[Header, photo by Marco Borggreve]

For immediate release
April 8, 2021

PRESS CONTACTS:

Bernadette Horgan bhorgan@bso.org
Matthew Erikson, merikson@bso.org
617-638-9280

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES PROGRAMMING FOR 2021 TANGLEWOOD SEASON, JULY 9–AUGUST 16, UNDER THE ARTISTIC LEADERSHIP OF BSO MUSIC DIRECTOR ANDRIS NELSONS, WHO WILL LEAD EIGHT ORCHESTRA PROGRAMS

TANGLEWOOD WELCOMES CONCERTGOERS BACK FOR IN-PERSON PERFORMANCES THIS SUMMER AFTER THE RENOWNED MUSIC FESTIVAL WAS SHUTTERED IN SUMMER 2020 DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC

THE BSO BEGINS ITS 2021 TANGLEWOOD SEASON ON SATURDAY, JULY 10 WITH A PERFORMANCE OF BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH SYMPHONY, THE SAME WORK THAT OPENED THE INAUGURAL SEASON OF THE FESTIVAL IN 1937—A FITTING PARALLEL, AS THE ORCHESTRA REOPENS THE FESTIVAL, RETURNS TO CONCERTIZING WITH AUDIENCES, AND BEGINS TO IMAGINE ITS NEXT CHAPTER IN A POST-COVID WORLD

[Andris conducts Beethoven Symphony 5]
Click here for footage of Andris Nelsons leading the BSO in the opening measures of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, recorded at Symphony Hall in January 2021; the BSO opens the 2021 Tanglewood season with Beethoven's Fifth

TICKETS GO ON SALE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC—ALONGSIDE THE LAUNCH OF CONTACTLESS MOBILE TICKETING—ON MAY 17, AT 10 A.M., AT WWW.TANGLEWOOD.ORG AND 888-266-1200; FREE LAWN TICKETS FOR THOSE UNDER 18 TO BE OFFERED THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER; CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER DETAILS ABOUT PURCHASING TICKETS

TANGLEWOOD TO PRESENT REDUCED, SIX-WEEK BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT SEASON—ENCOMPASSING APPROXIMATELY 50% OF THE FESTIVAL’S USUAL OFFERINGS WHILE REFLECTING THE VARIETY AND DEPTH OF PROGRAMMING TYPICALLY ASSOCIATED WITH THE FESTIVAL; BSO CONCERTS TO TAKE PLACE SATURDAY EVENINGS AND SUNDAY AFTERNOONS; BOSTON POPS CONCERTS AND NOTABLE GUEST CHAMBER MUSIC ARTISTS AND ENSEMBLES TO BE FEATURED ON FRIDAY EVENINGS

CLICK HERE TO VIEW MARCH 19 ANNOUNCEMENT WITH DETAILS ABOUT HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS IN PLACE IN SUMMER 2021

[Andris Nelsons, John Williams, Keith Lockhart, Thomas Adès]
Andris Nelsons, John Williams, Keith Lockhart, Thomas Adès

2021 TANGLEWOOD SEASON TO FEATURE BSO TITLED CONDUCTORS ANDRIS NELSONS, THOMAS ADÈS, KEITH LOCKHART, AND JOHN WILLIAMS, JOINED BY SPECIAL GUEST ARTISTS EMANUEL AX, LISA BATIASHVILI, HERBERT BLOMSTEDT, YEFIM BRONFMAN, KARINA CANELLAKIS, ALAN GILBERT, LEONIDAS KAVAKOS, YO-YO MA, ANTHONY MARWOOD, WYNTON MARSALIS, BAIBA SKRIDE, BYRON STRIPLING, JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET, AND DANIIL TRIFONOV

[Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Karina Canellakis, Alan Gilbert]
Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Karina Canellakis, Alan Gilbert

BELOVED WORKS BY BEETHOVEN, BRAHMS, COPLAND, DVOŘÁK, GERSHWIN, HAYDN, MENDELSSOHN, PROKOFIEV, RAVEL, SCHUMANN, STRAVINSKY, AND TCHAIKOVSKY APPEAR ALONGSIDE WORKS BY THOMAS ADÈS, IMAN HABIBI, VIJAY IYER, HANNAH KENDALL, ELENA LANGER, MISSY MAZZOLI, JESSIE MONTGOMERY, CARLOS SIMON, AND MARY LOU WILLIAMS, AS WELL AS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF JOHN WILLIAMS’ VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 2, WITH SOLOIST ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER

