LENOX - Tanglewood's 75th anniversary season will present a spectacular lineup of musical guests, while honoring legendary moments from the festival's rich tradition of presenting summertime concerts since 1937.
The anniversary season will also look to the future with eight world premieres and new media initiatives including international radio broadcasts and major new streaming offers free to a worldwide audience.
The Tanglewood 75th anniversary gala concert on July 14, featuring many of the iconic artists identified with the festival, has been added to the line-up of the PBS Arts Summer Festival and will air nationally on Friday, Aug. 10 at 9 p.m. EDT as part of "Great Performances."
Highlights include a gala celebration with appearances by John Williams, Keith Lockhart, Andris Nelsons, James Taylor, Yo-Yo Ma, Peter Serkin, and Anne-Sophie Mutter performing with the BSO, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestras (July 14); a special John Williams 80th Birthday Celebration (Aug. 18); an all-Beethoven (BSO opener on July 6) and an all-Wagner program (July 21), replicating two programs from Tanglewood's first season in 1937; and eight world premiere performances, spotlighting several composers who have had a strong connection with Tanglewood and the BSO, including Michael Gandolfi, John Harbison, André Previn, Gunther Schuller, and Edgar Meyer, as well as composers new to the BSO and its audiences.
The 75th anniversary season will also present James Taylor (July 2, 3, 4), Yo-Yo Ma with the Silk Road Ensemble (June 22 and 24); Joshua Bell (July 7); Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Aug. 5); Mark Morris Dance Group (June 28 and 29); Chris Botti (Aug. 5); Wynton Marsalis (Aug. 20), and Train (Aug. 31). Bernadette Peters (July 8), as well as Maureen McGovern and Brian Stokes Mitchell (Aug. 24), make welcome returns with the Boston Pops.
In addition to the star-studded gala concerts and historically resonant programming, Tanglewood's 75th Anniversary will reach out to a worldwide audience by way of international radio broadcasts; an extraordinary offer of 75 Free Digital Streams, available for purchase after a 24-hour free period; as well as free digital streams of master classes for the Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center (TMC), the BSO's renowned summer music academy for the advanced training of young professional-caliber musicians.
On the fun and light hearted side of the BSO's Tanglewood 75th season, the anniversary will also be celebrated with a specially commissioned commemorative poster and stamp. In addition, special anniversary banners will appear in towns throughout the Berkshires and a series of musical instrument sculptures will be scattered throughout the region to remind visitors of the anniversary.