Tanglewood Ticket Sales Begin

c61e2d64da13ed62Tickets for Tanglewood’s Popular Artist Concerts – James Taylor (June 30, July 1, 2 and 4), Earth Wind and Fire (June 25), Steely Dan (July 26), and Train (August 8) – go on sale TOMORROW, Sunday, February 7th.

8:00 a.m.   Buy them on-line at the Tanglewood Website.

10:00 a.m.   Buy them by phone at 888-266-1200

Ticket sales for the regular Tanglewood Season go on sale next week, February 13th – 8:00 a.m. on-line and 10:00 am by phone.tanglewood_smaller1

Since the 2011 Tanglewood season announcement in November, there have been several new additions to the summer schedule:

John Williams will conduct the Boston Pops concert with special guest artist James Taylor on July 1.

bso_williamsMorgan Freeman will narrate “The Reivers” during Film Night under the direction of John Williams on Aug. 20.

The cast for the BSO’s first-ever concert performance of Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” on Aug. 26 will be bass-baritone Alfred Walker as Porgy and soprano Laquita Mitchell as Bess, with additional cast members sopranos Nicole Cabell and Marquita Lister, contralto Gwendolyn Brown, tenors Clavin Lee and Jermaine Smith, and baritone Gregg Baker.

Itanglewood_logon addition, The Tanglewood Food and Wine Classic returns as part of the Labor Day Weekend Jazz Festival, Sept. 2-4.

The Boston Symphony begins its summer at Tanglewood July 8 with an all-Italian opening night program under the direction of James Levine.

Highlights include:

Four appearances by Yo-Yo Ma (June 28 and 29; Aug. 13 and 14);bso_yo_yo_ma

A Boston Pops Cole Porter tribute led by Keith Lockhart (July 17);

The returns of Itzhak Perlman (Aug. 27) and Christoph Eschenbach (July 31 and Aug. 2);

bso_bellAnd special appearances by Joshua Bell (July 10); Stephanie Blythe (Aug. 10 and 14); Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (Aug. 5, 12 and 14); Christoph von Dohnányi (Aug. 13 and 19), Kurt Masur (July 15 and 17), and Peter Serkin (July 30); and the closing BSO performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under the direction of Lorin Maazel (Aug. 28).

The BSO’s opening concert July 8 will feature soprano Angela Meade, mezzo-soprano Kristine Jepson, and bass-baritone James Morris in excerpts from Bellini’s “Norma” and Verdi’s “I lombardi” on a program with overtures by Verdi and Rossini, and Respighi’s “Pines of Rome.”

bso_levineLevine will also lead the BSO in Berlioz’s Requiem with tenor Russell Thomas (July 9) and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 (July 29), as well as a Tanglewood Music Center program of Debussy’s “Pelléas and Mélisande,” with baritone José van Dam as Golaud, with some of the TMC’s most gifted vocal alumni, including Layla Claire as Mélisande, bass-baritone Evan Hughes as Arkel, and baritone Elliot Madore as Pelléas, filling out the rest of the cast on July 25.

Tbso_lockharthe season-ending Labor Day Weekend Jazz Festival, which this year will host the return of Tanglewood’s Wine Festival (Sept. 2-4), will include five-time Grammy-nominated percussionist John Santos (Sept. 3), Grammy award-winning Angelique Kidjo (Sept. 4), four-time Grammy award-winning jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves (Sept. 4), gospel artist Lizz Wright (Sept. 4), as well as and NEA Jazz MastersGunther Schuller and Jimmy Cobb, with Schuller also conducting the Mingus Orchestra (also Sept. 4).

Regular season ticket prices range from $9-$102. Tickets for Saturday morning rehearsals are $10-$30. All ticket prices include a $1 Tanglewood grounds maintenance fee.

Further information and box office hours are available by telephone at (617) 266-1492 or online at www.bso.org