BSO ARTISTIC ADVISOR THOMAS ADÈS DIRECTS THE 2021 FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC, JULY 25–26, TO FEATURE LIVING COMPOSERS ANDREW HAIG, GYÖRGY KURTÁG, JEFFREY MUMFORD, PER NØRGÅRD, ANDREW NORMAN, STEVE REICH, SEAN SHEPHERD, KAIJA SAARIAHO, XINYANG WANG, AND JUDITH WEIR, AS WELL AS LIGETI; CLICK HERE FOR FCM LISTING

[Kaija Saariaho, Xinyang Wang, Judith Weir, Bill T. Jones]
Kaija Saariaho, Xinyang Wang, Judith Weir, Bill T. Jones

TANGLEWOOD 2021 ALSO TO FEATURE PERFORMANCES BY THE FELLOWS OF THE TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER; TMC MASTERCLASSES, CURATED CONVERSATIONS, ONLINE OFFERINGS, AND THE BIG IDEA SPEAKER PROGRAM FEATURING BILL T. JONES PRESENTED BY THE TANGLEWOOD LEARNING INSTITUTE; AND COMMUNITY, EDUCATION, AND FAMILY ACTIVITIES ON THE TANGLEWOOD GROUNDS AND THROUGHOUT THE BERKSHIRE AREA

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, TANGLEWOOD’S LIVE PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY SELECT WEEKLY LIVE VIDEO PERFORMANCE STREAMS ON THE ORCHESTRA’S ONLINE STREAMING PORTAL, BSO NOW, AT WWW.BSO.ORG/NOW

CLICK HERE TO VIEW A CALENDAR LISTING OF THE 2021 TANGLEWOOD SEASON

CLICK HERE FOR A 2021 TANGLEWOOD PRESS KIT, INCLUDING B-ROLL AND PHOTOS

TANGLEWOOD’S SATURDAY-EVENING AND SUNDAY-AFTERNOON BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES, JULY 10-AUGUST 15

SIX BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERTS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF ANDRIS NELSONS

Saturday, July 10, 8 p.m.: Andris Nelsons opens the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 2021 Tanglewood season with an all-Beethoven program, with special guest Emanuel Ax performing Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor, on a program with the overture to The Creatures of Prometheus and Symphony No. 5

Sunday, July 11, 2:30 p.m.: The Boston Symphony Orchestra performs Carlos Simon’s Fate Now Conquers, followed by Sibelius’ Violin Concerto with soloist Baiba Skride and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 6

Saturday, July 17, 8 p.m.: Daniil Trifonov joins the orchestra for Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1; the program opens with Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1, Classical

Sunday, July 18, 2:30 p.m.: Lucas and Arthur Jussen are the soloists for Mozart’s Concerto in E-flat for Two Pianos, K.365 on a program with the Mendelssohn-Hensel Overture in C and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5, Reformation

Saturday, July 24, 8 p.m.: John Williams’ Violin Concerto No 2, with soloist Anne-Sophie Mutter, receives its world premiere, under the direction of Mr. Williams; the program opens with Jessie Montgomery’s Starburst and includes performances of Copland’s Quiet City, with BSO English horn Robert Sheena and principal trumpet Thomas Rolfs in the solo roles, and Stravinsky’s Suite from The Firebird (1919 version)

Sunday, July 25, 2:30 p.m.: Iman Habibi’s Jeder Baum spricht opens this program that features Yefim Bronfman in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, followed by a performance of Schumann’s Symphony No. 4

[Emanuel Ax, Jessie Montgomery, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Carlos Simon]
Emanuel Ax, Jessie Montgomery, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Carlos Simon

CLICK HERE TO VIEW DETAILS OF SIX ADDITIONAL SATURDAY/SUNDAY BSO PROGRAMS, JULY 31–AUGUST 15, UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THOMAS ADÈS AND GUEST CONDUCTORS ALAN GILBERT, HERBERT BLOMSTEDT, KARINA CANELLAKIS, AND ANNA RAKITINA, WITH SPECIAL GUEST ARTISTS LISA BATIASHVILI, JOSHUA BELL, KIRILL GERSTEIN, LEONIDAS KAVAKOS, YO-YO MA, AND JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET

