Determining themes for previous Tanglewood opening night galas always came swiftly and easily for Nina Jung, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s in-house event designer. Four years ago when the season opened with Hector Berlioz’s epic Trojan War opera “Les Troyens,” she whipped up a themed menu and party — togas optional.
This year, as the BSO celebrates its 75th season in the Berkshires, Jung was faced with a challenge: There is no clear musical theme for opening night.
“This is what I keep calling souped-up Tanglewood,” Jung said last week on the phone from Lenox. “We’re doing a lot of wonderful music in one night, but there is no clear definition of a theme. We have French music, we have American songbook, we have Copland. It’s all over the map.”
The Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Gala, which takes place Saturday, will feature both the BSO and the Boston Pops, along with conductors John Williams, Keith Lockhart, Andris Nelsons, David Zinman, as well as performers Yo-Yo Ma, James Taylor, and Anne-Sophie Mutter.
While Jung was thinking of a party inspired by music, Jacqueline Togut, who is underwriting the cost of the dinner with her husband Albert, had a different idea: What about a trip back to the year the outdoor classical venue was born?
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