(LENOX, Mass.) – While there’s still more to come at Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony Orchestra takes its final bow of the 2014 season at Tanglewood on Sunday, August 24, at 2:30 p.m., in the Shed, with its traditional performance of Beethoven’s transcendent Symphony No. 9. Later that evening, the Maria Schneider Orchestra – a big-band group led by composer-pianist Maria Schneider that blends the freedom of jazz and the structure of classical music -brings its unique flavor of music-making to Ozawa Hall for an 8 p.m. concert.
The final BSO concert of the summer includes a second opportunity for the Tanglewood Festival Chorus to shine in the form of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, which includes a foreshadowing of the legendary “Ode to Joy” theme from the Ninth Symphony. The Choral Fantasy also features eminent pianist Yefim Bronfman, a familiar and beloved Tanglewood guest. Vocal soloists include sopranos Nicole Cabell and Meredith Hansen, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford, tenors Noah Stewart and Alex Richardson, and bass-baritone John Relyea.
Earlier in the weekend, on Saturday, August 23, at 8:30 p.m., maestro Charles Dutoit returns to the podium to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s penultimate performance of the 2014 Tanglewood season. Featuring an Italian-themed program, the concert begins with Berlioz’s colorful Roman Carnival Overture, a standalone concert work that draws material from the composer’s opera Benvenuto Cellini. The program continues with Rachmaninoff’s warhorse Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, featuring Russian virtuoso pianist Kirill Gerstein as soloist, and concludes with Ottorino Respighi’s bombastic trio of Rome-centric tone poems-Roman Festivals, Fountains of Rome, and Pines of Rome-three of the repertoire’s great orchestral showpieces.
Maria Schneider has garnered nine Grammy nominations and two Grammy wins, and her music has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization.”
LOOKING AHEAD TO THE WEEK OF AUGUST 28-31
On Thursday, August 28, the Labor Day Weekend festivities kick off with a live-presentation of the witty and fast-paced radio program “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” in the Shed. The Peabody Award-winning series offers a fast-paced, irreverent look at the week’s news, hosted by Peter Sagal along with judge and score-keeper Carl Kassell. This 8 p.m. performance will be recorded for broadcast to its weekly audience of 3.2 million weekly listeners on more than 600 NPR stations nationwide.
The following night, Friday, August 29, Grammy award-winning tween-rock group Train takes the stage. This annual concert typically appeals to 11- and 12-year-old girls and their moms.
On Saturday, August 30, Josh Groban joins the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, under the direction of Keith Lockhart. One of today’s popular music superstars, Mr. Groban has become a Tanglewood favorite and provides a spectacular close to an extraordinary summer of music-making.
To close out the 2014 season, Tony Bennett, the 17-time Grammy Award-winning musician whose music spans over six decades, performs on Sunday, August 31 at 2:30 p.m. in the Koussevitzky Music Shed.
Tanglewood’s 2014 season opens on Friday, June 27, and closes Sunday, August 31. Tickets, priced from $10 to $121, are available through Tanglewood’s website, Tanglewood, through SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200, and at the Symphony Hall Box Office at 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston MA.
Friday, August 22, 6 p.m. Ozawa Hall
Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor
Mickey Katz, cello (Tavener)
SHOSTAKOVICH Ten Poems on Texts by
Friday, August 22, 7:15 p.m. Shed
This Week at Tanglewood
Panel discussion with moderator Martin Bookspan and guest artists, including soprano Nicole Cabell, pianist Kirill Gerstein, and conductor Charles Dutoit
Friday, August 22, 8:30 p.m. Shed
Boston Pops Orchestra
Keith Lockhart, conductor
“Oz with Orchestra”
The Wizard of Oz was a technical marvel for the MGM studio in the late 1930s. MGM has stunningly re-mastered this timeless classic, and in this version, produced by John Goberman, the brilliantly restored images are accompanied by a full symphony orchestra playing entirely new transcriptions of Harold Arlen’s brilliant lost scores. Hearing Judy Garland’s original 1939 vocals, backed by lush, live orchestration, will transport children and adults alike. With this presentation of The Wizard of Oz on the big screen, moviegoers will be treated to the Oscar-winning film as it has never been seen before.
Saturday, August 23, 9:30 a.m. Shed
Saturday, August 23, 10:30 a.m. Shed
Rehearsal, Sunday program
Saturday, August 23, 2:30 p.m. Ozawa Hall
Boston Cello Quartet
Saturday, August 23, 8:30 p.m. Shed
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Charles Dutoit, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano
BERLIOZ Roman Carnival Overture
RACHMANINOFF Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
RESPIGHI Roman Festivals; Fountains of Rome;
Pines of Rome
Sunday, August 24, 2:30 p.m. Shed
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Charles Dutoit, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano
Nicole Cabell and Meredith Hansen*, sopranos
Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano
Noah Stewart** and Alex Richardson, tenors
John Relyea, bass-baritone
Tanglewood Festival Chorus,
John Oliver, conductor
BEETHOVEN Choral Fantasy
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9
Sunday, August 24, 8 p.m. Ozawa Hall
Maria Schneider Orchestra