[Mark Volpe and Andris Nelsons]
Anna Rakitina, Herbert Blomstedt, Lisa Batiashvili, Joshua Bell

TANGLEWOOD’S FRIDAY-EVENING PROGRAMMING: TWO KEITH LOCKHART-LED BOSTON POPS CONCERTS, INCLUDING JOHN WILLIAMS’ FILM NIGHT, WITH MR. WILLIAMS SHARING THE CONDUCTING DUTIES; THE JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH WYNTON MARSALIS; AND SOME OF THE MAJOR CHAMBER MUSIC ENSEMBLES AND PERFORMERS OF OUR TIME, INCLUDING EMANUEL AX, LEONIDAS KAVAKOS, AND YO-YO MA

Friday, July 9, 8 p.m.: The Knights, with conductor Eric Jacobsen, perform Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, Vijay Iyer’s Crisis Modes, Mary Lou Williams’ Selection from Zodiac Suite, for piano and orchestra, and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, the latter two works featuring pianist Aaron Diehl

Friday, July 16, 8 p.m.: Apollo’s Fire—in a program entitled Bach, Vivaldi & Friends—performs works by Telemann (Concerto Polonois), Porpora (an arrangement of an aria from Polifemo), Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, and three Vivaldi concertos, with Artistic Director Jeannette Sorrell

Friday, July 23, 8 p.m.: The Boston Pops Orchestra, led by conductor Keith Lockhart, present an all-John Williams program, exploring the breadth of Mr. Williams’ music, ranging from such iconic themes as the “Imperial March” from Star Wars to lesser-known rarities, such as “Stargazers” from E.T., accompanied by exclusive video interviews with Mr. Williams telling fascinating stories about his music and career

Friday, July 30, 8 p.m.: Pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Leonidas Kavakos, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma perform an all-Beethoven program of Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 1, No. 3 and a piano trio version of Symphony No. 2, Op. 36

Friday, August 6, 8 p.m.: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, the featured artists of the Tanglewood Learning Institute’s Full Tilt program

Friday, August 13, 8 p.m.: John Williams’ Film Night returns with the Boston Pops, as Mr. Williams shares the podium with Keith Lockhart for a program of music and film clips from Hollywood’s Golden Age to today

[Keith Lockhart and John Williams, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Vitaj Iyer, Mary Lou Williams]
Keith Lockhart and John Williams, Vijay Iyer, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Mary Lou Williams

TANGLEWOOD’S POPULAR ARTIST CONCERT SERIES WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A LATER DATE. TANGLEWOOD IS TARGETING LATE AUGUST AND EARLY SEPTEMBER FOR THESE CONCERTS. THOUGH DATES FOR SPECIFIC CONCERTS MAY BE ANNOUNCED BY ARTISTS AS PART OF THEIR TOURING PLANS, TANGLEWOOD TICKET INFORMATION WILL BE ANNOUNCED AS HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES ARE ESTABLISHED FOR LATE-SUMMER CONCERTS BY THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL, COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS, AND THE BSO’S MANAGEMENT AND TEAM OF ADVISORS.

TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER ACTIVITIES IN 2021

THE TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER—THE BSO’S ACCLAIMED SUMMER MUSIC ACADEMY SINCE 1940—TO PRESENT MONDAY-EVENING ORCHESTRA PROGRAMS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF ANDRIS NELSONS, ALAN GILBERT, HERBERT BLOMSTEDT, AND STEFAN ASBURY, AND SUNDAY-MORNING AND MONDAY-AFTERNOON CHAMBER MUSIC PROGRAMS, WITH ALL PERFORMANCES TAKING PLACE IN THE KOUSSEVITZKY MUSIC SHED

TMC FELLOWS ALSO TO PARTICIPATE IN TLI OPENSTUDIO TEACHING SESSIONS WITH ANDRIS NELSONS (CONDUCTING), YO-YO MA (CELLO), AND LEONIDAS KAVAKOS (VIOLIN)

CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT 2021 TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER PROGRAMS AND A LISTING OF ALL PERFORMANCE ACTIVITIES

CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THIS SUMMER’S TANGLEWOOD LEARNING INSTITUTE PROGRAMMING

[Andris Nelsons leading the TMC Orchestra, a TMC chamber concert, TMC Orchestra performance, TMC master class with Andris Nelsons]
Andris Nelsons leading the TMC Orchestra, a TMC Orchestra performance, TMC master class with Andris Nelsons

TANGLEWOOD’S FAMILY AND COMMUNITY OFFERINGS

THE TANGLEWOOD FAMILY CONCERT, FEATURING MEMBERS OF THE BOSTON SYMPHONY, WITH BYRON STRIPLING IN THE ROLE OF CONDUCTOR AND TRUMPET SOLOIST, WILL TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY, JULY 17, AT 2:30 P.M., UNDER THE TITLE AMERICAN MELODIES, WITH A SPECIAL FOCUS ON THE EARLY SONGS THAT DEFINED AMERICA—FROM FOLK AND SPIRITUALS TO GOSPEL AND JAZZ

THE BSO IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MILL TOWN CAPITAL TO PRESENT TANGLEWOOD IN THE CITY WITH A RECENT BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA VIDEO PERFORMANCE PROJECTED ON A SCREEN ON THE PITTSFIELD COMMON (DATE AND TIME TBA)

BOSTON SYMPHONY MUSICIANS TO PRESENT SOLO AND CHAMBER MUSIC PERFORMANCES IN VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE BERKSHIRE REGION

TANGLEWOOD TO OFFER ALL FULL-TIME BERKSHIRE RESIDENTS REDUCED, $15 LAWN TICKETS

CLICK HERE TO VIEW ADDITIONAL DETAILS ON TANGLEWOOD’S FAMILY AND COMMUNITY OFFERINGS

[Mark Volpe and Andris Nelsons]
Tanglewood lawn, Byron Stripling, BSO Rolling Recital, Tanglewood in the City

TANGLEWOOD 2021 REOPENING PLAN FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY OF ALL

REOPENING SAFETY PLAN DEVELOPED BY BSO WITH GUIDANCE FROM 9FOUNDATIONS, INC., IN COLLABORATION WITH A TEAM OF MEDICAL AND ENGINEERING EXPERTS AND IN CONSIDERATION OF GUIDELINES FROM THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL, THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS, AND LOCAL BERKSHIRE AUTHORITIES, INCLUDING THE TRI-TOWN HEALTH DEPARTMENT

BSO TO WORK WITH 9FOUNDATIONS TO MONITOR AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS AROUND THE LATEST SCIENCE AND REGULARLY UPDATED GUIDELINES—INCLUDING THOSE RELATED TO CAPACITY LEVELS—REGARDING THE PANDEMIC THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER

ALL PERFORMANCES, APPROXIMATELY 80 MINUTES IN LENGTH WITH NO INTERMISSION, TO TAKE PLACE IN OPEN-AIR KOUSSEVITZKY MUSIC SHED, WITH PHYSICAL DISTANCING LIMITS THAT MEET OR EXCEED MASSACHUSETTS ALLOWANCES, ALSO APPLIED TO LAWN CAPACITY

UNIVERSAL MASK WEARING, PHYSICAL DISTANCING, HAND HYGIENE, INCREASED AIR FILTRATION AND VENTILATION, AND ENHANCED CLEANING AND SANITATION ARE AMONG THE MEASURES IN PLACE TO MINIMIZE HEALTH RISKS

VISIT WWW.TANGLEWOOD.ORG/SAFETY FOR UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ABOUT HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS; CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER DETAILS ON HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES AT TANGLEWOOD IN 2021

WITH THE OPENING OF TANGLEWOOD IN SUMMER 2021, THE BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA RETURNS TO LIVE PERFORMANCES WITH AUDIENCES FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE MARCH 2020 WHEN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC NECESSITATED WHAT WILL BE A 16-MONTH LIVE PERFORMANCE HIATUS

[Tanglewood 2018]
Tanglewood's Koussevitsky Music Shed, photographed in 2018 by Fred Collins; click here for high-res version

