Tanglewood 2018 – An unprecedented embarrassment of riches

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By Monday, Nov 20 Arts & Entertainment
Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood in 1981. Photo: Walter H. Scott

Boston — The Boston Symphony Orchestra today announced details of its 2018 Tanglewood season, titled “Bernstein Centennial Summer — Celebrating Lenny at Tanglewood!” The 10-week-long birthday party, beginning Friday, June 15, and ending Sunday, Sept. 2, promises to give Bernstein fans the musical time of their lives and everyone else the musical education of their lives. The Berkshire Edge will publish a detailed rundown of the summer’s unprecedented line-up (which is certain to change between now and June 15). But for the short term, take a quick look at what’s in store at Tanglewood in 2018:

  • Fancy Free (1944)
  • On the Town (1944)
  • Facsimile, Choreographic Essay for Orchestra (1946)
  • Trouble in Tahiti (1951)
  • Serenade (after Plato’s “Symposium”), for violin and orchestra (1954)
  • Candide (1956)
  • West Side Story (1957)
  • Chichester Psalms (1965)
  • Songfest (1977)
  • Three Meditations from Mass, for cello and orchestra (1977)
  • Divertimento for Orchestra (1980)
  • Ḥalil, Nocturne for flute and orchestra (1981)
  • A Quiet Place (1983)
  • Opening Prayer (Benediction) (1986)
  • Variations on an Octatonic Scale, for flute and cello (1989)

Seiji Ozawa talks with Leonard Bernstein during a lecture for Tanglewood students. Photo: Walter H. Scott

And, as if these Bernstein classics weren’t enough, the BSO will perform a number of works (all audience favorites) that were important to Bernstein in his role as a pianist and conductor, including:

  • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5
  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 5
  • Copland Symphony No. 3
  • Mahler Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3
  • Britten’s Four Sea Interludes
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 9
  • Various works by Mozart, Haydn, and Sibelius

Watch the Berkshire Edge for further details about Tanglewood’s 2018 Bernstein centennial celebration.


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