Boston Symphony begins $30 million upgrade of Tanglewood facilities

Posted on: June 14, 2013

In Thursday’s (6/13) Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, Mass.), Clarence Fanto writes, “The Boston Symphony Orchestra is solidifying its long-term commitment to Tanglewood by accelerating plans to invest $30 million in building and grounds upgrades at its summer home over the next seven to eight years.” Speaking at a meeting of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, BSO Managing Director Mark Volpe “outlined the organization’s intentions to improve its 76-year-old facility ‘in order to enhance the experience of patrons.… There are buildings at Tanglewood that are pre-Civil War,’ he said…. Emphasizing the importance of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s summer institute for about 150 advanced young professionals, Volpe described it as part of the organization’s ‘core mission,’ and said it costs $3 million to $4 million to operate each year.… Volpe cited a study by Williams College economics professor Steven C. Sheppard a few years ago that listed the BSO’s overall economic impact in Massachusetts at more than $200 million, with as much as $70 million of that sum coming specifically from Tanglewood.”

Posted June 14, 2013