The schedule for the 2009 season at Tanglewood features many of the world’s leading pianists, violinists, and vocal soloists. Here is the list of acclaimed pianists who will perform this summer at Tanglewood: Yefim Bronfman, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Garrick Ohlsson, Emanuel Ax, Leon Fleisher, Leif Ove Andsnes, Peter Serkin, David Fray, and Stephen Kovacevich.
The centerpiece is the Aug. 14-16 weekend featuring three great Romantic piano concertos: Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Yefim Bronfman; Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Jean-Yves Thibaudet; and Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Garrick Ohlsson.
Continuing the lineup of celebrated pianists, Emanuel Ax plays Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 on July 10; Leon Fleisher plays Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 on July 17; Leif Ove Andsnes plays the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 onAugust 2; Peter Serkin plays Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Winds on August 3; and French pianist David Fray makes his BSO debut in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 on August 21. European-based American pianist Stephen Kovacevich returns to Tanglewood for the first time since 1971 for a recital of Bach, Schumann, and Beethoven on July 2.
Violin soloists who will make guest appearances at Tanglewood this season include Gil Shaham performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto on August 22, Joshua Bell playing the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 on July 12, and Vadim Repin playing the Beethoven Violin Concerto on July 31.
The 2009 Tanglewood season also features several gifted vocalists, ranging from seasoned veterans like bass-baritone James Morris and tenor Johan Botha on July 11, to rising stars making their BSO debuts: soprano Laura Claycomb; tenor Lawrence Brownlee; baritone Markus Werba; soprano Erin Wall; and mezzo-soprano Kendall Gladen. Baritone Thomas Hampson, a soloist for the BSO’s all-American program July 26), also contributes a recital focusing on American songs by Ives, Griffes, Carpenter, and Barber (July 22).