The Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival

New this year - Introducing the Tanglewood 2020 Online festival

Although we cannot gather in person this summer, we are pleased to be able to keep the spirit of Tanglewood alive through the Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival, a series of digital offerings for all to enjoy. The festival will include both free-of-charge archival offerings as well as newly created content available for purchase. Video and audio streams begin on July 1, with the ability to purchase starting on June 15.

Ticket holders to Tanglewood performances this summer who donate more than $100 worth of tickets to the BSO will receive complimentary access to the complete selection of paid and archival Tanglewood digital content and a tax receipt for the total ticket value contributed. Donations made by August 31 will also be matched by a group of generous donors who have joined together to help support musical artists and programs in these unprecedented times, amplifying your impact.


The Boston Symphony is also offering a credit towards Tanglewood 2020 at home digital offerings, or towards a future BSO, Pops or Tanglewood performance. Single digital offerings range from five dollars to twelve dollars and packages range from eight dollars to eighty dollars.

An overview of the Festival’s programming can be found below:

Recitals at Tanglewood and Around the World

Newly created content streaming on Saturday evenings includes Great Performances in Recital at Tanglewood, spotlighting some of the artists who were to appear in the Shed in 2020 and additional guests: Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell and Jeremy Denk, Augustin Hadelich and Orion Weiss, Gil Shaham, Daniil Trifonov, Yo-Yo Ma, Conrad Tao, and Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth.

Recitals from the World Stage, a Wednesday-evening series of video streams recorded at concert venues around the world and featuring artists who were to appear in Ozawa hall this summer, includes the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Danish String Quartet, Silkroad Ensemble, Lucas and Arthur Jussen, Paul Lewis, and Garrick Ohlsson, as well as Brooklyn Rider.

Friday evenings will showcase the talented musicians of the Boston Symphony Orchestra with BSO Musicians in Recital.

Tanglewood Learning Institute Online

Tanglewood Learning Institute (TLI) audio and video streams—both newly created and retrospective—will include TLI Masterpass: master classes with TMC fellows, Boston University Tanglewood Institute students, and Tanglewood Festival Chorus singers taught by Andris Nelsons, Paul Lewis, Midori, Stephanie Blythe, and Yo-Yo Ma, among others. Additional offerings include TLI OpenForum, exploring the roaring twenties and the romantic spirit; TLI Celebrates Beethoven, an in-depth exploration of the composer’s work during his 250th anniversary year; and TLI ShopTalks, engaging conversations with notable artists of our time.


Tanglewood Music Center

Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s acclaimed summer music academy, will feature in audio streams of previously recorded Sunday morning chamber music concerts as well as encore performances by the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra.

The Best of Tanglewood On Parade

Hosted by James Taylor, the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood Music Center orchestras, as well as the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and Boston Symphony Children’s Choir, under the direction of Andris Nelsons, Keith Lockhart, John Williams, and James Burton, among others, will be featured in a video-streamed performance of highlights from recent TOP concerts, including the traditional 1812 Overture, in August.

Tanglewood Family Concert with Circle Round

Thomas Wilkins leads an audio-streamed performance, a collaboration with the acclaimed WBUR storytelling podcast Circle Round available on Tuesday, July 28, 5:00 p.m.

BSO Encore Performances from Tanglewood

The Boston Symphony Orchestra will be featured, as well as the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in celebration of its 50th anniversary, in video streamed full-length concerts—chosen from Tanglewood’s vast archive of recorded performances—introduced by a celebrity host and featuring performances by Andris Nelsons, Seiji Ozawa, John Williams, and Anne-Sophie Mutter, among others, available on Sundays at 2:30 p.m., July 5-August 23.