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Gil Shaham smiling with his hands out

Performance Details
Hosted by Nicole Cabell
Gil Shaham, violin

Scott WHEELER Isolation Rag
Max RAIMI Anger Management
J.S. BACH Partita No. 3 in E for solo violin, BWV 1006
William BOLCOM Suite No. 2 for solo violin:
     "Dancing in Place"
     "Lenny in Spats"
PROKOFIEV Sonata in D for solo violin, Op. 115

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Gil Shaham performs Wheeler, Raimi, Bach, Bolcom and Prokofiev

Friday, July 3, 9:10PM: Beloved violinist Gil Shaham has performed at Tanglewood in virtually every season over more than two decades. His uplifting Tanglewood 2020 solo recital program reflects the imaginative range of his musical interests. Shaham plays works by three living American composers, including two written for him: Boston-based composer Scott Wheeler’s Isolation Rag, written at Shaham’s request as a response to daily life during the COVID-19 pandemic; and two stylish dance movements from William Bolcom’s Suite No. 2 for solo violin. Chicago Symphony Orchestra violist Max Raimi’s Anger Management is a short and virtuosic etude. Anchoring this program is Bach’s Partita in E, one of his six solo violin works from early 1720s that are still considered the wellspring of the solo violin literature. Prokofiev’s charming and lively 1947 Sonata for solo violin was composed for young students of the instrument.

SPECIAL POST-CONCERT EVENT!
There will be special post-concert Q&A with the artist on July 3 only, available exclusively to patrons purchasing this individual event (or the Great Performers Series). A private link will be emailed to these ticket buyers shortly before the concert begins. Please be sure to purchase your ticket to the concert by 8:30 PM EST in order to receive your private link to the Q&A event.

Available July 3 through July 10

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Emanuel Ax

Performance Details
Hosted by Nicole Cabell
Emanuel Ax, piano

BEETHOVEN
     Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor, WoO 59, Für Elise
     Piano Sonata No. 2 in A, Op. 2, No. 2
     Piano Sonata No. 3 in C, Op. 2, No. 3

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Emanuel Ax performs an All-Beethoven Program

July 11: Tanglewood mainstay Emanuel Ax, who made his Boston Symphony Orchestra debut at Tanglewood in August 1978, performs music in which he is an acknowledged master, an all-Beethoven program featuring two of the composer’s earliest sonatas.
Opening this concert is the a familiar work all too rarely played in concert: the composer’s poignant bagatelle known as “Für Elise.” The piano sonatas nos. 2 and 3 both date from very early in Beethoven’s career. It was in his early solo piano music that the revolutionary character of the great composer’s artistry first made itself felt.

Proceeds from this performance will help support the Tanglewood Music Center.

SPECIAL POST-CONCERT EVENT!
There will be special post-concert Q&A with the artist on July 11 only, available exclusively to patrons purchasing this individual event (or the Great Performers Series). A private link will be emailed to these ticket buyers shortly before the concert begins. Please be sure to purchase your ticket to the concert by 8:30 PM EST in order to receive your private link to the Q&A event.

Available July 11, 2020 at 8PM through July 18

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Amanda Forsyth and Pinchas Zuckerman

Performance Details
Hosted by Nicole Cabell
Pinchas Zukerman, violin and viola
Amanda Forsyth, cello
Bryan Wagorn, piano

KODÁLY Duo for viola and cello, Op. 7
GLIÈRE Three Duets for violin and cello, Op. 39
FAURÉ Élégie, Op. 24
PARADIS Sicilienne, for violin and piano
BEETHOVEN Duo in E-flat for violin and viola “with two obbligato eyeglasses”

Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth Perform KODÁLY, GLIÈRE, FAURÉ, PARADIS and Beethoven

July 18: Eminent violinist Pinchas Zukerman—a frequent performer at Tanglewood with the BSO as conductor as well as violin and viola soloist—is joined by his wife and regular recital partner, cellist Amanda Forsyth in music from four different countries.
Satisfyingly substantial duets by Beethoven and by the Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály show the potential of the duo configuration, along with three characterful movements from the Russian Reinhold Glière’s 8 pieces, Op. 39. Joining Forsyth for Fauré’s Élégie and Zukerman for Paradis’s Sicilienne is Canadian pianist Bryan Wagorn.

Available July 18, 2020 at 8PM through July 25

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Augustin Hadelich

Performance Details
Hosted by Nicole Cabell
Augustin Hadelich, violin
Orion Weiss, piano

DEBUSSY Violin Sonata in G minor
BRAHMS Violin Sonata No. 2 in A, Op. 100
John ADAMS Road Movies

Augustin Hadelich and Orion Weiss perform Debussy, Brahms and Adams

July 25: Italian-born Austrian violinist Augustin Hadelich and American pianist Orion Weiss, a former Tanglewood Fellow, began touring together as a duo in 2019.
For their 2020 Tanglewood recital they chose three works that they feel communicate with one another across their very different styles. The lyricism of Brahms’s A major sonata is rooted in melodies he had used originally in songs. Debussy’s Violin Sonata, the composer’s final completed major work, is arguably his finest and most personal chamber work. From 1995 is John Adams’s sonata-like Road Movies, its title suggested by the driving, swinging grooves of its three movements.

