2021 TANGLEWOOD SEASON
JULY 4–AUGUST 26
Performance Highlights of Weeks Five and Six of Boston Symphony Orchestra and Other Performances, August 5–August 16
ON AUGUST 13, JOHN WILLIAMS AND KEITH LOCKHART SHARE THE PODIUM FOR JOHN WILLIAMS FILM NIGHT, ONE OF THE SUMMER’S MOST ANTICIPATED EVENTS
SUPERSTAR SOLOISTS JOSHUA BELL (8/7), LEONIDAS KAVAKOS (8/15), YO-YO MA (8/8), AND JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET (8/14) TAKE CENTER STAGE IN THE SHED FOR THE FINAL BSO CONCERTS OF THE SEASON
TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER ALUMNI HERBERT BLOMSTEDT (CLASS OF 1953) AND KARINA CANELLAKIS (2014) LEAD BSO CONCERTS, FOLLOWING ALAN GILBERT’S (1987, 1988) APPEARANCES WITH THE ORCHESTRA, THUS REPRESENTING THREE GENERATIONS OF TMC GRADUATES
POPULAR ARTIST SERIES, INCLUDING HEADLINERS BRANDI CARLILE (8/21) AND JUDY COLLINS (8/22), AS WELL AS THE 2021 EDITION OF NPR’S WAIT WAIT … DON’T TELL ME! (8/26), CLOSE OUT THE SUMMER SEASON
AUGUST OFFERINGS OF THE TANGLEWOOD LEARNING INSTITUTE INCLUDE MASTER CLASSES WITH YO-YO MA (8/5) AND LEONIDAS KAVAKOS (8/12) AND A SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY THE JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH BRANFORD MARSALIS (8/6)
Yo-Yo Ma, Herbert Blomstedt, Karina Canellakis, Joshua Bell
Boston Symphony Orchestra Highlights for Weeks Five and Six of 2021 Tanglewood Season
Saturday, August 7, 8 p.m.: Always a welcome guest on the podium, Herbert Blomstedt returns to lead the BSO in an all-Beethoven program: the Violin Concerto with another Tanglewood regular, Joshua Bell, and the Symphony No. 7. This concert will be available, August 15-September 14, on the BSO NOW streaming portal at bso.org/now.
Sunday, August 8, 2:30 p.m.: American conductor Karina Canellakis leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra for the first time, in a program that opens with Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres) by American composer Missy Mazzoli, continues with Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, for cello and orchestra, with soloist Yo-Yo Ma, and concludes with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.
Saturday, August 14, 8 p.m.: BSO Assistant Conductor Anna Rakitina makes her long-awaited Tanglewood debut leading a program that includes Russian-born British composer Elena Langer’s Suite from Figaro Gets a Divorce, Elgar’s Enigma Variations, and Ravel’s jazz-influenced Piano Concerto in G, with eminent French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet as soloist. This concert will be available, August 22-September 21, on the BSO NOW streaming portal at bso.org/now.
Sunday, August 15, 2:30 p.m.: Returning for the final BSO concert of the season, Herbert Blomstedt leads an all-Brahms program: the Violin Concerto with noted Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos and the Symphony No. 4.
Friday-Evening Programming for Weeks Five and Six of the 2021 Tanglewood Season
Friday, August 6, 8 p.m.: Saxophonist Branford Marsalis, part of the famed musical dynasty, is special guest conductor of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, a Full Tilt presentation of the Tanglewood Learning Institute.
Friday, August 13, 8 p.m.: With John Williams and Keith Lockhart at the helm, movie lovers of all ages and tastes are sure to delight in John Williams Film Night, a musical journey through multiple decades of movie magic. As excerpts from the featured films play on the large screens, the Boston Pops Orchestra performs the musical score that enhances the scene.
Tanglewood Music Center and Tanglewood Learning Institute Programming for Weeks Five and Six of the 2021 Tanglewood Season
Thursday, August 5, 8 p.m.: As part of TLI/TMC OpenStudio, the world’s most famous cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, leads a master class with Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, as TLI participants gain a new perspective on the interpretive process.
Monday, August 9, 8 p.m.: Herbert Blomstedt (TMC Class of 1953) returns to lead this year’s class of emerging professional musicians in the TMC Orchestra in a program of Mendelssohn, Mozart, and Brahms. This concert will be available, August 17-September 16, on the BSO NOW streaming portal at bso.org/now
Thursday, August 12, 8 p.m.: For the season’s last TLI/TMC OpenStudio, distinguished violinist Leonidas Kavakos leads a master class with Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, giving TLI participants an inside glimpse of up-and-coming artists working with a master musician.
