GATES OPEN AT 5:30PM Violinist Gil Shaham and cellist Alisa Weilerstein join forces on Friday, August 11, 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.
DVOŘÁK – Carnival Overture
BRAHMS – Double Concerto for violin, cello, and orchestra
GATES OPEN AT 5:30PM Conductor Juanjo Mena leads the BSO in Julian Anderson’s Incantesimi, a BSO-commissioned work that receives its American premiere with the BSO in January 2017. Incantesimi is a study in long lines, using “five musical ideas that orbit each other in ever-differing relationships.” Mr. Mena and the orchestra are then joined by violinist Nikolaj Znaider for Brahms’s lyrical and refined Violin Concerto. The BSO closes out the program with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, one of the composer’s most popular works. At the advice of his doctors, Maestro Christoph von Dohnányi regrets that he cannot appear with the Boston Symphony this summer at Tanglewood. He is continuing to heal from a fall he suffered earlier this year and looks forward to leading the BSO as scheduled in November.
GATES OPEN AT 12PM On Sunday, August 13, 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.”
MOZART – Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
MENDELSSOHN – Violin Concerto
SCHUBERT – Symphony in C, The Great
Summer Sundays 12noon-2pm, Tanglewood Grounds On Sunday afternoons, enjoy new and exciting events for all ages to enhance your Tanglewood experience. Activities that take place at various locations throughout the grounds include local food tastings and other specialties of the region, face painting, and Qigong, games for families, and more!
DINING AT TANGLEWOOD
During the season, have more time to enjoy Tanglewood by ordering a picnic in advance and dining on the grounds. Online orders up to 48 hours in advance. The Highwood Manor House will be open to the public for dinner Friday and Saturday, and Sunday brunch. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance and are required.