Boston Symphony Orchestra season at Tanglewood
WEST LENOX, Mass. — The Boston Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2024 Tanglewood Music Center season, running from late June through Aug. 31. Tickets go on sale March 19.
The season features BSO music director Andris Nelsons in a newly expanded role as head of conducting at Tanglewood. Nelson will lead 10 performances with the Boston Symphony and Tanglewood Music Center orchestras, including concerts celebrating Tanglewood founder Serge Koussevitzky’s 150th birth anniversary and 100 years since his appointment as BSO music director.
Nelsons-led BSO programs in the Koussevitzky Music Shed survey some of the best of symphonic music, ballet and opera with distinguished guest artists, including an opening-night all-Beethoven program with violinist Hilary Hahn; an all-Strauss program with soprano Renée Fleming; Augustin Hadelich in Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto; a collaboration with Boston Ballet in Stravinsky’s Apollon Musagète; and Act III of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung with soprano Christine Goerke .
In a weekend of programs celebrating Koussevitzky’s 150th and Tanglewood’s prominence as a center for music and learning on July 26–28, Nelsons and the BSO share the Shed stage with pianists Yefim Bronfman, Paul Lewis and Jean-Yves Thibaudet; baritone Will Liverman; the Tanglewood Festival Chorus; and others in works composed or championed by the legendary Russian-born conductor, composer and festival and Tanglewood Music Center founder.
Other season highlights include:
- The returns of favorite conductors Karina Canellakis, Alan Gilbert, Earl Lee and Dima Slobodeniouk, and acclaimed artists Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Kirill Gerstein, Steven Isserlis, Leonidas Kavakos, Yo-Yo Ma, Midori, Conrad Tao and Yuja Wang, along with exciting Shed debuts by violinist Leila Josefowicz; pianist Bruce Liu; conductors Ryan Bancroft, James Gaffigan, Hannu Lintu, Samy Rachid and Dalia Stasevska; and soprano Elena Villalón.
- The addition of a second John Williams Film Night to the Boston Pops summer roster, as well as Keith Lockhart leading a concert spotlighting the best of 21st-century Broadway music and Jurassic Park In Concert.
- The 50th anniversary of James Taylor at Tanglewood with concerts July 3-4 headlining the Popular Artist Series, which also brings Pretenders as well as Kool & the Gang and En Vogue to the Shed.
- Gustavo Dudamel conducting the National Children’s Symphony of Venezuela in his first appearance at Tanglewood since 2006.
- An exciting and diverse schedule of recitals and ensemble performances by renowned artists including Emanuel Ax and The Knights; Kirill Gerstein, Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis; and Danill Trifonov and Leonidas Kavakos in intimate Ozawa Hall, in addition to Les Arts Florissants and conductor William Christie presenting a semistaged version of Purcell’s opera “The Fairy Queen.”