Snow is falling outside my window as I write this but I am warmed with thoughts of the upcoming 2019 Tanglewood Popular Artists Series of concerts. Brian Wilson’s Pet Sounds, James Taylor for the 4th, Star Wars, The Goo Goo Dolls, and many others are on the summer schedule.
Tanglewood Music Festival is always worth considering when making your Berkshire getaway plans. The amount of talent that descends on the Tanglewood campus over the summer is truly stunning. It’s like a who’s who of the classical music world. Our recent post highlighting the 2019 Tanglewood Music Festival lineup illustrates that well enough.
As you likely already know, Tanglewood Music Festival isn’t restricted entirely to classical music. The annual Tanglewood Popular Artists Series is a fun aspect of the festival that brings a little bit of pop to the otherwise classical stage.
2019 Tanglewood Popular Artists Series
This year’s Popular Artists Series includes a number of performers that are new to the Tanglewood stage, along with some old, familiar faces.
James Taylor is back at Tanglewood for two days in his only scheduled, New England appearance this year. Brian Wilson is also returning to perform the Beach Boys popular Pet Sounds album in it’s entirety.
Ben Harper and Trombone Shorty and their respective bands will help close out the festival this year with what is sure to be a very magical debut duo.
It’s fun to see bands like the Goo Goo Dolls, Train, and Squeeze on the stage at Koussevitzky Music Shed. While there is always debate on the merits of pop versus classical, both kinds of music are welcome here!
On the Boston Pops front, this year will see Keith Lockhart conducting a live orchestra to accompany a screening of Star Wars: A New Hope. They’ll also present Across the Stars: the Music of John Williams and the very popular, annual John Williams’ Film Night.
The 2019 Tanglewood On Parade program will include performances of Wagner’s “The Ride of the Valkyries,” James Burton’s “Lost Words,” and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” Andris Nelsons, Keith Lockhart, John Williams, Thomas Wilkins, and James Burton to conduct.
2019 Tanglewood Popular Artists Series Schedule
15 Live From Here with Chris Thile
16 Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds
3 & 4 James Taylor and His All-Star Band
7 Across the Stars: Music of John Williams with the Boston Pops Orchestra
23 Tanglewood on Parade
5 Train and Goo Goo Dolls
16 Keith Lockhart conducts Star Wars: A New Hope with the Boston Pops Orchestra
24 John Williams’ Film Night
29 Squeeze at Tanglewood
31 Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals performs with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Tanglewood Music Festival 2019
Tickets for these shows always sell out very quickly. If you have any intention of going to one or more of these shows, you will want to get your tickets asap! Learn more and get tickets at www.bso.org.
What’s true for tickets is also true for lodging. The Berkshires are a hot commodity, come warmer weather, and events like Tanglewood Music Festival and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival only serve to make us that much more attractive. If you have future plans to visit, why wait? Choose your room at Applegate Inn today!