Celebrating Tanglewood

By Brian McCreath

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Western Massachusetts is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra where music, nature and personalities are brought together in a legendary setting. Here is a rundown from the WGBH's Classical New England staff on the ongoing celebration of 75 years of Tanglewood.

Watch Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration Preview on PBS. See more from Great Performances.

In the 1930's, a vision of classical music among the rolling hills and beautiful lakes of wester Massachusetts emerged in the minds of the residents of Berkshire County, especially Miss Gertrude Robinson Smith. The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Serge Koussevitzky eventually came on the scene to provide that music, and the seeds of Tanglewood were sown.


Now, 75 years after its founding, Classical New England, WGBH, and PBS celebrate that original vision and its modern manifestation with a full weekend of special programs.

Listen throughout the weekend for Tanglewood Tales on Classical New England. These personal memories and stories come from our listeners and reflect both a broad range of experiences as well as the singular magical quality of Tanglewood.

Broadcast Schedule (all programs on Classical New England except where noted)

Friday, Aug. 10
3pm Tanglewood Turnpike
BSO broadcast host Ron Della Chiesa joins Cathy Fuller for a preview of our weekend of live concert broadcasts and a look back, with music from the previous weekend.

7pm Tanglewood Today
Host James David Jacobs brings you an in-depth preview of our Friday night concert.

8pm Live from Tanglewood
Pinchas Zukerman leads the BSO in an All-Bach program in the roles of both violin soloist and conductor, with additional solo contributions from the BSO's Concertmaster Malcolm Lowe, Principal Oboist John Ferrillo, and Principal Flutist Elizabeth Rowe.

Tanglewood sign9pm on WGBH 2 Great Performances: Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration
Watch a gala performance celebrating Tanglewood, with conductors Keith Lockhart, Andris Nelsons, John Williams, and David Zinman, and pianists Emanuel Ax and Peter Serkin, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, vocalist James Taylor, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and more. (Watch a preview above, and see our broadcast schedule for more airings.)

Saturday, Aug. 11
Ozawa Hall5pm Gala Opening of Seijii Ozawa Hall
For the first time ever Classical New England brings you the opening concert of Ozawa Hall, recorded on July 7, 1994, with former BSO Music Director Seiji Ozawa, members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Peter Serkin, and members of the Bernstein family.

7pm Tanglewood Today
Host Larry King brings you an in-depth preview of our Saturday night concert.

8pm Live from Tanglewood
Yo-Yo Ma is the soloist in Elgar's Cello Concerto, and Stéphane Denève conducts the world premiere of André Previn's Music for Boston and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5.

Sunday, Aug. 12
6am The Bach Hour: Bach in the Berkshires
Host Brian McCreath brings you performances of Bach's music from Tanglewood, with the BSO and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

Noon Boston Pops on New England Summer Festivals
Keith Lockhart leads the Boston Pops in a program that includes Duke Ellington's Harlem, and the evocative score to Taxi Driver by Bernard Hermann.

1pm Tanglewood Today
Host Rani Schloss brings you an in-depth preview of our Sunday afternoon concert.

2pm Live from Tanglewood
Paul Lewis is the soloist in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23, and Christoph von Dohnányi conducts Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 and Richard Strauss' Til Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks.

5pm The Bach Hour: Bach in the Berkshires
Host Brian McCreath brings you performances of Bach's music from Tanglewood, with the BSO and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

6pm Arias and Barcarolles: Elly Ameling at Tanglewood
Host Cathy Fuller shares highlights from an all-Schubert recital with pianist Rudolf Jansen at Tanglewood's Theatre Concert Hall in July of 1987.

6:30pm Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration
Co-hosts Ron Della Chiesa and Fred Child of Performance Today bring you all the music from Tanglewood's gala celebration of its 75th birthday, with three orchestras, five conductors, including Keith Lockhart, John Williams, and Andris Nelsons, and guests artists including cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianists Emanuel Ax and Peter Serkin, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, and singer James Taylor.

9pm BSO on Record: Koussevitzky's Final Tanglewood Recordings
Classical New England's BSO broadcast producer Brian Bell brings you the stories and the music from Serge Koussevitzky's final recording sessions with the BSO at Tanglewood.


More from Tanglewood, including the full broadcast schedule and on-demand concerts

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