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

Credit Stu Rosner

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).


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.

Sunday, September 3
1:00 p.m., Pre-Recorded Tuesday, August 1 concert
Tanglewood on ParadeBoston Symphony Orchestra
Boston Pops Orchestra
Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra
Charles Dutoit, Moritz Gnann, Keith Lockhart, Bramwell Tovey, and John Williams, conductors
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Dawn Upshaw, soprano
COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man
COPLAND Piano Concerto
KODÁLY Suite from Háry János
MENDELSSOHN Overture, The Hebrides (Fingal's Cave)
RODGERS and HART Blue Moon and Manhattan
John WILLIAMS Music from Jurassic Park, Minority Report, and Jaws
TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture