(LENOX, Mass.) – In a star-studded event featuring some of Tanglewood’s most distinguished and longtime guests, the BSO, Boston Pops, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and Tanglewood Festival Chorus join forces with conductors John Williams, Keith Lockhart, and Andris Nelsons, guest artists including Anne-Sophie Mutter, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianists Emanuel Ax and Peter Serkin, James Taylor, and vocal soloists on Saturday, July 14, 2012, for Tanglewood’s 75th Anniversary Celebration. The festive program will include Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, music from Leonard Bernstein’s On the Town, Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Ravel’s La valse, and more.
Eminent violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, who opened the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 2011–12 season in the dual role of soloist and conductor in the five Mozart violin concertos, rejoins the orchestra on Friday, July 13, 2012, at Tanglewood for the composer’s Second, Third, and Fifth concertos.
On Sunday, July 15, Latvian conductor and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Music Director Andris Nelsons makes his Tanglewood debut in a program featuring Brahms’s exhilarating Symphony No. 2 and Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, for which the BSO is joined by the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.
The Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, led by conductor Marcelo Lehninger and TMC conducting fellows, gives its second performance of the season Monday, July 16, with a program of music by Brahms, Schubert, and Strauss. Also, 2012 Tanglewood audiences will have a rare opportunity to hear Brahms’s complete works for solo piano in four Ozawa Hall recitals by outstanding German pianist Gerhard Oppitz. Oppitz plays the first two installments of the series on Wednesday, July 18, and Thursday, July 19.