Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra Encore Performances

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Video streamed full-length concerts on Monday evenings of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra chosen from Tanglewood’s vast archive of recorded performances. Each will be introduced by Stefan Asbury, with guests.

Videos in This Series:

Andris Nelsons conducting, 2014

Performance Details
Andris Nelsons, guest
WAGNER Ride of the Valkyrie– 6’ (Nelsons; 7.23.19)
HAYDN Symphony No. 97 – 28’ (Nelsons; 8.13.18)
RAVEL Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2 – 16’ (Asbury; 8.7.18) 

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Wagner, Haydn and Ravel

July 6: This series of archival broadcasts from the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra begins with Wagner’s iconic Ride of the Valkyrie—really just a teaser for the last broadcast in this series, which features the complete third act of its parent opera.

The central performance of this program, Haydn’s Symphony No. 97, offers a rarified glimpse of Music Director Andris Nelsons working with a smaller ensemble of TMC Fellows in the more intimate venue of Seiji Ozawa Hall—yet making a work of seemingly modest forces blossom with shape, color, and energy. After that, Head of the TMC Conducting Program Stefan Asbury—the host of these broadcasts—leads the TMC in a signature piece for their mentors in the BSO, Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2.

Available July 6, 2020 at 8PM through July 13


Ed Gazouleas

Performance Details
Ed Gazouleas, guest

TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings – 33’ (un-conducted; 8.5.19)
BRAHMS Symphony No. 1– 47’ (Nelsons; 7.31.16)

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Tchaikovsky and Brahms

July 13: An orchestra needs a conductor, right? Not always, at the TMC.

Under the guidance of Head of Orchestra Studies Edward Gazouleas, a chamber orchestra of twenty-two 2019 String Fellows achieved, through gesture, breathing, and gaze, a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings that is miraculous in its cohesion and musicality. Rolling the clock back a few years, we find a then-beardless BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons leading the TMCO in Brahms’s heroic Symphony No. 1 in the annual Leonard Bernstein Concert on a sunny Sunday afternoon in the Shed—the main Tanglewood venue across campus from the TMCO’s home turf of Ozawa Hall.

Available July 13, 2020 at 8PM through July 20


Paul Lewis

Performance Details
Paul Lewis, guest

BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1 – 52’ (Nelsons/Lewis; 7.31.16)
RAVEL La Valse – 15’ (Deneve; 8.2.16)

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Brahms and Ravel

July 20: This broadcast begins with a performance from the TMCO under Andris Nelsons with pianist Paul Lewis, a great friend of the BSO who would have been the 2020 Koussevitzky Artist at Tanglewood.

The First Piano Concerto of Johannes Brahms has the gravitas of a symphony in disguise, a work of great breadth and seriousness. After that we have a remarkably detailed performance of Ravel’s La Valse under Stéphane Denève. Many have heard this work as a metaphor for the ruin of Europe after the First World War, with the waltz—as metaphor for the complacent opulence of pre-war Vienna—subjected to deconstruction and fragmentation. But Ravel himself denied this meaning, maintaining a simple aim of capturing the rising bustle of a festive evening.

Available July 20, 2020 at 8PM through July 27


John Williams conducting

Performance Details
John Williams, guest

BERNSTEIN Three Meditations from Mass– 20’ (Nelsons/Ma; 8.19.18)
John WILLIAMS Highwood’s Ghost– 18’ (Nelsons; 8.19.18)
COPLAND Symphony No. 3 – 46’ (Asbury; 7.23.18)

Bernstein, Williams, and Copland

July 27: This program celebrates three titans of Tanglewood.

Boston native and Harvard graduate Leonard Bernstein was a member of the TMC’s inaugural class of 1940 and the protégé of BSO Music Director Serge Koussevitzky as well as of Aaron Copland, the TMC’s Head of Faculty. Bernstein’s 1971 musico-theatrical work Mass, from which these Meditations are taken, was written for the opening of the Kennedy Center, and this performance features another Tanglewood icon: cellist Yo-Yo Ma. John Williams served as conductor of the Boston Pops for over a decade and continues to reign at Tanglewood in its annual Film Night, a beloved tradition. Highwood’s Ghost—a BSO commission in honor of Bernstein’s 100th birthday—again features Mr. Ma, along with BSO Principal Harp Jessica Zhou. Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3, concluding with the famous “Fanfare for the Common Man,” was the final work Bernstein conducted with the TMC Orchestra in 1990.

