Tanglewood 2015


The Tanglewood Music Center celebrates its 75th anniversary, and Music Director Andris Nelsons conducts six concerts at the Boston Symphony's summer home.

To hear a conversation about the 2015 season with Tanglewood Music Center Director Ellen Highstein, click on "Listen" above.


lion gate at tanglewood

Highlights of the season:

Andris Nelsons
Andris Nelsons
(credit Marco Borggreve)

Andris Nelsons
The Music Director of the BSO will conduct five full concerts, as well as part of Tanglewood on Parade (Aug. 4):

  • Sat., Aug. 1 - Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, violinist Renaud Capuçon, and cellist Gautier Capuçon are the soloists in Beethoven's Triple Concerto.
  • Sun., Aug. 2 - Trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger is the soloist in Brett Dean's Dramatis personae, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violist Steven Ansell are soloists in Strauss's Don Quixote.
  • Sat., Aug. 8 - The Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus perform Mahler's Symphony No. 8, the "Symphony of a Thousand."
  • Fri., Aug. 14 - Violinist Christian Tetzlaff is the soloist in Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, and Nelsons conducts Mahler's Symphony No. 6.
  • Sat., Aug. 15 - Soprano Kristine Opolais sings Italian opera arias, and Nelsons conducts Strauss's Ein Heldenleben.
Seiji Ozawa Hall
Seiji Ozawa Hall

Tanglewood Music Center 75th Anniversary
Each summer the Tanglewood Music Center draws on the expertise and excellence of the Boston Symphony Orchestra to be one of the world's premiere music academies. Highlights of its 75th anniversary season include

  • over 30 commissions from composers around the world with close ties to Tanglewood,
  • eight Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra concerts, including a performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 8, the "Symphony of a Thousand," led by BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons,
  • the Festival of Contemporary Music, including a July 27 concert featuring music by Copland, Bernstein, Foss, and Ives, with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, and
  • free weekly Tanglewood Music Center on-demand streams, featuring some of the memorable and significant TMC performances of orchestra, chamber, and new music.
Keith Lockhart
Keith Lockhart
Boston Pops
  • Sun., July 5 - Keith Lockhart leads the Pops in a concert that rounds out the first weekend of the summer.
  • Fri., Aug. 21 - Cirque de la Symphonie brings breathtaking acrobatics and magic to the Koussevitzky Music Shed.
  • Sat., Aug. 22 - Pops Conductor Laureate John Williams and David Newman conduct Film Night an annual highlight of the summer.
Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma
Visiting Artists
  • Thu., June 25, and Fri. June 26 - Mark Morris Dance Company
  • Thu., July 2 - Apollo's Fire: The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra
  • Wed., July 22 - Emerson String Quartet
  • Thu., July 30 - The Knights, performing Falla's Master Peter's Puppet Show
  • Wed., Aug. 5 - Baritone Matthias Goerne and pianist Markus Hinterhäuser, performing Schubert's Winterreise
  • Thu., Aug. 13 - Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and friends, in A Distant Mirror, a program based on the cultural transformations of the 16th and 17th centuries
  For more details, visit the Boston Symphony Orchestra.


(photo of the Lion Gate at Tanglewood by Stu Rosner, courtesy of the BSO)










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