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BSO announces 2016 Tanglewood season

Hilary Scott

Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Andris Nelsons will lead five programs next summer at Tanglewood, including performances of Acts 1 and 2 of Verdi's "Aida" (with soprano Kristine Opolais, his wife, in the title role) and Mahler's Ninth Symphony. The fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center will perform the US premiere of George Benjamin's "Dream of the Song" under Stefan Asbury's baton, paired with Messiaen's "Turangalila Symphony." These and other details of the 2016 Tanglewood season were released this week by the BSO.

Nelsons will also lead Beethoven's Seventh Symphony, an all-Brahms program, and a Shakespeare-themed program with works by Berlioz and George Tsontakis. The German conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi will lead the BSO in two performances, including the season-closing account of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and a program featuring Strauss's "Metamorphosen" and "Four Last Songs" with soprano Renée Fleming. And Charles Dutoit, who will receive the honorary title of Koussevitzky Artist, will conduct Rossini's "Stabat Mater" as well as Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring," the latter with the TMC orchestra.


The BSO's season opens on July 8 with Jacques Lacombe conducting works by Ravel and Prokofiev as well as Saint-Saens's Violin Concerto No. 3 with soloist Joshua Bell. Other returning conductors include Stéphane Denève, Giancarlo Guerrero, Juanjo Mena, and Sir Andrew Davis. Among the returning soloists will be a particularly full roster of pianists: Nelson Freire, Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Paul Lewis, Yuja Wang, Garrick Ohlsson, Jonathan Biss, and Daniil Trifonov. Pianists Igor Levit and Dejan Lazic will make their BSO debuts. Violinists Lisa Batiashvili and Augustin Hadelich will come back to Tanglewood, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma will appear both as a BSO soloist and with his Silk Road Ensemble.

Among further notable TMC offerings is a program pairing Kurt Weill's "Seven Deadly Sins" with Shostakovich's Symphony No. 14. The annual Festival of Contemporary Music (July 21-25), curated this year by composer Steven Stucky, will focus on iconic 20th-century composers such as Messiaen, Boulez, Lutoslawski, and Donatoni.


Featured in Ozawa Hall over the course of the summer will be the Emerson String Quartet, chamber orchestra the Knights, the Chick Corea Trio, and violinist Gil Shaham playing Bach's complete sonatas and partitas. Tickets will go on sale Jan. 24. 617-266-1200,

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