Tanglewood hosts a multitude of incredible acts each season. During the summer of 2011, audiences will be enraptured by the musings of Garrison Keilor and A Prairie Home Companion, delighted by the melodic voice of James Taylor, and thrilled by the enthusiastic and creative dance of the Mark Morris Dance Group. Yet Tanglewood was born as the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and BSO’s opening night at Tanglewood remains one of the most highly anticipated events of the season.
July 8, 2011, is Opening Night at Tanglewood. Charles Dutoit will conduct as the Boston Symphony Orchestra plays excerpts from Act 1 of Norma (Bellini), the Overture to William Tell (Rossini), the Trio from Act 3 of I Lombardi (Verdi), and Pines of Rome, Symphonic Poem (Respighi). Accompanying the BSO will be Angela Meade – soprano, Kristine Jepson – mezzo-soprano, Roberto De Biasio – tenor, and James Morris – bass.
The BSO is pleased to announce that Charles Dutoit will be conducting; James Levine must regretfully cancel all 2011 Tanglewood performances on the advice of his doctors. Mr. Dutoit is the Chief conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, artistic director and principal conductor of the Royal Philharmonic, and music director of the Verbier Festival Orchestra. He has conducted or collaborated with the world’s leading orchestras and all the major orchestra’s of the United States. His recordings have earned more than 40 awards and distinctions.
We still have some availability at our Berkshires Lodging for Tanglewood Opening Night, the weekend of July 8, 2001. Our Lenox MA Inn is close to Tanglewood, and we share our secret back route to Tanglewood with all of our guests.
Additional information and tickets are available at Tanglewood.
There are a lot of great ways to enjoy the Tanglewood Music Festival, and if you are a die-hard fan, you might want to waste no time and head to the Koussevitzky Music Shed on July 3 for Tanglewood’s opening night. James Levine with be the featured conductor that night.
The program with be Tchaikovsky that evening, beginning with Symphony No. 6, Pathétique, followed by his Piano Concerto No. 1, performed by Yefim Bronfman. The Koussevitzky Music Shed is less than 6 miles from our Lenox Bed and breakfast .
The piano soloist, Yefim Bronfman, popularly known as Fima, is one of today’s most outstanding virtuoso pianists. He is a Grammy – Award winner and was a Carnegie Hall “Perspectives” artist for the 2007-08 season. During that time he curated seven concerts, including works by composers ranging from Mozart, Brahms, Schoenberg and Berg to Webern, Prokofiev and Ravel, with world premieres by Marc-André Dalbavie and Jörg Widmann.
We are all eager for the Tanglewood Jazz Festival coming up on Labor Day weekend! You can already feel the excitement in the air around here. I have been getting reservations for Labor Day weekend as soon as Tanglewood announced their line up for the Jazz Festival. If you are planing to come, be sure to make reservations ASAP as rooms are filling up for this busy weekend: http://www.webervations.com/magic-scripts/resbook.asp?memberid=applegateinn . The program sounds fascinating. Starting on Friday August 29, there will be a Colombian Harpist named Edmar Castaneda who is bringing a vibraphonist named Joe Locke. I don’t even know what a vibraphone looks like!
On Saturday there will be a live taping for NPR as well as a rocking show with composer Donal Fox and trumpeter Christian Scott starting around 8 p.m. It gonna be the place to be on Saturday night!
Sunday sounds amazing too. As well as music throughout the day, composer Terence Blanchard will be preforming his “Requiem for Katrina” that night to close the concert with a thirty piece orchestra!
The complete lineup for the show is below, and we hope to see you there!
August 29 Friday 8PM Ozawa Hall
Edmar Castaneda Trio with special guest Joe Locke
“Something for You”
A tribute to Bill Evans
August 30 Saturday, 2PM, Ozawa Hall
“A Celebration of Marian McPartland”s 90th Birthday with special guests. Live taping for ‘Piano Jazz” on NPR
8pm, Ozawa Hall
Donal Fox: Scarlatti Jazz Suite Ptroject
August 31, 2PM, Ozawa
Eddie Daniels Quartet
Mark O’Connor’s “Hot Swing” with special guest Jane Monheit
8PM, Ozawa Hall
Terence Blanchaard’s “A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina)”
See you at the Jazz Festival .