“Tanglewood gets down to the business of Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts” this weekend, writes Andrew Pincus in Thursday’s (7/7) Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, Mass.). “Eight weeks of BSO begin Friday night with violinist Joshua Bell as soloist and end on Aug. 28 with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony…. ‘Tanglewood is a good place for us to introduce new conductors and soloists,’ [BSO Artistic Administrator and Tanglewood Director Anthony Fogg] says.… Count conductors Gustavo Gimeno and David Afkham among those newcomers.” BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons “will conduct five Tanglewood programs—four with the BSO, one with the student TMC Orchestra. … the Emerson String Quartet will give back-to-back concerts launching its 40th-anniversary season, and The Knights and the Australian Chamber Orchestra plan provocative crossover programs…. The TMC Orchestra … offers stimulating programs such as a pairing of Messiaen’s ecstatic, rarely heard ‘Turangalila’ Symphony and the American premiere of a new vocal work by George Benjamin…. The five-day Festival of Contemporary Music, curated by composer Steven Stucky before his death this year, ranges across a broad spectrum of international composers. And the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, for high school-aged students, celebrates its 50th anniversary with special programming performed by faculty, alumni and students.”

Posted July 8, 2016

Pictured: Boston Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Andris Nelsons at Tanglewood. Photo by Marco Borggreve