Nelsons to increase Tanglewood Festival commitment in 2017

November 17, 2016 at 5:02 pm

By Aaron Keebaugh

Andris Nelsons will increase his Tanglewood Festival commitment to ten weeks next summer.

Andris Nelsons will increase his Tanglewood Festival commitment to ten weeks next summer.

With music ranging from Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart to Adès, Turnage, and Birtwistle, the 2017 Tanglewood Season will   once again bring some of the biggest stars in classical music to the Berkshires.

Andris Nelsons will expand his commitment at Tanglewood next summer, leading ten programs with the Boston Symphony Orchestra over four weeks. He will open the Tanglewood season with Mahler’s Second Symphony on July 7, and lead the traditional closing program of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony August 27.

Concert opera will continue as a renewed  Tanglewood tradition. Nelsons will lead the BSO’s first full-length concert performance of Wagner’s Das Rheingold on July 15.

Additional Nelsons-led concerts will feature Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, with Kristine Opolais as soloist (July 9), Thomas Adès’ Three Studies from Couperin (July 14), the world premiere of John Williams’ Markings, with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter as soloist (July 16), and an opera gala program starring Opolais and Dmitri Hvorostovsky (August 26). 

Nelsons will share the podium with John Williams to lead the Boston Pops for Tanglewood’s Annual Film Night on August 19, and he will conduct the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in two programs. The first will spotlight music by Mark Anthony Turnage and will showcase trumpeters Thomas Rolfs and Håkan Hardenberger (July 10). The second will feature Strauss’ An Alpine Symphony and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, with Paul Lewis as soloist (August 20).

Continuing in his role as Artistic Partner with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Adès will make his Tanglewood debut leading Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem and Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, with Emanuel Ax as soloist (July 22). Adès will also conduct the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in his own Polaris and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 7 (July 24).

Other podium guests will include Gustavo Gimeno leading Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety Symphony (July 21); Charles Dutoit conducting Dvořák’s New World Symphony (July 28) and Berlioz’s Te Deum (July 29); Bramwell Tovey in Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast (July 30); Christoph von Dohnányi leading Schumann’s Cello Concerto, with Yo-Yo Ma as soloist (August 6), and Julian Anderson’s Incantesimi and Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony (August 12); Hans Graf in music by Chopin and Rachmaninoff (August 4) and Mendelssohn’s complete Midsummer Night’s Dream (August 5); Giancarlo Guerrero conducting the Rite of Spring (August 11); David Afkham in Mahler’s Das Knaben Wunderhorn and Rückert-Lieder, featuring baritone Simon Keenlyside (August 18); and BSO Assistant Conductor Ken-David Masur leading music by Aaron Jay Kernis, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky (July 23). Lahav Shani will make his BSO and Tanglewood debut August 13 leading Schubert’s Great C Major Symphony and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 1, featuring Joshua Bell as soloist.

Concerts at Ozawa Hall will feature Apollo’s Fire performing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (July 5), pianist Daniil Trifonov in music by Schumann, Shostakovich, and Stravinsky (July 12), The Emerson String Quartet in a theatrical presentation centered on Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 14 (July 19), the Takács String Quartet and pianist Garrick Ohlsson in music by Haydn, Beethoven, and Elgar (July 26), The Handel and Haydn Society, led by Harry Christophers, presenting Purcell’s The Fairy Queen (August 9), and the Boston Symphony Chamber Players in music by Bach, Dvořák, and Gubaidulina (August 16).

The 2017 season will bring new concert initiatives to the Berkshires. Tanglewood Takes Flight will combine bird walks sponsored by Mass Audubon with performances of Olivier Messiaen’s Catalogue of the Birds, to be played by Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tanglewood Music Center Fellows (July 27-30). Emanuel Ax will present a series of six recitals that feature the music of Schubert. Performers, in addition to Ax, will include Andrè Schuen, Thomas Adès, Garrick Ohlsson, Pamela Frank, Simon Keenlyside, Colin Jacobsen, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Emerson String Quartet.

The annual “Tanglewood on Parade” event will feature Charles Dutoit, Moritz Gnann, Keith Lockhart, Bramwell Tovey, and John Williams leading the BSO and Boston Pops in music by Copland, Kodály, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, and Williams (August 1).

The Festival of Contemporary Music will run August 10-14 and will spotlight music of Gubaidulina, Birtwistle, Ligeti, Dutilleux, Ben Johnston, Lei Liang, Caroline Shaw, and Julian Anderson, among others.

Boston Pops events will feature Keith Lockhart leading the orchestra in the film score to Jaws with a live showing of the film on June 18, the film score to E.T. on August 25, and a concert dedicated to the music of Stephen Sondheim on July 8.

Tickets for the 2017 Tanglewood season will go on sale beginning January 29 at 10 a.m. tanglewood.org; 888-266-1200.

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