Tanglewood this week brings audiences a wide range of programs and works by living composers, alongside a diverse lineup of performers offering their extraordinary artistry in this vast summer season, showcasing a wide diversity of music both traditional and secular, and new, and everything in between.

Contemporary music festival from August 4 to 8

A festival within a festival, contemporary music lovers will have five days (August 4-8) to revel in alternative musical worlds and experience the varied sounds of newly composed works emanating from Ozawa Hall, as the annual Festival of contemporary music presents a representative sampling of new works (including several creations) by young and established composers.


Conducted by Ellen Highstein and featuring Fellows from the Tanglewood Music Center, this year’s festival features the US premiere of George Benjamin’s “Lessons in Love and Violence,” conducted by the composer. (Monday August 8).

Programs in the Koussevitzky Music Shed

Friday, August 5, 8:00 p.m.: Maestro Earl Lee makes his debut as the BSO’s assistant conductor in a program featuring Christina and Michelle Naughton performing Poulenc’s scintillating Concerto in D minor for two pianos and orchestra; the program begins with “Pulse” by Brian Raphael Nabors and ends with Symphony No. 3 (“Scottish”) in A minor, op. 56.

Saturday August 6, 8 p.m.: Conductor JoAnn Falletta makes her long-awaited BSO/Tanglewood debut with composer Roberto Sierra’s ‘Fandangos’, Ottorino Respighi’s two thrilling symphonic poems, ‘Fountains of Rome’ and ‘Pines of Rome’, and the lush Violin Concerto by Tchaikovsky, featuring the phenomenal violinist Joshua Bell. .

Sunday August 7, 2:30 p.m.: Composer-conductor Thomas Adès conducts the BSO in his composition “Shanty—Over the Sea”, Holst’s “The Planets” (with the Lorelei Ensemble) and Mozart’s “Sinfonia concertate”, K.364 with the violinist Leonidas Kavakos and violist Antoine Tamestit.

Programs at Ozawa Hall

•Wednesday August 3, 8:00 pm: The Danish String Quartet performs works by Schubert (the quartet “La fille et la mort”) and “Pige” by Lotta Wennakoksi.

Contemporary Music Festival (FCM) 2022, August 4-8

This year’s festival is under the direction of (retired) TMC Director Ellen Highstein, with assistance from co-curators and TMC faculty soprano Tony Arnold, pianist Steve Drury, composer George Lewis and cellist Astrid Schween.

This edition of the Festival includes world premieres of short works by Michael Gandolfi and Augusta Read Thomas, as well as music by Thomas Adès, Eleanor Alberga, John Cage, Unsuk Chin, Mario Davidovsky, Julius Eastman, Erin Graham, John Harbison, Lee Hyla , Jesse Jones, Andile Khumalo, Oliver Knussen, George Lewis, Allison Loggins-Hull, Carlos Simon, Alvin Singleton, Christopher Trapani, Charles Wuorinen and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon

Thursday, August 4, 8:00 p.m.: Conductors Stefan Asbury and Stephen Drury, pianist Thomas Adès and soprano Tony Arnold join Tanglewood Music Center Fellows for an eclectic, free program of works by Oliver Knussen, Alvin Singleton, Thomas Adès (“Mazurkas, Op. 27”), Lee Hyla, and Christophe Trapani.

Friday, August 5, 2:30 p.m.: TMC Fellows present the world premiere of a new work by Michael Gandolfi (“Fanfare for Ellen”), alongside chamber and choral works by Allison Loggins-Hull, Charles Wuorinen, Erin Graham, John Cage and Julius Eastman in this free concert.

Saturday, August 6, 6:00 p.m.: A Prelude program with works by Augusta Read Thomas, Mario Davidovsky, Unsuk Chin and Eleanor Alberga in this free concert.

Sunday, August 7, 10 a.m.: Recent works by Carlos Simon, Andreia Pinto-Correia, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, John Harbison, Andile Khumalo, Jesse Jones and George Lewis receive performances from TMC Fellows at this free concert.

Monday, August 8, 8:00 p.m.: Composer George Benjamin conducts the US premiere of his opera “Lessons in Love and Violence,” performed in a concert version by TMC Vocal Fellows and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra.

Linde Center Programs

Wednesday August 3, 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Tanglewood Learning Institute (TLI) Open Cello Workshop with Juilliard String Quartet cellist Astrid Schween.

Thursday August 4, 1:00-2:00 p.m.: TLI in conversation with TMC Director (Retired) Ellen Highstein; the co-curators of the Contemporary Music Festival, Tony Arnold, Steven Drury, George Lewis and Astrid Schween; and host Asadour Santourian at Studio E.

Friday August 5, 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.: Coffee with composers at Gordon Studio.

Saturday August 6, 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.: Coffee with composers at Gordon Studio.

Saturday, August 6, 6:00 p.m.: For this Saturday night Prelude concert at Studio E at the Linde Center, the TMC Fellows perform the world premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’ “Bebop Riddle II,” along with chamber works by Mario Davidovsky, Unsuk Chin, and Eleanor Alberga.

Sunday August 7, 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.: Coffee with composers at Gordon Studio.

Sunday, August 7, 8:00 p.m. at the Linde Center Studio E. The popular silent film program returns with original music by TMC Composition Fellows to Charlie Chaplin’s classic 1921 film, “The Kid.”

For tickets to these and all Tanglewood/BSO concerts (lawn and hangar seating) and special events, call (617) 266-1200 or 888-266-1200. On line: tanglewood.org.

Sevenars Music Festival

Founded in 1968, Sevenars Concerts, Inc. presents its 54th anniversary season of six summer concerts, held at The Academy in the historic village of South Worthington, MA, located at 15 Ireland Street, just off the MA Route 112.

Sunday August 7 at 4 p.m.: Sevenars is delighted to present its penultimate concert of the summer season with pianist Judith Lynn Stillman and her friends: Rachel Braude (flute and piccolo) and Charles Dimmick (violin) – performing a varied chamber music program entitled “The Birds et les B” – featuring extraordinary works across the musical stylistic spectrum by wonderfully compelling composers of characterful salon music: César Cui, Florence Price, Cécile Chaminade, Jacques Ibert, Lynn Stillman, Mélanie Bonis, Amy Beach , Herman Beeftink, William Bolcom, Grazyna Bacewicz and Lili Boulanger.

For Sevenars tickets and general contact information, call: (413) 238-5854 (please leave a message for a return call). On the Web: http://www.sevenars.org. Email: [email protected] Admission is by donation at the door (suggested $20). Refreshments are included.

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