Boston Symphony Orchestra announces 2013 Tanglewood season

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2013 Tanglewood Season

By Joseph Dalton

The Academy Award-winning film version of “West Side Story” will be screened with live orchestral accompaniment in The Shed at Tanglewood as part of the 2013 summer season, just announced by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In an unusual feat of technology, the original vocal soundtrack — both singing and dialogue — will play as David Newman conducts.

Other highlights of the season, which runs July 5 through September 1, are concert performances of two recent full-length operas, John Harbison’s “The Great Gatsby” and George Benjamin’s “Written on Skin.” Major concert works will include the Verdi Requiem, Mahler’s First, Third and Fourth symphonies and the third act of Wagner’s “Die Walkure.” Yo-Yo Ma’s best-selling recording “The Goat Rodeo Sessions” will be reprised with bassist Edgar Meyer and madolinist Chris Thile, who recently received a MacArthur “genius” award. Also, Mark Morris will stage a double bill of Purcell’ “Dido and Aeneas” and Britten’s “Curlew River” with members of his dance company and musicians of the Tanglewood Music Center.

Because the BSO continues to perform without a music director after the departure of James Levine there will be a large roster of guest conductors. Among them, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos leads four concerts, while Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, and Christoph von Dohnányi will conduct two to three performances each. Returning soloists include violinist Joshua Bell, and pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Emanuel Ax, and Peter Serkin. Appearing in recital at Ozawa Hall will be baritone Bryn Terfel, and pianist Garrick Ohlsson, among others.

Other annual events include a live broadcast of “A Prairie Home Companion” (June 29), Tanglewood On Parade (August 6), and John Williams conducting film night (August 24).

A variety of discount ticket programs continue, including half price lawn seats for those under 17. In a new promotion, adults under age 40 can purchase tickets for just $20 to all BSO and Boston Pops concerts in The Shed. Tickets go on sale January 27 and are available by calling 888-266-1200 or by visiting


Unless otherwise noted all performances are in The Shed; Friday and Saturday concerts are at 8:30 p.m., weeknights at 8 p.m, Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 23
Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra
Keith Lockhart, conductor
with TBA
with Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers and Edie Brickell

Saturday, June 29, 5:45 p.m.
A Prairie Home Companion

Thursday, July 4, 7 p.m.
Popular artist TBA

Friday, July 5,
Opening Night
BSO, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor
Joshua Bell, violin
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, Symphony No. 5

Saturday, July 6,
BSO, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor
Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano
Woman of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus
MAHLER: Symphony No. 3

Sunday, July 7
Boston Pops, Keith Lockhart, conductor
with Vince Gill

Monday, July 8 Ozawa Hall
TMC Orchestra, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor
Conducting Fellows
Turina: Danzas fantásticas, Op. 22
Kodaly: Dances of Galanta
Beethoven:Symphony No. 5

Thursday, July 11, 7:30 p.m. Ozawa Hall
Orchestra and Chorus of Emmanuel Music
Ryan Turner, artistic director and conductor
Harbison: The Great Gatsby (Concert performance)

Friday, July 12,
BSO, Kazushi Ono, conductor
Leon Fleisher, piano
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Ravel: Piano Concerto in D for the left hand
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Saturday, July 13,
BSO, David Newman, conductor
Bernstein: West Side Story
Film screening with live orchestral performance

Sunday, July 14,
BSO, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor
Lynn Harrell, cello
Stravinsky: Suite from Pulcinella
Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1 in C
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8

Wednesday, July 17, Ozawa Hall
Borodin String Quartet
Brahms: Quartet No. 3 in B-flat, Op. 67
Tchaikovsky: Quartet No. 3 in E-flat minor, Op. 30

Thursday, July 18, Ozawa Hall
Bryn Terfel, baritone
Natalia Katyukova, piano
German and English art songs

Friday, July 19
BSO, Vladimir Jurowski, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Wagner : Prelude to Die Meistersinger
Liszt : Totentanz
Beethoven: (orch. MAHLER:) Symphony No. 3, Eroica

Saturday, July 20
BSO, Lothar Koenigs, conductor
Wagner: Die Walküre, Act 3 (concert performance)
Cast to include Katarina Dalayman, soprano, Amber Wagner, soprano, Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone

Sunday, July 21
Members of the BSO
Pinchas Zukerman, conductor, violin, and viola
Concertos of Vivaldi, Bach, Telemann

Monday, July 22, Ozawa Hall
TMC Orchestra, Stéphane Denève, conductor
Conducting Fellows
Debussy: Jeux, Danses sacrées et profanes, La Mer

Wednesday, July 24, Ozawa Hall
Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Harding, conductor
Paul Lewis, piano
Dean: Testament
Schumann: Symphony No. 2
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25 in C, K.503
Sibelius: Symphony No. 7

Thursday, July 25, Ozawa Hall
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Works of Beethoven, Schubert, Griffes, Chopin

Friday, July 26
BSO, Christoph Eschenbach, conductor and piano
Christine Schäfer, soprano
Mozart: “Ch’io mi scordi di te…” Concert aria
Piano Concerto No. 12 in A
Symphony No. 41, Jupiter

Saturday, July 27
BSO, Andris Nelsons, conductor
Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Verdi: Requiem

Sunday, July 28
BSO, Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Dvorak: Carnival Overture
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, From the New World

Wednesday, July 31, 7:30 p.m. Ozawa Hall
Thursday, August 1, 7:30 p.m. Ozawa Hall
Mark Morris Dance Group
TMC Fellows
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas
Britten: Curlew River
Fully-staged productions

Friday, August 2
Koussevitzky Memorial Concert
BSO, Stéphane Denève, conductor
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Strauss: Death and Transfiguration
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4
Poulenc: Stabat Mater, for soprano, chorus, and orchestra

