The 2011 Tanglewood schedule for Week 5, August 5 – 11 includes Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos conducting a BSO program featuring the young Chinese pianist Yuja Wang, who makes her Tanglewood debut in Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini; Emanuel Ax performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat, K.482; the Festival of Contemporary Music continues; California rock band Train makes its Tanglewood debut; and Stephanie Blythe visits Ozawa Hall for a concert of American music including aaron Copland’s In the Beginning.
Friday, August 5
- Friday, August 5, 6 p.m. Ozawa Hall
- Prelude Concert
- Members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra
- Friday, August 5, 7:15 p.m. Shed
- This Week at Tanglewood
- Panel discussion with moderator Martin Bookspan and guest artists
- Friday, August 5, 8:30 p.m. Shed
- Boston Symphony Orchestra
- Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor
- Yuja Wang, piano*
- BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8
- RACHMANINOFF Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
- STRAUSS Suite from Der Rosenkavalier
Spanish conductor and frequent Tanglewood guest conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos takes the podium on Friday, August 5 for a BSO program featuring the young Chinese pianist Yuja Wang, who makes her Tanglewood debut in Rachmaninoff’s perennial audience favorite Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Also on the program are Beethoven’s boisterous Symphony No. 8 and Strauss’s Suite from Der Rosenkavalier.
Saturday, August 6
- Saturday, August 6, 9:30 a.m. Shed
- Pre-Rehearsal Talk
- Saturday, August 6, 10:30 a.m. Shed
- Open Rehearsal, Sunday program
- Saturday, August 6, 8:30 p.m. Shed
- Boston Symphony Orchestra
- Sean Newhouse, conductor**
- Sarah Chang, violin
- JALBERT Music of air and fire
- MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto
- RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2
On Saturday, August 6, renowned violinist Sarah Chang joins the orchestra for Mendelssohn’s sparkling Violin Concerto on a program that also includes Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 and American composer Pierre Jalbert’s Music of air and fire. Sean Newhouse, one of the BSO’s new Assistant Conductors, will lead the orchestra for the first time.
Sunday, August 7
- Sunday, August 7, 2:30 p.m. Shed
- Boston Symphony Orchestra
- Lionel Bringuier, conductor**
- Emanuel Ax, piano
- SMETANA The Moldau
- MOZART Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat, K.482
- TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5
The BSO’s fifth weekend comes to a close Sunday, August 7 with one of the world’s foremost concert pianists, Emanuel Ax, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat, K.482. Lionel Bringuier, an Assistant Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra making his BSO and Tanglewood debuts, also will conduct Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Smetana’s The Moldau, the composer’s most famous music from his iconic work of musical nationalism, Má Vlast.
Also on August 7 is the orchestral culmination of the Festival of Contemporary Music with a program that features Felipe Lara’s Onda, Jo Kondo’s In Summer, David Felder’s Inner Sky, and Andrew Norman’s drip blip sparkle spin glint glide glow float flop chop pop shatter splash.
Monday, August 8
- Monday, August 8, 7 p.m. Shed
Monday, August 8 brings another rock concert to Tanglewood as Train, known around the world for hits such as “Hey, Soul Sister,” take the stage in the Shed.
Join this Grammy Award-winning band playing songs from their latest release, Save Me, San Francisco, and more.
Tuesday, August 9
- Tuesday, August 9, 8:00 p.m. Ozawa Hall
- Boston Symphony Chamber Players
- André Previn, piano
- MARTIN Les Madrigaux, for winds
- PREVIN Octet for Eleven, for winds, brass, and strings
- MILHAUD La Cheminée du Roi René, suite for wind quintet, Op. 205
- MOZART Piano Quartet in G minor, K.478
On Tuesday, August 9, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players reprise the majority of their October 17 Boston concert and are joined by composer-conductor-pianist André Previn in music that includes Previn’s effervescent new Octet for Eleven, for winds, brass, and strings, a work commissioned by the BSO.
Wednesday, August 10
- Wednesday, August 10, 8 p. m. Ozawa Hall
- Stephanie Blythe and Friends
- Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano
- Alan Smith, piano
- Andrew Jennings, violin
- Norman Fischer, cello
- Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor
- SMITH Vignettes: Covered Wagon Woman, for mezzo-soprano, violin, cello, and piano
- SMITH An Unknown Sphere, for mezzo-soprano and chorus (world premiere; BSO commission)
- plus early American popular songs and choruses
Opera superstar mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe visits Ozawa Hall Wednesday, August 10, joining TMC faculty members Alan Smith, violinist Andrew Jennings, cellist Norman Fischer, as well as the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor, for a concert of American music including Copland’s In the Beginning, Mr. Smith’s Vignettes: Covered Wagon Woman and An Unknown Sphere (a world premiere and BSO commission), and selected African American spirituals.
*connotes Tanglewood debut
**connotes Tanglewood and BSO debut
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