LENOX, MASSACHUSETTS — Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director Andris Nelsons will play his most prominent role to date during the 2017 season of Tanglewood, the music venue has announced.
During the season, which begins June 18 and ends on Labor Day weekend, Nelsons will lead 10 programs, including the opening and closing concerts at Tanglewood, which has been the summer home of the BSO since 1937.
Those concerts include Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with Kristine Opolais; an opera gala with Opolais and Dmitri Hvorostovsky; the world premiere of John Williams’ “Markings” with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter; and the first-ever BSO and festival concert performance of the complete “Das Rheingold.”
Nelsons will also conduct the Boston Pops Orchestra for the first time, sharing the podium for Film Night with Williams.
The Boston Pops will also perform the scores to the movies “Jaws” and “E.T.” while the films are projected on to screens for shed and lawn patrons.
Next summer’s soloists include violinist Joshua Bell, pianist Emanuel Ax and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
Highly acclaimed composer/conductor/pianist Thomas Adès will make his first Tanglewood appearances as BSO Artistic Partner, leading orchestral concerts and performing as pianist with the Emerson Quartet.
New activities for visitors are also planned pre- and post-concert on Sundays. They will include lectures, musical demonstrations for all ages, sing-alongs, food and wine tastings, face painting, yoga and Qigong, and games for children and families.
For the first time, Tanglewood and Mass Audubon will present bird walks partnered with live performances, including music from Messiaen’s “Catalogue of the Birds,” a monumental series of 13 piano pieces portraying the birds of Europe, to be performed by Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Piano Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center at both Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and Tanglewood.
Tickets, from $12 to $124, go on sale Jan. 29 and are available at www.tanglewood.org or by calling 888-266-1200.