Tanglewood schedule week 2, July 13-19, 2012
Tanglewood schedule week 2, July 13-19, 2012 includes the 75th Gala Anniversary Celebration on July 14, which features Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestras, plus special guests John Williams, Keith Lockhart, Andris Nelsons, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Yo-Yo Ma, Peter Serkin, and James Taylor. On July 13, Anne-Sophie Mutter performs as soloist and conductor in three Mozart Violin Concertos. On July 18, Gerhard Oppitz begins a four concert series of the complete solo piano works of Brahms.
Eminent violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, who opened the BSO’s 2011-12 season in the dual role of soloist and conductor in the five Mozart violin concertos, rejoins the orchestra on Friday, July 13, for the composer’s Second, Third, and Fifth concertos.
In a star-studded event featuring some of Tanglewood’s most distinguished and longtime guests Saturday, July 14, the BSO, Boston Pops, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and Tanglewood Festival Chorus join forces with conductors John Williams, Keith Lockhart, and Andris Nelsons, guest artists including violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianists Emanuel Ax and Peter Serkin, Tanglewood’s longtime friend James Taylor, and vocal soloists for Tanglewood’s spectacular 75th Anniversary Celebration. The festive program will include Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, music from Bernstein’s On the Town, Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, and much more.
Latvian conductor and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Music Director Andris Nelsons, who previously conducted the BSO at Carnegie Hall and makes his subscription series debut in January 2012, makes his Tanglewood debut Sunday, July 15. Mr. Nelsons and the orchestra are joined by the Tanglewood Festival Chorus for Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, on a program with Brahms’s exhilarating Symphony No. 2.
This season, Tanglewood audiences will have a rare opportunity to hear Brahms’s complete works for solo piano in four Ozawa Hall recitals by outstanding German pianist Gerhard Oppitz. Mr. Oppitz plays the first two installments of the series on Wednesday, July 18 (highlighted by the Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5, and the Four Piano Pieces, Op. 119) and Thursday, July 19 (including the Four Ballades, Op. 10, and the Variations on a Theme by Schumann, Op. 9).