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Tanglewood Summer Concerts Go Online


Every year, I for one, look forward to seeing James Taylor, among many others, at Tanglewood in the beautiful Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. But 2020 is different. This year, because of COVID-19, Tanglewood announced their first-ever Online Music Festival with both free and paid content.


The online festival will feature artists and programs of the originally announced 2020 Tanglewood season and are designed to capture the beauty and spirit of Tanglewood.


In addition to the free offerings, the paid programs range in price from $5 to $12 for a single stream, $15-$19 for multiple stream packages, or for a donation of $100 or more, receive a pass for the entire season. And as I was preparing this blog, I decided to donate $100 because I want to help sustain Tanglewood, so I encourage you to do the same. If not Tanglewood, then consider a donation to your favorite organization during this unprecedented time.


So, gather your blanket, pack a picnic, go sit under a shaded tree and enjoy…..


Great Performers in Recitals at Tanglewood - $12 per video

Newly-created content streaming on Saturday evenings with guest artists like Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Jeremy Denk, Augustin Hadelich, and Gil Shaham.


Recitals from the World Stage - $8 per video

Wednesday-evening video streams recorded at concert venues around the world with artists like the Danish String Quartet, Silkroad Ensemble, Lucas and Arthur Jussen, and Paul Lewis.


Boston Symphony Musicians in Recital - $5 per video

Video streams on Friday evenings that showcase the talented musicians of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.


Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra – FREE

Video streamed full-length concerts on Monday evenings of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra chosen from Tanglewood’s vast archive of recorded performances.


Tanglewood Music Center Chamber Concerts – FREE

Full-length concert events streamed on Sunday mornings of the Tanglewood Music Center's chamber concerts, chosen from Tanglewood’s vast archive of recorded performances.


The Best of Tanglewood on Parade – FREE

Available starting August 18 at 8PM through August 25

Hosted by James Taylor and featuring the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood Music Center orchestras, as well as the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and Boston Symphony Children’s Choir, under the direction of Andris Nelsons, Keith Lockhart, John Williams, and James Burton, among others, in a video-streamed performance of highlights from recent Tanglewood On Parade concerts, including the traditional 1812 Overture.


Tanglewood Family Concert with Circle Round – FREE

Thomas Wilkins leads an audio-streamed performance, a collaboration with the acclaimed WBUR storytelling podcast Circle Round available on Tuesday, July 28, 5:00 p.m.


Boston Symphony Orchestra From Tanglewood – FREE

Video streamed full-length concerts on Sunday afternoons of the BSO and Tanglewood Festival Chorus chosen from Tanglewood’s vast archive of recorded performances.

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