The 2011 Tanglewood season offers a kaleidoscopic array of many of the world’s great musicians performing an impressive range of music from classical to jazz, pop, and rock, with performances virtually each and every day of the summer, June 28-September 4, at the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s acclaimed summer home located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills, between Lenox and Stockbridge, MA. 2011 Tanglewood season details are available at www.tanglewood.org.
From an all-Italian Opening Night Boston Symphony Orchestra program under the direction of James Levine on July 8, four appearances by living legend Yo-Yo Ma (6/28 & 29, 8/13 & 14), a Boston Pops Cole Porter tribute led by Keith Lockhart (7/17), and the incredibly popular Film Night with John Williams (8/20), to the welcome returns of Itzhak Perlman (8/27) and Christoph Eschenbach (7/30 & 31, 8/2) and special appearances by favorite artists Joshua Bell (7/10), Stephanie Blythe (8/10 & 14), Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (8/5, 12 & 14), Christoph von Dohnányi (8/13), Kurt Masur (7/15), and Peter Serkin (7/30) to the closing BSO performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under the direction of Lorin Maazel (8/28), Tanglewood 2011 brings classical music lovers and Boston Pops fans a wonderfully wide-ranging selection of artists and repertoire.
Tanglewood 2011 also presents some of the best from the worlds of jazz, pop, and rock, including four extraordinary appearances by singer/song writer legend James Taylor (6/30, 7/1, 3 & 4) and the first Tanglewood performance by Grammy Award-winning Train (8/8), to the annual Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion program (7/2) and the season-ending Labor Day Weekend Jazz Festival (9/2-4).
From a world premiere performance by the Mark Morris Dance Group (6/28 & 29), two all-Ravel solo piano programs by Jean-Yves Thibaudet (7/20 & 21), a concert version of Handel’s Orlando (8/16), and a recital by Stephanie Blythe (8/10) to the debut of the Mark O’Connor String Quartet (7/7), and mid-season jazz appearances by Brad Mehldau (8/25) and John Pizzarelli’s Radio Deluxe (8/21), the Ozawa Hall schedule offers concertgoers a rich variety of performances in the intimate surroundings of this acclaimed concert setting.
Nurturing and presenting the best of the future of classical music, Tanglewood 2011 brings the debut of 26 important new artists, a Festival of Contemporary Music program under the esteemed direction of Charles Wuorinen (8/3-7), and a wide variety of orchestral, operatic, and chamber music performances by the young musicians of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s world-renowned music academy for young professional musicians.