For Tanglewood’s 2018 season, a mega-Bernstein bash

Posted on: November 17, 2017

“Leonard Bernstein would have turned 100 this year, and to honor his centennial, the Boston Symphony Orchestra is pulling out the stops,” writes Jeremy Eichler in Thursday’s (11/16) Boston Globe. “The BSO has organized its entire 2018 Tanglewood season around a celebration of Bernstein. It will feature an array of Bernstein scores from across the many genres in which he was active, standard repertoire with which he was closely associated as a conductor, a gala tribute on his actual birthday, an archival exhibit, a colloquium on his political activism, and even a new program honoring the legacy of his Young People’s Concerts, to be hosted by his daughter Jamie Bernstein…. Bernstein’s stage and film works will be particularly well-represented…. BSO music director Andris Nelsons will lead a total of 13 programs next summer [and] participate in the summer’s culminating Bernstein gala performance … to be hosted by Audra McDonald [and featuring] the BSO joined by members of ensembles Bernstein conducted.” BSO artistic administrator Anthony Fogg said, “Tanglewood was the one place to which [Bernstein] returned most often. If any place was going to host a major celebration like this, it had to be Tanglewood.”

Posted November 17, 2017