Tanglewood to Celebrate 75th Anniversary In 2012

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Iconic Tanglewood Summer Music Festival in the Berkshires to Honor its History with Star-Studded Events and Performances by Legendary Musicians

Tanglewood celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2012 with a spectacular lineup of musical guests and programs

Tanglewood, one of the world’s most popular music festivals and the famed summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, celebrates its 75th anniversary season, June 22-September 2, with a spectacular lineup of musical guests and programs that spotlight Tanglewood’s rich tradition of presenting summertime concerts at their best since 1937.

Highlights include Tanglewood’s 75th Anniversary Gala with appearances by John Williams, Keith Lockhart, Andris Nelsons, James Taylor, Yo-Yo Ma, Peter Serkin, and Anne-Sophie Mutter, performing with the BSO, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestras (July 14), a special John Williams 80th Birthday Celebration (August 18), an all-Beethoven (BSO opener on July 7) and an all-Wagner program (July 21), replicating two programs from Tanglewood’s first season in 1937, and eight world premiere performances.    

Tanglewood’s 75th anniversary season will present James Taylor (July 2, 3, 4), Yo-Yo Ma with his Silk Road Ensemble (June 22 and 24); Joshua Bell (July 7); Jean-Yves Thibaudet (August 5); Mark Morris Dance Group (June 28 and 29); and Chris Botti (August 5). Bernadette Peters (July 8) and Maureen McGovern and Brian Stokes Mitchell (August 24), make welcome returns with the Boston Pops. Details about new media initiatives, including international radio broadcasts and major new streaming offers, free to a worldwide audience, as well as information about Tanglewood’s new lecture series, Concerning Music and Society, are available at tanglewood.org.

Tanglewood is only two and half hours from both Boston and New York City and presents culturally rich vacation offerings during the summer season for families, couples, or travelers looking for an experience beyond a usual country retreat. Tanglewood is within driving distance of charming inns, local artisanal food shops, and fine dining restaurants, destination spas, as well as art galleries and such cultural institutions including Jacob’s Pillow, Shakepeare & Co., the Clark Museum, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Williamstown Theater Festival, and the Norman Rockwell Museum.
Tanglewood Tickets to the 2012 season, priced from $9 to $117 for regular season concerts, go on public sale Sunday, January 29, through http://www.tanglewood.org or by calling SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200. Tanglewood offers free lawn tickets to young people age 17 and under and a 50% discount on lawn tickets to college and graduate students.

For an online press kit with full season details about the 2012 Tanglewood season, including downloadable photos and video, program listings, artist photos and biographies, and a Tanglewood 75 timeline and history, click here.

For more information on Tanglewood’s 75th anniversary celebration, June 22-September 2, visit http://www.tanglewood.org. Become a fan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/bostonsymphony or follow on Twitter at @BostonSymphony. For more information on the Berkshires, visit http://www.berkshires.org.

One of the most popular and acclaimed music festivals in the world, Tanglewood attracts an average annual attendance of more than 300,000 visitors each season, and has a $60 million impact on the Berkshire economy each summer. Tanglewood presents orchestra concerts by the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and visiting ensembles, featuring many of the greatest classical musicians of our time; recital and chamber music concerts in the intimate setting of Ozawa Hall; programs highlighting the young musicians of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s prestigious summer music academy; performances by some of today’s leading popular artists; and a season-ending Labor Day Weekend festival.

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