Tanglewood (as you are likely already well aware) is the summer home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO). Their annual summer festival has been bringing classical music’s biggest names to the Berkshires stage for over 80 years!
If you have plans to be in the Berkshires this summer, you should definitely consider making Tanglewood Music Festival 2019 part of your experience. Further, if you do plan to go, now is the time to start making your plans and reservations.
Tickets go on sale February 10th and will go very quickly. Accommodations, on the other hands, are already being snapped up …
Tanglewood Music Festival 2019
Tanglewood Music Festival is always exciting but this year is especially so, with a full performance of all 3 acts of Wagner’s “Die Walküre” – a first!
Andris Nelsons will lead the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in all three acts, July 27th and 28th. The opera will be performed in three sittings, each act a separate concert. Act I is scheduled for the evening of July 27th. Acts II and III will be performed the following day, in separate sittings under a single admission price. Soloists will include Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde, Simon O’Neill as Siegmund, and James Rutherford as Wotan.
Tanglewood Music Festival 2019 will also see the world premiere of Kevin Puts’s “The Brightness of Light” on July 20th. The piece is based on the letters of Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe. It was written especially for baritone Rod Gilfry and 2019’s Koussevitzky Artist, soprano Renée Fleming.
Tanglewood 2019 will also see the launch of the Tanglewood Learning Institute and the Tanglewood Center for Music and Learning complex. The construction adds 6,000 square feet of practice and performance space to the campus.
Tanglewood 2019 promises plenty of other exciting moments, as well.
Tanglewood On Parade (July 23rd) will be led by a cornucopia of BSO conductors, including Nelsons, Keith Lockhart, John Williams, Thomas Wilkins, and James Burton. Later in the schedule, Antonio Pappano and François-Xavier Roth will make their Tanglewood conducting debuts. Rafael Payere and Yu-An Chang will lead the BSO for the first time in 2019.
Tanglewood Music Festival 2019 will also see a host of living composers, including Betsy Jolas, Joan Tower, and Avner Dorman. André Previn will also be on hand, with plans in the works to celebrate his 90th birthday.
This year’s Koussevitzky Music Shed stage soloists include pianists Paul Lewis, Kirill Gerstein, Ingrid Fliter, and Jan Lisiecki. Trumpeter Hakan Hardenberger are also on the program, along with soprano Kristine Opolais, bass Ryan Speedo Green, and violinists Joshua Bell and Anne-Sophie Mutter.
Pianist Emanuel Ax, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and violinist Leonidas Kavakos will present Beethoven piano trios in Ozawa Hall, as well as perform in other programs. Other highlights at Ozawa Hall include the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, the Knights with Gil Shaham, and classical guitarist Miloš.
Most of the season’s popular artists have yet to be announced but James Taylor is already booked for July 3rd and 4th – his only New England appearances this summer. The season opens June 15th with a broadcast of “Live from Here,” hosted by Chris Thile.
Tanglewood 2019 Schedule
We’ve barely skimmed the surface of the upcoming Tanglewood Music Festival season. For a more comprehensive look, visit www.bso.org.
Tickets for Tanglewood Music Festival 2019 aren’t the only thing that will go fast – so too will local accommodations. Brook Farm Inn, in Lenox, is just minutes from the Tanglewood campus. Our Berkshires B&B offers 15 guest rooms and a carriage house surrounded by trees and award-winning gardens. Book your Berkshires getaway at Brook Farm Inn today!