Tanglewood opens on June 22nd and notably includes a lot of new music, younger conductors and soloists, and especially a variety of different kinds of music in and out of the Shed and Ozawa Hall, along with jazz and some literary events: the mixture is bracing. There’s a generous provision of warhorses, too — not so many, but better than usual. “BSO Opening night at Tanglewood” on July 7th, for instance, lists Prokofiev’s always welcome Third Piano Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s “grand but very noisy”Fourth, and a piece by Wynton Marsalis. The complete schedule is [HERE]. Read the full press release HERE.
Some operatic items in concert are also inked: Così fan tutte and Acis and Galatea (“sung in English” — was there a choice?), and a “symphonic version of Ragtime” based on the novel by Doctorow, with soloists, chorus, the Boston Pops (Lockhart), but a composer is not named. The Boston Pops are involved in at least six events, including a whole evening of “John Williams’ Film Night,” for this 91-year-old veteran composer and conductor. Another is an all-Gershwin evening on July 14, but the BSO will honor Gershwin again on August 18, with Jean-Yves Thibaudet playing two concertos: Gershwin’s, and the Saint-Saëns Fifth, both in agreeable F major. A new piece by Carlos Simon appears on the same program.