Tanglewood Adds Steve Miller Band 7/29 and NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me 8/29

Steve Miller performs at Tanglewood this summer.

Steve Miller performs at Tanglewood this summer.



The Steve Miller Band and the radio program Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! join the 2013 Tanglewood line-up today. Known for hits such as “Take the Money and Run,” “The Joker,” and other staples of classic rock radio, The Steve Miller Band will perform on July 29 in the Shed at 7 p.m. Tanglewood visitors will also have the opportunity to enjoy a live presentation of the witty and fast-paced radio program Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! in the Shed on Thursday, August 29. This 8 p.m. performance will be recorded for broadcast to its weekly audience of 3.2 million weekly listeners on more than 600 NPR stations nationwide. Tickets for both performances go on sale to the public on Tuesday, February 19.

Tickets for The Steve Miller Band range from $25.50 to $79.50. Tickets for Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Range from $21 to $120. Tickets go on sale to the public on Tuesday, February 19, atwww.tanglewood.org, by calling 888-266-1200, or at the Symphony Hall box office in Boston, MA.  

[Steve Miller Band]One of rock music’s all-time greats, The Steve Miller Band has sold more than 30 million records in a career spanning more than 40 years. Known for recording some of the most-played songs on classic rock radio including “The Joker,” “Take the Money and Run,” and “Fly Like an Eagle,” Steve Miller is an artist still at the peak of his powers, and in demand at venues around the world. In 2012, Miller’s European tour was highlighted by a critically-acclaimed performance at Roundhouse, and before that, he headlined “Austin City Limits” in 2011 and collaborated with country-superstar Kenny Chesney in 2010. The Steve Miller Band continues their busy touring schedule with upcoming concerts in New Zealand and Australia in 2013. After an eighteen-year break, Miller released two albums recently— the number one blues album “Bingo” (2010) and “Let Your Hair Down” (2011).

[Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!]Hosted by Peter Sagal, the Peabody Award-winning, radio quiz show offers a fast-paced, irreverent look at the week’s news. Listeners call into the show from around the country to answer quirky quiz questions, presented by Mr. Sagal, a panel of featured humorists, and Official Judge and Scorekeeper Carl Kasell, whose voice on your phone answering machine is offered as a prize. Frequent panelists include authors P.J. O’Rourke and Roy Blount, Jr., comedians including Mo Rocca and Paula Poundstone, and figures from the media world including former Boston Globe writer Charles P. Pierce. Based out of Chicago, IL on WBEZ the show has a weekly audience of 3.2 million listeners on more than 600 NPR member stations nationwide, and surpassed one million podcast downloads monthly. Its audience has grown in nearly every ratings period since its premiere in January 1998.

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 two appearances 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). The BSO’s season atTanglewood opens on July 5 with Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos leading an all-Tchaikovsky program featuring violin virtuoso Joshua Bell in his 25th consecutive year performing at Tanglewood, and closes on August 25 with the welcome return of BSO Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink for the season finale of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The 200th anniversaries of the birth of Wagner and Verdi will be marked with two special BSO 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).

Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops will be joined by country music legend Vince Gill on July 7 and American Songbook stylist Michael Feinstein on August 16. For the ever-popular Film Night, this year on August 25, John 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. American singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, along with special guest Sara Watkins, returns to Tanglewood on July 4, with fireworks following the concert, and Grammy award-winning jazz bassist/vocalist/composer Esperanza Spalding will bring her Radio Music Society Tour to Tanglewood on August 4.  A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keiller returns to Tanglewood for their fourteenth consecutive live broadcast from the festival on June 29.  The 2013 popular concerts kick off with a performance of Grammy- and Oscar-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge (6/21) followed by a Keith Lockhart-led Jerry Garcia Symphony Celebration featuring guitarist Warren Haynes(6/22).

The 2013 Tanglewood season will present a spectacular lineup of the world’s most celebrated piano virtuosos, including legendary figures Leon Fleisher (7/12) and Menahem Pressler (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 such established masters as Emanuel Ax (8/18), Yefim Bronfman(8/10), Christoph Eschenbach (7/26), Paul Lewis (7/24), Garrick Ohlsson ( 7/28), Jean-Yves Thibaudet (7/19), Peter Serkin (8/23), and Christian Zacharias (8/11). Two stars of the younger generation, Lang Lang (8/3) and Daniil Trifonov (8/22), will also be featured.

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. 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).

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