The schedule for the fifth week of the 2009 Tanglewood season, July 31-August 5, 2009, features guest conductor, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, frequent guest Sir James Galway and the Mark Morris Dance Group.
Spanish conductor Rafael Frunhbeck de Burgos, who is celebrating his 75th birthday, returns for two programs. On July 31, he leads the BSO in two French masterpieces, Debussy’s La Mer and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2, on a program with the Beethoven Violin Concerto that will be performed by Vadim Repin.
Then on August 3, Maestro de Burgos conducts the the Tanglewood Music Center Vocal and Conducting Fellows and Orchestra in a program of Stravinsky’s complete Pulcinella, and the suite from the 1919 version of The Firebird. The program will also feature Peter Serkin performing Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Winds, under the direction of a Tanglewood Music Center Conducting Fellow.
On August 1, Sir James Galway celebrates his 70th birthday with a musical party under the direction of Leonard Slatkin. It will feature the BSO and special surprise guests with a repertoire that includes Debussy’s Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun, Copland’s Appalachian Spring, the overture to Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and the Flute Concerto No. 2.
Former BSO assistant conductor Thomas Dausgaard returns August 2, for the first time since 1995, to conduct The Serge and Olga Koussevitsky Memorial Concert, featuring Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, of Norway.
On August 5 and 6, the Mark Morris Dance Group will present two world premieres at Tanglewood, featuring performances by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Emanuel Ax, and violinist Colin Jacobsen. One dance is set to Charles Ives’s Trio for piano, violin and cello, while the other is set to Beethoven’s late Sonata No. 4 for cello and piano, Op. 104. The program also includes Morris’s A Lake, choreographed to the Haydn Horn Concerto No. 2 and performed by Tanglewood Music Center Fellows.