KURT MASUR LEADS THE BSO JULY 15 IN SCHUMANN’S
SYMPHONY NO. 1 AND DVOŘÁK’S CELLO CONCERTO
FEATURING AMERICAN CELLIST LYNN HARRELL
JOHN STORGAARDS, IN HIS BSO CONDUCTING DEBUT, IS JOINED BY
VIOLINIST NIKOLAJ ZNAIDER JULY 16 FOR AN ALL-SIBELIUS PROGRAM
BROADWAY GREATS KELLI O’HARA AND JASON DANIELEY PARTNER
WITH BOSTON POPS AND KEITH LOCKHART TO PAY TRIBUTE TO COLE PORTER JULY 17
JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET PERFORMS RAVEL’S COMPLETE WORKS FOR PIANO IN
TWO RECTIAL PERFORMANCES IN OZAWA HALL, JULY 20 AND 21
German conductor Kurt Masur, a frequent guest of the BSO and at Tanglewood, returns to the Shed July 15 to conduct Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, featuring soloist Lynn Harrell, and Schumann’s Symphony No. 1, Spring, which the BSO also performed during the Symphony Hall season in Boston as part of its complete cycle of Schumann symphonies in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Dvořák’s ardent, rhapsodic concerto, which combines the composer’s distinctive orchestral timbres with decidedly Slavonic melodies, has been one of his most popular and successful works since its 1896 premiere in London. Schumann’s First Symphony, inspired his wife Clara and premiered by his good friend Felix Mendelssohn, was written at a torrential pace and was the composer’s first significant orchestral work.
SATURDAY, JULY 16 – ALL-SIBELIUS PROGRAM WITH JOHN STORGAARDS
AND NIKOLAJ ZNAIDER
Chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra John Storgaardsmakes his BSO and Tanglewood debuts July 16 .
He leads the BSO and Danish violinist Nikolaj Znaider in an all-Sibelius program featuring the soaring Violin Concerto, the majestic Symphony No. 5, the beloved tone poemFinlandia, and Valse triste.
Though all written over a period of just 6 years, the works catch the composer in three quite different moods.
Finlandia is a perfect example of Sibelius’s stirring, nationalistic side; Valse triste conjures a feverish, surreal atmosphere reminiscent of Mahler’s own disjointed waltzes; and the Violin Concerto packages the composer’s soaring melodies into a virtuosic and more traditional form.
SUNDAY, JULY 17 – THE BOSTON POPS PAY TRIBUTE TO COLE PORTER
On July 17, acclaimed Broadway stars Kelli O’Hara and Jason Danieley join conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra for a program of Pops orchestral favorites and a tribute to the great Cole Porter, the Indiana-born, classically trained master of musical theater, whose many hit songs include such timeless classics as “It’s De-lovely,” “You’re the Top,” “Anything Goes,” “So in Love,” and “In the Still of the Night.”
Porter’s catchy melodies and urbane lyrics embody the golden age of Broadway musicals and have established him as one of the most beloved and prolific contributors to the American Songbook. Danieley, who has been hailed by the NYTimes as “the most exquisite tenor on Broadway,” and the three-time Tony nominated O’Hara recently joined the Boston Pops on tour with this tribute program, garnering rave reviews.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, AND THURSDAY, JULY 21 – JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET PLAYS RAVEL
Bringing the week to a close is outstanding French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, one of the world’s foremost interpreters of Ravel, offering an incredibly rare opportunity to hear the composer’s complete music for solo piano between two Ozawa Hall concerts July 20 and 21.
Ravel’s unique body of work in this genre—a total of about 2 hours and 20 minutes of music—stands shoulder to shoulder with the finest piano music every written. Highlights include Miroirs, Gaspard de la nuit, Jeux d’eau, Valses nobles et sentimentales, and Le Tombeau de Couperin.
On July 24, Mr. Thibaudet takes to the Shed stage to join the BSO for Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G and Piano Concerto in D for the left hand, as part of a program concentrating on the music of this great French composer.
CONCERTS BY THE TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER
The Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra performs an eclectic program in Ozawa Hall July 17 under the direction of Kurt Masur and TMC Conducting Fellows.
Maestro Masur leads the orchestra in Schumann’s turbulent and ultimately triumphant Symphony No. 2 and Strauss’s colorful, mischievous symphonic poem Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks.
Also on the program are Dukas’s well-known The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, conducted by TMC Conducting Fellow Robert Trevino, and Kodály’s orchestral suite from the opera Háry János, conducted by TMC Conducting Fellow Case Scaglione.
Tanglewood, located in the Berkshire Hills between Lenox and Stockbridge, Massachusetts, offers a wide variety of orchestral, chamber music, recital, jazz, and popular artist concerts featured throughout the season. The Boston Symphony performs in the Koussevitzky Music Shed most Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in July and August, regularly presenting many of the great conductors and soloists of our time. Tanglewood also features performances by Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, the Boston Symphony’s prestigious summer music academy for the advanced training of musicians. For more information, please visit www.tanglewood.org.
Young Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado makes his BSO and Tanglewood debuts July 22 as he and the orchestra are joined by renowned mezzo-soprano Susan Graham for an all-Baroque program including arias by Handel and Gluck as well as orchestral works by Bach and Rameau. On July 23, Dutch conductor Jaap van Zweden, currently Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, also makes his BSO and Tanglewood debuts with performances of Brahms’s ever-popular Violin Concerto, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, and Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Steven Stucky’s Rhapsodies, a series of short and diverse episodes for orchestra. Outstanding pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet again takes center stage July 24, this time with the BSO and guest conductor Emmanuel Krivine, for an all-Ravel program featuring the Piano Concerto in G, the Piano Concerto in D for the left hand, Valses nobles et sentimentales, and Boléro. On Monday, July 25, Maestro van Zweden and TMC Conducting Fellows lead the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in a program of Beethoven, Debussy, and Tchaikovsky. The legendary Steely Dan, the second member group of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to perform at Tanglewood in 2011, visits the Shed July 26 and brings along its erudite and funky blend of jazz, rock, and R&B.
TANGLEWOOD TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets are available through Tanglewood’s website, www.tanglewood.org, through SymphonyCharge at888-266-1200, or by visiting the Symphony Hall Box Office at 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA.Shed tickets are priced from $9-$115, with Saturday Morning Rehearsals priced from $10-30. Ozawa Hall tickets are priced from $11 to $99.
Ticket prices for the BSO’s Opening Night Concert on July 8—an all-Italian program conducted by Charles Dutoit, range from $20 to $85, with benefactor tickets, including a Gala Opening Night Dinner, among other benefits, priced at $500, $1,000, and $2,500. For further information about Opening Night Gala Dinner benefactor tickets, please call 617-638-9391.
Tickets for Earth, Wind, & Fire (June 25) range from $22-$75; tickets for Steely Dan (July 26) range from $25-$150; and tickets for Train on August 8th range from $21-66. Tickets for the James Taylor concerts on June 30 and July 3 and 4 are sold out. Lawn tickets for the July 1 James Taylor concert with John Williams and the Boston Pops are available for $21.
Tickets are also available for purchase in person at the Tanglewood Box Office at Tanglewood’s Main Gate on West Street in Lenox, MA, beginning June 17. American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club, Discover, and cash are all accepted at the Tanglewood Box Office. The Tanglewood Box Office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, open through intermission on event days and open from 10 a.m. through intermission on Sundays. There is a service charge for each ticket purchased online or by phone and all ticket prices include a $1 Tanglewood grounds maintenance fee. For further information, call the Boston Symphony Orchestra at 617-266-1492 or visit www.bso.org.