Narrative Overview 2021 Tanglewood Season

[Andris Nelsons]The Boston Symphony is thrilled to be returning to Tanglewood, its summer home in the beautiful Berkshires since 1937, and welcoming back audiences, July 9–August 16, for the first time since March 2020. At that time, the orchestra was forced to cancel all live performances with audiences, beginning with its concert schedule at Symphony Hall and extending to the 2020 Tanglewood season and beyond, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sixteen months later, the BSO looks forward with great optimism to reopening and reimagining Tanglewood this summer—presenting a shorter, six-week season designed to capture the essential Tanglewood experience, with performances by the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood Music Center orchestras, many of the most preeminent guest artists of our time, and special chamber music and large ensemble groups greatly admired for the power and inspiration of their artistic gifts.

Throughout the summer, Tanglewood will continue its commitment to the most beloved music of the classical music canon, while also expanding its commitment to representing a diverse group of composers of our time, including 18 works by living artists to be performed throughout the summer. The 2021 Tanglewood season will spotlight both established composers well-known to BSO audiences and talented relative newcomers to the field whose work is a harbinger of great promise for the future of classical music.

During this reduced concert season, the BSO remains deeply committed to its essential educational, outreach, and innovative programs. The Tanglewood Music Center—the BSO’s acclaimed summer music academy since 1940—and the Tanglewood Learning Institute—launched in 2019 and offering a wide spectrum of programs designed to engage curious minds—are each integral to the identity of the festival, as are the many activities that involve the community and resonate with families and young audiences, who can attend the festival through Tanglewood’s free lawn ticket program for those under 18 years of age.

[Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in the Shed]Andris Nelsons leads the BSO at the Koussevitzky Music Shed

Highlights of 2021 Tanglewood Season, July 9–August 16

[Andris Nelsons]Marking the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s triumphant return to its summer home, BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons—who leads eight orchestra programs this summer—opens the BSO’s Tanglewood season on Saturday, July 10, with an all-Beethoven program, featuring one of the festival’s most preeminent guest artists, Emanuel Ax, performing the Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor, on a program with one of Beethoven’s most iconic works, Symphony No. 5. In addition to Mr. Ax, many of Tanglewood’s most beloved performing artists who appear virtually every year at the festival, including Yo-Yo Ma and Joshua Bell, will reunite with the orchestra this summer, along with BSO favorites Yefim Bronfman, Kirill Gerstein, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Leonidas Kavakos, and relative newcomers to the BSO, Daniil Trifonov, Baiba Skride, and Lisa Batiashvili. In a nod to the impact of the Tanglewood Music Center, three former Fellows representing three generations of conductors—Herbert Blomstedt (class of 1953), Alan Gilbert (class of 1987 and 1988), and Karina Canellakis (class of 2014)—will each lead the BSO in performance, with Ms. Canellakis making her debut appearance with the orchestra. BSO Assistant Conductor Anna Rakitina makes her long-awaited Tanglewood debut, postponed from summer 2020. BSO Artistic Partner Thomas Adès leads the BSO in performance and directs this year’s Festival of Contemporary Music, to feature works by ten living composers, including Andrew Haig, György Kurtág, Jeffrey Mumford, Per Nørgård, Andrew Norman, Steve Reich, Sean Shepherd, Kaija Saariaho, Xinyang Wang, and Judith Weir, as well as a work by Ligeti. Ligeti’s Violin Concerto will be performed by Anthony Marwood with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra under the direction of Stefan Asbury.

[John Williams and Anne-Sophie Mutter]John Williams will lead the BSO and Anne-Sophie Mutter in the world premiere of his Violin Concerto No. 2. Mr. Williams also joins Keith Lockhart on the podium for the ever-popular John Williams’ Film Night and is the focus of a Lockhart-led Boston Pops concert dedicated to the wide-ranging styles of both Mr. Williams’ iconic and lesser-known film score themes. Wynton Marsalis (TMC Fellow 1979) leads the acclaimed Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in a rare Tanglewood concert appearance, under the Tanglewood Music Center’s Full Tilt program that offers audiences bold, interactive programming by leading, innovative artists of our time. Two major chamber orchestra ensembles, Apollo’s Fire—one of the foremost Baroque ensembles—and The Knights—an adventurous young orchestra dedicated to breaking down barriers between audiences and music—make welcome returns to Tanglewood in 2021.

