Tanglewood

Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. & Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

Credit Stu Rosner / BSO

The summer tradition continues, as New England Public Radio brings listeners music from Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home in Lenox, Massachusetts every weekend of the season. Lovers of classical music can tune to 88.5FM WFCR Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. for a broadcast featuring performances from the previous week, and on Sundays at 2:30 p.m. for live broadcasts from the Koussevitsky Music Shed. The season brings major star power to the Berkshires and the airwaves, including Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell and Charles Dutoit.

Tanglewood broadcasts can be heard on NEPR on 88.5FM and throughout the Berkshires on: 101.1FM (Adams/North Adams), 98.7FM (Great Barrington), 98.3FM (Lee), 106.1FM (Pittsfield/Lenox), and 96.3FM (Williamstown).

SCHEDULE

Saturday, July 8
1:00 p.m.
Tanglewood Preview produced by WGBH Boston

Sunday, July 9
2:30 p.m., Live Broadcast

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Daniel Lozakovich, violin
Kristine Opolais, soprano
MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5 in A, K.219
MAHLER Symphony No. 4

Andris Nelsons conducts an afternoon program featuring 15-year-old Swedish violinist Daniel Lozakovich in his BSO and Tanglewood debuts performing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3, and Mr. Nelsons' second Mahler symphony of the weekend-Symphony No. 4 featuring soprano Kristine Opolais. 

Saturday, July 15
1:00 p.m., Pre-Recorded Friday, July 7 Concert
Opening Night at Tanglewood
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Malin Christensson, soprano
Bernarda Fink, mezzo-soprano
Tanglewood Festival Chorus
MAHLER Symphony No. 2, Resurrection

Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra open their 2017 Tanglewood season Friday, July 7, with a gala performance of Mahler's grand, deeply emotional, and ultimately triumphant Symphony No. 2, Resurrection. Soprano Malin Christensson (in her Tanglewood debut) and mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink join Mr. Nelsons and the orchestra, along with the all-volunteer Tanglewood Festival Chorus. 

Sunday, July 16
2:30 p.m., Live Broadcast
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
John WILLIAMS Markings, for solo violin, strings, and harp  (world premiere)
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique

Andris Nelsons and the BSO are joined by violinist Anne Sophie Mutter for the world premiere of Boston Pops Conductor Laureate John Williams' Markings, for solo violin, strings, and harp. Ms. Mutter also joins the orchestra for Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, one of the most popular concertos for the instrument. Berlioz's dazzling Symphonie fantastique completes the program.

Saturday, July 22
1:00 p.m., Pre-Recorded Friday, July 14 concert
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Daniil Trifonov, piano
RAVEL Le Tombeau de Couperin
HAYDN Symphony No. 83, La Poule
Thomas ADÈS Three Studies from Couperin
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K.467

Andris Nelsons conducts two pieces written as an homage to French Baroque composer François Couperin, composed nearly 90 years apart: Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin and BSO Artist Partner Thomas Adès's Three Studies from Couperin. Also on the program is Haydn's Symphony No. 83, La Poule("The Hen"), last performed by the BSO in 1990, and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K.467, featuring Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov. 

Sunday, July 23
2:30 p.m., Live Broadcast
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Ken-David Masur, conductor
Nikolai Lugansky, piano
Aaron Jay KERNIS Musica Celestis
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 3
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 2, Little Russian

BSO Assistant Conductor Ken-David Masur is joined by Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky for Prokofiev's sparkling Piano Concerto No. 3. Mr. Masur opens the afternoon program with Aaron Jay Kernis's airy and moving Musica Celestis ("Heavenly Music"), written by the Grawemeyer Award-winning composer in 2000. Closing the concert is Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2, Little Russian.

Saturday, July 29
1:00 p.m., Pre-Recorded Friday, July 21 concert
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Gustavo Gimeno, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
BERNSTEIN Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4

Captivating French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins the BSO and conductor Gustavo Gimeno-who returns to the Tanglewood podium after making his debut with the orchestra last summer-for Bernstein's Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety, a piece dedicated to Serge Koussevitzky and premiered by the BSO in 1949. Mr. Gimeno also leads the BSO in Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4.

Sunday, July 30
2:30 p.m., Live Broadcast
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Pinchas Zukerman, violin
Ryan Speedo Green, bass-baritone
Tanglewood Festival Chorus
BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto
WALTON Belshazzar’s Feast
Violinist Pinchas Zukerman returns to Tanglewood for a performance of Beethoven's lyrical Violin Concerto with the BSO and English conductor Bramwell Tovey. Mr. Tovey and the BSO are then joined by bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus for Walton's Belshazzar's Feast. An incredibly ambitious oratorio written for a large-scale orchestra including two brass bands along with the baritone soloist and chorus, the work is one of the composer's most celebrated compositions. 

