Article updated October 22, 2019 by Dave Read
When you’re attending a concert at Tanglewood on a Sunday afternoon, you may count yourself among the luckiest. Now, we’ve all got more such opportunities because the new Tanglewood Learning Institute will host Sunday afternoon chamber music concerts this fall, winter, and next spring by current and former Boston Symphony Orchestra players.
Preceding the first of them is a weekend of programs, beginning with a Thursday-evening film screening of Falling Down Stairs, a 1997 collaboration between cellist Yo-Yo Ma and choreographer Mark Morris, featuring Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3 as a soundtrack.
Opening weekend of TLI programs
Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, amateur artists are given the opportunity to hone their skills in the fields of photography and painting with IS183 Art School of the Berkshires faculty artists. Later that day, 2–5 p.m., a multidisciplinary TLI OpenForum panel addresses the topic “Mastery in the DIY Era.”
Presenters include violinist Yevgeny Kutik and master model ship builder Rob Napier. The weekend concludes with a Sunday 3 p.m. chamber music concert by BSO associate principal clarinetist Thomas Martin, BSO violist Michael Zaretsky, and pianist Randall Hodgkinson in works by Mozart, Schumann, and Bruch. All events will take place in the Linde Center.
Sunday, October 27, 2019, 3 p.m.
- MOZART Trio for clarinet, viola, and piano, K.498, “Kegelstatt”
- SCHUMANN Märchenerzählungen for clarinet, viola, and piano, Op. 132
- BRUCH Eight Pieces for clarinet, viola, and piano, Op. 83
- Thomas Martin, clarinet; Michael Zaretsky, viola; Randall Hodgkinson, piano
The following weekend will be the first of three symposia to honor the legacy of the Martha Graham, in collaboration with the Martha Graham Dance Company.
Appalachian Spring @ 75, October 30, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
This tribute to the celebrated ballet—starring Graham, choreographed by her, and featuring an iconic score composed by Aaron Copland —includes a lecture about the genesis of the work through Graham/Copland correspondence and video of Martha herself, a special presentation of several dance excerpts from the ballet focusing on the Bride and Husbandman roles, and a Q&A session with Janet Eilber, Artistic Director of the Martha Graham Dance Company, and Patsy Gay, Associate Archivist of Jacob’s Pillow.
The other Martha Graham programs are:
- March 11, 2020, 7:30PM, Graham’s Greeks: Night Journey;
- April 29, 2020, 7:30PM A Legacy of Innovation: The Lamentation Variations.
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2019 Tanglewood schedule
The Boston Symphony Orchestra has released the schedule for the 2019 season at Tanglewood, which will be remembered for the opening of the Tanglewood Learning Institute, the four buildings overlooking Seiji Ozawa Hall on the Leonard Bernstein camopus.
Music director Andris Nelsons will be present for the month of July, conducting 13 programs, including the world premiere of a new work by Kevin Puts, The Brightness of Light, based on letters of Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz on July 20, and a concert performance of Wagner’s complete Die Walküre on july 27 and 28.