Tanglewood 2016: Mahler 9, Messiaen’s “Turangalila” Symphony, “Rite of Spring”

Posted on: November 20, 2015

“Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Andris Nelsons will lead five programs next summer at Tanglewood, including performances of Acts 1 and 2 of Verdi’s ‘Aida’ (with soprano Kristine Opolais, his wife, in the title role) and Mahler’s Ninth Symphony,” writes Jeremy Eichler in Friday’s (11/20) Boston Globe. “The fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center will perform the U.S. premiere of George Benjamin’s ‘Dream of the Song’ under Stefan Asbury’s baton, paired with Messiaen’s ‘Turangalila’ Symphony.… Nelsons will also lead Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, an all-Brahms program, and a Shakespeare-themed program…. Charles Dutoit … will receive the honorary title of Koussevitzky Artist [and] conduct Rossini’s ‘Stabat Mater’ as well as Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring,’ the latter with the TMC orchestra. The BSO’s season opens on July 8 with Jacques Lacombe conducting works by Ravel and Prokofiev as well as Saint-Saens’s Violin Concerto No. 3 with soloist Joshua Bell…. The annual Festival of Contemporary Music (July 21-25), curated this year by composer Steven Stucky, will focus on iconic 20th-century composers such as Messiaen, Boulez, Lutoslawski, and Donatoni…. Featured in Ozawa Hall … will be the Emerson String Quartet, chamber orchestra the Knights, the Chick Corea Trio, and violinist Gil Shaham playing Bach’s complete sonatas and partitas.”

Posted November 20, 2015