TANGLEWOOD’S FIRST-EVER VIRTUAL GALA

TO CELEBRATE THE 100TH BIRTHDAY OF ISAAC STERN

—ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL CULTURAL ICONS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY—THURSDAY, JULY 23, AT 8 P.M. (EDT),
AVAILABLE FREE FOR ALL AT WWW.TANGLEWOOD.ORG
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COMPOSER JOHN WILLIAMS, CELLIST YO-YO MA, PIANIST EMANUEL AX, VIOLINISTS GIL SHAHAM AND MIDORI, AND MANY MORE HEADLINE SPECIAL ISAAC STERN TRIBUTE TO INCLUDE PERFORMANCES, REMEMBRANCES, AND RARELY SEEN ARCHIVAL VIDEO RECORDINGS OF MR. STERN IN PERFORMANCE; FOR PROGRAM DETAILS CLICK HERE.
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TANGLEWOOD VIRTUAL GALA HAS ALREADY RAISED $345,000; MORE THAN 1,100 PEOPLE FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD HAVE SIGNED UP TO VIEW THE EVENT, WITH GUESTS HAILING FROM AUSTRALIA, BRAZIL, FRANCE, JAPAN, NORWAY, COSTA RICA, GABON, ISRAEL, PHILIPPINES, SINGAPORE, PORTUGAL, THE UNITED KINGDOM, AND VIETNAM
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Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax reminisce about playing with Isaac Stern. Click here for a preview
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On Thursday, July 23, at 8 p.m.(EDT), at www.tanglewood .org, the first-ever Tanglewood Virtual Gala will celebrate the centennial of legendary American violinist Isaac Stern, one of the most prominent artists and cultural figures of the 20th century.  The Boston Symphony Orchestra has taken its annual Tanglewood Gala online this year as a way to raise funds during this period of lost ticket revenue due to the hiatus from live performances in response to continuing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Tanglewood Virtual Gala is free to all who register. However, donations are welcomed to support Tanglewood through this challenging time. Donors of $100 and above will receive special benefits, and gifts of any size will be matched by a group of generous donors, amplifying the impact on the BSO and Tanglewood
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One of the most anticipated events of every Tanglewood season, the Tanglewood Gala is one of the orchestra’s major annual fundraisers that typically brings together a myriad of notable musicians, for the purpose of commemorating a composer anniversary, honoring a significant cultural figure, or marking an important milestone in the history of the orchestra. The 2020 Tanglewood Gala was, from the beginning, intended to celebrate the legacy of Isaac Stern (1920-2001), acknowledged worldwide as one of the 20th century’s most prominent artists.

Recognizing the significance and broad appeal of its gala Isaac Stern tribute, scheduled for July 23, the orchestra has assembled a unique online program combining new and archival content, to be hosted by Ara Guzelimian, Artistic and Executive Director of the Ojai Festival and former Provost and Dean of the Juilliard School. Emanuel Ax, Leon Fleisher, Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham, Jian Wang, John Williams, and Pinchas Zukerman will provide their personal remembrances of Isaac Stern, and three of today’s most distinguished violinists—Vadim Gluzman (playing Bartók), Midori(playing Bach), and Nancy Zhou (also playing Bach)—offer both their performances and their own reminiscences. Rounding out the program will be archival footage of Isaac Stern himself. Although the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated the cancellation of the entire Tanglewood season, the BSO has responded with an unprecedented array of new and retrospective online offerings, Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival, available online at www.tanglewood.org.  For the complete program list click here.

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American violinist Isaac Stern through the ages.
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QUOTE FROM MARK VOLPE, BSO PRESIDENT AND CEO:

“It is an honor for all of us at Tanglewood to celebrate the 100th birthday of Isaac Stern–one of the most influential cultural icons of the 20th century. Renowned as one of the foremost violinists and violin teachers of his time, Isaac Stern also left an indelible mark on the world’s musical and cultural landscape through his work as a cultural ambassador, social advocate, and civic leader.  His 49-year musical partnership with the BSO in Boston and at Tanglewood, is no doubt a proud chapter in the BSO’s storied history.  We hope our celebration of the life and legacy of this American master will shine a bright spotlight on his brilliant and impactful career as a musician and ambassador for the arts.

“Through the extraordinary passion and dedication of our music community, we are thrilled to announce that our first-ever virtual gala has surpassed its original fundraising goal amount.  We are also heartened by the great enthusiasm that our patrons are expressing through their engagement in the Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival.  When the time is ready, we will return to live performances, ever grateful for the support and generosity of so many individuals who have helped sustain the organization through this period of unprecedented challenges. Until then, we look forward to bringing the BSO community together to celebrate Isaac Stern’s illustrious legacy and hear great music performed by many of our field’s living legends and dear friends of the BSO.”

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FEATURED NEW CONTENT FOR VIRTUAL GALA:

MUSIC LEGENDS REMEMBER ISAAC STERN: John Williams, Yo-Yo Ma, EmanuelAx, and Gil Shaham, among others, share their memories of Isaac Stern via video and reflect on his enduring contributions to classical music.

• MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO ISAAC STERN: Three world-renowned violinists to play special selections in honor of Isaac Stern. Vadim Gluzman to perform BARTÓK Romanian Folk Dances, Midori with BACH Sonata No. 2 in A minor for solo violin, BWV 1003: Andante (3rd movement) and Nancy Zhou to perform BACH Sonata No. 3 in C for solo violin, BWV 1005: Largo (3rd movement).

