“An ambitious concert performance of Wagner’s ‘Das Rheingold,’ a unique avian collaboration with Mass Audubon, and a rare sighting of BSO music director Andris Nelsons playing the trumpet are among the highlights of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 Tanglewood season,” writes Zoë Madonna in Friday’s (11/18) Boston Globe. “Nelsons will participate in 11 performances, including Mahler’s second and fourth symphonies and an opera gala with soprano Kristine Opolais (his wife) and baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky…. Nelsons [will play] the trumpet (his original instrument) in a July ‘Brass Extravaganza’ concert with BSO players, Tanglewood Music Center fellows, and Swedish trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger…. Tanglewood will introduce ‘Summer Sundays,’ new extramusical programming before and after BSO weekend performances. In collaboration with Mass Audubon, ‘Tanglewood Takes Flight’ pairs bird walks at the Tanglewood campus and Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary with performances of Messiaen’s ‘Catalogue of the Birds’ by Pierre-Laurent Aimard and TMC piano fellows…. Guests … will include Apollo’s Fire, the Handel and Haydn Society.… The yearly Festival of Contemporary Music is curated by TMC alumni Nadia Sirota, Jacob Greenberg, and Kathryn Bates…. The Boston Pops with Keith Lockhart will present two live film scores and a Sondheim evening.”

Posted November 18, 2016

Pictured: Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. Photo by Hilary Scott