Saturday, August 3
BSO, Charles Dutoit, conductor
Lang Lang, piano
Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Ravel: Pavane for a Dead Princess
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé (complete)

Sunday, August 4
BSO, Charles Dutoit, conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Stravinsky: Fireworks
Dvorak: Cello Concerto
Stravinsky: Rite of Spring

Tuesday, August 6,
Tanglewood on Parade
Program to include
Borodin: Polovetsian Dances from Prince Igor
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

Wednesday, August 7, Ozawa Hall
Christian Zacharias, piano
Works of Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann

Festival of Contemporary Music, August 8-12
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Festival Director

Thursday, August 8, Ozawa Hall
Chamber Orchestra
Carter: Instances
Stroppa: “Let Me Sing Into Your Ear”
Lachenmann: “…zwei Gefuhle…”
Mason: New Work

Friday, August 9, Ozawa Hall
Chamber works TBA
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano
TMC Fellows

Sunday, August 11 10 a.m. Ozawa Hall
Reich: Music for 18 Musicians
Works for piano by Ligeti and Nancarrow

Monday, August 12, Ozawa Hall
Benjamin: Written On Skin (Concert performance)

Friday, August 9
BSO, Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin
Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Brahms: Symphony No. 2

Saturday, August 10
BSO, Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3
Carter: Sound Fields
Brahms: Symphony No. 4

Sunday, August 11
BSO, Christian Zacharias, conductor and piano
Beethoven: Coriolan Overture, Piano Concerto No. 2
Symphony No. 6, Pastoral

Wednesday, August 14, Ozawa Hall
Emerson String Quartet
Music of Haydn, Britten, Beethoven

Thursday, August 15
The Goat Rodeo Show
Yo-Yo Ma, cello, Edgar Meyer, bass, Chris Thile, mandolin, and Stuart Duncan, fiddle, Aoife O’Donovan, vocalist.

Friday, August 16
Boston Pops Orchestra
Keith Lockhart, conductor
with Michael Feinstein

Saturday, August 17
BSO, Bernard Haitink, conductors
Isabelle Faust, violin
Camilla Tilling, soprano
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5
Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Sunday, August 18
Bernstein Memorial Concert
TMC Orchestra, Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat, K.271
Mahler: Symphony No. 1

Tuesday, August 20, Ozawa Hall
Boston Symphony Chamber Players
Menahem Pressler, piano
Carter: Wind Quintet,
Copland: Appalachian Spring
Kurtag: Impromptu
Mozart: Piano Quartet in E-flat

Thursday, August 22, Ozawa Hall
Daniil Trifonov, piano
Works of Scriabin, Liszt, Chopin

Friday, August 23
BSO, Andris Poga, conductor
Peter Serkin, piano
Poulenc: Sinfonietta
Stravinsky: Concerto for Piano and Winds
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

Saturday, August 24
John Williams’ Film Night
Boston Pops Orchestra
John Williams and David Newman, conductors
Audra McDonald, vocalist

Sunday, August 25
BSO, Bernard Haitink, conductor
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

Sunday, August 25, Ozawa Hall
Monty Alexander Trio

Sunday, September 1
Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra
Thomas Wilkins, conductor



  1. Nothing, at all, of any interest. “Corporate Media” has successfully
    destroyed “Art”. I will attend none of it; nor, SPAC’s yawn-fests.

    Re-working a Sound Track is a move of desperation. Maybe they could
    get that guy in Albany to perform the whole of West Side Story all by
    himself. Standing on his head. With Corporate Logos on his ass.


  2. Don, you didn’t really lose the battle because you never had a chance. The entire country is dumbing down, and Tanglewood and SPAC are simply trying to sell tickets and stay in business. Kudos for trying though.

    Since I defended much of that Tanglewood 2013 schedule when SPAC performed a WHOLE lot of it over the last few years, it would be hypocritical of me to bash it now. Then again, my tastes are much more mainstream than yours (although even I have reached my limit with New World).

    Much of it is excellent music, but bringing in Yo Yo to play the Dvorak and Bell to play the Tchaikovsky is really redundant. It’s music to be enjoyed on the radio on a nice summer night but not worth traveling out there for. I wish them well and hope they sell a lot of tickets but not enough so as to totally abandon their more edgy side out there.


  3. West Side Story is my all time favorite movie, hands down, and I’m glad that the Boston Symphony Orchestra is performing this great musical score live along with a screening of a great movie, at Tanglewood this coming summer. This is something that I’d love to go see and hear!


  4. I did attend the Tanglewood Boston Symphony Orchestra/West Side Story concert last month, and had a fantastic time. Not surprisingly, West Side Story being West Side Story, that concert sold out, despite the addition of afew extra lawn benches, and there must’ve been at least 20, 000 people there.

    The Boston Symphony Orchestra played a fabulous live rendition of the Bernstein musical score to the film version of West Side Story, and a hi-def, digitally-restored, beautifully cleaned-up, reprinted and re-mastered version of the film was shown on screens in various parts of the shed (where I had a ticket/seat), as well as on the lawn. It was one spectacular evening, and it was all worth the trip out there from Boston.


  5. I also might add that this same Boston Symphony Orchestra/West SIde Story concert is being done again, here in Boston, at Symphony Hall, in mid-februatry. As soon as tickets go on sale to the general public, tomorrow morning at the Symphony hall Box office, I will be going over to the box office first thing tomorrow morning to purchase tickets for myself and afew friends!


  6. I did go over to Symphony Hall here in Boston to purchase tickets and the box office for me and some friends of mine, in person, and I’m glad I did. I’m looking forward to seeing the Boston Symphony Orchestra/West Side Story (film) concert here in Boston, at Symphony Hall!


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