Available July 25, 2020 at 8PM through August 1

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Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax

Performance Details
Hosted by Nicole Cabell
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Emanuel Ax, piano

BEETHOVEN Cello Sonata No. 3 in A, Op. 69
Music by BRAHMS and MENDELSSOHN

Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax perform Beethoven, BRAHMS and MENDELSSOHN

August 1: Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax, both consummate solo artists, together form one of the closest musical friendships and chamber music partnerships of all time.
In the spirit of that friendship, this presentation features a casual and intimate framework in which the two share banter and anecdotes that go beyond the music. This concert features Beethoven's A major cello sonata, a substantial, lyrical work that insists on equality between the cello and piano roles. Mr. Ax and Mr. Ma have continued to explore the richness of this piece since first recording it together more than thirty years ago. Also on the program are works by two of Beethoven's greatest successors, Brahms and Mendelssohn.

SPECIAL POST-CONCERT EVENT!
There will be special post-concert Q&A with Yo-Yo Ma on August 1 only, available exclusively to patrons purchasing this individual event (or the Great Performers Series). A private link will be emailed to these ticket buyers shortly before the concert begins. Please be sure to purchase your ticket to the concert by 8:30 PM EST in order to receive your private link to the Q&A event.

Available August 1, 2020 at 8PM through August 8

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Daniil Trifonov

Performance Details
Hosted by Nicole Cabell
Daniil Trifonov, piano

J.S. BACH The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080

Daniil Trifonov performs Bach

August 8: The Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov is as well-known for his searching, thoughtful programs as he is for his remarkable virtuosity and sensitivity as a performer.
Bach’s The Art of Fugue demands all of a performer’s resources. Written and compiled near the end of the composer’s life, The Art of Fugue is a collection of diverse pieces based on a single D minor theme. That theme is reversed, inverted, and otherwise reworked to create a brilliant kaleidoscope of contrapuntal mastery. Like The Goldberg Variations, The Art of Fugue also embraces a wide range of musical moods and styles.

Available August 8, 2020 at 8PM through August 15

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Conrad Tao

Performance Details
Hosted by Nicole Cabell
Conrad Tao, piano
Felipe LARA Injust Intonations (#BlackLivesMatter) (2017)
CRAWFORD SEEGER Study in Mixed Accents (ossia ii) (1930)
Conrad TAO All I had forgotten or tried to (2017)
Tania LEÓN Ritual (1987)
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2, Tempest
CRAWFORD SEEGER Study in Mixed Accents (ossia i) (1930)
David LANG wed (1992)

Conrad tao performs Laura, Crawford Seeger, Tao, beethoven and Lang

August 15: American pianist Conrad Tao made his Tanglewood debut as soloist in Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G in August 2019.
Known as a composer as well as a pianist, Tao shows the breadth of his musical interests in this recital of music at the center of which is Beethoven’s towering Tempest Sonata, which exploits the full range and power of the piano. The shorter 20th- and 21st-century works flanking the sonata include two studies by the important American composer Ruth Crawford Seeger; Cuban-born composer Tania León’s Ritual, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lang’s introspective wed, and Conrad Tao’s own contemplative All I had forgotten or tried to. Opening the program is a 2017 piece commissioned by Tao from Brazilian composer Felipe Lara, Injust Intonations, a response to the Black Lives Matter movement.

SPECIAL POST-CONCERT EVENT!
There will be special post-concert Q&A with the artist on August 15 only, available exclusively to patrons purchasing this individual event (or the Great Performers Series). A private link will be emailed to these ticket buyers shortly before the concert begins. Please be sure to purchase your ticket to the concert by 8:30 PM EST in order to receive your private link to the Q&A event.

Available August 15, 2020 at 8PM through August 22

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Joshua Bell and Jeremy Denk

Performance Details
Hosted by Nicole Cabell
Joshua Bell, violin
Jeremy Denk, piano
ALL-BEETHOVEN PROGRAM
Violin Sonata No. 5 in F, Op. 24, Spring
Violin Sonata No. 9 in A, Op. 47, Kreutzer

 

Joshua Bell and Jeremy Denk Perform an All-Beethoven Program

August 22: The outstanding violinist Joshua Bell and acclaimed pianist Jeremy Denk, longtime collaborators, bring their insightful artistry to bear on two pieces central to the violin-and-piano repertoire: Beethoven’s Spring and Kreutzer sonatas.
Rooted in the Classical world of Mozart, the Spring Sonata of 1801 is one of the most beloved violin sonatas of all time. The optimism and lyricism of its melodies likely suggested the sonata’s nickname, which was not Beethoven’s own. The Kreutzer Sonata, composed three years later, is a contrastingly dramatic and intense work that stands with such larger works as the Eroica and Fifth symphonies as defining Beethoven’s “heroic” voice.

Available August 22, 2020 at 8PM through August 29

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Vital support for Great Performers in Recital from Tanglewood was generously provided by:
Jim and Virginia Aisner
Cynthia and Robert J. Lepofsky

George W. and Florence N. Adams Concert
Joan and Richard Barovick
Roberta and George † Berry
In Memory of Jean Thaxter Brett
Gregory E. Bulger Foundation/Gregory Bulger and Richard Dix
Bonnie and Terry Burman
Catherine and Paul Buttenwieser
Canyon Ranch
R. Martin Chavez and Benjamin Rothschild
Cynthia and Oliver Curme
Jackie and Larry Horn
Valerie and Allen Hyman
Dorothy and Charlie Jenkins
In Memory of Evelyn and Samuel Lourie
Jane and Robert Mayer
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Abe and Irene Pollin
In Memory of Carol Reich
Ronald and Karen Rettner
Carol and Irv Smokler
Caroline and James Taylor
Linda and Edward Wacks
Stephen and Dorothy Weber