Saturday, August 5
1:00 p.m., Pre-Recorded Friday, July 28, concert
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Charles Dutoit, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano
BEETHOVEN Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9, From the New World

Charles Dutoit is joined by pianist Yefim Bronfman for Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2, one of the composer's most barnstorming, free-spirited works. The BSO opens the program with the Overture to Beethoven's The Creatures of Prometheus. Mr. Dutoit also leads the orchestra in Dvorak's New World Symphony.

Sunday, August 6
2:30 p.m., Live Broadcast
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
MOZART Symphony No. 25
SCHUMANN Cello Concerto
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 2

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma returns to the Shed with revered German conductor Christoph von Dohnányi on a program featuring two works by Schumann-the free-flowing and adventurous Cello Concerto, featuring Mr. Ma, and the elevating Symphony No. 2 in C, the longest of the composer's four symphonies. The afternoon concert opens with Mozart's Symphony No. 25, last performed by the BSO at Tanglewood in 2000. 

Saturday, August 12
1:00 p.m., Pre-Recorded Friday, August 4 concert
The Serge and Olga Koussevitzky Memorial Concert
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Hans Graf, conductor
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 1
RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 3 

Mr. Ohlsson performs Chopin's First Piano Concerto, written shortly after the composer finished conservatory. Maestro Graf also leads the BSO in Rachmaninoff's melancholic Symphony No. 3, the composer's final work in the genre, written almost 30 years after his second.

Sunday, August 13
2:30 p.m., Live Broadcast
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Lahav Shani, conductor
Joshua Bell, violin
MOZART Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
MOZART Violin Concerto No. 1 in B-flat, K.207
SCHUBERT Symphony in C, The Great

The young Israeli conductor Lahav Shani makes his BSO debut on a program featuring Tanglewood regular, violinist Joshua Bell in Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto.  Mr. Shani also lead the BSO in the overture to Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and Schubert's Symphony in C, The Great. The composer's ultimate symphony (in both senses of the word: it is his biggest and last work in the genre), the C major was famously praised for its "heavenly length" by Robert Schumann, who observed also that it "transports us into a world we cannot recall ever having been before."

Saturday, August 19
1:00 p.m., Pre-Recorded Friday, August 11 concert
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
DVOŘÁK Carnival Overture
BRAHMS Double Concerto for violin, cello, and orchestra
STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring

Violinist Gil Shaham and cellist Alisa Weilerstein join forces for a performance of Brahms's Double Concerto for violin, cello, and orchestra, with Costa Rican conductor Giancarlo Guerrero and the BSO. Brahms composed the concerto-his final orchestral work-as an olive branch to his old friend and close musical collaborator Joseph Joachim, with whom he'd had a falling out over Joachim's divorce. Also on the program are Dvořák's Carnival Overture and Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, the score to an intensely dramatic ballet and on its own some of the most dramatic music ever written.

Sunday, August 20
2:30 p.m., Live Broadcast
The Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concert
Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Paul Lewis, piano
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3
STRAUSS An Alpine Symphony
Andris Nelsons conducts the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra featuring pianist Paul Lewis

Saturday, August 26
1:00 p.m., Pre-Recorded Friday, August 18 concert
Boston Symphony Orchestra
David Afkham, conductor
Simon Keenlyside, baritone
MAHLER Selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Rückert-Lieder
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2 

British baritone Simon Keenlyside makes his Tanglewood debut performing selections from Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Rückert-Lieder with conductor David Afkham and the orchestra. Mr. Afkham also leads the BSO in Brahms's energetic Symphony No. 2.

Sunday, August 27
2:30 p.m., Live Broadcast
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Katie Van Kooten, soprano
Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano
Russell Thomas, tenor
John Relyea, bass-baritone
Tanglewood Festival Chorus
IVES “The Housatonic at Stockbridge” from Three Places in New England
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9

For the second year in a row, Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in its traditional season-ending performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Sunday, August 27. The performance features soprano Katie Van Kooten in her BSO and Tanglewood debuts; mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford; tenor Russell Thomas; and bass-baritone John Relyea, along with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Maestro Nelsons and the BSO open the program with Charles Ives's tribute to Western Massachusetts, "The Housatonic at Stockbridge" from Three Places in New England.

Saturday, September  2 (Tentative)
1:00 p.m., Pre-Recorded Saturday, August 26 concert
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Kristine Opolais, soprano
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, baritone
Tanglewood Festival Chorus

Two of today’s most acclaimed singers—soprano Kristine Opolais and, in his Tanglewood debut, baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky—join Andris Nelsons for an exciting evening of opera and song, to feature arias, duets, and choruses from the Italian and Russian lyric stage. The program will include excerpts from Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra and La traviata, and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.