Facility upkeep is an annual task at Tanglewood

When concertgoers arrive next Friday to see Melissa Etheridge open the Tanglewood season in Lenox, Massachusetts, they’ll see the latest improvements, part of the Boston Symphony’s master plan for its summer facility. 

Two to three million dollars go into infrastructure upkeep every year, The latest round includes visible additions and behind-the-scenes fixes patrons will never know about, if all goes well, according to BSO managing director Mark Volpe.

“You’ll see more trees on the lawn, you’ll see much better lit pathways getting people around the grounds when the sun goes down. What they won’t see is a sewer line.”

That sewer connection to the Lenox town system took two years and over $1 million to build, according to Volpe. Future projects include a permanent structure to replace the tented function room near the main stage, and a redesign of the front entrance.

Patrons may eventually hear some changes as well.

“We’re talking about looking at the sound on the lawn and continuing to invest in that, and believe it or not that could be a half a million dollar project.”


Volpe says the pace of infrastructure investment remains steady, and is not accelerating. Tanglewood’s busy opening weekend also includes a tribute to Jerry Garcia by the Boston Pops, and a double bill featuring Joan Baez and Indigo Girls.