Violinists Midori, Nancy Zhou and Vadim Gluzman
RETROSPECTIVE CONTENT FOR VIRTUAL GALA:

• BRAHMS STRING SEXTET NO. 1 IN B-FLAT, SCHERZO (3RD MOVEMENT): Isaac Stern, violin, Cho-Liang Lin, violin, Jaime Laredo, viola, Michael Tree, viola,Yo-Yo Ma, cello, Sharon Robinson, cello

• BEETHOVEN PIANO TRIO IN E-FLAT, OPUS 70, NO 2: ALLEGRETTO MA NON TROPPO (3RD MOVEMENT): Eugene Istomin, piano, Isaac Stern, violin, Leonard Rose, cello

Click here to watch Isaac Stern and Yo-Yo Ma in 1991 recording BRAHMS String Sextet (Sony Classical GmbH)
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Brief Background on Isaac Stern
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Isaac Stern’s nearly 50-year association with the Boston Symphony Orchestra began with his BSO debut at Symphony Hall under Serge Koussevitzky in January 1948, as soloist in Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1; he performed the same work for his Tanglewood debut in July of that year. He continued to appear regularly with the BSO over the ensuing decades, under Munch, Monteux, Silverstein, and Ozawa, in repertoire ranging from Bach and Beethoven to William Schuman and George Rochberg; fittingly, for his final appearance at Tanglewood in 1997, Stern performed with the young musicians of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra led by Robert Spano. The son of Jewish immigrants, Isaac Stern was raised in San Francisco, where he made his public debut with the San Francisco Symphony under Pierre Monteux. In addition to an enviable career as a violin soloist, Stern was noted for his chamber music collaborations and recordings, and for being a champion of younger musicians, a cultural ambassador, and an activist. When Carnegie Hall was threatened with demolition in 1960, he led the successful drive to save the legendary concert hall and its subsequent restoration. The main auditorium in the hall was named in his honor. Stern’s ties to Israel, where he began performing in 1949, included playing for wounded soldiers and supporting several educational programs in the country. In 1979 Stern and pianist David Golub were invited to perform throughout the People’s Republic of China, a tour that became the basis for the Oscar-winning documentary From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China. This American master was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors, the National Medal of Arts, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival
The Tanglewood Virtual Gala celebrating Isaac Stern’s 100th Birthday is part of the Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival, a groundbreaking digital series of audio and video streams featuring newly created content recorded at Tanglewood’s Linde Center in July alongside previously recorded material from Tanglewood being released for the first time. The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s first-ever Tanglewood digital festival—designed to capture the beauty and spirit of the Tanglewood grounds—will feature artists and programs of the originally announced 2020 Tanglewood season, among other content. Click here to view a quote from BSO Artistic Administrator and Director of Tanglewood Anthony Fogg.

In addition to the Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival free-of-charge offerings, other online programs ranging in price from $5 to $12 for a single stream, to $15 to $90 for multiple stream packages, are available for purchase via www.tanglewood.org.

The Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival, BSO at Home, Boston Pops at Home, and BSO Homeschool audio and video series were created in response to concert cancellations over the past few months due to concerns over the spread of Covid-19; since launching BSO at Home on March 23, the BSO reports website traffic has doubled and more than 16 million interactions on its website and social media channels.
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Board Members and Friends to Match Contributions Made to the BSO, May 15-August 31, in Support of Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival
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Several generous BSO Board members and friends have joined together in these unprecedented times to match contributions made to the Boston Symphony Orchestra from May 15 through August 31, 2020. The matched funds apply to new annual contributions and ticket donations, both of which are tax-deductible. The matched funds enable the BSO—the non-profit organization that owns and operates Tanglewood—to share the joy of music online through theTanglewood 2020 Online Festival and other virtual programming, and to ensure that the BSO and Tanglewood are ready and able to welcome concertgoers in person when the time is right. Donors of $100 or more will receive complimentary access to all programs in the Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival. Those who want to make a gift and have it matched can visit tanglewood.org/givetoday. Gifts of all sizes are vital and appreciated. For more information, please email customerservice@bso.org or call 888-266-1200.
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Brief Background on Tanglewood and the Boston Symphony Orchestra
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Tanglewood, located in the Berkshire Hills of Lenox and Stockbridge, MA, has been the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1937 when the festival was founded by Serge Koussevitzky (BSO Music Director 1924-1949). In addition to performances by the BSO and the annual Popular Artists series, Tanglewood also presents concerts by the Boston Pops, a chamber music and recital series in Ozawa Hall, and performances by the Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s acclaimed summer music academy, established in 1940 by Koussevitzky. The Tanglewood Learning Institute—introduced in summer 2019 and offering a wide spectrum of performances and multidisciplinary activities designed to engage curious minds seeking to become more involved with music and the arts—is Tanglewood’s first new programmatic offering since the introduction of its Popular Artists series in the 1960s. TLI activities take place in the Linde Center for Music and Learning, a four-building complex that opened to critical and popular acclaim in summer 2019.
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Tanglewood typically draws an 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, in 1945, canceled in its entirety, Tanglewood has been a fixture in the Berkshires and has strengthened its position as this country’s premier summer music festival. This year, the unprecedented health crisis resulting from the spread of COVID-19 has necessitated the cancellation of live performances with audiences at Tanglewood for summer 2020. In response to this understandable disappointment, the BSO has put all its creative energy into offering thoughtful and innovative online performance streams, Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival, designed to connect performers—both BSO musicians and guest artists—with audiences. In addition, the BSO is pleased to open the magnificent Tanglewood grounds to the public on a limited, scheduled basis. Further information about Tanglewood can be found at www.tanglewood.org; further details about the Tanglewood Learning Institute can be found at www.tli.org.

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