The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra brings music, nature, and personalities together in a legendary setting. Join Classical New England and WGBH for a celebration of 75 years of Tanglewood.
Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration premieres Friday, Aug. 10, at 9pm on WGBH 2. More airings
In the 1930's, a vision of classical music among the rolling hills and beautiful lakes of western Massachusetts emerged in the minds of the residents of Berkshire County, especially Miss Gertrude Robinson Smith. The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Serge Koussevitzky eventually came on the scene to provide that music, and the seeds of Tanglewood were sown.
Now, 75 years after the founding of Tanglewood, Classical New England, WGBH, and PBS celebrate that original vision and its modern manifestation with a full weekend of special programs.
Listen throughout the weekend for Tanglewood Tales on Classical New England. These personal memories and stories come from our listeners and reflect both a broad range of experiences as well as the singular magical quality of Tanglewood.
Broadcast Schedule (all programs on Classical New England except where noted)
Friday, Aug. 10 3pmTanglewood Turnpike
BSO broadcast host Ron Della Chiesa joins Cathy Fuller for a preview of our weekend of live concert broadcasts and highlights of music performed during the previous weekend.
Host James David Jacobs brings you an in-depth preview of our Friday night concert.
8pmLive from Tanglewood
Pinchas Zukerman leads the BSO in an All-Bach program in the roles of both violin soloist and conductor, with additional solo contributions from the BSO's Concertmaster Malcolm Lowe, Principal Oboist John Ferrillo, and Principal Flutist Elizabeth Rowe.
9pm on WGBH 2Great Performances: Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration
Watch a gala performance celebrating Tanglewood, with conductors Keith Lockhart, Andris Nelsons, John Williams, and David Zinman, and pianists Emanuel Ax and Peter Serkin, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, vocalist James Taylor, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and more. (Watch a preview above, and see our broadcast schedule for more airings.)
Saturday, Aug. 11
Seiji Ozawa Hall
5pmGala Opening of Seijii Ozawa Hall
For the first time ever Classical New England brings you the opening concert of Ozawa Hall, recorded on July 7, 1994, with former BSO Music Director Seiji Ozawa, members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Peter Serkin, and members of the Bernstein family.
Host Larry King brings you an in-depth preview of our Saturday night concert.
8pmLive from Tanglewood
Yo-Yo Ma is the soloist in Elgar's Cello Concerto, and Stéphane Denève conducts the world premiere of André Previn's Music for Boston and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5.
Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration
Co-hosts Ron Della Chiesa and Fred Child of Performance Today bring you all the music from Tanglewood's gala celebration of its 75th birthday, with three orchestras, five conductors, including Keith Lockhart, John Williams, and Andris Nelsons, and guests artists including cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianists Emanuel Ax and Peter Serkin, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, and singer James Taylor.
9pmBSO on Record: Koussevitzky's Final Tanglewood Recordings
Classical New England's BSO broadcast producer Brian Bell brings you the stories and the music from Serge Koussevitzky's final recording sessions with the BSO at Tanglewood.
Join Classical New England hosts for free concerts presented by the Boston Landmarks Orchestra at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade every Wednesday night at 7pm.
July 11 All-Copland Opening Night, hosted by Laura Carlo
Christopher Wilkins conducts the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, bass Robert Honeysucker, and the Boston Landmarks "One City" Chorus in a concert dedicated to music by Aaron Copland.
July 18 Fiesta sinfónica, hosted by Brian McCreath
Dance music from Latin American and beyond lights up the Esplanade as Christopher Wilkins conducts the Boston Landmarks Orchestra in music by Arturo Márquez, Miguel del Aguila, Leonard Bernstein and more.
July 25 At the River, hosted by Ray Brown
The Boston Landmarks Orchestra and conductor Chrisopher Wilkins celebrate nature with music dedicated to the great waterways of the world, including Schumann's "Rhenish" Symphony and Duke Ellington's The River.
August 1 Boston Civic Symphony, hosted by Alan McLellan
Max Hobart leads the Boston Civic Symphony in a concert of dramatic classical favorites, including "Jupiter" from Holst's The Planets and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7.
August 8 Boston Lyric Opera, hosted by Ron Della Chiesa
Opera takes the stage with Music Director David Angus and soloists from Boston Lyric Opera, with music by Wagner, Puccini, Mozart, and more.
August 15 Longwood Symphony Orchestra, hosted by Cathy Fuller
The Longwood Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts, perform a concert featureing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21. *Moved indoors to the Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley St., Boston.
August 22 Landmarks Virtuosos, hosted by Ben Roe
Soloists from the Boston Landmarks Orchestra take center stage in a concert featuring Schumann's Konzertstück for four horns and orchestra and Haydn's Sinfonia concertante, conducted by Christopher Wilkins.
August 29 Symphonic Shakespeare, hosted by James David Jacobs
Actors from Commonwealth Shakespeare Co. join the Boston Landmarks Orchestra and conductor Christopher Wilkins for a musical and dramatic celebration of history's greatest English language writer, with music by Beethoven, Walton, and Mendelssohn.