BSO Announces 2013 Tanglewood Season

The 2013 Tanglewood season, June 23-September 1, offers music lovers a spectacular variety of musical
guests and programs that spotlight Tanglewood’s rich tradition of presenting summertime concerts at their best since 1937. Widely known as one of the world’s most beloved music festivals and the famed summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood is situated in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. For further information about the concert schedule, family-friendly programs, and purchasing tickets, which go on sale to the public on Sunday, January 27, visit


The 2013 Tanglewood season honors the festival’s tradition of presenting the BSO and many of the top artists of the classical music world in weekend concerts throughout July and August; a series of Boston Pops concerts presenting star entertainers and performers in a variety of genres, a recital and chamber music series in the beautiful setting of Ozawa Hall; programs by the talented young Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s acclaimed summer music academy; and special programs designed for families and young people of all ages, while also presenting several special events unique to the 2013 season. These include artist debuts, four opera presentations, several U.S. premieres, and concerts celebrating major anniversaries of Verdi, Wagner, and Britten. Details about the 2013 Popular Artist Series will be announced in January 2013.


Among the special events of the 2013 Tanglewood season will be the presentation of the acclaimed, newly re-mastered 1961 film West Side Story, featuring the Boston Symphony Orchestra performing Leonard Bernstein’s iconic score, while the film is shown on large screens in high definition with the original vocals and dialogue (7/13). Yo-Yo Ma, in one of his two performances this season, is joined by American string virtuosos Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, and Stuart Duncan to perform a program inspired by their recent genre-defying recording, The Goat Rodeo Sessions (8/15). Emmanuel Music will present a concert performance of John Harbison’s opera The Great Gatsby (7/11), in celebration of the composer’s 75th birthday, and the Tanglewood Music Center, with Mark Morris directing, will present a double opera bill of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Britten’s Curlew River (7/31, 8/1), in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Britten’s birth. In addition, Tanglewood is honored to present the U.S. premiere of George Benjamin’s highly acclaimed opera, Written on Skin (8/12), in concert performance, to take place during the Festival of Contemporary Music (8/8-12).


The BSO’s season at Tanglewood opens on July 5 with Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos leading an all- Tchaikovsky program featuring violin virtuoso Joshua Bell, and closes on August 25 with the welcome return of BSO Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink to the Tanglewood podium to conduct the season finale of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

The 200th anniversaries of the birth of Wagner and Verdi will be marked with two special programs: Bryn Terfel, along with Katarina Dalayman and Amber Wagner, will be featured in Act III of Wagner’s Die Walküre under the direction of the acclaimed Wagner conductor Lothar Koenigs (7/20), and Andris Nelsons will lead the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and an acclaimed cast of soloists in the Verdi Requiem (7/27).

The Tanglewood Festival Chorus will also join the orchestra for Poulenc’s Stabat Mater under the direction of Stéphane Denève (8/2) and Daphnis and Chloé under Charles Dutoit (8/3), as well as the performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under Bernard Haitink (8/25). Following on the success of last season’s all-Bach program and concerts featuring the solo players of the BSO, Tanglewood will present an all-Baroque program of music by Vivaldi, Bach, and Telemann, with BSO principal players Elizabeth Rowe, John Ferrillo, Thomas Rolfs, and Malcolm Lowe, under the direction of Pinchas Zukerman (7/21). Podium favorite Christoph von Dohnányi leads back-to-back performances of Brahms Second and Fourth symphonies (8/9 & 10).

Two artists will appear in the dual role of both conductor and soloist: Christoph Eschenbach in an all- Mozart program (7/26) and Christian Zacharias in an all-Beethoven program (8/11). In addition, Vladimir Jurowski, David Newman, Kazushi Ono, and Andris Poga, a BSO assistant conductor, make their Tanglewood BSO conducting debuts.


Keith Lockhart had expected to be joined by actor, comedian, author, playwright, producer, and musician Steve Martin and his bluegrass collaborators, The Steep Canyon Rangers, for a program of comedy and bluegrass on June 23 but this has been cancelled with a replacement still to be named as of 12/3/12. However, there is no change to the arrival of country music legend Vince Gill on July 7; and American Songbook stylist Michael Feinstein on August 16. The Boston Pops will bring the 2013 Tanglewood season to an end on September 1 with a concert under the direction of Thomas Wilkins. A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keiller returns to Tanglewood for their fourteenth consecutive live broadcast from the festival on June 29.

A beloved summer tradition continues on August 24 with John Williams’ Film Night. Mr. Williams and the Boston Pops will be joined by guest conductor David Newman and renowned vocalist Audra McDonald for what has become one of the signature events of the Tanglewood season.


This summer Tanglewood will present a spectacular lineup of the world’s most celebrated piano virtuosos, including legendary figures Leon Fleisher (BSO/Ravel, 7/12) and Menahem Pressler (Mozart and Kurtág/Boston Symphony Chamber Players, 8/20); these programs will take place in celebration of Mr. Fleisher’s 85th birthday and Mr. Pressler’s 90th birthday. Other featured soloists will include established masters as Leif Ove Andnes (BSO/Beethoven, 8/2), Emanuel Ax (BSO/Mozart, 8/18), Yefim Bronfman (BSO/Beethoven, 8/10), Christoph Eschenbach (BSO/Mozart, 7/26), Paul Lewis (Mahler Chamber Orchestra/Mozart, 7/24), Garrick Ohlsson (BSO/Prokofiev, 7/28), Jean-Yves Thibaudet (BSO/Liszt, 7/19), Peter Serkin (BSO/Stravinsky, 8/23), and Christian Zacharias (BSO/Beethoven, 8/11). Two stars of the younger generation, Lang Lang (BSO/Beethoven, 8/3) and Daniil Trifonov (recital, 8/22), will also be featured.


