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Tanglewood announces 2019 season

Tanglewood announces 2019 season

James Taylor, Yo-Yo Ma among scheduled performers
Tanglewood announces 2019 season
James Taylor performs last summer at Tanglewood.
Photographer: HILARY SCOTT/TANGLEWOOD

Tanglewood’s 2019 season is slated to include James Taylor, renowned soloists and a world premiere or two.

The season kicks off on June 15 with “Live from Here” with Chris Thile. Then, the following month, James Taylor will be returning to the venue for a two-day stint on July 3 and 4. The Independence Day concert will be followed by a fireworks display over the Stockbridge Bowl. 

The Boston Symphony Orchestra, which has called Tanglewood its summer home since 1937, will hold its opening concert on July 5 with a performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 5 and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 22 with conductor Andris Nelsons and pianist Emanuel Ax. 

“The Brightness of Light,” a new work by Kevin Puts will premiere on July 20. The work is based on letters between Georgia O’Keeffe and her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz. The performance features Renée Fleming and Rod Gilfry. "Lost Words," a children's choir and orchestra by BSO Choral Director James Burton will premiere on July 23. The next day comes the premiere of "Penelope," which was created by Tom Stoppard and André Previn. 

Yo-Yo Ma will perform an all-Beethoven program on Aug. 6 with Emanuel Ax on piano and Leonidas Kavakos on violin. He’ll return on Aug. 11 for an all-cello performance of J.S. Bach suites. Musicians Hilary Hahn, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Joshua Bell and others are also scheduled to perform throughout the summer.

The 2019 season also marks the launch of the Tanglewood Learning Institute, which offers wide-ranging education initiatives and the opening of a new four-building center dedicated to music and education. 

Tickets go on sale Feb. 10. For the full schedule and ticket prices, visit tanglewood.org

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