Works by important composers of our time, including Thomas Adès, Iman Habibi, Vijay Iyer, Hannah Kendall, Elena Langer, Missy Mazzoli, Jessie Montgomery, and Carlos Simon, will be performed by the BSO, Tanglewood Music Center Fellows, and guest artists and ensembles throughout the summer.

[Hannah Kendall, Elena Langer, Iman Habibi, Missy Mazzoli]
Hannah Kendall, Elena Langer, Iman Habibi, Missy Mazzoli

Perhaps a hidden gem on Tanglewood’s weekly schedule of performances, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, under the direction of Andris Nelsons, Herbert Blomstedt, Alan Gilbert, Thomas Adès, and Stefan Asbury, will perform its annual series of Monday-night performances, while also presenting chamber music concerts on Sunday mornings and Monday afternoons. The Tanglewood Learning Institute will present four of its most popular programs that were launched in its inaugural season in 2019, including The Big Idea with guest speaker Bill T. Jones, and TLI ShopTalks, which will be presented online in conjunction with the BSO’s regular series of online video performances throughout the Tanglewood season, available at www.bso.org/now. TMC and TLI will come together this season for TLI OpenStudio, a series of teaching sessions between TMC Fellows and three of the most prominent musicians of our time—Andris Nelsons, Yo-Yo Ma, and Leonidas Kavakos.

[Family concert]Byron Stripling, in the role of conductor and trumpeter, will lead BSO musicians in the annual Family Concert with a special focus on folk, spiritual, gospel, and jazz music that defined and continues to influence American music today. The BSO also looks forward to reaching out to the community and bringing aspects of the Tanglewood experience to people who might not have a chance to visit the grounds. To that end, the BSO in partnership with Mill Town Capital will present Tanglewood in the City that will include a BSO concert video projected onto a screen set up on the Pittsfield Common; further details, including protocols for health and safety will be announced at a later date. In addition, BSO musicians will perform solo and small ensemble works in a variety of locations throughout the Berkshire region.

Tanglewood’s Popular Artist Concert Series will be announced at a later date. Tanglewood is targeting late August and early September for these concerts. Though dates for specific concerts may be announced by artists as part of their touring plans, Tanglewood ticket information will be announced as health and safety guidelines are established for late-summer concerts by the Centers for Disease Control, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the BSO’s management and team of advisors.

For the first time in the history of the Tanglewood festival, the live performance schedule will be accompanied by select weekly live video concert streams, available throughout the summer on the orchestra’s online streaming portal, BSO NOW, at www.bso.org/now, [Family concert]as a way of engaging music lovers, locally and globally, who are not able to attend Tanglewood’s live performances. BSO NOW video concert streams featuring select BSO Saturday-night performances and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra Monday-evening performances will be available online beginning one week after the live performances take place, July 9-August 16, and remain available for 30 days. Programs are subject to change, pending artist approvals. The BSO will also present online content for many of its well-known education programs at Tanglewood; click here for details about this summer’s online programs for the Tanglewood Music Center, Tanglewood Learning Institute, Days in the Arts (DARTS), and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

The Tanglewood grounds will open to visitors free of charge beginning Monday, June 14. The campus will be open seven days per week, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except on performance days, when hours will vary. A schedule of times when the grounds are available to walk, picnic on, and enjoy is available at www.tanglewood.org.

Quote from Andris Nelsons, Ray and Maria Stata BSO Music Director

[Andris Nelsons]"This summer is destined to be incredibly special, as the BSO and I return to our beloved Tanglewood and concerts for live audiences. Among the many highlights planned, we will pay tribute to Beethoven and spotlight 19 important composers of our time, representing a beautiful spectrum of styles and diverse backgrounds.

"The Tanglewood season would not be complete without appearances by the BSO’s other artistic leaders: John Williams, Keith Lockhart, and Thomas Adès. We also welcome back such preeminent artists as Yo-Yo Ma, who will be featured in three appearances this summer, including an all-Tchaikovsky program led by Karina Canellakis. As a member of the class of 2014, Karina joins the distinguished Herbert Blomstedt and Alan Gilbert in representing three generations of former Tanglewood Music Center Fellows leading the BSO this summer. I am so delighted that Emanuel Ax will join me and the BSO for a performance of the Emperor Concerto in the orchestra’s greatly anticipated all-Beethoven opening concert.