Ozawa Hall will be home to a wide-ranging series of chamber music, recitals, operas, and more, including a performance by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra featuring pianist Paul Lewis in music of Mozart, 7/24, and the BSO’s annual Family Concert, 8/24. The Ozawa Hall schedule will also feature several artists in recital, including Bryn Terfel and pianist Natalia Katyukova performing German and English art songs on July 18; Garrick Ohlsson in music of Beethoven, Schubert, Griffes, and Chopin on July 25; Christian Zacharias in music of Beethoven, Schubert, and Schumann on August 7, and Daniil Trifonov in music of Scriabin, Liszt, and Chopin on August 22. A rich schedule of chamber music concerts will feature the Borodin String Quartet, 7/17, Emerson String Quartet, 8/14, and Boston Symphony Chamber Players with pianist Menahem Pressler, 8/20. A favorite spot for jazz concerts, Ozawa Hall will also present Monty Alexander Trio on August 25. The performance by Emmanuel Music of John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby, 7/11, and the Tanglewood Music Center performances of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Britten’s Curlew River (7/31, 8/1) will also take place at Ozawa Hall. Friday-night BSO and Saturday-night Tanglewood Music Center chamber music Prelude Concerts take place at 6 p.m. in Ozawa Hall prior to evening BSO concerts and are free to all BSO concert ticket holders.


Following on the success of some of its most popular ticketing, education, and programming initiatives offered during its winter season in Boston, the Boston Symphony Orchestra will bring three of those programs to Tanglewood in 2013. One of the BSO’s most popular discount ticket offers, $20 tickets for attendees under 40, will be available during the 2013 Tanglewood season for BSO and Boston Pops performances in the Shed. This new Tanglewood ticket discount program joins several other established ticket offerings, including free lawn tickets to young people age 17 and under, and a 50% discount on lawn tickets to college and graduate students.

Now in its third season at Symphony Hall in Boston, BSO 101—a free music appreciation series led by BSO Director of Program Publications Marc Mandel with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra— will be introduced for the first time to BSO fans at Tanglewood; the series will take place on four Wednesdays (July 10, July 24, August 7, and August 21) from 12:45–2 p.m. in the Tanglewood Tent Club. BSO 101 sessions will focus on a single work to be played by the BSO on each of those Tanglewood weekends, examining and illuminating aspects of musical shape and form, and of the composer’s individual musical style. All of these sessions will include recorded musical examples, and each is self- contained so that no prior musical training or attendance at any previous session is required. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch, though there will also be an option to buy lunch at the Tent Club.

The BSO’s Underscore Friday series, featuring BSO musicians speaking from the stage about the evening’s program prior to select Friday-evening concerts during the season, will be introduced to Tanglewood audiences in the 2013 season.

BSO 101 and Underscore Fridays join several other educational initiatives at Tanglewood, including This Week at Tanglewood, a popular Friday-evening panel discussion; Talks and Walks featuring special guests appearing at Tanglewood on Thursday afternoons, and a Saturday morning Pre-Rehearsal Talk series, among others. Further details about these new programs and other established ticketing and education programs—including special kid- and family-friendly offerings, are available at


Tanglewood’s 2013 season opens on Sunday, June 23, and closes Sunday, September 1, with tickets going on sale to the general public on Sunday, January 27, 2013. For detailed information about the 2013 Tanglewood season, including how to purchase tickets, priced from $9 to $117 for regular season concerts, visit As of January 27, tickets are available through Tanglewood’s website,, through SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200, and at the Symphony Hall Box Office at 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston MA. New this year–$20 tickets for attendees under 40, will be available for BSO and Boston Pops performances in the Shed. Tanglewood continues to offer free lawn tickets to young people age 17 and under and a 50% discount on lawn tickets to college and graduate students, as well as a variety of special programs for children, including Kids’ Corner, Watch and Play, and the annual Family Concert, this year to take place Saturday, August 24. New this season, one of the BSO’s most popular discount ticket offers, $20 tickets for attendees under 40, will be available for BSO and Boston Pops performances in the Shed.


One of the most popular and acclaimed music festivals in the world, Tanglewood—the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home since 1937—is located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills between Lenox and Stockbridge, MA. With an average annual attendance of more than 300,000 visitors each season, Tanglewood has a $60 million impact on the Berkshire economy each summer. Tanglewood presents orchestra concerts by the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and visiting ensembles, featuring many of the greatest classical musicians of our time; recital and chamber music concerts in the intimate setting of Ozawa Hall; programs highlighting the young musicians of the Tanglewood Music Center; and performances by some of today’s leading popular artists. New this year—$20 tickets for attendees under 40—will be available for BSO and Boston Pops performances in the Shed. Tanglewood is family-friendly, with free lawn tickets available for children and young people age 17 and under, a 50% discount on Friday-evening lawn tickets for college and graduate students, and a variety of special programs for children, including Kids’ Corner, Watch and Play, and the annual Family Concert, this year to take place on August 24. Tanglewood is also the home of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s preeminent summer music academy for the advanced training of young professional musicians, and Days in the Arts, a multi-cultural arts-immersion program that gives 400 fifth-, sixth-, and seventh-graders from communities across Massachusetts the opportunity to explore the arts throughout each week-long session of the summer. These are just two of the BSO’s many educational and outreach activities, for which more information is available at—the largest and most visited orchestral website in the country, receiving about 7 million visitors annually and generating over $75 million in revenue since its launch in 1996. The Boston Symphony Orchestra is online at

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