As the Boston Marathon wrapped up earlier this week, I was reminded of how truly close we are to summer here in New England. And with that comes a real sense of community, especially when it comes to concert music. And just because the BSO’s season is winding down, doesn’t mean the whole scene is coming to a close. Of course, I’m talking about Tanglewood—one of the Northeast’s premier performing arts festivals.
First, a little background. Tanglewood—originally named for Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Tanglewood Cabin— began as an outdoor, tented concert series, and more particularly as a continuation of the BSO’s normal season at Symphony Hall. But as it progressed, more permanent structures were built to accommodate larger and larger audiences. The lax, casual vibes presented in these outdoor displays were so appealing that the symphony never looked back.
Today, the summer series plays host to the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, members of the BSO during the summer months and even the Tanglewood Music Center for youth music programs. I’ve only attended a Tanglewood concert once, but I can tell you that it wasn’t your average “night at the symphony.”
So, I thought I’d give a little preview to summer classical music with a list of some concerts in this year’s lineup—the 75th anniversary of Tanglewood, as it were. And on top of that, to celebrate this year’s milestone, they’re offering a $20 Food/Shopping coupon when you book select dates. But hurry, you only have a couple of days to redeem! Click here for the details and some of the applicable dates.
7/6/2012 Opening Night at Tanglewood
The BSO will be performing the same music as its first Tanglewood concert back in 1937
7/3/2012 All-Mozart Program
Selections include Piano Concerto No. 24, Symphony no. 36 and Linz
8/11/2012 Previn, Elgar and Shostakovich
Elgar’s cello concerto featuring Yo-Yo Ma and the symphony performs Shostakovich’s 5th