Music Director Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra and pianist Emanuel Ax in a 2019 performance at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts.

“When the Boston Symphony Orchestra returns to Tanglewood for the first time in two years this summer, they will be joined by a familiar face … Emanuel Ax,” writes Ken Ross in Monday’s (7/5) Republican (Springfield, MA). “The world-renowned, 72-year-old pianist has performed many times with the BSO since he made his Tanglewood debut in August 1978. On Saturday, July 10, Ax and the BSO under the direction of conductor Andris Nelsons will perform … Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto as part of an all-Beethoven program…. Ax’s July 10th performance at Tanglewood will be particularly special since it features some of the best-loved music by Beethoven… ‘There is no music that I feel is more filled with hope than his,’ Ax said…. Running until Aug. 16, the abbreviated [Tanglewood] season will include eight orchestral programs led by Nelsons [and] three generations of TMC-trained conductors,” including Herbert Blomstedt, Alan Gilbert, and Karina Canellakis, as well as BSO Assistant Conductor Anna Rakitina. “Performances will be about 80 minutes in length with no intermission, as part of the festival’s health and safety measures in place for summer 2021.”