The Tanglewood Festival and the Kansas City Symphony are among the arts groups featured on programming recently announced as part of PBS’s Arts Summer Festival. The Tanglewood Festival’s 75th-anniversary celebration this summer at the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s longtime summer home in western Massachusetts, to air on PBS on August 10 at 9 p.m. ET, will feature the BSO, Boston Pops Orchestra, and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, led by John Williams, Keith Lockhart, and Andris Nelsons. Soloists at that concert will include pianists Emanuel Ax and Peter Serkin, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, and vocalist James Taylor, as well as the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, conducted by John Oliver. The program, taped on July 14, will include Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from On the Town, Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, Tchaikovsky’s Andante cantabile for cello and strings, Ravel’s La Valse, and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. A July 20 performance documentary featuring the Kansas City Symphony and its new home, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, will be narrated by mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and is set to air on PBS on July 20 at 9 p.m. ET.
Posted May 2, 2012