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The Tanglewood Music Center

Performance Experiences

At Tanglewood, attendance at concerts is as important as performance. Our Fellows find inspiration and instruction in the superlative music making that surrounds them daily.

Tanglewood is the site of nearly seventy-five concerts each summer, including two to three different BSO programs each week, a multitude of chamber music and guest artist recitals, and concerts from the Boston POPS and popular artists. Fellows can access front-of-house seating or picnic on the lawn under the stars. 

Three concert venues occupy the Tanglewood campus, each with stunning acoustics and beautiful sightlines.

Since 1938, the open-air Koussevitzky Music Shed has been the principal venue for the BSO, seating over 5,000 indoors and an additional 15,000 on the lawn. For those not seated inside atop the clay floor, video images of the orchestra are broadcast to vivid LED screens on the lawn.

Winner of multiple awards for architecture, Seiji Ozawa Hall opened in 1994. It serves as the principal performance and rehearsal venue for the Tanglewood Music Center. Cast in fir, cedar, teak, and heavy timber, the shoe box auditorium seats 1,200, with room for almost 2,000 on the lawn.

The state-of-the art Linde Center for Music and Learning was inaugurated in 2019. The largest of its three spaces is the sun-filled Studio E. It seats 300, with performers set against the backdrop of a one-hundred-year-old red oak situated within the verdant splendor of one of Tanglewood's immaculate lawns.