Opening the 2019 season on Saturday, June 15, American Public Media’s popular “Live from Here,” with host, vocalist and mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile, will broadcast from Tanglewood for the second consecutive year.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra opens on Friday, July 5, the first of twenty BSO programs taking place throughout July and August. The Tanglewood season will see Boston Symphony Music Director Andris Nelsons in residence throughout the month of July, leading 14 programs.
Tanglewood will also be the setting for the BSO’s Nelsons-led world premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts’ “The Brightness of Light,” a work for voices and orchestra inspired by letters between Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz.
It was written especially for Renée Fleming and Rod Gilfry, who will be the featured soloists. Ms. Fleming, a favorite guest artist at Tanglewood since her BSO debut there in 1991, has been named the Koussevitzky Artist for the 2019 Tanglewood season.
Marking a major milestone in the history and life of Tanglewood and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the 2019 Tanglewood season will also see the launch of the Tanglewood Learning Institute, offering participants new levels of wide-ranging enrichment and education initiatives, and the opening of a major new four-building Center for Music and Learning.
Starting in the fall of 2019, these new buildings will be Tanglewood’s first year-round facilities available for event and concert use by the BSO, the Berkshire community, and others.
These major events and milestones take place during a season that also honors Tanglewood’s cherished musical traditions, among them concerts by the one and only Boston Pops, including the annual John Williams’ Film Night; and a Popular Artist series, including two appearances by one of the festival’s most beloved singers, James Taylor, on July 3 and 4.
An extraordinary roster of guest artists will join the BSO’s musical leadership – Andris Nelsons, Keith Lockhart, and John Williams.
Regular-season ticket prices range from $12-$130. Visit https://www.bso.org for complete information and details about concert programming, ticket purchasing, and more.