Available July 27, 2020 at 8PM through August 3


Dawn Upshaw headshot

Performance Details
Hosts: Stefan Asbury with Michael Gandolfi & Dawn Upshaw
Andris Nelsons (Beethoven) and TMC Conducting Fellow Gemma New (Gandolfi), conductors
Paul Lewis, piano
Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra TMC Vocal Fellows:
KATHERINE BECK, mezzo-soprano
OLIVIA COSIO, mezzo-soprano
EDWARD VOGEL, baritone
WILLIAM SOCOLOF, bass-baritone

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3– 37’ (Nelsons/Lewis; 8.20.17)
Michael GANDOLFI In America– 35’ (2018; world premiere)
Recorded August 20, 2017 and July 23, 2018

Beethoven and Gandolfi 

August 3: Head of the TMC Composition Program Michael Gandolfi was himself a TMC Fellow in 1986, an experience he regards crucial in his development.

In America
was commissioned by the TMC and was premiered in 2018 by the TMCO, six Fellows of the Vocal Program, and Conducting Fellow Gemma New (currently Resident Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra). The aphoristic work draws its texts from figures who Gandolfi calls “patriots...Americans in the truest sense of the word”, among them Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Martin Luther King Jr., Cesar Chavez, poet Brenda Hillman, and Emma González. Musically, the work traverses territory as diverse as its texts, revealing the influence of Aaron Copland, Latin American music, rock and roll, and even a hint of Richard Strauss. In America’s companion piece on this broadcast features BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons and pianist Paul Lewis in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, which acknowledges its debt to Mozart while foreshadowing the great “heroic” works to follow

Available August 3, 2020 at 8PM through August 10


Thomas Ades

Performance Details
Thomas Adès, guest
ADÈS Asyla – 30’ (Adès; 8.12.19)
LUTOSŁAWSKI Symphony No. 3 – 34’ (Adès; 7.30.18)


August 10: In 2018 and 2019, the Director of Tanglewood’s world-renowned Festival of Contemporary Music was BSO Artistic Partner Thomas Adès, who has achieved fame as a composer, pianist, and conductor.

A concert from the TMC Orchestra always puts the exclamation point on the end of the five-day festival. Adès’s 1997 work Asyla has been noted for its symphony-like form—but in place of third-movement Minuet or scherzo, the composer evokes electronic dance music’s hypnotic energy. Polish composer Witold Lutosławski’s Symphony No. 3, premiered in 1983, has been heard by some as a protest against martial law in Poland in the early 1980s, its opening outburst likened to “fate knocking on the door” as in Beethoven’s Fifth. Lutosławski himself was vague on the issue, noting: “If we agree that music can mean anything extra-musical, it nevertheless remains ambiguous meaning. But man has a single soul and whatever he experiences in life must have some influence on him.”

Available August 10, 2020 at 8PM through August 17


Christine Goerke

Performance Details
Host: Stefan Asbury with guests
Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Christine Goerke, soprano (Brünnhilde)
Amber Wagner, soprano (Sieglinde)
James Rutherford, bass-baritone (Wotan)
Jessica Faselt, soprano (Helmwige)
Wendy Bryn Harmer, soprano (Ortlinde)
Kelly Cae Hogan, soprano (Gerhilde)
Eve Gigliotti, mezzo-soprano (Siegrune)
Dana Beth Miller, mezzo-soprano (Grimgerde)
Ronnita Miller, mezzo-soprano (Schwertleite)
Mary Phillips, mezzo-soprano (Rossweisse)
Renée Tatum, mezzo-soprano (Waltraute)

WAGNER Die Walküre, Act III
Recorded July 28, 2019

Wagner Die Walküre Act III

August 17: During the 2019 season, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra scaled a musical Everest under the baton of Andris Nelsons: Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre—three acts in four hours, performed in three concerts over two days—a taxing yet extraordinary experience for the Fellows.

Many of these young musicians will never again perform such a work with a cast of such a superlative caliber and under a conductor with such preternatural feeling for this music. Act III contains not only Wagner’s most famous music—the ride of the Wotan’s band of women warriors—but also one of the emotional climaxes of the entire Ring Cycle: Wotan, bound by his oaths and contracts, disowns his daughter Brünnhilde, encircling her in fire to lay in wait for rescue by a hero without fear. Setting gods and heroes aside, the cresting wave of music that marks their embrace is at its core a heart-rending moment of farewell between parent and child.

Available starting August 17, 2020 at 8PM through August 24


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