Monday, August 16, 8 p.m.: Conducting program head Stefan Asbury leads the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in a wide-ranging program including American composer Brian Raphael Nabors’Iubilo, Smetana’s “Vyšerad” from his most familiar work, Má Vlast, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7. This concert will be available, August 24-September 23, on the BSO NOW streaming portal at bso.org/now.
Please note: The Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s acclaimed summer music academy, also presents free chamber music programs on Sunday mornings and Monday afternoons throughout the Tanglewood season, July 12-August 16.
Popular Artists Series for the 2021 Tanglewood Season
• Singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile is the headliner on August 21, following opening artist Mavis Staples (right), the gospel legend who made a striking impression at this year’s Pops July 4th concert.
• The following afternoon, on August 22, legendary, award-winning singer Judy Collins takes center stage, joined by very special guests English singer/songwriter/guitarist Richard Thompson and American singer/songwriter Jesse Colin Young.
• Finally, a perennial Tanglewood favorite, NPR’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!, returns to the Shed to close out the season on August 26.
How to Purchase Tickets and Free and Discounted Ticket Programs
• Tickets for 2021 Tanglewood season, priced starting at $15, on sale through tanglewood.org and 888-266-1200
• Free lawn tickets for those under 18 will be offered throughout the summer
• Free general admission to Tanglewood Music Center chamber concerts will take place Sundays at 10 a.m. and Mondays at 2:30 p.m., July 12-August 16
• Tanglewood to offer Berkshire Resident Lawn Passes—reduced-priced, $15 lawn tickets—to full-time local residents
THE SUMMER’S FINAL COMMUNITY POP-UP CONCERTS FEATURING MEMBERS OF THE BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA IN SOLO AND SMALL ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCES, WILL TAKE PLACE AT BMC SATELLITE EMERGENCY FACILITY IN NORTH ADAMS ON AUGUST 8, THANKS TO THE SPONSORSHIP OF BERKSHIRE MEDICAL CENTER
ADDITIONAL DETAILS ABOUT THE 2021 TANGLEWOOD SEASON
Narrative Overview 2021 Tanglewood Season
The Boston Symphony is thrilled to return to Tanglewood, its summer home in the beautiful Berkshires since 1937, and to welcome back audiences, July 4–August 26, for the first time since March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated a 15-month performance hiatus. The shorter, six-week Tanglewood season is designed to capture the essential Tanglewood experience, with performances by the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood Music Center orchestras, preeminent guest artists of our time, and notable chamber music and large ensembles. Tanglewood is also pleased to present the 2021 Popular Artist series (click here for press release).
BSO/Boston Pops Performances, August 7–16
Frequent Tanglewood guest Herbert Blomstedt (Tanglewood Music Center Class of 1953) returns to the podium to lead the BSO in two performances: an all-Beethoven program on August 7 featuring the Violin Concerto, with another Tanglewood favorite, Joshua Bell, as soloist, and the Symphony No. 7; and the season-closing all-Brahms program of the Violin Concerto with Leonidas Kavakos as soloist and the Symphony No. 4. In addition, Mr. Blomstedt leads the TMC Orchestra in a program of Mendelssohn (A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture), Mozart (Paris Symphony), and Brahms (Symphony No. 3).
Another TMC alum, Karina Canellakis (Class of 2014) makes her BSO debut on August 8, leading two Tchaikovsky works—the Variations on a Rococo Theme, for cello and orchestra, with the incomparable Yo-Yo Ma as soloist, and the Symphony No. 4—and Missy Mazzoli’s Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres). In another significant debut, BSO Assistant Conductor Anna Rakitina leads the BSO for the first time at Tanglewood on August 14 in Elena Langer’s Suite from Figaro Gets a Divorce, Elgar’s Enigma Variations, and Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, a signature work for returning soloist and former BSO Artist-in-Residence Jean-Yves Thibaudet (right).
One of the most anticipated concerts of every summer, John Williams Film Night, returns on August 13. This year both Keith Lockhart and John Williams are on the podium, leading the Pops in memorable movie music spanning multiple decades, from Hollywood’s “Golden Age” to current day, as the corresponding film clips are shown on giant screens.
Online Concert Streaming of Tanglewood Performances at bso.org/now
For the first time in the history of the Tanglewood festival, the live performance schedule will be accompanied by select weekly live video concert streams, available throughout the summer on the orchestra’s online streaming portal—BSO NOW, at bso.org/now—as a way of engaging music lovers, locally and globally, who are not able to attend Tanglewood’s live performances.BSO NOW video concert streams featuring select BSO Saturday-night performances and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra Monday-evening performances will be available online beginning eight days after the live performances take place, July 9-August 16, and remain available for 30 days. Views can extend their Saturday night BSO concert experience through the Tanglewood Learning Institute’s ShopTalks series, hosted by TLI Director Sue Elliott and featuring candid conversations with conductors, soloists, and composers, prior to each live concert stream at 5 p.m.; also available on video on demand during the 30-day period each concert stream is available at bso.org/now. Further details about the TLI’s summer programs are available at tli.org. Programs are subject to change, pending artist approvals.
