Tanglewood Festival announces programming for shortened six-week classical season

Posted on: April 8, 2021

“There won’t be the traditional, grand closing-night performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with its stage full of singers. In fact, to reduce the risk of aerosol transmission of the coronavirus, there will be no vocal music at all at Tanglewood this summer,” writes Zachary Woolfe in Thursday’s (4/8) New York Times. “But there will still be a lot of Beethoven, along with crowd-pleasing tributes to the composer John Williams and familiar guests like Emanuel Ax, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Joshua Bell and Yo-Yo Ma. Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s warm-weather home in the Berkshires, announced in March that … it would open this summer for a six-week season … with limited crowds and distancing requirements. On Thursday, the orchestra filled in the programming… Music director Andris Nelsons … will lead eight orchestral programs … in the Koussevitzky Music Shed, which is open on the sides…. Students at the Tanglewood Music Center … will play chamber concerts … and programs are planned for the Tanglewood Learning Institute…. The orchestra will host a two-day version of its annual Festival of Contemporary Music…. The Knights, a chamber orchestra, will be joined … by the jazz and classical pianist Aaron Diehl for Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ and selections from Mary Lou Williams’s ‘Zodiac Suite.’ ”