2020 Tanglewood Season Highlights

2019 Tanglewood Logo

THE BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND ANDRIS NELSONS Announce THE 2020 TANGLEWOOD SEASON.
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. 

Tickets on Sale February 9, 2020 at 10AM!

Friends of Tanglewood have early access to tickets before the public. More information on the Friends of Tanglewood is available here.

 

 


 

2020 Tanglewood Season Highlights

The 2020 Tanglewood season, June 19 through August 30, will present major musical events, including an Andris Nelsons-led Act III of Tannhäuser, Paul Lewis performing all five Beethoven piano concertos, a weekend-long celebration of Isaac Stern on the 100th anniversary of his birth, a Boston Pops presentation of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back under the direction of Keith Lockhart, Film Night hosted by John Williams, Thomas Adès directing the 2020 Festival of Contemporary Music, and a Popular Artist series with Ringo Starr, Trey Anastasio, and Judy Collins and Arlo Guthrie. Alongside these programs taking place in the Koussevitzky Music Shed will be intimate chamber music and recital concerts in Ozawa Hall and engaging and thought-provoking Tanglewood Learning Institute activities in the Linde Center for Music and Learning, which opened to great popular and critical acclaim in 2019. Giants of the classical music field and beloved Tanglewood guest artists Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Pamela Frank, Susan Graham, Leonidas Kavakos, Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, and Gil Shaham perform alongside 22 artists making their Tanglewood debuts, as well as the talented musicians of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s famed summer music academy, which presents free and discounted concerts all summer long.

One of the festival’s most beloved traditions, offering audiences a full day of musical activities for music lovers of every age, Tanglewood on Parade takes place on July 28 and culminates in an 8 p.m. concert in the Shed featuring the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood Music Center orchestras, under the direction of Andris Nelsons, John Williams, and Thomas Wilkins. Tanglewood’s many educational and family-friendly programs include the Tanglewood Family Fun Fest on July 31, offering visitors an afternoon of free live performances and family-friendly activities presented by local Berkshire artists and cultural organizations; it is part of the Highlight Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays. This season’s Tanglewood Family Concert, Music of the Spheres, with conductor and narrator Thomas Wilkins, will take place on August 1 in partnership with Circle Round creators Rebecca Sheir and Eric Shimelonis. Berkshire Night will again take place this summer with free Shed tickets for Berkshire residents with valid identification. The BSO will present the second annual Tanglewood in the City: Pittsfield, a live video transmission of a concert from Tanglewood; the concert will be shown on a 15x27-foot screen on the Pittsfield Common and is designed to share one of the festival’s major Shed performances with a wider community of Berkshire residents. The dates for Berkshire Night and Tanglewood in the City: Pittsfield will be announced in the coming months.

More information on the 2020 Tanglewood season, including 2020 Tanglewood Learning Institute summer programming, is available here.

Tickets for the 2020 Tanglewood season range from $12-$132 (regular season tickets) and go on sale to the public on Sunday, February 9 at www.tanglewood.org and 888-266-1200. Friends of Tanglewood have early access to tickets before the public. More information on the Friends of Tanglewood is available here.

Tanglewood Learning Institute 2020 Summer Season

Launched in summer 2019 and celebrating a transformational new milestone in the history and life of Tanglewood, the Tanglewood Learning Institute provides a wide spectrum of performances, programs, activities, and events designed to engage curious minds and attract both newcomers and longtime patrons seeking to expand their involvement with music and the arts.

As with last summer, the Tanglewood Learning Institute will present most of its more than 75 programs and activities at the Linde Center for Music and Learning, Tanglewood’s new four-building complex, which opened to great acclaim and fanfare in summer 2019 and which has played a definitive role in establishing the 83-year-old festival grounds as a year-round facility for the first time in its history. Starting with October 24–27’s “Kickoff Weekend,” the Linde Center is host to fall–spring TLI programming that continues through May. Beyond the TLI activities, there are approximately 35 additional events scheduled to take place at the Linde Center this fall, winter, and spring, including weddings, conferences, receptions, workshops, and meetings, as well as concerts by Berkshire arts organizations.

TLI Summer 2020 resumes popular programs from the 2019 TLI inaugural season—the speaker series The Big Idea, immersive TLI Weekends, unconventional Full Tilt performances, Meet the Makers discussions, ShopTalks musician conversations, Focal Point art lessons in collaboration with the IS183 Art School of the Berkshires, the Cinematics film series with the Berkshire International Film Festival, and String Quartet MasterPass—with an additional partnership with the Norman Rockwell Museum and the new multidisciplinary TLI OpenForum series, which originated during the fall season. All told, the 2019 TLI inaugural season attracted more than 14,000 visitors. Further details about the Tanglewood Learning Institute can be found at www.tli.org.

More information on the 2020 Tanglewood season, including 2020 Tanglewood Learning Institute summer programming, is available here.

Tickets to the second summer season of the Tanglewood Learning Institute go on sale along with tickets for the entire 2020 Tanglewood season on Sunday, February 9 at www.tanglewood.org and 888-266-1200. Friends of Tanglewood have early access to tickets before the public. More information on the Friends of Tanglewood is available here.

[Andris Nelsons Conducting at Tanglewood]

Susan Graham

Paul Lewis



[Ruth Carter Headshot]

[Ax Headshot]

[Alro Guthire

[Thomas Wilkins Conducting]