March 25, 2016 Article by Dave Read
Tanglewood adds Dolly Parton to a 2016 schedule of Popular Artists that already was one for the ages with such luminaries as Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Jackson Browne, Earth, Wind & Fire, Chick Corea, Chris Botti, and the B-52s! But wait, there’s more! Garrison Keillor, coming to the end of his 40 year run hosting A Prairie Home Companion, returns for the 17th year in a row, and the Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration, featuring guitarist Warren Haynes makes a return to Tanglewood this season, too.
Dolly Parton’s awards and charitable foundation
Ms. Parton, who will be making her Tanglewood debut, has racked up a stunning list of accomplishments, including:
- 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards,
- 25 No. 1 songs on the Billboard Country charts,
- 7 Grammy Awards,
- 10 Country Music Association Awards,
- 5 Academy of Country Music Awards,
- 3 American Music Awards,
- Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award.
Two years after the 1986 opening of Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN, Ms. Parton established the Dollywood Foundation which funds Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library across America and in Canada by giving every preschool child a book each month from the time he or she is born until the child reaches kindergarten. Currently 60,000,000 books are mailed to children in the US, Canada and throughout the UK.
Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra close season
The Dolly Parton concert will open the 2016 Tanglewood season and the just-announced closing concert will be Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra performing in the Shed on Saturday, September 3, at 8pm, in a program called Dancing Under the Stars. A dance floor will be set up on the lawn for this crowd-pleasing evening of memorable melodies and big band classics. This is the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra’s first-ever performance at Tanglewood.
Tickets for Dolly Parton at Tanglewood on June 17 range from $32 to $149. Tickets for the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra on September 3 range from $22 to $124. Tickets for these performances will go on sale Monday, April 4, at 10 a.m. by phone at 888-266-1200 or online at www.tanglewood.org.
Tanglewood 2016 pop, rock, jazz schedule
June 17, 2016 – 7 pm Koussevitsky Music Shed
Earth, Wind & Fire
June 18, 2016 – 7 pm Koussevitsky Music Shed
Brian Wilson’s Pet Sounds
June 19, 2016 – 2:30pm Koussevitsky Music Shed
Read more: Brian Wilson’s Pet Sounds
June 21, 2016 – 7 pm Koussevitsky Music Shed
June 24, 2016 – 8pm Seiji Ozawa Hall
A Prairie Home Companion at Tanglewood with Garrison Keillor
June 25, 2016 – 5:450pm Koussevitsky Music Shed
Reviews of previous shows here.
Bob Dylan and His Band, Mavis Staples
July 2, 2016 – 7pm Koussevitsky Music Shed
Bob Dylan in the Berkshires
James Taylor with His All-Star Band
July 3 & 4, 2016 – 8pm Koussevitsky Music Shed
Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration
July 1, 2016 8pm Koussevitsky Music Shed
Warren Haynes, Boston Pops, Keith Lockhart, conductor
Boston Pops, Seth MacFarlane, soloist
July 10, 2016 – 2:30pm Koussevitsky Music Shed
Chick Corea Trio
July 31, 2016 – 8pm Seiji Ozawa Hall
featuring Christian McBride and Brian Blade
John Williams’ Film Night
Aug. 13, 2016 – 8 pm Koussevitzky Music Shed
Boston Pops Orchestra
John Williams, conductor
Train with Andy Grammer
Aug. 23, 2016 – 7 pm Koussevitzky Music Shed
Raiders of the Lost Ark with Orchestra
Aug. 26, 2016 – 8 pm Koussevitzky Music Shed
Boston Pops, Keith Lockhart, conductor
Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!
Sept. 1, 2016 – 8 pm Koussevitzky Music Shed
Boston Pops Orchestra with Special Guest The B-52s
Sept. 2, 2016 – 8 pm Koussevitzky Music Shed
Boston Pops Swing Orchestra, Keith Lockhart, conductor
“Dancing Under the Stars”
Sept. 3, 2016 – 8 pm Koussevitzky Music Shed
Tanglewood is one of the most beautiful and esteemed venues in the world; spread accross more than two hundred acres in Lenox and Stockbriodge it is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s summer academy of advanced study for professional musicians, founded in 1940 by Serge Kopussevitsky. With performances in the 5,700 seat Koussevitsky Music Shed (1938), and 1,200 seat Seiji Ozawa Hall (1994), annual attendance at Tanglewood performances exceeds 300,000. Besides a full complement of classical music, including appearances by leading soloists, conductors, and orchestras, plus the annual Festival of Contemporary Music, Tanglewood’s Popular Artist Series presents an eclectic menu of pop, folk, jazz, and rock artists and musical acts. Regular favorites include James Taylor and live broadcasts of A Prairie Home Companion, with Garrison Keillor.
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2016 Tanglewood tickets
Tickets for the 2016 Tanglewood season, $12-$124, go on sale January 24 starting at 10 a.m. through Tanglewood’s website, www.tanglewood.org, SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200, and at the Symphony Hall Box Office at 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston MA. Tanglewood brochures with complete programs and information on how to order tickets will be available in early February by calling 617-638-9467. For further information, please call the Boston Symphony Orchestra at 617-266-1492 or visit www.tanglewood.org. 2016 Tanglewood schedule – PDF.
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