There are several purchasing options for accessing BSO NOW online concert content: a 7-day pass is available for $9; a 30-day pass for $25, and a Season Pass for $100. In addition to the Tanglewood performances being made available throughout the summer, the Season Pass includes access to a wide variety of previously released online performances by the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops, among other available content.
Visiting the Tanglewood Grounds
The Tanglewood grounds, open to visitors free of charge, is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except on performance days, when hours will vary. A schedule of times when the grounds are available to walk, picnic on, and enjoy can be found at tanglewood.org.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2021 TANGLEWOOD SEASON
CLICK HERE TO VIEW A QUOTE FROM ANDRIS NELSONS, THE RAY AND MARIA STATA BSO MUSIC DIRECTOR
HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS IN SUMMER 2021
2021 Tanglewood season protocols are in alignment with the most recent health and safety issuances by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the local Tri-Town Health Department, as well as feedback from the BSO’s own team of experts, including 9Foundations, Inc.
In support of regulations set by the Tri-Town Health Department and the Lenox and Stockbridge health boards, Tanglewood will limit attendance capacity to 9,000—50% of its usual capacity of 18,000. All performances, approximately 80 minutes in length with no intermission, take place in the open-air Koussevitzky Music Shed; Tanglewood will now maintain three-feet physical distancing between patron parties seated in the shed for all BSO-related performances, July 9-August 16; Tanglewood to welcome up to 2,400 patrons in the shed and 6,600 patrons on the lawn for these performances (no social distancing required on the lawn). Although mask wearing and physical distancing are no longer required, both measures are recommended for patrons who are unvaccinated, per guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tanglewood’s reduced, six-week Boston Symphony Orchestra concert season encompasses approximately 50% of the festival’s usual offerings while reflecting the variety and depth of programming typically associated with the festival; BSO concerts take place Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons; Boston Pops concerts and notable guest chamber music artists and ensembles are featured on Friday evenings.
Click here to view June 4 press announcement with details about health and safety protocols in place in summer 2021. Visit www.tanglewood.org/safety for up-to-date information about health and safety protocols.
PROGRAMMING INFORMATION FOR TANGLEWOOD 2021
Tanglewood 2021 will also feature performances by the Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center; TMC master classes, curated conversations, online offerings, and on July 24 The Big Idea speaker program featuring Bill T. Jones presented by the Tanglewood Learning Institute; and community, education, and family activities on the Tanglewood grounds and throughout the Berkshire area.
Click here to view a calendar listing of the 2021 Tanglewood season.
Click here to view a narrative description of the 2021 Tanglewood season.
Andris Nelsons leads the BSO at the Koussevitzky Music Shed
BRIEF BACKGROUND ON TANGLEWOOD
Tanglewood—one of the country’s premier summer music festivals and summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1937—is located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of Lenox and Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Tanglewood, in a typical season, has drawn an annual attendance of approximately 340,000 people and brings more than $100 million in economic activity annually to the Berkshires region. Except for several years during World War II, when the performance schedule was curtailed or canceled in its entirety, as it was in 1943, the festival has run uninterrupted until last summer when the 2020 Tanglewood season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tanglewood was founded by Serge Koussevitzky, BSO Music Director 1924-1949. Click here for further details on Tanglewood.
During this reduced concert season, the BSO remains deeply committed to its essential educational, outreach, and innovative programs. The Tanglewood Music Center—the BSO’s acclaimed summer music academy since 1940—and the Tanglewood Learning Institute—launched in 2019 and offering a wide spectrum of programs designed to engage curious minds—are each integral to the identity of the festival, as are the activities that involve the community and resonate with families and young audiences, who can attend the festival through Tanglewood’s free lawn ticket program for those under 18 years of age. The BSO will also present online content for many of its well-known education programs at Tanglewood, including the Tanglewood Music Center, Tanglewood Learning Institute, Days in the Arts (DARTS), and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (presented by Boston University). Click here to view details of these online programs.
Formal BSO titles for conductors and other leadership referenced in this release: Andris Nelsons is the Ray and Maria Stata BSO Music Director; Keith Lockhart is the Julian and Eunice Cohen Boston Pops Conductor; Thomas Adès is the Deborah and Philip Edmundson BSO Artistic Partner; John Williamsis the George and Roberta Berry Boston Pops Conductor Laureate; Anna Rakitina is BSO Assistant Conductor; Gail Samuel is the Eunice and Julian Cohen BSO President and CEO.