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From the New World — of Online Summer Music


How to listen this summer.

Tanglewood announces what’s up and what’s new:

Last fall, before the time of plague, we published the upcoming Tanglewood season announcement, and then a month ago followed up with the BSO’s new plans for the online Tanglewood festival, called a Summer Tradition Transformed. Now, management has announced program details for the upcoming summer’s content both free and paid, the latter going on sale Monday, June 15th, through The audio and video streams will include material newly created and recorded at Tanglewood’s Linde Center this month and next, featuring artists and programs of the announced season. In addition to the free offerings, online programs range from $5 to $12 for a single stream to $15 to $90 for multiple-stream packages.

New content includes Saturday evening great performers in recital — video streams recorded at the Linde Center — spotlighting some who were to appear in the Shed as well as additional guests: Gil Shaham (7/3); Emanuel Ax (7/11); Pinchas Zukerman, Amanda Forsyth, and Bryan Wagorn (7/18); Augustin Hadelich and Orion Weiss (7/25); Yo-Yo Ma (8/1); Daniil Trifonov (8/8); Conrad Tao (8/15); and Joshua Bell and Jeremy Denk (8/22).

BSO musicians in recital features 40 orchestra members in a Friday evening online series of new programs programs to be recorded at the Linde Center starting next week through July 11th.

But wait, there’s more.

Recitals from the world stage is the name of the Wednesday evening series of new video streams recorded at venues around the world featuring artists who were to appear at Tanglewood this summer, including Paul Lewis (7/8), Lucas and Arthur Jussen (7/15), Brooklyn Rider (7/22), Silkroad (7/29), the Danish String Quartet (8/5), the Boston Symphony Chamber Players (8/12), and Garrick Ohlsson (8/19).

Retrospective online content — never before available — includes BSO encore performances, a series of weekly Sunday afternoon BSO video streams; Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra encore performances, a Monday evening series; and the Tanglewood Family Concert with Circle Round, with conductor Thomas Wilkins.

James Taylor will host and perform in the best of Tanglewood on Parade, featuring the BSO, Pops, TMC Orchestra, and Boston Symphony Children’s Choir with conductors Andris Nelsons, Keith Lockhart, John Williams, and James Burton.

Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s acclaimed summer music academy, will also be featured in audio streams of previously recorded Sunday morning chamber music concerts. Tanglewood Learning Institute (TLI) video streams, new and retrospective, will include TLI Masterpass, masterclasses with TMC fellows, BU Tanglewood Institute students, and Tanglewood Festival Chorus singers. Teachers comprise Andris Nelsons, Paul Lewis, Midori, Astrid Schween, Dawn Upshaw, Stephanie Blythe,  Malcolm Lowe, and Emanuel Ax. TLI OpenForum explores the Roaring Twenties and the Romantic Spirit; TLI Celebrates Beethoven will provide in-depth exploration of the composer’s work during this his 250th anniversary year; and TLI ShopTalks offers engaging conversations with notable artists.

The beautiful grounds this summer will be open to the public, with social distancing and CDC protocols in place, Saturdays and Sundays 10a-4p and Wednesdays 9a-noon, July 5th through August 23rd. Visits require registration at

Scrim panels placed on the Koussevitzky Music Shed will list the names of 1072 graduating seniors throughout the region and feature artwork by students working with IS183 Art School of the Berkshires, underwritten by Pittsfield-based Mill Town Capital, with additional support from Berkshire United Way, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Lee Bank, the Pittsfield Cooperative Bank, and Price Chopper.

Please refer to the May BMInt preview and for repertory and all other details, including stream venues and URLs.

Anthony Fogg, BSO Artistic Administrator and Director of Tanglewood, concludes:

The essence of our Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival is a broad spectrum of new, bespoke, material which is to be recorded in the coming weeks, never-before-seen/heard retrospective content, and the spoken-word programs of the Tanglewood Learning Institute.  Since the objective was to maintain as many aspects of the planned in-person 2020 festival as possible, many of the artists featured are those who were to have played at Tanglewood this summer. We’re also releasing certain performances at the same times as they would have been heard live, with complete online recordings of BSO concerts taking place Sunday afternoons at 2:30 p.m., as an example of such scheduling. In addition, we are committed to connecting with our audiences at the times they might typically visit Tanglewood, whether for concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra,  performances with the Tanglewood Music Center Fellows, or programs with the Tanglewood Learning Institute.  It is our hope that this wide variety of online offerings will inspire and sustain our loyal audiences during this period of hiatus from live performances and until we are all together again in summer 2021.

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