"Other wonderful highlights include the return of Tanglewood favorite Joshua Bell, and a rare and very special appearance by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with the legendary Wynton Marsalis.

"A major presence this summer will be national treasure John Williams, who will lead the world premiere of his second violin concerto with the superb Anne-Sophie Mutter. Furthermore, John Williams will be honored in a Boston Pops concert led by Keith Lockhart and will share the podium with Keith for the ever-popular Film Night.

"All of us at the BSO feel a sense of joyful anticipation about the 2021 Tanglewood season, when we will once again make music for our devoted audience members. It promises to be a season to remember and cherish."

LINK TO STATEMENTS FROM THE BSO’S ANDRIS NELSONS AND MARK VOLPE FROM MARCH 19 ANNOUNCEMENT

The BSO’s Health and Safety Plan for Summer 2021

The common theme through each and every offering of the 2021 Tanglewood season will be the priority placed on the health and well-being of everyone involved with Tanglewood this summer. To that end the BSO’s reopening plan for Tanglewood has been developed in conjunction with 9Foundations, a company founded by Dr. Joseph G. Allen, Associate Professor at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and is composed of leading experts in the field of exposure and risk reduction in buildings. Tanglewood’s plan will include universal mask wearing, physical distancing, hand hygiene, and COVID-19 ventilation and filtration standards, among other measures described below. Due to concerns about vocal music in connection with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, regrettably, there will be no appearances this summer by vocal soloists or choral groups, including the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Boston Symphony Children’s Choir. In addition to 9Foundations, the BSO is also working with the Tri-Town Health Department to be sure Tanglewood is abiding by all regional health and safety guidelines and requirements in connection with the pandemic.

Through this fluid situation, Tanglewood will remain flexible and consider adjusting its reopening plan only if it can do so while continuing to maintain its established health and safety standards for everyone associated with the festival. If the CDC or the Commonwealth of Massachusetts recommends more stringent guidelines for public gatherings, or an on-campus issue warrants, the BSO will modify its plans in consultation with its advisory team and communicate any changes accordingly.

As part of the emphasis on health and safety at Tanglewood this summer, all performances will be limited to no more than 80 minutes with no intermissions, as one of many measures in place to reinforce physical distancing protocols and reduce potential exposure to the virus. All performances will take place in the open-air Koussevitzky Music Shed, at a reduced capacity to ensure adherence to physical distancing protocols in place for summer 2021. Similar capacity restrictions will also apply to lawn attendance. Click here to view the March 19 announcement with further details about the reopening of Tanglewood and the health and safety plan in place in response to the pandemic.

LINK TO A QUOTE FROM DR. JOSEPH G. ALLEN OF 9FOUNDATIONS

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Brief Background on Tanglewood

Tanglewood—one of the country’s premier summer music festivals and summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1937—is located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of Lenox and Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Tanglewood, in a typical season, has drawn an annual attendance of approximately 340,000 people and brings more than $100 million in economic activity annually to the Berkshires region. Except for several years during World War II, when the performance schedule was curtailed or canceled in its entirety, as it was in 1943, the festival has run uninterrupted until last summer when the 2020 Tanglewood season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tanglewood was founded by Serge Koussevitzky, BSO Music Director 1924-1949. Click here for further details on Tanglewood.

Formal BSO titles for conductors and other leadership referenced in this release: Andris Nelsons is the Ray and Maria Stata BSO Music Director; Keith Lockhart is the Julian and Eunice Cohen Boston Pops Conductor; Thomas Adès is the Deborah and Philip Edmundson BSO Artistic Partner; John Williams is the George and Roberta Berry Boston Pops Conductor Laureate; Mark Volpe is the Eunice and Julian Cohen BSO President and CEO.

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CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS ABOUT REOPENING TANGLEWOOD IN 2021

CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR MUSICIANS AND STAFF

CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR THE FELLOWS OF THE TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER, THE BSO’S SUMMER ACADEMY FOR ADVANCED MUSICAL STUDY

[Tanglewood Shed]
Click here for a high-res version of the photo, taken at Tanglewood in 2016 by Hilary Scott

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