Registration required

8:30 am Guided Bird Walk
Free Event at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Registration required

1:00 pm "Music and the Language of Birds" 
Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Mass Audubon ornithologist Wayne Petersen • Part of Tanglewood's Talks and Walks/regular prices Tanglewood Tent Club.

2:00 pm Guided Bird Walk
At Tanglewood • Part of Tanglewood's Talks and Walks/regular prices Tanglewood Tent Club

6:00 pm Illustrated Lecture: "Birds at Dusk"
At Tanglewood • Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Mass Audubon ornithologist Wayne Petersen • A ticket to the 8pm Ozawa Hall concert is required.

8:00 pm Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano Seiji Ozawa Hall
At Tanglewood 
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July 28, Friday

7:00 am Recital by Tanglewood Music Center Fellows
Free Event at the Barn at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary •  From MESSIAEN Catalogue of the Birds
Registration required

8:30 am Guided Bird Walk 
Free Event at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Registration required

10:00 am Reception & Art Exhibit: "On the Wing" (Free)
At Tanglewood's Highwood Manor House • Light summer refreshments
View a variety of artworks from the collection of Mass Audubon's Museum of American Bird Art (MABA), located in Canton. See a copper plate and chromolithographs by John James Audubon, the iconic 19th century American artist for whom Mass Audubon was named, and evocative landscape photographs taken on glass plate negatives in the 1890s by William Brewster, Mass Audubon's first president and Harvard's first curator of ornithology. Masterful watercolors of Massachusetts birds by Europe's most renowned bird artist, Lars Jonsson, will also be on display, along with the "flat, simple and funny" art of Charley Harper. Visitors can also view some of the impressive and delightful children's art from MABA's 2016 Taking Flight juried bird art exhibition for young people, which is now an annual event.

July 29, Saturday

7:00 am Recital by Tanglewood Music Center Fellows 
Free Event at the Barn at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary • From MESSIAEN Catalogue of the Birds
Registration required

8:30 am Guided Bird Walk
Free Event at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Registration required

July 30, Sunday

10:00 am Tanglewood Music Center Chamber Music Concert
At Tanglewood's Seiji Ozawa Hall • To include MESSIAEN Oiseaux exotiques
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