Summer at Tanglewood, from WCRB

With Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts at the Koussevitzky Music Shed cancelled for 2020, hear full BSO concerts each weekend, as well as seven mini-festivals of BSO performances, Monday through Friday nights.

Among the many great disappointments of these times is the lack of live concerts by one of the world's great orchestras at its iconic summer home in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. But as the global pandemic continues, riveting and inspirational Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts are, nevertheless, on the radio this summer.

Full-length concerts, curated from the last few Tanglewood seasons, will air on WCRB each Saturday night at 8pm. These broadcasts will also air at different times on WAMC in Albany, New York; New England Public Radio in Springfield, Mass.; and WMNR in Monroe, Conn. For specific scheduling, check with your local station.

In addition, Tanglewood performances from the last 30 years are part of WCRB's weeknight mini-festivals, Monday through Friday, at 8pm, from July 6 through Saturday, August 22. Each week is organized around thematic connections. The first week's (July 6-10) mini-festival features "BSO Signature Works at Tanglewood," and includes the following performances:

  • Mon., July 6 - Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral," led by Bernard Haitink on July 11, 2008
  • Tue., July 7 - Debussy's La Mer, led by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos on July 31, 2009
  • Wed. July 8 - Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique, led by Andris Nelsons on July 16, 2017
  • Thu., July 9 - Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, led by Neeme Järvi on July 10, 1993
  • Fri. July 10 - Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé, led by Andris Nelsons on July 26, 2017

In the following week (July 13-17), the second mini-festival features one of the BSO's programming initiatives for the 2020 Tanglewood season, but with a historic twist. Originally, Paul Lewis was to have been the soloist in all five of Beethoven's Piano Concertos in a nod to the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth. And while hearing Paul Lewis perform these works is never a bad idea, you'll hear these performances on WCRB:

  • Mon., July 13 - Piano Concerto No. 1, with soloist Imogen Cooper and led by Gustavo Dudamel on August 25, 2006
  • Tue., July 14 - Piano Concerto No. 2, with soloist and conductor Christian Zacharias on August 11, 2013
  • Wed. July 15 - Piano Concerto No. 3, with soloist Leif Ove Andsnes and led by Thomas Dausgaard on August 2, 2009
  • Thu., July 16 - Piano Concerto No. 4, with soloist Emanuel Ax and led by Sir Andrew Davis on July 20, 2001
  • Fri. July 17 - Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor," with soloist Alfred Brendel and led by Seiji Ozawa on July 18, 1992

Future mini-festivals include "Musicians' Choices" (July 27-August 14), and "A Celebration of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus at 50" (August 17-22). Check back for more details as this schedule develops.