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BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons—expanding his commitment to Tanglewood—leads ten programs over four weeks, including the opening and closing BSO concerts—Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 on July 7 and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, August 27—as well as the BSO’s first full-length concert performance of Wagner’s Das Rheingold, an unprecedented undertaking for the Festival, on July 15

Detailed Tanglewood 2017 Season Announcement
Tanglewood 2017 Season Highlights
Tanglewood 2017 Season Program Listing
(New details since November 18, 2016 announcement indicated
throughout the release and listing in green)

Tanglewood will feature several new initiatives complementing the Festival’s beloved traditions of weekly performances by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, including Summer Sundays— a new program designed to give visitors a variety of activities to enjoy pre- and post-concert hours around the BSO’s Sunday afternoon 2:30 p.m. concerts; activities include lectures and musical demonstrations for all ages, food, wine and beer tastings, face painting, yoga, Qigong, sing-alongs, and games. Highlights of the 2017 Tanglewood season also include an extraordinary lineup of guest artists from the worlds of classical, Broadway, dance, and pop culture, free family fun activities and adult education programs, on-site cafes and fine dining, a wide variety of discounted ticket programs, free tickets for patrons 17 years and younger, and free tours of the iconic grounds.

Additions to the 2017 Tanglewood Season Since Original Season Announcement in November 2016
Popular Artists added to the 2017 lineup since the November 2016 season announcement include: The Hot Sardines, who open the 2017 Tanglewood season in Ozawa Hall on June 16; “Four Voices,†featuring Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Amy Ray, and Emily Saliers, June 17; Joey Alexander, June 23; Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald, June 30; John Mellencamp with Emmylou Harris and Carlene Carter, July 1; Natalie Merchant, July 2; James Taylor and his All-Star Band, July 3 & 4; Sting, August 29; Diana Ross and Rhonda Ross, August 30; The Avett Brothers, September 1. These concerts join the originally announced Popular Artist program on August 20 featuring comedian David Sedaris. Boston Pops concerts added to the original 2016 November announcement include: Chris Botti and special guest conductor Lawrence Loh on June 24; guest conductor Ted Sperling leading a program in celebration of the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, on June 25; and Keith Lockhart leading a program featuring Melissa Etheridge on September 3. Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky has had to withdraw from the opera gala program on Saturday, August 26, for reasons of health. Another vocal soloist will be announced at a later date. Additional changes to the 2017 Tanglewood classical music offering appear in green type throughout the attached updated concert listing.

One of the premier summer music festivals in the world and summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1937, Tanglewood is located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills, between Stockbridge and Lenox, Massachusetts. Tickets for the 2017 Tanglewood season, $12-$124, are available through Tanglewood’s website,, SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200, and at the Symphony Hall Box Office at 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston MA. Full season details of the 2017 Tanglewood season, including downloadable photos and video, program listings, and artist photos and biographies are available here.

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