From an all-Italian Opening Night Boston Symphony Orchestra program under the direction of Charles Dutoit on July 8, four appearances by living legend Yo-Yo Ma (June 28, 29, August 13, 14), a Boston Pops Cole Porter tribute led by Keith Lockhart (July 17), and the incredibly popular Film Night with John Williams (August 20), to the welcome returns of Itzhak Perlman (August 27) and Christoph Eschenbach (July 30, 31, August 2) and special appearances by favorite artists Joshua Bell (July 10), Stephanie Blythe (August 10, 14), Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (August 2, 5, 12, 14), Christoph von Dohnányi (August 13, 19), Kurt Masur (July 15, 17), and Peter Serkin (July 30) to the closing BSO performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under the direction of Lorin Maazel (August 28), Tanglewood 2011 brings classical music lovers and Boston Pops fans a wonderfully wide-ranging selection of artists and repertoire.
From a world premiere performance by the Mark Morris Dance Group (June 28, 29), two all-Ravel solo piano programs by Jean-Yves Thibaudet (July 20, 21), a concert version of Handel’s Orlando, and a recital by Stephanie Blythe (August 10) to the debut of the Mark O’Connor String Quartet (July 7), and mid-season jazz appearances by Brad Mehldau (August 25) and John Pizzarelli’s Radio Deluxe (August 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 (August 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.
The 2011 Tanglewood season opened with Earth, Wind, and Fire on June 25 and closes with the annual Labor Day Weekend Jazz Festival, this year also featuring the Tanglewood Wine and Food Classic, September 2-4, with appearances by Steely Dan (July 25) and Train (August 8) also featured. Further season details are available at www.tanglewood.org.
The Tanglewood Backstage Pass Weekends, July 22-24 and August 5-7 (sold out), offers patrons a look at Tanglewood from an insider’s experience, with a private post-concert reception and meet-and-greet with BSO musicians; intimate seminars with BSO musicians, administrators, and TMC administrators; informative lectures, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Tanglewood grounds.
One Day University, the acclaimed adult education series, is returning to Tanglewood on Sunday, August 28, presenting three lectures by professors from Columbia, Brown, and Vanderbilt. Topics to be discussed include “FDR and the Path to WWII: What We Know Now That We Didn’t Know Then” with Columbia University’s Richard M. Pious; “Where Are My Keys? Understanding How Memory Works” with Brown University’s John J. Stein; and “The Beatles and Beethoven: Hearing the Connection” with Vanderbilt University’s Michael Alec Rose.