Lenox – It’s that time of year when anything can happen. Anything, that is, in the way of popular artist bookings at Tanglewood, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO). The latest addition to Tanglewood’s 2018 schedule is Harry Connick Jr., who will bring his “New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration” to Tanglewood’s Koussevitzky Music Shed on Saturday, June 23, at 7 p.m.
Connick has been performing the music of his native New Orleans since he was five years old. This makes his musical roots hard to miss, no matter whose songs he plays. (This is true even with his arrangements of traditional Christmas songs.) So a Tanglewood program dedicated specifically to the music of Connick’s home town is guaranteed to please aficionados of the region’s rich musical heritage.
That’s fine, but can he play New Orleans piano like Professor Longhair? Yes.
And, of course, Connick works with a truly great touring band.
Connick’s fans need no reminders of the innumerable Grammy and Emmy Awards he has collected over the years. His music is enough, and it is always a product of good taste and extraordinary musicianship.
Tickets for Harry Connick Jr. at Tanglewood go on sale April 9 at 10 a.m. Click here.