Brian Wilson, Chris Botti join Tanglewood 2016 lineup
LENOX >> The Tanglewood music festival has added Beach Boys legend and co-founder Brian Wilson and trumpeter Chris Botti to its 2016 season.
At 2:30 p.m. on June 19, Wilson will be featured in the Koussevitzky Music Shed in a performance of the entire album, "Pet Sounds." This concert marks Wilson's first solo appearance at Tanglewood. He performed at the summer venue with the Beach Boys three times in the 1980s.
Botti joins the 2016 Tanglewood season at 8 p.m. on June 24 in Ozawa Hall.
Wilson's 2016 concert is part of a 50th anniversary celebration of a work widely regarded as one of the best albums of all time. The album featured four hit singles "Sloop John B," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "God Only Knows," and "Caroline No."
Wilson has created some of pop music's most iconic recordings, among them nine consecutive "gold" albums that featured such classics as "Surfer Girl," "In My Room," "I Get Around," "Don't Worry Baby," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Help Me Rhonda" and "California Girls."
Botti first performed at Tanglewood in 2005 and most recently performed at the festival in 2012.
Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD "When I Fall In Love," trumpeter and composer Botti has become the largest selling American instrumental artist, selling more than four million albums and securing four No. 1 Jazz Albums, as well as multiple gold, platinum and Grammy Awards. Over the past three decades, he has recorded and performed with, among others, Frank Sinatra, Sting, Barbra Streisand, Lady Gaga, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell and Steven Tyler.
Botti's new album, "Impressions" — with special guest artists Andrea Bocelli, Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, Mark Knopfler, and David Foster — and PBS special, "Chris Botti: In Boston," was recorded and filmed at Symphony Hall with Keith Lockhart, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Sting, and Yo-Yo Ma.
Tickets for both concerts go on sale 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 24 by phone at 888-266-1200 or online at tanglewood.org.
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