Season two on tap for Tanglewood Learning Institute
LENOX — For its second summer season, the Tanglewood Learning Institute is taking to heart lessons learned from high-intensity launch by offering a streamlined schedule of about 75 ticketed events in 2020, down from 140 in its first summer season.
That's the message from TLI director Sue Elliott, who organizes the cross-cultural, multidisciplinary program based at the Boston Symphony Orchestra's four-building, year-round Linde Center for Music and Learning, which opened in June.
"We have an idea of what worked well last summer and what we wanted to change," she told The Eagle.
What's not changing is the mission of what Elliott calls "a grand experiment" — an interactive experience for patrons to mingle with musicians and other artists on the verdant Tanglewood grounds and in Cindy's Cafe, part of the Linde Center.
The schedule for the June 21-Aug. 23 TLI season is designed to offer "dynamic, leading edge programming to inspire curiosity and foster a deeper experience of Tanglewood concerts and classical music, while exploring ideas resonant with the wider culture," according to a BSO announcement released Thursday.
The goal reflects "a cultural landscape that values active engagement and learning through experiences that dissolve the traditional barrier between performers and audiences."
To that end, many events are designed to complement the concerts by the BSO, smaller ensembles at Ozawa Hall and by the advanced young musicians of the Tanglewood Music Center's summer institute. Last summer's TLI slate attracted about 14,000 patrons, nearly one-third of them new to Tanglewood and the orchestra.
There will be three Immersion Weekends, the TLI's flagship attractions, down from four last summer, in sync with the BSO's schedule based on key anniversaries and Tanglewood traditions through talks, films, open rehearsals, master classes, outside-the-box performances, and visual arts programs:
This three-day immersion marks the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth, accompanying the BSO's cycle of all five piano concertos with soloist Paul Lewis, the BSO's Koussevitzky Artist for the season. Exploring the inspirations and influences driving the creative process, the events include a talk on "Beethoven's Music and the Emerging Viennese Popular Style" by Erica Buurman of San Jose State University and editor of The Beethoven Journal who will discuss how the music of the Viennese ballroom held a long fascination for Beethoven; "Decoding Beethoven's Sketches," led by violinist Nicholas Kitchen and featuring the Borromeo String Quartet; and "Dear Ludwig ," a combined TLI Talk and Boston Symphony Orchestra prelude concert that explores musical responses to Beethoven's work.
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This weekend celebrates the centennial of his birth, complementing BSO programs featuring leading violinists Augustin Hadelich, Midori, Pamela Frank and Joshua Bell performing music Stern championed during his six-decade career that included his leadership that helped save New York's Carnegie Hall from demolition. Sessions include a leadership in the arts panel discussion with BSO President and CEO Mark Volpe and others, an open rehearsal of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and a TLI-TMC Open Studio piano trio master class led by Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma.
One of the TLI's most popular attractions last summer, returns in 2020 to accompany John Williams' 20th annual Film Night, Aug. 15. The institute's explorations of music as a key element of cinema include "Film Music Comes to the Concert Hall" with Tufts University associate professor of music and director of undergraduate studies Frank Lehman, which focuses on Williams' concert arrangements and delves into how film scores can be transformed into stand-alone concert hall presentations.
TLI Weekends are based at Studio E of the Linde Center, with some activities in Ozawa Hall and Cindy's Cafe.
Other key elements of the TLI's schedule include:
TLI-TMC Open Studio — master classes with TMC Fellows led by pianist Paul Lewis (July 13), BSO music director Andris Nelsons (July 14), and Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma (July 24).
"The Big Idea" — talks featuring Oscar-winning "Black Panther" film designer Ruth Carter, a Springfield native (July 18); TV journalist Soledad O'Brien (Aug. 15), coinciding with Film Weekend; and a speaker to be announced (July 25). The programs are on Saturdays at 5 in Ozawa Hall.
"Full Tilt" — described as "bold, unconventional experiences with artists at culture's forefront," featuring Samuel Beckett's wordless play "Quad" directed by Mark Morris (July 5), cabaret performance artist Meow Meow's "Pandemonium" (July 8), and author M.T. Anderson reading from his 2002 dystopian satire "FEED," with musical curation by Stephen Drury (July 27).
TLI Open Forum — multidisciplinary Wednesday morning programs listed as "The Roaring Twenties" (July 1), "Common Ground" (July 15), "Life & Time" (July 29), and "The Romantic Spirit" (Aug. 12).
"Meet the Makers" — poet Rita Dove and composer Richard Danielpour (July 30), and additional events to be announced early next year.
"Cinematics" — exploring the relationship between music, film and the human spirit, in collaboration with the Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF), on Sunday evenings at 7 (July 12-Aug. 23).
"Shop Talks" — performers discuss their careers (Thursdays at 1 p.m., beginning July 2).
"Focal Point" — Saturday workshops for amateur visual artists in collaboration with IS183 Art School of the Berkshires (beginning July 11).
String Quartet Masterpass — an eight day "musical adventure" with the Juilliard String Quartet, students and faculty of the Tanglewood Music Center (June 21-28).
Masterpass — an insider's view of the artistic process on Wednesday afternoons (plus one Saturday), with master classes featuring TMC Fellows, Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) students, and members of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Classes will be led by BSO soloists, members of the BSO, and TMC faculty. Among the presenters: Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe (July 15), pianist Augustin Hadelich (July 22), Midori (July 29), mezzo-soprano Susan Graham (Aug, 1), pianist Garrick Ohlsson (Aug. 5), and violinist Pamela Frank (Aug. 12).
One Day University — professors from three leading schools lecturing at Ozawa Hall (Aug. 23).
BBC Radio 3 New Generation Recitals — Tanglewood Music Center Fellows collaborate with Radio 3's New Generation Artists program, a series of free one-hour lunchtime recitals, Linde Center Studio E, Mondays, 1:30 p.m. (July 6-Aug. 10).
Tickets for next summer's programs go on sale to the general public on Feb. 9 at tanglewood.org. Details on the institute's programs are at tli.org. Discounted tickets are available for school and community-based educators who reside in the Berkshires and submit applications to the TLI Berkshires Scholars Program.
Meanwhile, the TLI is open through next spring, offering up to 35 events in the climate-controlled Linde Center. Information: tli.org.
Clarence Fanto can be reached at email@example.com, on Twitter @BE_cfanto or at 413-637-2551.
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