At 2014 Tanglewood Festival, American emphasis

Posted on: November 21, 2013

“Andris Nelsons will head to the Berkshires this summer for his first appearances at the Tanglewood Festival since he was named the music director designate of the Boston Symphony Orchestra—with plans to conduct music by Dvorák, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Rolf Martinsson and Christopher Rouse,” writes Michael Cooper in Wednesday’s (11/20) New York Times. At the festival (June 28 to August 30), “American music will be a focus … from an all-American opening night gala to feature the soprano Renée Fleming … to performances of Bernstein’s ‘Candide,’ a new chamber version of Jack Beeson’s opera ‘Lizzie Borden’  … and the premiere of William Bolcom’s ‘Circus Overture’ at a concert celebrating the 70th birthday of the conductor Leonard Slatkin. The Boston Symphony plans to play 22 concerts, including a performance of Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony with Christoph von Dohnányi, an all-Tchaikovsky program with Yo-Yo Ma and a program with Emanuel Ax performing Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto. A festival-within-the-festival of contemporary music will feature the work of John Adams, Steve Mackey, George Perle, Bernard Rands and Roger Sessions, along with a number of younger composers. And John Williams will [conduct] the Boston Pops [as it performs] along to a screening of ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ ”

Posted November 21, 2013