In the second week of the Tanglewood season, a July 11 concert performance of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Act III by the Tanglewood Music Center Vocal Fellows and Orchestra continues James Levine’s exploration of Wagner’s operatic masterpieces. The performance also features the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and soloists James Morris, Johan Botha, Hei-Kyung Hong, Matthew Polenzani, Maria Zifchak, Hans-Joachim Ketelson, and Julien Robbins. It will be sung in German with English supertitles.
Conductor Herbert Blomstedt, in an extended Tanglewood residency this summer, leads Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 on a July 10 program with Nielsen’s Helios Overture and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, featuring pianist Emanuel Ax. Dvo?ák’s Symphony No. 8 is featured in aJuly 12 program with Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, with soloist Joshua Bell.
On July 14, Le Concert des Nations comes to Ozawa Hall with gambist Jordi Savall to perform two programs. Les Goûts Réunis features music by Lully, Biber, Corelli, Handel, Scarlatti/Avison, and Boccherini . Stage Music in the Plays of William Shakespeare includes music by Johnson, Locke, and Purcell, with relevant Shakespearean texts being read by actor F. Murray Abraham.