LENOX -- When the full Tanglewood season goes on sale to the general public this Sunday at 10 a.m., some attractions will have limited availability because donors can score early tickets.
As expected, the Shed is already sold out for James Taylor’s return to the Boston Symphony’s summer home after his year off from touring in order to work on a new album.
Tickets for JT’s concerts went on sale to the public on Jan. 16. As of Thursday, about 5,000 lawn seats remain available for July 3, and 1,500 for July 4. All proceeds from the Independence Day performance benefit Tanglewood. Capacity for Popular Artists events is set at 18,000.
Other "hot ticket" performances, according to the BSO marketing department, include the BSO opening night on July 5 with star soprano Renee Fleming in an all-American program. A conductor remains to be announced.
Also in high demand are the July 12 BSO gala concert featuring designated music director Andris Nelsons, the July 13 Boston Pops concert with guest vocalist Jason Alexander, a July 20 performance with Nelsons on the podium and Joshua Bell as violin soloist, the annual Pops film night with John Williams on Aug. 2 and the perennial favorite, Tanglewood on Parade, this year on Aug. 5.
Tickets are reported going fast for two performances with famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma -- his chamber music evening at Ozawa Hall on Aug. 7 (only lawn seating remains) and his Aug. 10 BSO appearance with conductor David Zinman -- as well as for the annual live public-radio broadcast of Garrison Keillor’s "A Prairie Home Companion" on June 28.
Seats remain plentiful for the only other Popular Artists booking so far -- a return appearance by Train on Aug. 29. More attractions are expected to be announced later.
The public ticket sale for the season starts at 10 a.m. this Sunday at www.bso.org or through Symphony Charge (1-888-266-1200).
Recently added performances include jazz pianist Kenny Barron and his trio at Ozawa Hall on June 27, the same day as the free "Tanglewood Family Fun Fest" from 3 to 6 p.m., underwritten by the Highland Street Foundation. In addition, Family Day at Tanglewood is set for July 27, with children admitted free accompanied by ticketed adults.
The BSO’s marketing department has devised several new incentives such as "Date Nights at Tanglewood" on three evenings -- July 18, 25, and Aug. 8. The package includes a pre-concert dinner for two at the Highwood mansion with two premium Shed seats for $150 per couple, or $100 for a pair of lawn tickets.
Also planned is a post-concert chocolate dessert buffet on Aug. 3 ($25 per person to concertgoers; $40 for a lawn ticket and dessert) and discount nights for Capital Region residents from New York state (Aug. 1) and from the Pioneer Valley (Aug. 15).
A Microbrewery Beer Tasting event is slated for Aug. 15 ($35 with the purchase of a lawn ticket).
Information (including full-season schedule): www.bso.org
To contact Clarence Fanto:
or (413) 637-2551.
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With the public sale of tickets for the Boston Symphony’s summer home beginning this Sunday at 10 a.m., the following events are the most in-demand so far:
June 28: "A Prairie Home Companion" (live broadcast)
July 3, 4: James Taylor and his Band (Shed sold out)
July 5: BSO Opening Night (soprano Renee Fleming)
July 12: Gala concert (Music Director-Designate Andris Nelsons)
July 13: Boston Pops (Jason Alexander, guest vocalist)
July 20: BSO (Andris Nelsons; violinist Joshua Bell)
Aug. 2: Boston Pops Film Night (John Williams)
Aug. 5: Tanglewood on Parade
Aug. 7: Ma-Ax-Kavakos Trio (Ozawa Hall, lawn only)
Aug. 10: BSO (Yo-Yo Ma)
Source: BSO box office.
Note: Tickets on sale Sunday, 10 a.m., via www.bso.org or 1-888-266-1200.