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Norman Lebrecht

February 1, 2023

They have announced the most important events of this summer.

The Shed.
Andris Nelson conducts the Boston Symphony and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestras in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Orff’s Carmina burana, Mahler 4, Prokofiev 5, and works by Iman Habibi, Wynton Marsalis, Jesse Montgomery, Carlos Simon, and John Williams; Nelson welcomes soloists Nicole Cabell, Hilary Hahn, Leonidas Kavakos, Kate Lindsey, Yo-Yo Ma, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Jean-Yves Thibodette and Daniil Trifonov.

Keith Lockhart conducts five Boston Pops programs, including a new symphonic version of Ragtime, a concert film presentation of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ in concert, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. John Williams and David Newman direct John Williams Films

James Taylor and his All-Star Band perform July 3 and 4 as part of the festival’s Popular Artists Series; Additional Featured Artist performers include Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, The Steve Miller Band and The Train, plus Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me.

Xian Zhang and Kazuki Yamada make their conducting debuts. Giancarlo Guerrero and Dima Slobodeniuk welcome back. Youth and Family Concerts Conductor Thomas Wilkins conducts a Family Program and BSO Concert; and Anna Rakitina returns for her final concert as assistant conductor of the BSO

Ozawa Hall will present the Emerson String Quartet with Emmanuel Ax; The Knights with special guest Chris Till, Philharmonia Baroque in Handel’s Akis and Galatea; Recitals by Julia Bullock, Bruce Liu, and Alyssa Weilerstein, and special performances by the Danish String Quartet, the Aaron Diehl Trio, and Kelly O’Hara.

Tanglewood Music Center Fellows present weekly orchestral, chamber music, and vocal performances and are featured in this summer’s Contemporary Music Festival, conducted by Rina Esmail, Gabriela Lena Frank, Michael Gandolfini, Tebogo Monnacgotla, and Anna Torvaldsdottir; Among TMCO’s guest conductors, Susanna Malcchi conducts the final orchestral concert of the season, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

See a mass audience draw?

It’s a mix of old-new-old mode programs.


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