Programming Notes: July 2017

Jul 3, 2017

The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood season broadcasts begin on Friday July 7th at 8PM. Join the BSO as they perform live at their famed summer home in Lenox, MA. Listeners will enjoy the BSO's Friday, Saturday and Sunday concerts.

Friday, July 7th, 2017 @8PM
Program: MAHLER - Symphony No. 2, Resurrection
Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra open their 2017 Tanglewood season Friday, July 7, with a gala performance of Mahler's grand, deeply emotional, and ultimately triumphant Symphony No. 2, Resurrection. Soprano Malin Christensson (in her Tanglewood debut) and mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink join Mr. Nelsons and the orchestra, along with the all-volunteer Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

Saturday, July 8th, 2017 @8PM
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
BERNSTEIN Symphonic Suite from On The Waterfront
HAYDN Cello Concerto in C
WILLIAMS Heartwood, for cello and orchestra
WILLIAMS Rosewood and Pickin', for solo cello
RESPIGHI Pines of Rome

Sunday, July 9th, 2017 @2:30PM
Program: MOZART - Violin Concerto No. 5 in A, K.219
MAHLER - Symphony No. 4

Andris Nelsons returns to the podium for his second concert of the season on Sunday, July 9, for an afternoon program featuring 15-year-old Swedish violinist Daniel Lozakovich in his BSO and Tanglewood debuts performing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5, and Mr. Nelsons' second Mahler symphony of the weekend-Symphony No. 4 featuring soprano Kristine Opolais.

Friday, July 14th, 2017 @8PM
Program: RAVEL - Le Tombeau de Couperin
HAYDN - Symphony No. 83, La Poule
Thomas ADÈS - Three Studies from Couperin
MOZART - Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K.467

Andris Nelsons opens the weekend on Friday, July 14, with performances of two pieces written as an homage to French Baroque composer François Couperin, composed nearly 90 years apart: Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin and BSO Artist Partner Thomas Adès's Three Studies from Couperin. Also on the program is Haydn's Symphony No. 83, La Poule ("The Hen"), last performed by the BSO in 1990, and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K.467, featuring Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov.

Saturday, July 15th, 2017 @8PM
Program: WAGNER - Das Rheingold
On Saturday, July 15, Maestro Nelsons leads the BSO in one of the great highlights of the 2017 Tanglewood season: the festival's first-ever complete concert performance of Wagner's epic Das Rheingold, the first of the four dramas from Wagner's masterpiece Der Ring des Nibelungen. The performance features a cast of all-star vocal soloists among the most respected for these roles, including bass-baritone Thomas J. Mayer as Wotan (in his BSO and Tanglewood debuts); mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly as Fricka; tenor Kim Begley as Loge (BSO and Tanglewood debuts); and baritone Jochen Schmeckenbecher (BSO and Tanglewood debuts) as Alberich, along with other prestigious singers known for their expertise performing Wagner's music. The performance of Das Rheingold-sung in German with English subtitles-will run without an intermission.

Sunday, July 16th, 2017 @2:30PM
Program: John WILLIAMS - Markings, for solo violin, strings, and harp (world premiere)
TCHAIKOVSKY - Violin Concerto
BERLIOZ - Symphonie fantastique
Closing out the weekend on Sunday, July 16, Andris Nelsons and the BSO are joined by violinist Anne Sophie Mutter for the world premiere of Boston Pops Conductor Laureate John Williams' Markings, for solo violin, strings, and harp. Ms. Mutter also joins the orchestra for Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, one of the most popular concertos for the instrument. Berlioz's dazzling Symphonie fantastique completes the program.

Friday, July 21st, 2017 @8PM
Program: BERNSTEIN - Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety
TCHAIKOVSKY - Symphony No. 4

Captivating French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins the BSO and conductor Gustavo Gimeno-who returns to the Tanglewood podium after making his debut with the orchestra last summer-for Bernstein's Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety, a piece dedicated to Serge Koussevitzky and premiered by the BSO in 1949. Mr. Gimeno also leads the BSO in Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4.

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 @8PM
Program: BRITTEN - Sinfonia da Requiem
Thomas ADÈS - ...but all shall be well
BEETHOVEN - Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor

BSO Artistic Partner Thomas Adès opens the Saturday, July 22 BSO program leading his own …but all shall be well, a piece inspired by lines from T.S. Eliot's quotation of Julian of Norwich in Four Quartets: "Sin is Behovely, but All shall be well, and All manner of thing shall be well." The program also features Emanuel Ax in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor, the last and most monumental of Beethoven's concertos; as well as the dramatically expressive Sinfonia da Requiem by Benjamin Britten, a composer for whom Mr. Adès has a great affinity.

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 @2:30PM
Program: Aaron Jay KERNIS - Musica Celestis
PROKOFIEV - Piano Concerto No. 3
TCHAIKOVSKY - Symphony No. 2, Little Russian

On Sunday, July 23, BSO Assistant Conductor Ken-David Masur is joined by Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky for Prokofiev's sparkling Piano Concerto No. 3. Mr. Masur opens the afternoon program with Aaron Jay Kernis's airy and moving Musica Celestis ("Heavenly Music"), written by the Grawemeyer Award-winning composer in 2000. Closing the concert is Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2, Little Russian.

Friday, July28th, 2017 @8PM
Program: BEETHOVEN - Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus
BRAHMS - Piano Concerto No. 2
DVOŘÁK - Symphony No. 9, From the New World

On Friday, Charles Dutoit is joined by pianist Yefim Bronfman for Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2, one of the composer's most barnstorming, free-spirited works. The BSO opens the program with the Overture to Beethoven's The Creatures of Prometheus. Mr. Dutoit also leads the orchestra in Dvorak's New World Symphony.

Saturday, July 29th, 2017 @8PM
Program: STRAVINSKY - Chant funèbre
RAVEL - Piano Concerto for the left hand

On Saturday, Mr. Dutoit is joined by Pierre-Laurent Aimard for Ravel's Piano Concerto for the left hand, a piece written in 1929 and 1930 for Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm during World War I. Mr. Dutoit also leads the BSO in two works by Berlioz's monumental Te Deum, featuring tenor Paul Groves and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus

Sunday, July 30th, 2017 @2:30PM
Program: BEETHOVEN - Violin Concerto
WALTON - Belshazzar’s Feast

Violinist Pinchas Zukerman returns to Tanglewood on Sunday, July 30, for a performance of Beethoven's lyrical Violin Concerto with the BSO and English conductor Bramwell Tovey. Mr. Tovey and the BSO are then joined by bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus for Walton's Belshazzar's Feast. An incredibly ambitious oratorio written for a large-scale orchestra including two brass bands along with the baritone soloist and chorus, the work is one of the composer's most celebrated compositions.